BYU picks up first PDL point in two-game road trip

May 25th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

BYU Soccer needed some positive momentum badly at the beginning of its PDL campaign.

The Cougars’ most recent road trip wasn’t perfect. But it produced a little bit of positivity heading home to Provo.

BYU earned its first road point of the season with a 0-0 draw at FC Tucson and Saturday, just a day after losing a weather-postponed matchup at Albuquerque Sol FC 2-1.

The opening game was described on the PDL’s official summary as “needed to be played in order to help BYU.” The Cougars will already be re-scheduling one game after half of its doubleheader opener at Real Colorado Foxes was postponed to July 19 following an early-May Colorado snowstorm. To have to re-schedule a second could dramatically alter the Cougars’ summer schedule.

In the world of semiprofessional soccer, and a team comprised entirely of summer school-enrolled amateurs like BYU, such an alteration to the schedule would be difficult to accomplish midway through the season. Instead, the Sol agreed to play the home game Friday night in front of only 484 fans, and BYU took a flight immediately following the match to Tucson for a game the next day.

BYU’s Richard Haddock received a red-card ejection with three minutes remaining in the first game for kicking an opponent, and he was suspended for the contest at Tucson.

After the game, BYU flew to Tucson for its Saturday evening match at King Sports Complex. The Cougars played the physical aggressors, coming out of the game with four yellow cards and no goals. But Jake Petersen and the Cougar goalkeeping staff earned its first shutout of the PDL season by not allowing a goal on the road — the Cougars also held amateur side Harpo’s FC to a 0-0 shutout, but the Boulder, Colorado pub team advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup on penalty kicks last week.

With three-game road trip to open the season finished, BYU turns its attention to the season’s home opener — hosting Real Colorado on June 5 at 7:30 p.m. MT at South Stadium. The Cougars will turn around and play the Foxes again a day later at 7:30 p.m., and host four more matches in the month of June.

Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Salt City FC editor-in-chief Sean Walker has been covering soccer at all levels since 2007. He began his career in Las Vegas, and has since written for publications from the Intermountain West to Central New York, where he attended graduate school in 2012. Currently, Sean covers Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer for KSL.com. A struggling Evertonian by birth, Sean follows European soccer through the blue lens of the Toffees, and has strong feelings toward the UEFA Europa League.

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