BYU soccer opens 2015 PDL campaign with loss in weather-postponed twin-bill at Colorado

May 11th, 2015 | by Sean Walker
Photo by Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC/Facebook.

Photo by Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC/Facebook.

The BYU men’s soccer team waited for the upcoming 2015 Premier Development League season, in no small part because it would be the Cougars’ first entry into the historic U.S. Open Cup since back-to-back appearances in 2006-07.

But first, a double-feature date with Real Colorado Foxes to open league play.

The Cougars went 0-for-1 on their trip to their Rocky Mountain rivals, falling 2-0 to the Foxes on Friday night before having their match Saturday postponed for weather-related issues. A freak snowstorm moving through Colorado caused the postponing or cancellation of multiple sporting events in the region, and left travelers stranded at Denver International Airport while waiting out the storm.

On Friday, BYU fell into its season opener against a sharp Real Colorado team, and Chris Salvaggione made them pay at Highland Ranch, Colorado’s Heritage Stadium Field. The Foxes midfielder supplied assists on both goals, each one coming in the first half, to lead the home side to its first PDL win of 2015.

Daniel Arrubla scored in the 23rd minute of the match, and teammate Andrew Mejia found himself on the end of Salvaggione’s service just 10 minutes later as the Foxes (1-0-0) cruised by the Cougars (0-0-1).

Salvaggione led Real Colorado with six shots as the Foxes peppered BYU goalkeeper Jake Petersen with 15 shots, including seven on goal. The Foxes out-shot BYU 12-2 in the first half, then settled back and the Cougars notched five shots to Colorado’s three after the break.

BYU returns home to South Field for its first official match in Provo in 2015 on Wednesday, when it will take on amateur side Harpo’s FC in the first round of the Open Cup. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. MT. The Cougars will then face Real Colorado again in its PDL home opener June 5 at 7:30 p.m. MT.

All of BYU’s home matches will be played on consecutive weeks running through its July 4 game against PDL newcomers Burlingame Dragons FC.

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 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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