Saturday April 9, 2016 -02:00pm MTN - By Emma Stewart
The Cougars took the field for one last time this past Saturday before they head off to Ellensburg Washington, to face Stanford. This marked the last home game for the senior players (Jennie Lewis, Nicole McCullough, Jordan Gray, Nalia Tafua, Amber Netane, Jessie Beck, Erica Allen, and Kaitlyn Evans) so the Cougars were looking for a good game against the new Dixie State team from St. George to round out the season.
The game started off with the Cougars on the attack. The BYU team started the scoring off with great run by Lindsay Sheridan. The Cougars found the try zone again in the first half through Nalia Tafua, Rebekah Hebdon, Jordan Gray, Analise Arnold, and Amber Netane all finding the try zone through good offense on behalf of BYU. The first half ended with the Cougars up 60-0 over Dixie State.
In the second half, Dixie came out with new resolve and held off the Cougars for the beginning of the second half. Many penalties and good defense by both teams kept scoring low in the second half. However, the Cougars fought their way into the try zone through Mack Olsen, and Kaitlyn Evans, with both Jessie Beck and Ali Smith taking the conversion kicks. The Cougars continued to hold off the new Dixie team and the game ended with the score being 97-0 to the Cougars.
With a win in the bag, the Cougars will head to Ellensburg next weekend to take on Stanford in the quarter finals for the USA Rugby D1 Elite National Tournament. If they make it past the Stanford side, the BYU Women will face the Central Wildcats for the second time this semester in the National Championship qualifying game.