BYU’s South Field, One of The Most Picturesque Places To Catch A Match In The Nation
The problem with virtuoso performances is that they often demand encores.
How Northwestern can follow up one of what will surely be one of the upsets of the year is anybody’s guess, but the Wildcats will get a fighting chance in one of the most hostile environments in college soccer when they journey west to South Field in Provo, Utah, home of BYU. Northwestern can’t help but feel a little exasperated after their huge win over UCLA was met with the equivalent of a shrug of the shoulders by the voting coaches in the weekly coaches’ poll, leaving the Wildcats in the “receiving votes” category. They should not be lacking in motivation as they try and prove their win in Madison over the Bruins was not a fluke. Kate Allen’s scored three goals for the Wildcats, including the winner over UCLA, while the defense has locked down opponents, only conceding once in three matches.
But beating BYU in Provo is a gargantuan task for any team. Whether it’s the stamina sucking altitude of Provo, the rabid fan support, or the fact that the Cougars are actually a very good team, the list of those to come out of South Field with a victory is a short one indeed. BYU has already come out firing in 2010, with three dominant victories, including a 2-0 win over a Long Beach State team that was so impressive this past weekend. Northwestern’s stout defense will be tested in full by BYU’s arsenal, highlighted by the goalscoring talents of Kassidy Shumway, Jennie Marshall, and Carlee Payne.
It makes for a tantalizing Tuesday night clash. Can BYU sweep another team aside in the friendly confines of South Field? Or will Northwestern keep rolling and force their doubters to take notice? Another victory for the Wildcats would surely announce their presence to the nation as possible Big Ten contenders, a stunning thought not two weeks ago.