Utah State soccer stuns No. 1 BYU

Summer Diamond’s second-half goal was the difference in Logan.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Head coach Jennifer Rockwood during a BYU soccer practice in Provo on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023.

Utah State women’s soccer team has taken down No. 1 ranked BYU.

Midfielder Summer Diamond’s left-footed shot in the 51st minute found the back of the net, sending Aggies’ fans into a frenzy and, ultimately, providing the game’s only goal.

It was the third goal of the season for the freshman from Bonneville High School.

Aggie goalkeeper Diera Walton helped hold the Cougars scoreless for her program-record 23rd clean sheet.

“What can I say? I’m proud of the girls, proud of the staff,” said Utah State head coach Manny Martins. “It’s a collective effort. I’m proud of Diera for getting another shutout and for us winning with another freshman scoring like we did two years ago.”

The Cougars entered the week as the top-ranked team in the country, following a victory over previously No. 1 UCLA. But BYU has stumbled over the past few days, settling for a draw with TCU in Provo on Thursday and suffering its first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon.

“They’re an incredible team,” Martins said. “For us, it’s an honor to be able to measure up to them and to be able to come out with such a positive score. It’s exciting and I’m proud, but I’m also humbled by it. We want to win championships, we want to get to the highest level and we want to be able to compete with teams like this on a regular basis, and today we did.”

The Aggies are now 3-5-1 on the year. BYU falls to 7-1-1.

The victory was USU’s second win over BYU in 16 meetings dating back to 1998.