WASHINGTON TERRACE -- B.J. Pugmire's penalty kick in the 29th minute proved the difference as the BYU Cougars edged the Ogden Outlaws 1-0 on the soggy pitch of Bonneville High School Saturday evening.
Despite controlling most of the second half and one-upping the Cougars 5-4 in the shots-on-goal column, Ogden couldn't find the net after repeated attempts sailed wide, high, or into the arms of BYU keeper Cory Cosgrove who notched four saves on the afternoon.
"Both teams had opportunities but they got that break and we weren't able to get one," Ogden coach Mike Hickman said. "It's just the story of the game of soccer sometimes, you create and create and when you get a chance you've got to bury it."
After generating 30 fouls during a 0-0 tie at their May 23 meeting, the cold weather didn't deter either team from an aggressive rematch as they piled up eight cards -- four apiece -- including a red for BYU in the 88th. Tempers boiled over in the 73rd minute after a BYU foul forcing refs to separate a handful of players before booking both teams for misconduct.
Persistent rain made ball control tough for each side and limited the number of quality offensive opportunities.
A sturdy Ogden defense led by Kainoa Kahui denied BYU strikers a several times until a scrum involving Kahui in front of the Outlaws goal gave the Cougars the chance they were waiting for.
"I went in to defend and cut off the pass and he actually got a hold of my shirt and brought me down," Kahui said. "I was definitely in disbelief. It's hard especially when the game ends 1-0."
Ogden's best chance at an equalizer came during stoppage time as midfielder Marco Angelo sent a free kick into a wall of Cougars then blasted the ensuing shot wide right after scooping up the rebound.
The loss drops the Outlaws to 0-3-2 on the season as they next host the Southern California Seahorses at Bonneville High on June 10.