Abstract by Eric Lin
The 2017 BYU Women's soccer team had a mediocre season compared to the success of the previous few years. After the 2016 season, the team lost its most prolific offensive players, causing a drastic fall in scoring efficiency. This research concentrates on finding out what factors caused this dip.
The research focuses on the most important strategic, coachable, team-related variables; this creates potential for measurable improvement in offense. To do this, we first created a shot model, which uses a logistic regression and then compared the quality of shots taken this past season to the two years previous. Second, we analyzed other team-oriented statistics that changed significantly from 2016 to 2017.
This study should provide greater insight into the struggles of the 2017 season, and suggest ways to improve the offense in years to come.