Our Corner of the Bracket

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen on November 20, 2013 at 10:34 am | Updated: November 20, 2013 10:48 am

Now that BYU women's soccer has made it to Tallahassee, Fla., for the second and hopefully third rounds of the NCAA tournament, let's take a look at how the rest of our region is looking.

At the other host site in Lincoln, Neb., the No. 2 seed Huskers are playing Boston College in their second round matchup on Friday. Nebraska won both the Big Ten regular season title and the conference tournament. Boston College finished sixth in the ACC behind the four No. 1 seeds and Notre Dame. ACC teams haven't lost yet in the tournament.

After beating Seattle 2-0 on Saturday, No. 3 seed Portland faces Illinois Friday in the other game in Lincoln. The Illini needed penalty kicks to beat Washington State in the first round. The field was more mud than grass, but Illinois won despite being outshot 29-10. In the regular season, Illinois tied for fifth in the Big Ten and was one of eight teams the Big Ten got in the tournament. In the first round, those teams went 5-3.

Here in Tallahassee, Florida State plays Ole Miss on Thursday at 5 p.m. MT. The Seminoles are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and have a 32-game unbeaten streak on their home field. Ole Miss finished fourth in the SEC, which had six teams make the tournament. All six won in the first round.

The Cougars face Colorado in the other Tallahassee game on Thursday at 2:30 MT. Colorado finished sixth in the Pac 12 and was one of six teams from the conference who made the tournament. Pac 12 teams went 3-3 in the first round. The Buffaloes are led by senior Anne Stuller, who totaled nine goals and seven assists, and freshman forward Brie Hooks with eight goals and two assists of her own.