(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO, Utah – No. 15 BYU women's soccer will travel to Colorado on Saturday, November 15 at 1 p.m. MT in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network in the Mountain and Arizona regions and can be streamed on the Pac-12 Network's site.
The Cougars (13-4-3, 7-1-1) finished the regular season with a 3-2 loss to Pepperdine which snapped a 13-game unbeaten streak and a 15-game conference unbeaten streak dating back to last year.
Ashley Hatch netted her 18th goal of the season on Saturday in Malibu, while Michele Murphy had her third career multi-assist game. Hatch is sixth in the nation in goals and eighth in points, while the BYU offense is 18th in the nation.
The Buffaloes (13-6-1, 6-4-1) finished third in the Pac-12, but were as close to 10th as to second in the points standings. Colorado enters the postseason on a three-game win streak. The Buffaloes eliminated BYU from the NCAA tournament last season in a 2-1 second round victory in Tallahassee, Florida. Colorado scored two goals in the first half and BYU was only able to claw one back in the second.
The winner on Saturday will face the winner of Friday's North Carolina - South Dakota State game the following week in the second round.
This is the 16th appearance in the NCAA tournament for BYU and third straight dating back to 2012. BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood is 12-12-5 all-time in NCAA games and is 3-2-1 since 2012, both losses have come against Colorado and North Carolina.
This is the sixth straight season where the West Coast Conference has had three teams make the NCAA tournament with Pepperdine and San Diego making the field as at-large berths.
Tickets can be purchased online at cubuffs.com, by calling 303-49-BUFFS or at the gate on Saturday. Admission for adults is $7, students, seniors (55+) and children (under 12) can get in for $3 and tickets for children (5 years and younger) are $1 each.