1-seed Cougars host NCAA's on Saturday

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

PROVO, Utah - The No. 2 BYU women's soccer team was awarded a No. 1 seed for the 2012 NCAA tournament and will begin its run in the postseason this weekend when they host Utah State on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. MST at South Field. 

The Cougars finished the regular season 18-1-1, on a 17-game unbeaten streak, and an unbeaten 7-0-1 record through conference play to earn themselves the West Coast Conference Championship title and automatic bid to the 2012 postseason.

WCC Freshman of the Year Michele Murphy and senior Jessica Ringwood lead the Cougar squad with eight goals each. Senior Carlee Payne Holmoe leads in the assist category with nine. 

WCC Goalkeeper of the Year Eric Owens has spent 1,785 minutes in front of the net and made 57 saves while allowing just 10 goals. Owens' goals-against average, save percentage and total shutouts are first in the WCC and her goals-against average is also ranked 10th nationally. 

Friday's first round game will be BYU's 12th home game of the season and the first time hosting a NCAA tournament game since 2008. BYU is 9-10-4 all-time in NCAA tournament games and this year's appearance will be the team's sixth appearance in the last seven years. 

BYU is one of four WCC teams playing in the Women's College Soccer Cup, for the second-straight year. Pepperdine, Portland and Santa Clara will also participate.

The Cougars are a perfect 10-0 all-time against the Aggies. 

Opponent
The Aggies finished the season 9-2-6 and repeated as the WAC tournament champions with a 1-0 win over then-No. 19 Denver. Utah State has allowed just 11 goals all season and never more than one goal in a single game. 

Jennifer Flynn leads the Utah State team with seven goals on the year and 66 shots. Teammate Mari Miyashiro leads with six assists. The Aggies are averaging 16.33 shots per game. 

Last Meeting
On Sept. 20 of this season, the Cougars traveled to Logan, Utah, to play against the Aggies. BYU defeated Utah State 1-0 on a goal from senior Dana Oldroyd Cusick in the ninth minute of the game. The goal came as the sixth fastest by a BYU player this season. 

How to Follow
Live stats are available for the game through the BYU women's soccer schedule page. Fans can also follow the action through the BYU women's soccer Twitter page

Ticket prices for the tournament:

Reserved - $10
Non Student General Admission (GA) - $7
Student GA - $5 (any student from grade school through college; college students must show a student ID)
All Sport Pass Holders - $2 (plus FREE hot chocolate)
Children in GA - 3–5 years old - $1
Children 2 and under free

Purchase tickets online at BYUtickets.com or by calling 801-422-BYU1.

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