Cougars In NCAA Second Round

Senior Lydia Ojuka and the Cougars advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 2-0 over No. 11 Colorado. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

SALT LAKE CITY -- For the fifth time in the program's nine-year history, the BYU women's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women's Championship with a 2-0 win over No. 11 Colorado on Thursday at Ute Field in Salt Lake City.

The win over the Buffaloes, who earned the No. 10 seed in the tournament, marks the highest seeded team the Cougars have defeated in the post season since BYU upset UCLA 2-0 in the second round back in 1998.

"Colorado has been ranked all year, so it was good to get a win against them," said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "It's also nice to be the underdog for a change."

Under Rockwood, the Cougars have recorded seven-straight NCAA appearances and amassed a 6-6 overall record that includes five shutouts, while scoring 21 goals and allowing 15.

In Thursday's game the Cougars came out with intensity and attacked the Buffalo defense from the outset, setting the tone for the rest of the game.

"I think getting in gave us some extra excitement," said Rockwood.

The Cougars applied the pressure to the Buffaloes throughout the first period as BYU dominated possession and in doing so gained a 4-2 advantage on corner kicks and out shot Colorado 7-3.

BYU jumped out to the early lead scoring in the 11th minute of play as senior Lydia Ojuka found senior Terra Bigelow on the left side after sophomore Brooke Thulin threw in the ball, Bigelow then punched the ball into the net.

For Bigelow it was her eighth goal of the season while being only the 11th goal that Colorado's keeper Jessica Keller has allowed in 18 games.

When play resumed in the second period, Colorado came out determined to even the score, but the Cougar defense continued to come through.

Colorado nearly got on the board in the 76th minute when Kathryn Grandinetti crossed the ball to Fran Munnelly in the box, Munnelly's shot was drilled off of the crossbar preserving the Cougar bid for a shutout.

The go-ahead goal in the game was scored by senior Jennifer Fielding on a pass from senior Aleisha Rose and freshman Annie Zwahlen.

Fielding took the ball in the middle of the box and drilled it past the keeper, sealing the victory for the Cougars at 2-0 with less than three minutes left to play.

The Cougars will play Idaho State on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., at Ute Field in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the second-round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championships.

The Automated ScoreBook For Soccer

Brigham Young vs Colorado (Nov 13, 2003 at Salt Lake City)

Brigham Young (15-6-2) vs.

Colorado (15-4-1)

Date: Nov 13, 2003 Attendance:

Weather: 47 degrees, cloudy

Goals by period 1 2 Tot

Brigham Young 1 1 2

Colorado 0 0 0

Brigham Young

Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A

GK 0 SMITH, Ashley 0 0 0 0

F 8 BIGELOW, Terra 2 2 1 0

M/F 9 CAMPBELL,Krissa 1 1 0 0

D 10 JENSEN, Nicole 0 0 0 0

F/M 11 RENDICH, Jaime 5 2 0 0

M/D 13 THULIN, Brooke 1 1 0 1

M/D 16 LUI, Charlene 0 0 0 0

M 17 ROSE, Aleisha 1 1 0 1

D 19 HOLMAN, Britney 0 0 0 0

F/M 20 OJUKA, Lydia 5 2 0 1

D 25 THOMAS, Claire 0 0 0 0

Substitutes

2 ANDERSON, Amberlea 0 0 0 0

6 ZWAHLEN, Annie 0 0 0 1

14 FIELDING, Jennifer 2 2 1 0

Totals......... 17 11 2 4

Colorado

Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A

GK 1 Keller, Jessica 0 0 0 0

D 2 Regan, Tricia 0 0 0 0

D 3 Smerchek, Darci 0 0 0 0

F 4 Grandinetti, Kathryn 0 0 0 0

D 8 Mihalcin, Ashlie 0 0 0 0

F 9 Griffin, Katie 0 0 0 0

D 12 Munnelly, Laura 0 0 0 0

M 13 Munnelly, Fran 4 1 0 0

F 16 Ripmaster, Orly 1 0 0 0

M 19 Thais, Jen 1 0 0 0

M 21 Burgess, Alyssa 0 0 0 0

Substitutes

6 Minnis, Maddy 1 0 0 0

15 Hawkins, Heather 0 0 0 0

28 Ceresino, Jessica 0 0 0 0

30 Falender, Ellen 0 0 0 0

Totals......... 7 1 0 0

Brigham Young

## Player MIN GA Saves

0 SMITH, Ashley 90:00 0 1

Colorado

## Player MIN GA Saves

1 Keller, Jessica 90:00 2 9

Shots by period 1 2 Tot

Brigham Young 5 12 17

Colorado 2 5 7

Corner kicks 1 2 Tot

Brigham Young 3 2 5

Colorado 2 2 4

Saves by period 1 2 Tot

Brigham Young 0 1 1

Colorado 1 8 9

Fouls 1 2 Tot

Brigham Young 5 8 13

Colorado 2 5 7

SCORING SUMMARY:

GOAL Time Team ## Goal Scorer Assists

1 11:06 BY 8 BIGELOW, Terra 20 OJUKA, Lydia/13 THULIN,

Brooke

off throw in from right to center, shot

2 87:04 BY 14 FIELDING, Jennifer 17 ROSE, Aleisha/6 ZWAHLEN,

Annie

long shot down right flank, cross to mid

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS:

YC-CU #8 (88:39)

Officials: Referee: Tyler Ploeger; Asst. Referee: Jeff Young; Sly Yates;

Alt. Official: Bruce Major; Timekeeper: Steve Riley; Scorer: Mike Lageschulte;

Offsides: Brigham Young 2, Colorado 0.

Tags: Results