Season-Ending Upset

BYU lost to Weber State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

SALT LAKE -- No. 17 BYU soccer suffered one of its most disheartening losses in history during the first round of the NCAA tournament to Weber State. The game required two overtimes and a shootout before the Wildcats came out with a 4-3 shootout victory.

"Obviously we're devastated," head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "In our sport more than any other you can dominate a game, but the ball may not bounce your way. I don't say this very often, but we must be one of the unluckiest teams. We're extremely discouraged to end on a note like this."

It took Weber State only 13 minutes to get on the board when Rochelle Hoover sent a pass toward the middle of the goal box. A BYU defender slipped, leaving Sarah Cortez with a wide open shot that she buried into the back of the net. The goal marked her first of the season.

BYU came out smooth and connected in the opening minutes, but the goal deflated the Cougars who struggled to regain composure and momentum.

BYU showed heart and determination in the second half, earning several early looks.

In what has become a Cougar trademark, Bobbi Tillotson sent a perfectly high-arching ball to the far-side of the net to Jaime Rendich Beck, heading in the tying goal in the 64th minute. Rendich Beck netted 11 goals during her senior season.

From that moment on it was all BYU, though the rest of regulation went scoreless. The Cougars earned an astounding 13-0 advantage in corner kicks, but couldn't find a way to capitalize.

"We had plenty of scoring opportunities," Rockwood said. "Sometimes the ball scores, sometimes it doesn't. I believe we did everything in our power to prepare for this game, and the ball just didn't bounce our way."

After two 10-minute overtimes, the game was forced to end in one of soccer's most unkind fashions: a shootout.

Sophomore Natalie Nate was the first kicker for the Cougars, having already proven her mental toughness by netting a penalty kick late in the game to defeat No. 9 California earlier this season. Nate buried the ball in the bottom left corner.

Weber State's Erin Smith got the call to be the Wildcats' first kicker. Her shot soared into the top right corner of the net.

Rendich Beck then stepped up to take her shot, choosing to kick a knee-high shot to the left side. Keeeper Kandice Golar read it and made the save. Wildcat Shaylee Stegen then took her turn to face BYU keeper Erika Woodbury, also kicking it to the left side. Woodbury read it, reached for it, but the ball grazed off her fingers into the net.

Freshman Jessica Aquino was the Cougars' third kicker, grounding the ball to the bottom left corner just under the keeper's hand. Hayley McCoy of Weber State then faced her opportunity, shooting a mirror image of Stegen's shot, only to the right side. Woodbury again got her hand on the ball, but was unable to make the save.

The Cougars were now down 3-2 with two shooters left for both teams.

Annie Zwahlen got the call, but miss kicked, sending her ball slightly off-centered to the right. Golar was there for the save. Woodbury then faced Lisa Crump and a shot she had to save. Crump shot the ball to the bottom left corner, but Woodbury anticipated correctly and made the save.

With two final kickers, BYU was still down 3-2.

BYU's Brooke Thulin accepted the pressure, shooting right as the goalie dove left. That same misfortune befell the Cougars as Hoover shot left, while Woodbury dove right.

The loss was difficult for Rockwood, as one of the best teams in BYU history, fell short of expectations.

"We firmly believed we would score that second goal [in regulation]. We all did. I feel sorry for all the girls who worked so hard and played so well this season. They deserved to end on a better note."

Soccer Box Score (Final)

2005 NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS

Weber State vs Brigham Young (Nov 10, 2005 at Salt Lake City, Utah)

Weber State (14-4-2) vs. Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 SO Tot

Brigham Young (15-2-4) ----------------------------------------

Date: Nov 10, 2005 Attendance: Weber State......... 1 0 0 0 0 - 1

Weather: 53 Degrees, Mostly Cloudy Brigham Young....... 0 1 0 0 0 - 1

Weber State Brigham Young

Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A

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GK 1 Kandice Golar....... - - - - GK 28 WOODBURY, Erika..... - - - -

D 2 Ashley Wood......... - - - - D 3 CUTHBERT, Haylee.... 2 - - -

MF 3 Rochelle Hoover..... 3 1 - 1 MF 4 AQUINO, Jessica..... - - - -

D 5 Sarah Espinoza...... - - - - D 9 HARMON, Jessica..... - - - -

D 6 Erin Smith.......... 1 - - - MF 11 BECK, Jaime......... 7 4 1 -

F 8 Linsey McFarland.... 1 - - - MF 12 NATE, Natalie....... 2 - - -

F 10 Sarah Cortez........ 2 2 1 - D 13 THULIN, Brooke...... 1 1 - -

MF 11 Hayley McCoy........ 3 1 - - MF 16 LUI, Charlene....... 3 3 - -

F 16 Cassidy Williams.... - - - - F 18 LARKIN, Katie....... 5 4 - -

MF 28 Shelli Gough........ - - - - D 19 ANDERSON, Nicole.... - - - -

D 31 Ashtyn Webster...... - - - - F 20 TILLOTSON, Bobbi.... 1 - - 1

---------- Substitutes ---------- ---------- Substitutes ----------

13 Lisa Crump.......... - - - - 2 ANDERSON, Amberlea.. - - - -

23 Natalie Ellis....... 3 1 - - 5 FELLER, Whitney..... - - - -

25 Shannon Murri....... - - - - 6 ZWAHLEN, Annie...... 1 - - -

Totals.............. 13 5 1 1 7 SWENSON, Carolyn.... - - - -

15 BOWMAN, Brooke...... - - - -

Totals.............. 22 12 1 1

Weber State Brigham Young

## Player MIN GA Saves ## Player MIN GA Saves

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1 Kandice Golar....... 110:00 1 11 28 WOODBURY, Erika..... 110:00 1 4

Shots by period 1 2 OT O2 SO Tot Saves by period 1 2 OT O2 SO Tot

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Weber State......... 6 4 1 2 0 - 13 Weber State......... 2 4 4 1 0 - 11

Brigham Young....... 7 10 4 1 0 - 22 Brigham Young....... 1 2 0 1 0 - 4

Corner kicks 1 2 OT O2 SO Tot Fouls 1 2 OT O2 SO Tot

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Weber State......... 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 Weber State......... 5 12 0 3 0 - 20

Brigham Young....... 6 5 1 1 0 - 13 Brigham Young....... 8 2 2 0 0 - 12

SCORING SUMMARY:

GOAL Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description

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1. 12:47 WSU Sarah Cortez (1) Rochelle Hoover

8 yards, right side of box, lower left c

2. 63:45 BY BECK, Jaime (11) TILLOTSON, Bobbi

Header from 5 yards, bottom right.

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS:

YC-WSU #13 (35:56); YC-WSU #2 (55:19); YC-BY #16 (108:43)

Officials: Referee: Jeff Young; Asst. Referee: Jason Walker; Schnyler Pack;

Alt. Official: Lyf Gyldersleve; Timekeeper: Greg Madsen; Scorer: Josh Fisher;

Offsides: Weber State 1, Brigham Young 1.

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WEBER STATE WINS IN PENALTY KICKS (4-3)

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