No. 24 BYU eliminated by TCU in NCAA First Round
FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 24 BYU women's soccer team fell 2-1 to TCU after conceding two second half goals within five minutes in the NCAA First Round.
"I am kind of speechless because we played one of our best halves of the year in the first half," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "We set the tone, dictated the tempo and owned the width. The second half I'm not sure what happened. TCU came out stronger and a lot more physical. Soccer is crazy and in a less than five-minute span we gave up two goals, and that will get you every time."
Elise Flake scored the Cougars' (13-5-1) only goal of the match in the 23rd minute when Mikayla Colohan set up Flake for a left footed shot outside of the 18-yard box as the ball deflected off the left post and across the goal line.
In the first half, BYU outshot TCU (13-4-3) 9-3 and was led by Madie Siddoway Gates with three shot attempts. Sabrina Macias Davis grabbed two saves in goal for the Cougars.
The Horned Frogs evened the score at 1-all in the 56th minute when Messiah Bright took on the BYU defense and powered a shot past Davis and into the back of the net.
In the 61st minute, TCU took a 2-1 lead after forcing a turnover near the 18-yard box and capitalizing on the opportunity.
Despite BYU creating shots in the final minutes of the game, the Horned Frogs defense held on as TCU advances to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
At the close of the game, the Cougars recorded 16 shots and held the Horned Frogs to only eight shots. Davis tallied three saves in goal for BYU.
The Cougars close the season with a 13-5-1 overall record and were the West Coast Conference champions. BYU will return the majority of the roster in 2019 after losing Gates as the only senior and Olivia Wade to a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
No. 24 Cougars battle TCU in NCAA First Round
PROVO, Utah – No. 24 BYU women's soccer travels to TCU on Friday, Nov. 9 for the First Round of the 2018 Women's Soccer NCAA Tournament.
BYU (13-4-1, 8-1 WCC) VS. TCU (12-4-3, 5-3-1 Big 12)
- Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. CST, at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium
- Video Stream: GoFrogs.com
- Radio: ESPN 960 AM and 107.9 FM
- Radio Talent: Jason Shepherd (play-by-play) and Avery Walker (analyst)
WCC POSTSEASON AWARDS. After earning the West Coast Conference title outright, the Cougars headlined many postseason awards. Head coach Jennifer Rockwood was named Coach of the Year after leading her team to a conference championship after being picked to finish third in the preseason poll. Elise Flake and Mikayla Colohan were named to the All-WCC First Team while Rachel Bingham Lyman and Alyssa Jefferson were named to the Second Team. Sabrina Macias Davis and Olivia Wade earned Honorable Mention Honors and Wade joined Bella Folino on the All-Freshman Team.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY. BYU has now made the NCAA Tournament in 19 of its 24 seasons as a program. Although the Cougars didn't make it in 2017, they most recently made it to the Third Round in 2016, falling to South Carolina. BYU's most successful tournament berths came in 2003 and 2012 when the Cougars played in the quarterfinal.
NATIONAL RANKINGS. The United Soccer Coaches ranked BYU No. 24 in the most recent national poll and Top Drawer Soccer has the Cougars as No. 23 after climbing into the polls last week. This is the first time BYU has been ranked in 2018.
THE HORNED FROGS. TCU has made the NCAA tournament for the third-straight year after finishing tied for third place in the Big 12 Conference. In 2017, the Horned Frogs fell 2-1 at Arizona in the first round of the tournament. Messiah Bright was named the Co-Big 12 Freshman Player of the Year after scoring five goals so far, this season. On its home turf, TCU is 7-1-2 with the only loss coming against nationally ranked West Virginia.
COUGARS VS. HORNED FROGS. The two teams have a lengthy history together after competing in the Mountain West Conference, but the Cougars are undefeated after topping the Horned Frogs in nine games. Most recently, BYU earned a 1-0 win at TCU in 2010.