BYU claims 5-1 victory over Boise State in the first round of NCAA tournament
PROVO, Utah – An aggressive offense from No. 2 seed BYU secured the 5-1 win over Boise State in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night at South Field.
“It was an exciting night for BYU soccer,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “The girls have worked really hard to host an NCAA tournament game at home and we had great fans that provided a great environment. The girls really came alive in the second half to put a lot of pressure on Boise State and get the win. I’m really pleased with the way we finished up the game and we’re excited to move on to the next round.”
The Cougars (19-0-1) scored the first goal of the game in the 19th minute. Mikayla Colohan took a strong shot off a free-kick, but the ball was tipped over the post by the Boise State goalie, resulting in a corner kick. Off the corner kick, Jamie Shepherd and SaraJayne Affleck assisted Cameron Tucker who connected with the back of the net to score BYU’s first goal.
One minute later, off an assist by Elise Flake, Tucker locked in her second goal of the night after blasting a shot past the Boise State (18-5-0) goalkeeper, extending the Cougars lead to 2-0. The Broncos answered with their first and only goal of the night in the 22nd minute off a header to bring the score to 2-1 at halftime.
Kicking off the second half, Lizzy Braby wove through the Boise State defense and set Shepherd up at the top of the box, where she ripped a shot to put BYU up 3-1. In the 64th minute, a header from Affleck skimmed the keeper’s fingers and connected with the back of the net, extending the Cougar lead to 4-1 over the Broncos.
In the 67th minute, Tucker played through contact and fed the ball to Flake, who ripped a shot and landed BYU its fifth and final goal of the night.
On the game, the Cougars outshot Boise State 21 to six while recording 13 corner kicks.
BYU will host the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 23. On Thursday, Arkansas plays NC State at 3 p.m. MST and BYU hosts Louisville at 6 p.m. MST.
Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders and Cougar Club members tomorrow, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m. MST and tickets to the general public will be available on Monday, Nov. 18, at 12 p.m. MST, by calling the BYU ticket office at 801-422-2981.
- BYU took 13 corner kicks while not giving up any corner kicks to Boise State.
- Cameron Tucker's pair of goals brought her to nine this season and 16 on her career.
- Elise Flake scored her 19th goal of the season. She is currently fifth in the BYU record book for career goals with 39.
- SaraJayne Affleck scored her fourth goal of the season and Jamie Shepherd now has two.
- Lizzy Braby dished out her 12th and 13th assists of the season, bringing her career total to 18 assists.
- This is the 11th time the Cougars have played in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
BYU forward Cameron Tucker
On getting opportunities in the first half
"We talked at the beginning of the game about me getting touches in the box and getting my shot off, so I just knew going into the game that I had to focus on getting touches in the box, so that’s what I did."
On moving on in the tournament
"It’s exciting. We’ve been working so hard all season to get here and to keep on going. To get this win was really exciting and rewarding. We’re anxious to continue to win."
BYU midfielder Lizzy Braby
On setting up teammates for goals
"My goal in the second half was to get to the end line and get my crosses off, which is my goal every game. We haven’t switched up what we do, so that was my emphasis and that’s what I did. When they were beating me end line, a lot of times they tried to slide tackle the ball out, which I love because I can do my cut back and find someone running in. I know my teammates are going to be in the box so whether it’s the perfect ball or not, they’re going to be there and get something on it. As for the second assist, I don’t think we look at the back post that often, but when it’s there and when it’s open, we try to play it a few times and SJ was there to get the header. We capitalized on those opportunities."
No. 4 BYU takes on Boise State on Friday in NCAA First Round match
PROVO, Utah – No. 4 BYU hosts Boise State in the NCAA tournament first round on Friday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. MST.
BYU (18-0-1, 8-0-1 WCC) vs. Boise State (18-4-0, 8-3-0 MWC)
- Friday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. MST, at South Field
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Spencer Linton (play-by-play) and Carla Haslam (analyst)
- Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Cougars App and 107.9 FM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Avery Walker (analyst)
WCC POSTSEASON AWARDS. After earning the West Coast Conference title outright for the second year in a row, the Cougars headlined many postseason awards. Head coach Jennifer Rockwood was named Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive season and Mikayla Colohan was named Player of the Year. Joining Colohan on the All-WCC First Team are seniors Elise Flake and Alyssa Jefferson while seniors Lizzy Braby and Rachel Bingham Lyman were named to the All-WCC Second Team. The honorable mention list featured senior Sabrina Davis, senior Danika Serassio, freshman Jamie Shepherd and junior Cameron Tucker. Shepherd and SaraJayne Affleck received All-Freshman honors.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY. BYU has now made the NCAA Tournament in 20 of its 25 seasons as a program. This is the first time the Cougars have been awarded a No. 2 seed. In 2018, BYU traveled to TCU but fell 2-1 in the first round of play. The Cougars' most successful tournament berths came in 2003 and 2012 when they played in the quarterfinal.
IN THE RANKINGS. Both Top Drawer Soccer and United Soccer Coaches have BYU ranked No. 4 in this week's polls while the NCAA RPI rankings place the Cougars at No. 12.
LAST TIME ON THE FIELD. At South Field, BYU took a dominant 8-1 win over Loyola Marymount to win the WCC Championship. Braby led the way with two goals and two assists while Colohan added a brace of her own. Flake, Serassio, Ballstaedt and Ashton Brockbank also found the back of the net in the win.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK. Elise Flake won the WCC honor in its final week. The Hermann Trophy nominee scored a goal in each of BYU's games last week while adding a pair of assists to lead the Cougars to a second-consecutive WCC Championship and an undefeated regular season.
THE BRONCOS. Boise State earned the automatic bid from the Mountain West Conference after topping San Diego State 2-0 in the tournament final. This is the first time since joining the MWC that the Broncos will play in the NCAA tournament. Similar to BYU, Boise State grabbed 18 wins while scoring 45 goals and only allowing 12. Goalkeeper Sydney Smith tallied 13 shutouts and Raimee Sherle leads the offense with 16 goals and eight assists.
COUGARS VS. BRONCOS. This is the first meeting between BYU and Boise State.