Cougars Fall In Penalty Kicks
LOS ANGELES -- With extra minutes and extra frames in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup, the No. 17 BYU women's soccer lost in penalty kicks with a 3-4 final to the UCLA Bruins on their home field, Thursday.
"I think we had a fantastic game tonight," said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "Our girls trained so hard this season and this was an outstanding game that really could've gone either way."
After double overtime ended in a scoreless tie, the Bruins and Cougars headed into penalty kicks with each team attempting five kicks. The team with the most goals after five frames would win the game. A coin toss decided the Cougars to shoot first.
Lauren Anderson made the first attempt for BYU to put them up 1-0. Lauren Barnes tied the tally for UCLA with a goal of her own. The Cougars missed their next two attempts from goalkeeper McKinzie Olson and Nicole Gilliam while the Bruins netted both from Chelsea Cline and Dana Wall.
With BYU needing a goal to not fall behind, Dana Oldroyd netted her attempt for the Cougars to put the score at 2-3 favoring the Bruins. Olson then blocked UCLA's shot by Zakiya Bywaters.
To tie the score at three for BYU, Carlee Payne netted her attempt and Olson again made a huge save to keep the score at 3-3 when Natalia Ledezma attempted her shot. In extra frames, however, midfielder Jessica Ringwood missed her shot for BYU and Elise Britt made her for the Bruins to steal the win.
"We had a lot of fun this year," Rockwood said. "Of course you always want to win another game but I think we accomplished a lot this year so I'm happy about how this ended for our seniors and we'll start now to get ready for next year."
In regulation, the Cougars controlled the tempo of the game with big plays on goal from Jennie Marshall, Payne and Anderson who combined for eight of BYU's 10 shots.
"It's hard to pick just one player that really stood out tonight," Rockwood said. "I think all the girls played hard tonight and gave it their best. It's hard at the end of the season to lose in PK's but we really had a great year and I'm proud of them."
In the 43rd minute of play, BYU's Payne created the first good look on goal with a shot off a corner. The save by Bruin goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford was the first save by either keeper in the game.
Another good look on goal came with just 10 minutes to play in regulation from BYU midfielder Lauren Anderson after carrying the ball in the center of the field and taking a shot at the top of the box.
Heading into regulation, the Cougars took eight shots to UCLA's 12.
The first overtime ended after another 10 minutes of scoreless action with the Cougars taking two corner kicks and neither team attempting a shot on goal.
The Cougars had two attempts on goal in the second overtime before the extra 20 minutes of play came to a scoreless end to put the teams into penalty kicks.
"You have to give a lot of credit to UCLA," Rockwood said. "They're a talented team with great players and were more direct than we're used so we just had to try to adjust to that. They're a fantastic team with a lot of experience."
UCLA's Sydney Leroux had four shots in the victory with teammate Zakiya Bywaters adding three to their team's total of 15.
NCAA First Round Match-Up With UCLA
PROVO -- Earning itself an automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Women’s College Cup, the BYU women’s soccer team will play the UCLA Bruins in the first round on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. PT in Los Angeles.
With a 1-0 victory in the Mountain West Conference title game, the Cougars defeated the New Mexico Lobos with a 1-0 final score to win their seventh MWC championship title and earn themselves an automatic bid into this year's College Cup. Midfielder Jessica Ringwood scored the lone goal for BYU and was named All-Tournament MVP.
Action in the 2010 College Cup will be BYU's 13th all-time post-season appearance under head coach Jennifer Rockwood.
The Cougars have had 10 different players score goals for them this year with a 40-goal total for the season. Seven goals from Jennie Marshall leads the team with teammates Carlee Payne, Kassidy Shumway and Jessica Ringwood adding six each to the total.
BYU goalkeeper McKinzie Olson has recorded nine season shutouts in 21 games and 1,913 minutes while only allowing 11 goals. Olson is currently 10th in the NCAA for her save percentage and goals-against average.
First-round opponent UCLA has met the Cougars three times before with a 2-1 series record favoring BYU.
The Cougars last met the Bruins in 2000 with the 6-0 victory going to UCLA on their home field. Before that, the Cougars beat UCLA in 1997 and 1998 with a 3-1 and 2-0 final, respectively. The 1997 meeting was a regular season game and 1998's game was in the second round of the NCAA tournament again on the UCLA home field.
The Bruins are led offensively by junior Sydney Leroux with 12 goals on the season. Teammate defender Lauren Barnes is the next highest goal scorer with five goals. Leroux plays with the U.S./Canadian National Team and Barnes played this summer with the U-23 Team.
BYU is one of two teams from the Mountain West Conference to be selected to play in the post-season tournament. The New Mexico Lobos will play fourth-seed Notre Dame in the first round.
A win over UCLA would advance the Cougars to the second round where they'd play the winner of the match-up between Fresno State and Central Florida. The second-round game would also be in Los Angeles on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.
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