BYU faces Virginia in Sweet 16 Thursday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 4 seed BYU women's soccer will face No. 1 seed Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Klöckner Stadium in the third round of the NCAA Tournament for a spot in the Elite 8 regional final.
Thursday’s matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST on ACCNX and ESPN.com. The game will also be carried live on the BYU Sports Network — BYU Radio 107.9 FM/BYU Cougars App.
LAST TIME ON THE FIELD. BYU defeated Alabama 4-1 courtesy of a Mikayla Colohan hat trick. Colohan factored in on all four BYU goals, assisting on the first and scoring the next three. The seven points she registered in the game put her at 140 points in her career, now sitting alone at No. 2 in the BYU record books. Her 51 goals have her at No. 3 in BYU history in that category. BYU advances to the sweet 16 for the sixth time in program history.
No. 4 BYU (14-4-1, 8-1-0 WCC) vs No. 1 Virginia (18-2-2, 8-0-2 ACC)
- Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. EST at Klöckner Stadium
- Streaming: ACCNX/ESPN.com
- Radio: BYU Sports Network/BYU Cougars App/107.9 FM
- Radio play-by-play: Jason Shepherd
THE CAVALIERS. Virginia is 18-2-1 on the season, coming off back-to-back shutout victories in the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers prevailed against the nation’s second-highest scoring offense of Milwaukee and won 2-0 in the second round. They had a 6-0 win over High Point in the first round. The team’s two losses this season came from Penn State and No. 2 Florida State. Virginia’s loss to Florida State was 1-0 in the finals of the ACC Championship, losing their three-week reign at the No. 1 spot in the NCAA DI women’s soccer poll the following week. Virginia played Santa Clara earlier this season in the Fairfield by Marriott Invitational and won 1-0, with the game-winner by Virginia’s Lia Godfrey off of a free kick. BYU also lost to Santa Clara 1-0 on the road this season.
COUGARS VS. CAVALIERS. BYU and Virginia have faced each other two times, with Virginia winning both games. The first matchup dates back to 2001, and the Cavaliers won 3-2 on their home field. The most recent matchup occurred last season when the Cavaliers defeated the Cougars 2-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. That loss stunned BYU and had many Cougar players looking to avenge themselves this season.
SOUTHEAST NCAA BRACKET. The NCAA second round continues on Friday with South Carolina, who defeated No. 2 North Carolina, facing Hofstra at 12 p.m. MST. USC, the third seed, faces Penn State at 2:30 p.m. MST. If No. 4 BYU wins and No. 3 USC loses, BYU could host an Elite 8 matchup in Provo as the highest remaining seed in the region. See the full 2021 Division I Women's Soccer Official Bracket at NCAA.com.