NCAA 2nd & 3rd rounds stay in Provo
PROVO, Utah - The No. 1 seeded BYU women's soccer team will host the Second and Third Rounds of the 2012 NCAA Tournament this week on South Field. As part of the Second Round, the Cougars will host the Auburn Tigers this Thursday at 6 p.m. MST live on BYUtv and online at byutvsports.com.
The other Second Round game to be played on South Field will be between No. 4 seed Marquette and Princeton on Thursday at 3 p.m. MST.
The winners of each game will advance to play in the Third Round on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. MST.
The Cougars received a No. 2 ranking in the final NSCAA poll and are riding a 19-1-1 season record with a .929 W-L-T percentage that is the best the team has had, at this point in the season, since the 1996 campaign when the team went 22-1 for a .957 W-L-T percentage. The current W-L-T percentage is also the second best among other NCAA Division I soccer programs.
BYU is led by senior Jessica Ringwood's nine goals and 77 shots on the year, and Carlee Payne Holmoe's nine assists. The Cougars are out-scoring their opponents 49-11 and holding their opponents to an average of just 7.8 shots per game.
After winning outright the 2012 West Coast Conference championship, BYU was the automatic qualifier and received a No. 1 seed in this year's College Cup. It drew Utah State in the First Round and defeated them 2-1 in Provo last Saturday.
The Tigers travel to Provo with a 13-10-1 overall record and a very good First Round win over Washington under their belts. On the road against Washington, Auburn’s Tori Ball and Mary Nicholson each tallied a goal to give the Tigers the 2-1 victory.
Auburn fell to Florida in the SEC Tournament Championship game but received an at-large bid to this year’s postseason College Cup. The invite is the team’s seventh-straight.
Tatiana Coleman leads the squad with nine goals and nine assists on the year.
Thursday's game will be the first-ever meeting between the Tigers and Cougars.
BYU's game on Thursday against Auburn will be live on BYUtv and streamed online for free at byutvsports.com/gameday. Gametracker is available and fans can also follow the BYU women's soccer Twitter page for updates. Auburn radio will also be broadcasting the game live.
All-session tickets can be purchased now through BYUtickets.com or by calling 801-422-BYU1. Single-game tickets are available on the day of the game only.