NCAA Quarterfinals on Friday for #1 seed BYU
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PROVO, Utah - The No. 1 seed BYU women's soccer team will continue its homestand through the 2012 NCAA Tournament this week when they host No. 2 seed North Carolina on Friday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. MST in the Quarterfinals live on BYUtv and online at byutv.org.
To advance, the Cougars defeated No. 4 seed Marquette in penalty kicks after both teams were held scoreless through regulation and two overtime periods. Freshmen Paige Hunt, Michele Murphy and Marissa Nimmer, sophomores Jaiden Thornock and Kayla Varner, and senior Cami Jensen each scored penalty kicks to help the Cougars seal the victory. Varner's goal was the game-winner.
BYU is led offensively by senior Jessica Ringwood's nine goals, followed closely by freshman Michele Murphy's eight. Senior Carlee Payne Holmoe has nine assists to lead the squad. Eleven different players have recorded double-digit shots through the season thus far and 19 players on the roster have tallied at least one.
The Cougars are outscoring their opponents 50-11 in 23 games this season while averaging 18.7 shots per game and holding their opponents to 7.9.
BYU is on a 20-game unbeaten streak, dating back to the team's third game of the season on August 25. BYU's defense and junior goalkeeper Erica Owens hasn't allowed more than one goal in a single game since the season opener almost three months ago.
No. 2 seed North Carolina is making its first trip to Provo this week and has a long tradition of college soccer excellence. The Tar Heels have won 20 total NCAA Championship titles including three in the last six years.
The Tar Heels are led offensively by four players who have each scored seven goals this season. Summer Green, Amber Brooks, Kealia Ohai and Maria Lubrano lead the squad.
UNC’s offense is outscoring its opponents 48-15 on the year while averaging 17 shots per game and holding its opponents to just 7.3.
The Tar Heels fell 1-0 to Virginia in the ACC Tournament but were selected as an at-large bid after going 10-5-2 through the regular season.
To advance to the Quarterfinals and play BYU, UNC defeated Radford 2-0 in the First Round, Illinois 9-2 in the Second Round and No. 3 seed Baylor in the Third Round in penalty kicks.
How to Follow
Friday's game can be seen live on BYUtv and online for free at byutv.org. Gametracker is available through the BYU schedule page and fans can also follow the BYU women's soccer Twitter page for updates.
Tickets can be purchased online now at BYUtickets.com or on the day of the game. Reserved seating is sold out.
Adult General Admission - $7
General Admission (w/ student ID) - $5
Ages 2-5 (General Admission) - $1
Students w/ All-Sports Pass - FREE
(Students can guarantee themselves a ticket to the game by going to the Marriott Center ticket office starting Wednesday at 9 a.m. to scan their All-Sports Pass for a hard ticket. Limit 1 ticket per Sports Pass.)