Nov. 12, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The Brigham Young Cougars earned a 2-0 win over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament at Stanford's Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Thursday, November 12 to advance to the second round of the tournament.
With the win BYU now moves to 18-3-3 as it extend its season, and the Gauchos end their season at 9-10-3.
The Cougars and the Gauchos traded shots in the opening minutes of the match, with sophomore forward Cory Yoshida of UCSB hitting a great strike that BYU's keeper McKinzie Olsen was able to get a hand on it to keep the score at 0-0. The Cougars offense came back strong and freshman forward Carlee Payne took a hard shot that got by UCSB goalkeeper Tammy Lenham, and although UCSB defenders were in front of the shot and had the chance to make the clearance, they couldn't get it out of the box and it deflected in for an own goal at the 11:55 mark to give BYU a 1-0 lead.
UCSB would not let down, as it came back with a chance of its own on a header by junior midfielder Nicole Romanowski which went just wide left. The two squads traded opportunities, but BYU would settle down and in the 39th minute forward Jennie Marshall dropped a ball to senior forward Alyssa VanderVeur at the top of the box who rocked a hard, low shot inside the left post for her third goal of the season, and put the Cougars up 2-0.
At the half both the Cougars and the Gauchos were almost even with shots, with a 9-8 advantage to UCSB. Gaucho goalkeeper Leham had four saves to Olsen's two.
In the second half BYU would retain possession for much of the game, having chances to extend its lead. Junior forward Kassidy Shumway, BYU's leading scorer had three shots in the half. Lenham was busy in the net, recording six saves in the half, including a highlight reel save in the 78th minute off a terrific shot by junior midfielder Mercede Koning. Despite its 13 shots in the half to UCSB's two, the Cougars were not able to build on their lead in the second half, and the game ended in a 2-0 win over the Gauchos.
The Cougars will now meet the winner of No. 1 Stanford versus Northern Arizona on Saturday, November 14 at 1 p.m. at Cagan Stadium.