BYU COUGARS

BYU Soccer Advances To Round Of 16 With Blowout Victory Over Louisville

Nov 21, 2019, 9:09 PM | Updated: Nov 22, 2019, 9:43 am
BYU's 8 Mikayla Colohan beats Louisville's 19 Maisie Whitsett during the NCAA soccer tournament at ...
BYU's 8 Mikayla Colohan beats Louisville's 19 Maisie Whitsett during the NCAA soccer tournament at BYU in Provo on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Deseret News)
(Photo courtesy of Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – Through one half of play, the undefeated BYU women’s soccer team was scoreless against the Louisville Cardinals from the ACC. But the No. 2-seeded Cougars remained optimistic that an explosive attack in the second half would be coming, and that it did.

BYU (20-0-1) defeated the Cardinals 4-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. The win advances BYU to the Sweet 16 round for the first time since the 2016 season and the sixth appearance all-time in the Round of 16.

“We withstood the pressure (from Louisville) and we knew when we got to the second half we’d be able to turn things on,” said BYU head coach Jen Rockwood.

Louisville’s pressure came in the form of a shot off the crossbar in the first half. It was a wake-up call for the Cougars according to BYU midfielder Mikayla Colohan. Despite the pressure and close calls from the Cardinal, the match was scoreless at the midway point.

In the second half, BYU scored three goals within a 10-minute stretch all from their leaders in senior Elise Flake and juniors Mikayla Colohan and Cameron Tucker.

Flake got things started in the 61st minute off an assist from Tucker. Flake’s goal was her 20th of the season and marked only the second BYU player in program history to score 20 goals in one season. The other being Shauna Rohbock who scored 20-plus goals in 1998.

BYU scored their fourth and final goal in the 82nd minute after a handball from Louisville gave Colohan her second goal of the night.

Between Flake, Colohan, and Tucker, BYU’s terrific trio has combined for 45 goals on the season as they continue to be a near-unstoppable force for opposing defenses.

With the victory, the Cougars have won their 20th game of the season. Its the third time in program history that BYU has won 20 games in a single season. The last time coming in 2012. A season that BYU advanced to the Elite 8.

“You know obviously, it’s [20-win season] huge,” Rockwood said. “We want to appreciate and enjoy the moment and the girls have worked hard to deserve it. We’re trying to not think about how many wins or that sort of thing, we’re just trying to move one game at a time.”

Now BYU will look to continue their undefeated season when they host the NC State Wolfpack from the ACC in the Round of 16 this Saturday at South Field at 6 p.m.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU/Stanford, Jaren Hall...
Mitch Harper

BYU Vs. Stanford: Game Day Preview Plus Score Prediction

BYU football closes out the regular season against Stanford. Who comes out on top?
11 hours ago
Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers, BYU Football...
Mitch Harper

Fred Warner Visits BYU Football Team In Preparation For Stanford Game

The former BYU star made sure to visit his guys before they take on the Stanford Cardinal.
1 day ago
BYU Basketball, Dayton, Battle 4 Atlantis...
Mitch Harper

Takeaways From BYU’s Memorable Comeback Win Over Dayton

The takeaways from BYU's memorable victory over the Dayton Flyers at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
1 day ago
BYU Basketball, Battle 4 Atlantis, Dayton Flyers...
Mitch Harper

BYU Overcomes 23-Point Deficit To Defeat Dayton At Battle 4 Atlantis

A surprising victory for BYU basketball after trailing at one point, 32-9.
1 day ago
BYU Basketball, Fousseyni Traore, Battle 4 Atlantis...
Mitch Harper

BYU Falls To Butler Despite Big Performance From Traore

BYU drops to 0-2 in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.
2 days ago
Jamaal-Williams-Detroit-Lions-Buffalo-Bills-NFL-Thanksgiving-Day...
Kyle Ireland

Lions RB Jamaal Williams Finds Paydirt On Thanksgiving Day

Former BYU and current Detroit Lions RB Jamaal Williams found paydirt with a touchdown run against the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day.
2 days ago
BYU Soccer Advances To Round Of 16 With Blowout Victory Over Louisville