BYU Women’s Soccer Defeats UNC In Miracle Comeback, Advances To College Cup

Nov 24, 2023, 8:40 PM

BYU Women's Soccer, North Carolina, Comeback Win...

BYU women's soccer defeats North Carolina to advance to the NCAA College Cup. (Megan Nielsen, Deseret News)

(Megan Nielsen, Deseret News)

BYU Women’s Soccer is advancing to the College Cup for only the second time in program history.

After the first 20 minutes of action against North Carolina on Friday night, that didn’t appear to be a likely outcome. But No. 1-seed BYU roared back to pull off an improbable 4-3 comeback victory over the Tar Heels.

BYU was down 3-0 after the first 20 minutes as UNC star player Ally Sentnor booted two goals and Maycee Bell got the scoring started for the Tar Heels, giving them a commanding 3-0 lead.

BYU went into the halftime locker room with that same deficit. The high-powered BYU offense didn’t come to life until the 61st minute when Bella Folino got the Cougars on the board.

Entering the 81st minute, BYU still trailed 3-1, but the miracle comeback went into effect.

Brecken Mozingo scored a goal off her right foot to bring BYU within one. Then, one minute later, Bella Folino came through again to give BYU the equalizer in the 82nd minute.

After the equalizer goal, it felt like BYU was in a spot to take down the Tar Heels in an overtime period. But BYU wanted the victory in regulation.

On the snowy pitch, BYU stayed in attack mode. In the 89th minute, senior captain Olivia Wade-Katoa did the unthinkable, scoring the go-ahead goal to put BYU in front.

BYU women’s soccer defeats North Carolina 4-3

The sell-out crowd at South Field erupted as BYU pulled off a miracle comeback against a North Carolina program that has won the most National Championships in NCAA Women’s Soccer history.

As the final seconds ran off, BYU fans stormed the field and celebrated the Cougars big victory.

The win is BYU’s first in program history against North Carolina. UNC defeated BYU last year in the Sweet 16 and back in the Elite Eight in 2012.

Next up: College Cup in Cary, North Carolina

Now BYU got its revenge and sets its sights on the Tar Heels’ backyard in Cary, North Carolina, host of the College Cup.

BYU will face Stanford in the National Semifinals on Friday, December 1.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU in the Big 12 Conference on X and Threads: @Mitch_Harper.

Take us with you wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU Football Roster, Spring Camp, Kalani Sitake, Sam Vander Haar...

Mitch Harper

BYU Football Roster For 2024 Spring Camp

BYU's roster during spring football practices.

7 hours ago

AP Top 25, BYU Basketball, Trevin Knell...

Mitch Harper

BYU Climbs Back Into AP Top 25 Rankings, Utah State Stays Put

The final AP Top 25 poll of the regular season features two teams from the state of Utah.

10 hours ago

BYU Basketball, Kansas Jayhawks, All-Time Win...

Mitch Harper

Cougar Sports Roundtable: Where BYU’s Win At Kansas Ranks, Spring Ball Objectives

The Cougar Sports Saturday crew ranks the greatest wins in BYU basketball history, plus looks at the key objectives for BYU football in spring camp.

11 hours ago

Big 12 Basketball, Power Rankings, BYU, Kansas...

Mitch Harper

Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings: BYU Soars Entering Final Week

Big 12 basketball enters the final week of the regular season.

1 day ago

Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament, Bracket, 2024 Schedule...

Mitch Harper

Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket, Schedule Released For 2024 Season

The bracket and schedule for the 14-team field in the Big 12 Women's Tournament.

1 day ago

BYU Basketball, Fousseyni Traore, TCU...

Mitch Harper

Takeaways From BYU’s Comeback Victory Over TCU

BYU's Fousseyni Traore and Richie Saunders shined in the comeback win over the Horned Frogs.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

BYU Women’s Soccer Defeats UNC In Miracle Comeback, Advances To College Cup