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knielsen | Posted: 19 Nov 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars lose 2-1 to Stanford in NCAA Second Round


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STANFORD, Calif. – BYU fell to Stanford 2-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday at Stanford.

The Cougars (16-3-2) equalized the game to begin the second half on a penalty kick from Bizzy Phillips in the 46th minute, but Stanford (18-2-1) found the game-winner in the 75th minute. 

Stanford’s Jordan DiBiasi scored two goals for the Cardinal, making it three on the season against the Cougars after netting the game-winner in the first game, a 1-0 win on Labor Day.

“I thought it was a completely different game than the first one,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “We played phenomenally. We came out strong and put a lot of pressure on them and made them uncomfortable.

“We got the PK, got the game tied and got things going our way. I thought we played a great game.”

Stanford scored first in the 28th minute as a ball fell at DiBiasi’s feet at the right corner of the area. She curled one in at the far post for the 1-0 advantage.

In the first half, the Cougars had a few opportunities with runs into the box, but couldn’t come away with goals. Jocelyn Loomis was shouldered off the ball around the penalty spot in the 27th minute and Madie Lyons wasn’t able to connect on a couple through balls as the Stanford defense would just get a touch.

To start the second half, Nadia Gomes split two defenders on the wing and found space in the box. A slide took her out and the referee whistled for a kick from the spot. Phillips put sent the keeper the wrong way and tied the game at 1-1.

The Cougars had two corner kicks and two shots from Lyons and Elena Medeiros before Stanford struck for its goal. Kyra Carusa got to the end line and sent a pass into the box. DiBiasi put her foot on it and found the far post beating Boaz for the 2-1 lead with 15 minutes left.

In the 79th minute, Hatch drove a shot to the near post from the top of the box but the keeper made the save.

In the 82nd minute, Gomes crossed a ball into the box where Ashley Hatch headed it to the far post. Stanford keeper Jane Campbell dove to keep it out of the net.

An 85th minute corner kick was BYU’s last chance but the Cougars weren’t able to make anything of it as the Cardinal were able to hold on to the win.

The Cougars were out shot 15-10, but had more shots on goal than the Cardinal 6-5.

BYU returns all but three players for next season, as Sarah Chambers Gardner, Marissa Nimmer Linehan and Camille Green Heath graduate.

“I’m really proud of the way our girls played,” Rockwood said. “We executed our gameplan and they gave it everything they had.”


knielsen | Posted: 16 Nov 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU travels to face No. 1 seed Stanford in NCAA Second Round


BYU vs. Stanford NCAA Second Round Game Notes

PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s soccer travels to host No. 1 seed Stanford for a second round NCAA game on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. PT.

The game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network and ESPN 960 AM with Greg Wrubell and Colette Smith on the call. There will be a video stream of the game on

The Cougars advanced to face Stanford with a 1-0 victory over Utah Valley on Saturday at South Field. Elena Medeiros’ goal in the 21st minute stood up as the Cougars shut out the Wolverines on seven shots. It was Medeiros’ fourth game-winning goal of the season and her first career NCAA tournament goal.

Stanford topped San Jose State 2-0 last Friday as the Cardinal found an own goal and a score by Averie Collins in the first half to put the game away. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell kept a clean sheet for Stanford’s 11th shutout of the season.

The two teams played one another on Labor Day at Stanford after a neutral site game in Hawaii was canceled due to a tropical storm and wet field conditions. The Cougars lost 1-0 after allowing their first goal of the season in the first half. BYU played better in the second half, but wasn’t able to find a goal, despite earning the first corner kicks against Stanford of the season and hitting the crossbar on an Ashley Hatch attempt in the 75th minute.

Since falling to Stanford 1-0 on Labor Day, BYU has gone 13-1-2 while Stanford has gone 13-2-1. The Cougars lost to San Francisco and tied Santa Clara and Cal Poly. The Cardinal fell to Santa Clara and Penn State and tied Cal. Both teams won their regular season conference titles with BYU clinching on the final day, while Stanford won its first 10 games in Pac-12 play to clinch before the final weekend when they drew with Cal.

BYU is 2-1-0 in the NCAA tournament against Stanford, winning first round matches 6-1 and 5-0 in 1998 and 2000. The loss came in the second round in 2009 at Stanford by a 2-0 scoreline. The Cardinal have won 26 consecutive home NCAA matches and have been to the College Cup six of the past seven years.

BYU is back in the second round after falling in the first round last season. BYU hasn’t advanced to the Sweet 16 since 2012 when the Cougars made it to the Elite 8 for the second time in program history.

The winner of Thursday’s game will face the winner of Santa Clara-Arizona which will precede the BYU-Stanford game. The winners will face off on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Noon PT.

Tickets for Thursday are good for both games and can be purchased on Stanford’s website or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. Tickets are going fast with four fan bases purchasing tickets to both games so purchase tickets sooner rather than later.


BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood

Preparing for Stanford:

“It’s important for us to do what we’ve been doing. It’s not very often you get a chance to play the same team twice in a season, especially a team as great as Stanford is. We’re preparing like we have for every game. We know we have to believe in ourselves, get the job done and be confident when we get on the field, but more than anything it’s a fantastic opportunity and we’re pretty excited about it.”

Facing Stanford again:

“We learned a lot from that game, things that we had to learn to get better. We learned defensively that we’re a pretty good team, but I think we’ve grown a lot since we’ve played them. 

“Our offense and our attack is quite different than what they saw before, so I’m anxious to see it again. With Ashley (Hatch) getting hurt we’ve had to switch some things. Our attack is as dynamic and as quick as it’s ever been. I think it’s something new to them and something to look forward to. I’m sure Stanford has gotten better as well, but we really feel like we’re a much different and better team than before.”

NCAA tournament:

“You spend the whole season, all the training, all the games, all the travel, to have an opportunity to play in the NCAA. Right now there’s only 32 teams playing so that’s very significant and at the end of the weekend there will only be eight teams left. It’s obviously a huge game for us. The fact that we’re playing Stanford in the second round is what has been given to us and it’s a great opportunity to play one of the most successful women’s soccer programs in the history of soccer. We’ll be ready for them and they’ll be ready for us.”

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