"I thought the girls did a great job," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "They came out strong against a very good UNLV team that was very athletic and obviously had one of their best seasons. It was a challenge for us, but we came out and got a nice goal in the first half that helped us relax a little bit. We challenged the girls to score as early as they could in the second half, and we did that."
BYU improved to 17-2-1 overall while UNLV finished their season 17-3-3.
Vasconcelos found the back of the net first for the Cougars in the 20th minute after a cross from Ashley Hatch. Vasconcelos’ shot deflected off a UNLV defender around the penalty spot making it nearly impossible to stop. It was her 15th goal of the season and the sixth consecutive game she’s scored. Hatch was credited with the assist.
BYU's defense held UNLV to a scoreless first half as the Cougars went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
BYU opened the second half with another goal after Nadia Gomes connected with Paige Hunt Barker who fired it off to Medeiros in the 47th minute. Medeiros hammered a one-touch shot from the left side of the box as the ball flew past the left side of the keeper. It marked her sixth goal of the year as Barker and Medeiros picked up assists.
The Cougars' two goals were enough to secure a 2-0 victory and advance to the second round of the tournament. Goalkeeper Hannah Clark recorded two saves for BYU's 13th shutout of the season. The Cougars recorded 10 shots on goal while holding UNLV to just two.
This is the fourth time in the last five years BYU has advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
BYU will travel to South Carolina to play Oklahoma on Thursday, with the game time and broadcast details to be announced.
PROVO, Utah – No. 4 BYU women's soccer will host UNLV in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday at 7 p.m. MST, at South Field.
"I feel that we're as prepared as we can be," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "This is one of the best teams I've coached here at BYU. Now we just need to go out and beat the teams in front of us."
For the Cougars (16-2-1), it's the fifth-straight NCAA tournament appearance after sharing the West Coast Conference title with Pepperdine. BYU received the at-large bid as the Waves' head-to-head win gave them the WCC automatic berth.
UNLV went 16-3-3 and 8-1-2 in the Mountain West Conference. The Rebels beat San Diego State in a penalty kick shootout for the league automatic berth.
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. MST. Season ticket holders and Cougar Club members will have until noon to call the ticket office and order their same season tickets for Friday's game. Any tickets not purchased by noon will be made available to the general public.
Ticket prices are as follows:
- VIP: $30 (reserved parking, pregame meal, halftime snacks, first choice of seating)
- Section 4: $15
- Sections 3 and 5: $12
- Sections 2 and 7: $8
- General admission bleachers behind the goals: $8 for adults and $5 for students
- ROC Pass holders: $2 (sections 1 and 2, and behind goals)
Broadcast details will be announced shortly.