"It was a battle," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "I thought we played well, scoring in the first half and then getting the second goal. There was a little craziness that happend. They got a goal and we had to gut it out at the end."
Hatch's header in the 11th minute gave BYU a 1-0 lead. The attack started with Vasconcelos passing to Stephanie Ringwood Ney, who crossed to Hatch just inside the penalty spot. Hatch placed it past Oklahoma keeper Kassidie Stade for the early advantage.
It was Hatch’s 19th goal of the season and first career NCAA tournament goal. Ney was credited with her second assist of the year while Vasconcelos picked up her 13th.
The Cougars held that the 1-0 edge at halftime. They outshot the Sooners 10-3 in the first half.
Vasconcelos scored a goal 20 minutes into the second half to put BYU up 2-0. She extended her scoring streak to seven games with an unassisted shot chipped over Stade. It hit the bottom side of the cross bar and bounced down into the net.
The goal was Vasconcelos’ 16th of the year and her second of this year’s NCAA tournament.
Oklahoma scored in the 82nd minute of the game, as Rachel Ressler scored off an assist from Lizzie Luallin to cut the deficit to one goal.
BYU was able to hold on in the last eight minutes for the win.
The Cougars will take on the winner of Thursday's late matchup of top seed South Carolina and Colorado. BYU's third-round matchup will be on Saturday at 7 p.m. EST at Stone Stadium. A radio broadcast can be heard on the Cougar IMG Network, ESPN 960 AM and BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143), with video broadcast details to follow.
PROVO, Utah – BYU women's soccer will travel to Columbia, South Carolina, on Thursday to take on Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Stone Stadium.
The No. 4 Cougars (17-2-1) beat UNLV 2-0 in the first round of the tournament to advance. That marked the fourth time in the last five years BYU has advanced past the first round.
Michele Vasconcelos scored the Cougars' first goal against the Rebels. Vasconcelos, the 2016 WCC Player of the Year, has scored a goal in six straight games. Elena Medeiros scored the second goal after also scoring a goal in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year. She did so against Utah Valley in a 1-0 win.
The BYU defense, anchored by 2016 WCC Defensive Player of the Year Taylor Isom, recorded its 13th shutout of the season against UNLV. Goalkeeper Hannah Clark has a save percentage this season of .868.
The No. 25 Sooners (14-6-2) won their first NCAA tournament game in program history by knocking off SMU 1-0 in the first round. They've shown steady improvement since head coach Matt Potter's first year in 2012, when Oklahoma went 7-9-4.
Senior Liz Keester has paced the Sooners this season, with nine goals and six assists. Five of her goals this season have been game-winners.
Key wins for Oklahoma this season have come against Arizona, TCU and Texas. The Sooners beat the WCC's Loyola Marymount 4-1 on Aug. 21.
- Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4:00 EST p.m. at Stone Stadium at the University of South Carolina
- Radio: The Cougar IMG Network, ESPN 960 AM and BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143)
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Colette Smith (analyst)
- Video Stream: SEC Network Plus
BYU and Oklahoma have played twice, with the Sooners winning in 2011 in Norman, Oklahoma, and the Cougars winning two years later in Provo.