BYU defeated by No. 1 Stanford in NCAA quarterfinals
STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 4 BYU women’s soccer team was defeated 5-1 by No. 1 Stanford on Friday afternoon at Cagan Stadium.
“Stanford is such a great team with great individual players and they have been well-coached. They’ve been playing at this level for so long now,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “We didn’t pull the trigger and for some reason we did not get our shots off today and you can’t allow that against a team like this.”
Stanford’s Catarina Macario put the Cardinal on the board in the 17th minute on their fifth shot of the game to take an early 1-0 lead. On Stanford’s next attack, Rachel Lyman cleared the ball near the goal line to keep the Cardinal from adding another goal to the score line.
In the 30th minute, a cross to Macario extended Stanford’s lead to 2-0 as she one-touched the ball past a diving Sabrina Davis.
Two goals in the final four minutes of the first half gave the Cardinal a dominant 4-0 advantage at the break. After one half, Stanford recorded 20 shots compared to the Cougars’ four.
The Cardinal scored their fifth goal in the 54th minute after the ball deflected into the back of the net.
In the 64th minute, Danika Serassio scored off a free kick as it hit the crossbar and bounced over the line to put BYU on the board and avoid a shutout.
On the game, Stanford racked up 33 shots while the Cougars tallied nine. In goal, Davis grabbed 10 saves.
The Cougars finished their record-breaking season with a 21-1-1 overall record in their 25th season as a program. BYU loses seven seniors but will be returning five of its starters for the 2020 season.
- The last time BYU trailed at halftime was in their only tie of the season at Santa Clara. The Broncos had a 2-1 lead at the break.
- The Cougars scored at least one goal in all 23 matches this season.
- Serassio’s fourth goal was the first goal scored on the Cardinal in the NCAA tournament.
No. 4 BYU and No. 1 Stanford clash in NCAA quarterfinals
PROVO, Utah – The No. 4 BYU women's soccer team will clash with No. 1 Stanford in the NCAA quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 29, at Cagan Stadium.
BYU (21-0-1, 8-0-1 WCC) VS. STANFORD (21-1-0, 11-0-0 PAC-12)
- Friday, Nov. 29, at 3 p.m. PST, at Cagan Stadium
- Live Stream: PAC-12.com
- Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Cougars App and 107.9 FM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Avery Walker (analyst)
NCAA QUARTERFINALS HISTORY. This is the third time in BYU history that the Cougars have reached the NCAA quarterfinals. BYU fell 3-1 to Connecticut in 2003 and in 2012 dropped an overtime game against North Carolina at South Field. As the No. 2 seed, the Cougars are set to face No. 1 seed Stanford. Three of the four No. 1 seeds remain in the tournament (Stanford, Florida State, North Carolina).
MAC HERMANN TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS. For the first time in BYU history, two athletes have been named semifinalists for the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy. Junior Mikayla Colohan and senior Elise Flake join 13 other female athletes from across the country, including two from Stanford (Catarina Macario and Naomi Girma). Three finalists for the award, as voted on by NCAA Division I soccer coaches, will be announced on Dec. 6.
OFFENSIVE POWERHOUSES. This matchup features the top two offensive teams in the nation. Stanford claims the first spot after scoring an impressive 93 goals so far this season, averaging 4.23 goals per game while BYU has found the back of the net 80 times and averages 3.64. Both teams have only allowed 10 goals all year long. The Cardinal are led by junior Catarina Macario who has scored a dominant 30 goals. The Cougars are led by Elise Flake who is fifth in the nation with 20 goals.
THE CARDINAL. Stanford's only loss of the season came against West Coast Conference foe Pepperdine as the Waves took a 1-0 victory in Malibu, California. The Cardinal went on to take the PAC-12 title after going undefeated in conference action. Most recently, Stanford topped No. 4 seed Penn State 2-0 and outshot the Nittany Lions 35 to one.
COUGARS VS. CARDINAL. Stanford leads the series 4-3 with its most recent win coming in 2018 as the Cardinal took a 2-0 win over BYU at South Field. The Cougars played at Stanford twice in 2015, falling 1-0 and 2-1.