PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The BYU women’s soccer team is moving on to the College Cup for the first time in its 29-year history.
Mikayla Colohan and Makaylie Moore each scored two goals as the Cougars knocked off South Carolina in the Elite Eight Saturday night at South Field, 4-1.
BYU moves on to play Santa Clara in the NCAA semifinals Friday at the home of the Broncos on Friday. Rutgers and Florida State will play in the other semifinal.
“I do feel this is the best team we’ve had on both sides of the ball right now, especially our attack and just the energy and how hard we play and how well they play together,” said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood. “I am just really excited to be with them.”
Moore opened the scoring less than three minutes into the match on an assist from Colohan. 12 minutes later, Cameron Tucker and Brecken Mozingo assisted on Colohan’s first goal to give BYU a 2-0 lead.
Corinna Zullo cut the BYU lead in half in the 40th minute.
But a minute into the second half, Colohan scored again to give the Cougars a 3-1 lead. Moore made it 4-1 with a brace of her own in the 61st minute.
“We refocused at halftime, readdressed the things we needed to focus on, and we just wanted to come back out with that same energy we started the first half with to get another goal as quickly as possible,” Colohan said.”
“There was great energy tonight,” Tucker said. “We have the best fans and they really brought it tonight. I think as a team we were playing really well together. We had high press from the very beginning, and we knew what we wanted as the outcome.”
BYU improves to 17-4-1 on the season, and is now two wins away from the national championship.