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BYU, Santa Clara Advance To NCAA Round of 16

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COMPLETE NCAA RECAPS – BYU COUGARS | PEPPERDINE WAVES | SANTA CLARA BRONCOS 

The West Coast Conference is sending two teams to the NCAA Round of 16 after BYU and Santa Clara both posted Second Round victories to advance. Fourth-seeded BYU defeated Oklahoma, 2-1, and will face one-seed South Carolina Saturday. Santa Clara stunned the tournament's overall top seed with a golden goal at Stanford for a 1-0 win. WCC champion Pepperdine saw its season end with a loss to NC State.

BYU 2, OKLAHOMA 1
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ashley Hatch and Michele Vasconcelos each scored in BYU's 2-1 win over Oklahoma Thursday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Stone Stadium.

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.


SANTA CLARA 1, STANFORD 0 (2OT)
PALO ALTO, Calif. – In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Santa Clara women's soccer beat No. 2 Stanford, the top-seed in the bracket, 1-0 in double overtime Friday night to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2013.


Melissa Lowder withstood 31 shots from the Stanford (18-2-1) offense to keep the game scoreless and give Santa Clara (11-6-4) a chance to come away with the upset. Lowder made a career-high 14 saves against a potent Cardinal offense that had only been shutout one other time this season.


The game-winner came in the 108th minute on the first of the year from Jenna Holtz. Natalie Kennedy sent a ball across the field to Holtz who was alone in the box. She controlled the pass and finished far post after a deflection off a defender to give Santa Clara the victory. It was just the third shot on goal of the night for the Broncos.

Stanford was in control of the ball for the vast majority of the action. The Cardinal attempted 31 shots and put 14 on goal to just seven and three, respectively, for the Broncos but Santa Clara was never fazed after preparing for it during the week.


This was the 16th straight overtime match for Santa Clara without a loss. The Broncos are 10-0-6 in those games.

This is the first win for Santa Clara over Stanford in the NCAA Tournament since 2004. The Broncos beat the Cardinal 1-0 in double overtime in the second round in Santa Clara. They had never won in Palo Alto against Stanford in the NCAA Tournament.

The Broncos return to the field Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. NC State in the Sweet 16.


NORTH CAROLINA STATE 1, PEPPERDINE 0
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The No. 19 Pepperdine women’s soccer team came up just short in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, falling to North Carolina State 1-0.

The Waves end their season 12-5-4 overall, making their ninth run into the NCAA Tournament and sixth into the second round. Pepperdine has now made the tournament four of the last six years and advanced in two of the last three seasons.

The Wolfpack scored in the 65th minute when Kristina Schuster sent a service into the box that found its way to the head of Taylor Porter for what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

Both teams had a couple chances each in the first half, but the second half was where the action picked up. Hailey Stenberg nearly got the Waves on the board a minute after the break, sending a shot that just sailed over the bar.

After Pepperdine fell behind 1-0, Stenberg again got off a good looking shot, but it sailed wide of the left post. Rylee Baisden sent a beautiful free kick into the box in the 80th minute and Danielle Thomas got a head on it, but it bounced just outside the post again.

Hannah Seabert came up big in the net several times for the Waves, making two crucial stops in the first half and then one late in the game. Seabert kept NC State off the board with a fingertip save in the 36th minute and then in the 42nd minute swatted aside a dangerous chance from deep in the left side of the box. The senior goalkeeper kept Pepperdine within one goal in the 84th minute, coming out to stop an open shot in the box.