Santa Clara becomes the only unseeded team in the country to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals after routing North Carolina State, 3-0, at Cagan Stadium in Stanford. In Columbia, S.C., #4 BYU saw its season end in a 1-0 loss to the host #1 South Carolina Gamecocks.
SANTA CLARA 3, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 0
PALO ALTO, Calif. – On a dark and rainy Bay Area day, Santa Clara women's soccer beat North Carolina State 3-0 Sunday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.
The Broncos (12-4-6) have posted three shutouts in three NCAA Tournament games while scoring seven goals. It was the first time Santa Clara has picked up three consecutive shutouts in the tournament since 2004, the last year the team made the College Cup.
The Bronco defense blocked eight of the Wolfpack's (11-7-4) 18 shots and Melissa Lowder was rock-solid in net yet again, saving all six balls NC State put on frame. Santa Clara scored on three of its seven shots.
The Broncos took a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute off a penalty kick taken by Jordan Jesolva. She finished left side as the goalkeeper dove right. Ella Bonner attempted to stop a ball in the box by going her knees but the ball skipped on the wet field and hit her in the arm for a hand ball.
Tziarra King had the best chance for NC State in the 72nd minute and almost tied the game. She worked to get down the field and into the box before shooting far post and past the diving Lowder but the shot hit the post and Santa Clara cleared.
The Broncos would respond with a pair of insurance goals in the next four minutes.
Julie Vass added the first in the 80th minute. A pass from the right side went to Vass in the box and she wrestled the ball away from a defender whose momentum pushed her up field. The shot went over the keeper and off the crossbar before bouncing down and in.
Minutes later, on a free kick in the 84th, Brittany Ambrose made it 3-0 Broncos. She curled a free kick from just outside the box to the right post. The goalkeeper got a hand on the ball and it appeared to not cross the end line but the referee signaled for the goal.
Santa Clara plays at Georgetown Saturday at 9 a.m. Pacific in the quarterfinals.
A Bronco win on Saturday would put them in the 11th College Cup in program history. This year's is at Avaya Stadium, just down the road from the Santa Clara campus.
SOUTH CAROLINA 1, BYU 0
COLUMBIA, S.C. — BYU's NCAA tournament run ended in the Sweet 16 on Saturday night, with the Cougars falling 1-0 against top seed South Carolina at Stone Stadium.
For BYU, it was the fifth trip in program history to the third round of the tournament, and the third time Cougars' tournament ended there.
Despite close chances for both teams, the first half resulted in a 0-0 tie.
South Carolina placed seven first-half shots on goal. Hannah Clark saved four, while BYU had three team saves.
In the 69th minute, a penalty kick was awarded to South Carolina after a foul in the box. Chelsea Drennan put it past clard to give the Gamecocks a 1-0 advantage.
That was the only score of the match, as the Cougars were unable to equalize in the remaining time.
On the game, BYU outshot South Carolina 14-13, and had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
BYU finished the season 18-3-1.