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BOULDER, Colo. - For the second straight season No. 15 BYU women's soccer was eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Colorado, losing 2-0 on Saturday at Prentup Field.
The Buffs scored a goal in each half as they gave the Cougars a first-round loss for the first time since 2007 when they lost 2-0 to Texas. The last time BYU didn't make it past the first round was in 2010, falling in PKs to UCLA after a scoreless draw.
On Saturday, Colorado struck first in the seventh minute as Olivia Pappalardo shot from 20 yards from the right side of the goal back towards the middle for a 1-0 lead. The Buffs added their second goal in the 53rd minute when Colorado was able to maintain possession after a corner kick. Madison Krauser scored off a cross from Morgan Stanton to make it 2-0.
Colorado advances to play North Carolina in the NCAA second round after shutting out its fourth opponent in its last five games.
The Cougars outshot their opponents 20-10, but the Buffaloes had more shots on goal 9-8. That accuracy by Colorado led BYU keeper Katherine Snyder to make the second most saves in an NCAA tournament game in BYU history with seven. The Cougars did force Colorado keeper Kate Scheele into eight saves.
Marissa Nimmer led BYU in shots with four, putting two on frame. Ashley Hatch took three shots and put two on goal while Nadia Gomes took three shots. Jaiden Thornock, Michele Murphy and Niki Fernandes each took two shots.
Starting defender Avery Calton left the game just 13 minutes in and didn't return. The game was the final one for seniors Annie Amos, Jaiden Thornock, Katherine Snyder and Niki Fernandes.