The BYU women’s soccer team continues to make noise in the NCAA Tournament, and will get a chance to advance to the Final Four in front of its home crowd.
BYU is hosting the Elite 8 round of the tournament for just the second time in school history. The Cougars face the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday at 5 p.m. on South Field in Provo. It will be only the second time ever that the Cougars and Gamecocks have played each other.
The stage is set for a Cougars team that has lost only one game on their home field all season.
The Cougars are riding a five-game winning streak into the Elite 8 matchup against South Carolina. They beat the top-seeded Virginia 1-0 last Saturday on the road to advance. Senior forward Cameron Tucker put away the game-winning in the 47th minute.
The last time BYU played South Carolina was in the third round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks came away with the 1-0 win that time.
If the Cougars win, they’ll advance to the College Cup for the time in the history of the program.
BYU has the top scoring offense in the country this season at 3.48 goals per game. It is also first in shots per game (24.4).
Tucker and senior midfielder Mikayla Colohan each have 16 goals in 2021, tied for sixth best in the country. Colohan is fourth in the country in assists with 14.
The Gamecocks of the Southeastern Conference come into the matchup with BYU holding a 14-6-1 record overall this season. They have a three-game winning streak. Catherine Barry leads the team in goals with eight, while Ryan Gareis has nine assists and four goals. Lauren Chang has 10 assists, which leads the team.