BYU women’s soccer team beats South Carolina 4-1 to reach first College Cup

(Photo courtesy of BYU Athletics) BYU's Makayla Colohan dribbles the ball upfield during a recent Cougar women's soccer game.

The BYU women’s soccer team earned its first trip to the Final Four after beating South Carolina 4-1 in the regional final of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night at South Field in Provo.

Mikayla Colohan and Makaylie Moore each scored two goals for the Cougars (17-4-1), who will play at West Coast Conference rival Santa Clara in the semifinals on Friday at Stevens Stadium. Rutgers takes on Florida State in the other semifinal.

BYU, making its fourth Elite Eight appearance, opened both halves with goals in less than three minutes, while the Cougars’ defense allowed the Gamecocks only five shots the entire match.

“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,” BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “I am just really excited to be with them.

“I don’t think the College Cup thing has really hit yet, but it’s just a huge accomplishment. I know few people get an opportunity to coach in one or play in one, so we’ll make the most of it for sure.”