BYU, the only unbeaten team in the NCAA Division I Women's Tournament, improved to 21-0-1 with a convincing 3-0 win over N.C. State before 3,629 fans in Provo on Saturday night.
The Cougars, who moved into the quarterfinals for the third time in program history,
put pressure on the Wolfpack from the outset of the game and opened the scoring in the 12th minute on the first of two goals by Cameron Tucker.
"We were really excited to get
going," said Tucker, who is third on the Cougars with 12 goals. "Every time we score early in the game, we’re doing something right and it makes the rest of the game a lot easier. We were
anticipating it and wanting to go to goal right from the beginning."
Josie Guinn had the second goal in the 34th minute. Tucker added to the BYU lead in the 49th minute. Sabrina
Davis held off N.C. State the rest of the way, making seven saves, all in the second half.
"It was a fantastic night for us," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "I'm really
proud of these girls and how hard they've worked to get to this point. It was a phenomenal performance tonight against a very talented and organized N.C. State team. We came out confident and composed
in the first half to have a lot of good success early on."
BYU will face the winner of Sunday's Stanford-Penn State match in the quarterfinals.