The Lady Tar Heels were way athletic out-shooting BYU 23-8. The Cougars were
impressive to take those guys to the 2nd OT. It was definitely great experience
for our team.
What a great season for BYU! NC dominated the game, but BYU had three good
chances to pull the game out and go to the College Cup. Rockwood should
definitely be coach of the year.I thought BYU was intimidated the
first fifteen minutes, and then started playing BYU soccer. But it's tough
to play good soccer consistently when you play such a talented, deep team.
Lindsi was definitely one of the best players on the pitch and deserves a shot
at the USWNT. Carlie was a wily veteran in forcing the ref to make the pk
call.What amazes me is how games at this point in the tournament are
on the knife's edge and can go either way. Both NC and BYU needed to win
on PK's to get to the Elite 8. A lucky bounce or deflection could have
changed the outcome of last night's game. At this level, the margin
between victory and defeat is razor thin. Great job Cougars! Use this season
to advance your program to a consistent top-10 team and NCAA tournament
participant. Based upon all-state reports, it looks like BYU has a pipeline of
Some gutsy play from BYU.Having watched NCAA soccer & BYU for
nearly 20 years, I don't recall seeing a team with more speed than UNC last
night. BYU did all they could to stay with UNC and nearly pulled out a win.
Good coaching from Rockwood to turn to a defensive minded game. Some great
defensive stops from the backline and goalie (and some luck). BYU still had a
great shot to win. Still would have love to to see Cutshall take that shot on
the breakaway instead of the self pass. I will miss this senior
class. Some great players that play with heart.All credit to UNC.
Number 19 was clearly the best player on the pitch. Great player to watch. She
should have played center mid on the U20's instead of wing. O'hai
missed some good shots, surprising, but she was still amazing. I'd like to
see her playing attacking midfield on the national team. She is a superior
passer and must be double teamed to contain. As she showed in Japan.Cutshall showed she was right up there with those other national team players.
USWNT needs defenders and Cutshall should be in the mix.
BYU's keeper was amazing, she is big strong and athletic most keepers would
have given up 4or5 goals under the attack she was under. She was outstanding!.
Jennifer Rockwood should get NCAA coach of the year, with what she did with this
team. From not qualifying last year to taking this team to the elite 8!.
fantastic job of coaching.
Have to agree with Nomo that Cutshall certainly was not head and shoulders above
the NC U-20 players. However, it should be pointed out that there were two of
them and only one Cutshall. Also, Cutshall was responsible for most
of BYU's effective attacks as she left her center defender position to make
long runs to the offensive end. That has got to take a lot out of you by the
end of a double OT game. BYU was clearly gassed as nobody even made
an attempt to win the skidding kick from the keeper that led to the winning
goal. When Cutshall came up to challenge Ohai at the receiving end, Ohai felt
the pressure, let the ball slip by and it was all over. Cutshall appeared to
have rubber legs at that point.It should also be mentioned that
Erica Owens is an incredible keeper. She seemed absolutely exhilarated to be
involved in a match like this where she was challenged. She is spectacular and
worth the price of admission all on her own.
This was the first BYU women's soccer game I have seen this year.From
my observations UNC was clearly the superior team last night. They were faster,
more tenacious, and better conditioned, which is surprising considering the
elevation. BYU played pretty good defense, especially, the goalie which kept
them in the game. However I didn't see anything of the highly touted,
aggressive offense I had heard so much about. It seemed as if their offensive
strategy was to clear the ball downfield and hope one of the BYU women could run
under it --much like what I see in youth soccer leagues. Any attempt to move
the ball downfield in a patient organized matter was quickly intercepted by a
much more athletic UNC player.Speed kills, and UNC is loaded with
It would have been informative to get a comment from Rockwood on the intended
BYU tactic. Was it intentional that they pulled back the offense or is that
just the way it played out?NC used superior speed and aggression to
pressure every BYU possession. This resulted in BYU kicking the ball ahead
aimlessly to an unchallenged NC defense since there was either no BYU forward or
just one. This allowed NC to play defense with just three players while giving
the remaining seven free reign to go on the attack. On the few
occasions where BYU was able to gain possession in the offensive end, the
numbers (3 v 1) allowed NC to slow the attack and BYU was unable to provide
support faster than NC. BYU was also unsuccessful at spreading out the NC
defensive line by going wide due to the speed of the NC defense.Intended tactic or not, BYU, playing defensively, was able to hang with NC and
had a couple of chances to win in OT. It was kind of ugly to watch from a BYU
offensive standpoint but it was certainly effective if you are of the opinion
that NC had the superior talent.
Sorry ed both UNC goals came on the play of those U-20 players with several near
misses from those U-20 players. Head and shoulders above them, I think not..Did
you watch the last play of the game, U-20 vs Cutshall?
I had never previously watched a women's soccer match but this was well
worth the hour and a half I spent watching with my wife and children. Thank you
BYUtv for the opportunity to see events like this that probably should be seen
by many many more. I was impressed with both teams and the final ten minutes of
regulation and both overtimes were quite thrilling. I was also pleased to see a
sell-out crowd. It was apparent that many of the fans (like me) were not used
to watching soccer, so the cheers and heckling weren't very coordinated,
but they were loud and I believe the crowd made a difference in this game.
North Carolina came in with a lot more confidence than BYU but the Cougars were
always in it and really delivered a great match.
It was a great match!! Just missed a couple of great opportunities. UNC had a
couple of quick players that made it tough. Excellent season. They had a couple
of players play on the U-20 World Cup team. But Lindsay Lisonbee Cutshall was
head and shoulders above them and almost put them through to the next round.
I hope BYU TV shows replays of this match for those of us who couldnt watch it
live. Sounds like a great match.