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Published: Friday, Nov. 23 2012 11:41 p.m. MST

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runnerguy50
Virginia Beach, Va

I hope BYU TV shows replays of this match for those of us who couldnt watch it live. Sounds like a great match.

ed in atl
Duluth, GA

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.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

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.

nomo
Draper, UT

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?

romorg
PROVO, UT

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.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

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.

romorg
PROVO, UT

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.

nomo
Draper, UT

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.

satch
Highland, UT

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.

Bobby McMahon
Salt Lake City, UT

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 good recruits.

Zoniezoobie
Mesa, AZ

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.

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