COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS In the first 18 minutes of the game, the Brigham Young University women's soccer team gave up two goals to a freshman who had only scored once all season. That proved to be too much to overcome as the Cougars fell 2-0 to the University of Texas in the first round of the NCAA soccer College Cup Thursday afternoon on the campus of Texas A&M University.
Freshman Alicia Ortiz, who was benched earlier in the year because she had not been scoring enough, scored 10:33 into the first half after she drew senior goalkeeper Erika Woodbury out of the box. Coming into the game, Woodbury had set BYU career records for saves (256) and shutouts. At 18:16 of the first half, Ortiz struck a powerful kick from 18 yards out that deflected off a BYU defender for the game's final goal.
The loss ends the 24th-ranked Cougars' season at 17-4-2, while 10th-ranked Texas improved to 16-3-5 with the win. Texas will play the winner of Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.
Despite the loss, BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood said she was proud of how her team continued to attack the goal throughout the match. BYU had twice as many shots as Texas (25 to 12) and had nine shots on goal compared to seven for the Longhorns.
"I'm really proud of how we played, especially in the second half," Rockwood said. "We've fought hard throughout the year, and we kept that same spirit in this game."