The BYU women’s soccer players won’t be at the mall on Black Friday. Instead, the program earned a bid to the NCAA Regional Finals after defeating Marquette last Saturday.
Marquette and BYU went to penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation, and then the Cougars finished off the Golden Eagles 6-5 in the shootout.
BYU junior goalkeeper Erica Owens made two saves during the shootout, giving the Cougars the victory.
Next up for the Cougars will be national power North Carolina. In the last 28 seasons, the Tar Heels won 20 national championships, and played in three others.
Their last national championship appearance was in 2009 when they defeated Stanford 1-0. However, this will be the first time in Tar Heel history that they play a regional final on the road.
By virtue of having the No. 1 seed, the Cougars will host Friday’s match. The game will be played at the Smith Fieldhouse, kicking off at 6 p.m. The winner will advance to the Final Four in San Diego, Cali. starting Nov 30.
Football notes: Aggies claim WAC title, enter polls
Utah State is reaping the rewards for its huge overtime victory over Louisiana Tech. Sure, there is the plus of being the only ranked program in the state of Utah, but they now have a highly probable shot at an outright championship when they finish off the regular season hosting Idaho Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
While Utah failed to qualify for a bowl game and BYU struggled to stay over .500, the Aggies proved to be the brightest spot this football season. The Aggies sit at 9-2 overall, with their losses coming by a combined five points. Looking back, the school is two field goals away from qualifying for a BCS bowl bid.
While a BCS bowl is out, the Aggies could make a higher bowl than they are currently slotted for.
The WAC champion receives an automatic bid to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise. However, due to their high rank, another more lucrative game could come calling. With nearly 70 bowl spots available, odds are good that a higher-paying bowl could need a spot to fill.
While the Aggies can look at a few missed opportunities keeping them from the BCS, Utah looks back and sees their missed opportunities keeping them out of the postseason.
At 4-7, the Utes are eliminated from bowl contention but can salvage some pride by beating Colorado. The Buffaloes are a league-worst at 1-10 and have been on the wrong end of several lopsided scores this season.
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