USC advanced to the third round of the NCAA Women's Soccer tournament after defeating BYU in overtime
After a 1-1 lockup held through two overtimes, the teams lined up for a penalty kick shootout to decide who would advance to next week's NCAA Third Round. BYU took the first shot against Olsen and put it away. Janessa Currier lined up next and drilled hers to keep it even. Up against Alyssa Vander Veur, Olsen dove for the ball and gathered it in to silence the crowd. Stacey Strong set up USC for the go-ahead strike and nailed it for a 2-1 advantage in the shootout. Facing her third Cougar shooter, Olsen put a stop to that attempt as well. Karter Haug knocked in her opportunity to make it a 3-1 lead, and although BYU made good on their next PK, Megan Ohai's blast to the top right corner decided the game for the Trojans with a 4-2 edge in the shootout.
It looks like USC will once again face ucla, although the bruins must first defeat San Diego in a mtach that was delayed to Monday due to the rampant outbreak of fires. Although USC has failed to beat our crosstown rivals for many years during the regular season, they beat them in the tourney last en route to a championship Good luck to the Women of Troy and fight on!
** Also, as an aside, how is it that the NCAA can hold a tournamnet in the middle of fall semester for women's soccer, but cite it as an academic issue for other sports?