Journey to the tourney

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On Monday, the BYU women’s soccer team met at BYU Broadcasting to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show.

“We kind of felt like we deserved to have a number one seed,” forward Carlee Holmoe said, “but I mean in the past it hasn’t gone our way. We were just expecting the worst.”

Instead, the team got the best – a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. Tournament play had always been the goal for the Cougars, but it was extra special for the senior class, including senior defender Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall.

“What an honor it is to get a first seed in the first place. We worked so hard. I think we’ve earned it and it’s just exciting,” Cutshall said.

The Cougars only saw one defeat this season, a crushing loss by one goal to in-state rival University of Utah. In the first round of tournament play, the Cougars will take on another in-state rival, Utah State University. The Cougars beat the Aggies once already this season, but know that the 1-0 win means nothing going into tournament play. USU will still be hard to beat.

“It’ll be a tough game, but I think we all want this so bad. We’re going to go out there and give it our all and play our best,” Cutshall said.

BYU is lucky to host the first round of tournament play at the team’s home, South Field. Due to expected winter weather during the game and as a thank you to the Cougar’s fan base, BYU Athletics is offering discount tickets to students ($2 for All Sports Pass holders and $5 for students with their student ID) and free hot chocolate.

“We’re excited to be home and have that energy and hopefully a lot of fans will come out and support us,” says Head Coach Jennifer Rockwood, “I know the girls will be real excited to play.”

The Cougars will kick off against the Aggies today at 2 p.m. at South Field.

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