BYU men's soccer has not fielded an NCAA Division I team since 1987, but current players and coaches feel they have what it takes to return and succeed at the highest collegiate level, despite a discouraging trend in support and quality of players for NCAA programs.
Former BYU soccer star Ashley Hatch, now a member of the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League, will return to Utah to participate in the league's Challenge Cup later this month, and she could not be more excited about it.
Because of a national title in men's cross country, a second place finish in women's cross country and a fifth place finish in soccer, the Division I Learfield IMG College Director's Cup has BYU athletics ranked fourth in the country behind Virginia, Michigan and Stanford. Boise State comes in at No. 23 in IMG Director's Cup results and ranks second among the four rivals, while Utah sits at No. 43 and Utah State ranks No. 66.
BYU women's soccer will advance to the Elite Eight after defeating North Carolina State 3-0 on South Field on Nov. 23. This will be the team's third-ever trip to the Elite Eight and their first since 2012.
The Cougars beat Ohio State 3-1 in the championship game in Round Rock, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 23 to capture the NIRSA Club National Championship. This marks the second National Championship win for BYU since the team switched from a professional developmental league to club in 2017.
The Cougars have advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2016. With a 0-0 score going into halftime, BYU adjusted to the Louisville Cardinals and finished with a 4-0 shutout.
BYU advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a big win over Mountain West champion Boise State. This marks the first meeting between the two programs and Boise State's first NCAA tournament appearance since 2009.
BYU women’s soccer finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in program history, and the Cougars remain the only undefeated team in NCAA Division I women's soccer as they head into tournament play.