(Photo by BYU photo)
A moment many kids dream of.
Lining up for a penalty shot with under a minute to play in a tie game. The chance to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tourney on the line. For the ordinary athlete, this dream never happens.
But senior forward Carlee Payne-Holmoe is no ordinary athlete.
“Right when it was called a PK I was very excited. And then all of a sudden I was so nervous,” said Holmoe. “Setting the ball down I instantly had tingles in my fingers and was nervous knowing what was on the line. But I’ve practiced a lot and felt confident that I could kick it where I wanted to.”
Freshman Michelle Murphy was dragged down at the very edge of the box, which drew the penalty and allowed BYU to come out on top. The 1-0 victory over Auburn sends #1 seeded BYU into the Sweet 16, and sets up a Saturday matchup against #4 seed Marquette.
BYU took 17 shots, but never found the back of the net until the final shot of the game. The way Auburn played on defense was nothing to be ashamed about. They continually dropped back and protected their box from the barrage of attacks by the Cougars. It seemed that each time BYU pressed they were just one touch or one foot off on their attacks.
“We were just six inches to a foot off stride, and in the second half that continued,” said Coach Jennifer Rockwood. “We were so close…the balls that we were serving across the face of the goal that were so dangerous or that last touch or last pass -- it was so close. But the girls didn’t get frustrated and they continued to battle.”
BYU had plenty of chances to score throughout the game as they outshot Auburn 17-5. Junior Rachel Manning had the first big chance for BYU but saw her blast stopped by a diving goalie for the save. Junior Cloee Colohan had a couple of shots go just over the cross bar while senior forward Jessica Ringwood had a number of her shots blocked in the box. Auburn only had a few chances to score the entire game as they focused most of their attention on stopping BYU’s attack.
With the win, BYU will faces Marquette this Saturday, November 17, at 5pm MT on South Field. The game will be televised once again by BYUtv.
Check out the links below to see post-game reaction from both teams.