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BYU Olympic Sports Update: Women’s XC wins regionals and soccer advances

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BYU’s Olympic Sports teams were in action this week, with many chasing national championships including both men’s and women’s cross country teams and both men’s and women’s soccer.

Cross Country

BYU’s Cross Country teams competed in the NCAA Rocky Mountain Regionals on Friday in Salt Lake City. The women’s team came in first with 70 points while the men came in third. Both teams will be competing at the NCAA Championships in Indiana this week.

Women’s Soccer

BYU hosted Boise State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night and beat the Broncos decisively by a score of 5-1. The Cougars goalscorers were Cameron Tucker(2), Jamie Shepherd, SaraJayne Affleck, and Elise Flake. Fans can read about the full match as well as find highlights here.

BYU will host Louisville in the second round at South Field on Thursday night at 6 p.m. The winner of that match will face the winner of the Arkansas vs NC State match, which will be played Thursday at 3 p.m.

Men’s Soccer

BYU men’s soccer will be traveling to the NIRSA Soccer Championships this week to try to win back the National Championship after falling short in 2018. BYU has been grouped with Iowa State and Texas A&M. BYU will play first at 8 a.m Thursday and then again Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. BYU has won 8 club national championships in 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2017.

Women’s Basketball

BYU hosted Texas A&M Kingsville on Thursday at the Marriott Center and won 90-38. The game gave BYU the chance to give minutes to much of the team including walk-ons. Babalu Ugwa led the Cougars with 12 points, while Brenna Chase and Signe Glantz each had 9. Sara Hamson had 13 rebounds. BYU next plays at Fresno State on Thursday.

Women’s Volleyball

BYU women’s volleyball dropped their lone match in the week at San Diego, falling into second in the WCC Title race. The Cougars went up 2-1, but poor play in the fourth and fifth sets allowed San Diego to come back and beat BYU for the second time this year.

Rugby

BYU men’s rugby team beat New Mexico in their final regular season game of the fall season by a score of 85-5. BYU went undefeated on the season, outscoring opponents 580-27 on the season.