NCAA women's soccer tournament second round: USC, Arizona, Stanford all advance
The Pac-12 kept it rolling in the NCAA women's soccer tournament on Friday with USC cruising to victory over Princeton after Arizona and Stanford grabbed wins Thursday to set up a Pac-12 showdown in the third round . The Cardinal and 'Cats face off at noon Saturday.
Led by another multi-goal game from Morgan Andrews, USC defeated Princeton 3-0 Friday in Charlottesville, Virginia, to join Arizona and Stanford as the third Pac-12 team to advance to the Sweet 16.
GOAL ANDREWS!! UNBELIEVABLE!! Shot from the left side deflects off a Tiger defender and into the back of the net! pic.twitter.com/UZXWVhBsHY
— USC Women's Soccer (@USC_WSoccer) November 20, 2015
Andrews followed up her first round hat trick in a big way as she scored USC's second and third goals of the game in the 22nd and 43rd minutes to push the Trojan lead out to 3-0 before halftime. Andrews' goals came after a goal in the 11th minute from Sydney Sladek that sparked a red hot first half for USC. The Trojans advance to a third round game Sunday where they will face the winner of the Virginia vs. UNC Wilmington game.
No. 1-seeded Stanford's Jordan Dibiasi knocked in her second goal of the game to break a tie and give Stanford a 2-1 victory over Brigham Young on the team's home turf.
Dibiasi opened things up in the 27th minute with her first goal of the game but was equalized in the 45th minute when BYU scored on a penality kick. Stanford's win pushes them onto the third round where they will face in-conference foe Arizona. The Cardinal won the previous meeting between the two 3-2 in double overtime in Tucson back in October.
Arizona's Hannah Wong exploded for two goals in 46 seconds in the first half to spark the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday in Palo Alto, California. Arizona will play in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 for the second time in program history, on Saturday when they meet Stanford.
Hannah Wong has taken over this game ladies and gentlemen. Two goals in 46 seconds. Both upper V shots. Incredible.
— Arizona Soccer (@ArizonaWSoccer) November 20, 2015
Wong scored the first goal on a free kick in the 31st minute and followed it up with another less than a minute later to give the Wildcats (14-5-2) some more breathing room. The 'Cats defense gave up a goal in the 83rd minute, but were able to fight off furious attacks from Santa Clara in the final minutes and hold the Broncos to a single goal.