LOS ANGELES – Pushing the unbeaten streak to 13 (11-0-2), No. 20 Santa Clara women's soccer advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 win over No. 13 Oklahoma State on the campus of USC Friday afternoon.
The Broncos (15-5-2) dominated and were on the front foot for nearly the entire game and two first half goals in less than a minute were more than enough. Santa Clara outshot the Cowgirls (16-3-3) 20-4 and 4-2 in shots on target in the second-round match. The three goals were the most Oklahoma State had given up all year.
Santa Clara struck first in the 20th minute and took a 1-0 lead. Kelcie Hedge found Kelsey Turnbow who took some touches before blasting a perfect left-footed shot into the right side of the goal from just outside the box.
Less than a minute later, Turnbow was taken down in the box and Kim Rodriguez was issued a red card for the play. Julie Doyle converted the penalty kick in the 21st to give her team a 2-0 lead.
Izzy D'Aquila made Santa Clara history in the 55th minute with her 15th goal of the year to make it a 3-0 lead. Alex Loera and Hedge connected on passes to D'Aquila who got in the box and hit a perfect shot inside the left post. The tally tied her with Mikka Hansen's 1993 season for the most goals in a season by a freshman in program history.
- Santa Clara is now 1-0-1 all-time against Oklahoma State with both games coming in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
- This was the 54th NCAA Tournament win in program history.
- Santa Clara is in the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years. The senior class advanced to the national semifinals in 2016, the third round in 2017, and now at least the third round in 2019. They have won at least one NCAA Tournament game in every season.
- It was the fifth time this year the Cowgirls didn't score multiple goals.
- All 22 active players got in the match.
The Broncos will play No. 9 USC Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
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