Former Davis players take BYU to brink of national titleDec 09, 2021 09:25AM ● By Tom Haraldsen
Davis High graduate Mikayla Colohan helped lead BYU to the women’s national championship final on Monday night. Photo courtesy of BYU
Two former Davis High girls soccer stars who now play at Brigham Young University did all they could to propel the Cougars to their first national championship Monday night, but the Cougs finished one penalty kick short.
Mikayla Colohan and Olivia Wade, who as Davis teammates helped the Darts win both a state championship and finish as the top-ranked high school team in the nation, were part of this year’s Cougar squad that lost a 4-3 decision to three-time national champ Florida State in Santa Rosa, California. The match came after BYU played in its first College Cup, the Final Four in NCAA women’s soccer. BYU had beaten host Santa Clara on penalty kicks last Saturday night.
After the Cougars and Seminoles played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, it came down to penalty kicks – each team taking five. The Cougars entered the game with a record of 18-4-1, while Florida State was top ranked with a 21-1-2 record. Observers said the crowd in Santa Rosa was predominantly rooting for BYU.
Colohan, Wade and teammate Brecken Mozingo were successful with their kicks, but FSU keeper Cristia Roque made two saves. Florida State made four of its five shots, the final by Yujie Zhao who was named tournament MVP.
BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood, in her 27th year at the helm, came close to winning her first national title. Colohan was named a member of the all-tournament team. She will go on to play in the National Women’s Soccer League next year, where she was drafted by the Orlando Pride. Wade has eligibility remaining at BYU.