NCAA women's tournament
Latham, Williams each net a pair, Nebraska rolls over BC 5-0; BYU, UConn, Harvard win.
LINCOLN, Neb. (Thursday, November 15, 2001) -- Forwards Christine Latham and Najah Williams netted two goals apiece for No. 10 Nebraska which rolled over Boston College 5-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament before 1,061 at the Abbott Sports Complex tonight.
Nebraska advanced to a Saturday 8 p.m. (ET) meeting here with Brigham Young which edged Kansas 1-0 in todayís opener.
By the time 20 minutes had elapsed, Nebraska (16-4-1) was safely ahead 3-0 and BC was destined to end its season at 11-10-1.
Williams, a senior, put the Huskers ahead 1-0 at 11:22 after Nebraska goalkeeper Erin Miller booted a free kick from midfield that was batted down by Eagles keeper Eleyse Meredith. Williams knocked home the rebound.
Latham scored NU's next two goals, converting corner kicks by senior midfielder Meghan Anderson. The first came at 16:11, following a scramble in the box, while the second was headed in directly off Anderson's corner at 19:34.
The Big 12 "Player of the Year" now has six multiple-goal games this season, giving her a school-record 15th for her career, surpassing Kim Engesser who had 14. Latham has scored a conference-best 44 points on 17 goals and 10 assists this year giving the senior a career total of 130 points which ranks second to Anderson's 144 on NU's career scoring chart.
"We started well," Nebraska coach John Walker said. "We got three and I was adamant about the fourth. Once you get the fourth, it's very tough (for an opponent) to come back."
Sophomore forward Kelly Haxton came off the bench to score Nebraska's fourth goal at 40:57, taking a pass from junior midfielder Kori Saunders to record her fourth goal of the season.
Williams capped the scoring with her fourth of 2001 off an assist from senior Kelly Rheem.
"It's always difficult when you play a team at home that is ranked higher than you and they get an early goal," Boston College coach Alison Foley said. "It's a difficult thing to come right back."
Nebraska outshot BC 23-9, but not one of the Eaglesí shots went on frame.
In the opener, sophomore striker Lydia Ojuka found net in the 75th minute for BYU (14-6-1) which won its 11th shutout of the season 1-0 over Kansas.
BYU (14-6-1) triumphed for its sixth straight outing while the Jayhawks (13-8) fell in their first NCAA tournament appearance.
Sophomore midfielder Aleisha Cramer (her team-leading eighth) and junior forward Jeni Willardson Viernes were credited with the assists on Ojukaís sixth goal past Jayhawks goalkeeper Meghan Miller.
"This was a very close game and when we talked at half time we thought it would come down to a 1-0 victory. Iím just glad we ended up on the winning side," Cougars coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "We struggled a bit tonight especially in the first half, but we fought through it, kept our composure and got the job done."
With the Cougars holding a 20-9 advantage in shots, BYU keeper Jennifer Waldron was called on to make but two saves in her eighth shutout, lowering her goals against average to 0.89.
 Connecticut 3, Sacred Heart 0
Harvard 1, Hartford 0 (4OT)
STORRS, Conn. -- Alexa Borisjuk scored early while Salla Ranta and Sarah Popper added tallies in the first seven minutes of the second minutes for No. 13 Connecticut which blanked in-state rival Sacred Heart 3-0 in a first-round NCAA match at Morrone Stadium.
UConn (17-5), one of only two schools to appear in all 20 NCAA tournaments, next faces Harvard which needed four overtimes to eliminate Hartford 1-0 in tonightís second match. That game will be at Morrone Saturday at noon.
The Huskies netted the only goal they would need with 8:49 elapsed when freshman Abby Shepherd dodged a defender for a clear 10-yard blast that beat Pioneers goalkeeper Leslie Konsig for her seventh goal and a 1-0 lead.
Sacred Heart (10-10) stayed close throughout the first half only because of the play of Konsig who made 10 save by intermission with the Huskies outshooting the Pioneers 13-0.
In the 51st minute, freshman Kristen Graczyk carried up the left flank and found Ranta, a junior, in the middle for a wide open tally and a 2-0 advantage.
Popper, a junior, settled a clearance of a corner kick and nailed the netís right corner from 20 yards at 52:01 to make it 3-0.
Senior Shanna Caldwell and sophomore Erin Rice shared duty in goal for the Huskies, but neither needed to make a save with UConn holding a 24-1 shots advantage. Konsig recorded 14 saves.
In the nightcap, Beth Totman scored at 136:40 to send Harvard (11-5) through to second round 1-0 over Hartford (15-6).
In the second minute of the fourth and final 15-minute sudden-death overtime period, Joey Yenne escaped a crowd at the top of the box to send a pass to Totman who beat Hawks keeper Anne Lise Nilssen from 15 yards.