This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
UCLA REACHES NCAA QUARTERFINALS
Penn State Stands Between Bruins and Trip to College Cup
For the first time since 2001, the Pac-10 Champion UCLA Bruins (19-1-3) have advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals... This mark's UCLA's fourth-ever appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals... Coming off a 1-0 win over Kansas last week in third-round action, No. 4-seed UCLA hosts No. 5-seed Penn State (19-3-2) Friday night... The winner advances to the NCAA College Cup, contested Dec. 5-7 in Cary, N.C.... UCLA is aiming for the program's second-ever College Cup appearance and second under Jillian Ellis, the 2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year... Ellis' 2000 UCLA squad, the last Pac-10 team to reach the College Cup, reached the NCAA title match and fell 2-1 to North Carolina.
A total of five Pac-10 teams received invitations to the 2003 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, with the Bruins the lone survivors after the first two rounds of play... Six teams comprised the NCAA Tournament field last year... Five Pac-10 teams competed in the tournament in 2001, and a league-record seven teams were among the field of 64 in 2000... Conference teams have posted a 52-43-16 record (.541) against Division I non-conference opponents this season, including postseason competition.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Fri., Nov. 28
No. 5-seed Penn State (19-3-2) at No. 4-seed UCLA , 7 p.m.
NCAA COLLEGE CUP
SAS Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.
North Carolina State and Capitol Area Soccer League, Hosts
Semifinals - Fri., Dec. 5Florida-Florida State winner vs. BYU-Connecticut winner, Noon
North Carolina-Santa Clara winner vs. Penn State-UCLA winner, 2:30 p.m.
Final - Sun., Dec. 7, 2 p.m.
All game times are local to site.
2003 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sept. 2- Tina Frimpong, Jr F, WASH
Sept. 9- Tessa Baker, So F, OSU
Sept. 16- Nicole Garbin, So F, ORE
Sept. 23- Tina Frimpong, Jr F, WASH
Sept. 30- Rosa Anna Tantillo, Fr F, USC
Oct. 7- Sarah-Gayle Swanson, Sr F, UCLA
Oct. 14- Amy LePeilbet, Sr D, ASU
Oct. 21- Nicole Barnhart, Jr GK, STAN
Oct. 28- Iris Mora, So F, UCLA
Nov. 4- Iris Mora, So F, UCLA
Nov. 11- Candace Wilks, Jr F, ARIZ
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
NCAA FIRST ROUND - Fri., Nov. 14
Santa Clara 1, STANFORD 0
ARIZONA STATE 3, Cal Poly 0
Nebraska 2, WASHINGTON 1
UCLA 2, San Diego 0
Pepperdine 1, USC 0
NCAA SECOND ROUND - Sun., Nov. 16
Santa Clara 1, ARIZONA STATE 0
UCLA 2, Pepperdine 0
NCAA THIRD ROUND - Fri., Nov. 21
UCLA 1, Kansas 0
UCLA BRUINS: Advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 2001 and fourth time overall, the No. 4-seed Bruins host No. 5- seed Penn State (19-3-2) Friday at 7 p.m.... In the only previous meeting ever between the two programs, Penn State registered a 1-0 double-overtime victory over the Bruins on Sept. 8, 2002 at the UCLA Women's Cup... The Bruins are coming off a 1-0 win over Kanas in third-round play, as SR F Sarah-Gayle Swanson scored in the 43rd minute... Through the first three rounds of postseason action, UCLA has yet to give up a goal, posting three consecutive shutouts heading into Friday's quarterfinal match... With its next shutout, UCLA will match the school single-season mark for shutouts (15)... SO F Iris Mora notched her Conference-leading sixth game-winning goal of the season in UCLA's 2-0 win over Pepperdine Nov. 16... Mora continues to pace the Pac-10 in scoring with 37 points (12 goals/13 ast)... UCLA is just one victory shy of tying the school record for most wins in a season (20)... The 2001 squad finished with a 20-3 overall record... UCLA is aiming for its second trip to the College Cup, following its NCAA runner-up showing in 2000... That team fell 2-1 to North Carolina in the championship game.
2003 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER HONORS
PAC-10 CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR:TINA FRIMPONG, WASHINGTON & NANDI PRYCE, UCLA
Frimpong, a junior forward from Vancouver, Wash., leads the Pac-10 with 13 goals, the second-highest single-season total in Washington history, and ranks second in the league with 30 points. She helped guide the Huskies to an overall record of 11-7-3, a fifth-place finish in the Pac-10 (4-4-1) and UW's third NCAA Championship appearance in the last four seasons. Frimpong also leads the league in goals per game (0.62) and ranks second in game-winning goals (4) and points per game (1.43). In 2003, she served as the main threat on a Washington offense that scored a Pac-10 third-best 108 points and netted 36 goals, third in the league. Frimpong was named Pac-10 Player of the Week twice this year, on Sept. 1 and Sept. 23. She is tied for second among all-time Huskies with 27 career goals. She is just the second Washington player to receive Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, the other being Hope Solo in 2001.
Pryce, a senior defender from Casselberry, Fla., anchors a UCLA defense that paces the Pac-10 in shutouts (14), goals against average (0.66) and goals allowed (16). Recently named a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, Pryce has helped lead the Bruins (19-1-3, 8-0-1 Pac-10) to their fourth Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer title and their first trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals since 2001. The Soccer America Preseason All-American has started 22 of UCLA's 23 games this season, tallying three points, all on assists. Pryce is the third Bruin ever to receive Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, following Traci Arkenberg in 1997 and Tracey Millburn in 2000.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:ROSA ANNA TANTILLO, USC
Tantillo, a freshman midfielder/forward from San Diego, Calif., helped lead the Women of Troy to a 9-8-4 overall record, a tie for third place (5-3-1) in the Pac-10 and their sixth straight NCAA Championship appearance. Tantillo paced USC in goals (7) and points (16), while her team-high three game-winning goals is tied for third-most in the Conference. She also ranks in the Pac-10's top-10 statistical categories in shots (5th, 61), shots per game (7th, 2.90) and goals (t10th). Tantillo earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Sept. 30, after scoring two goals and adding in assist in the Trojans' 3-0 upset of then-No. 13 Santa Clara.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: JILLIAN ELLIS, UCLA
In her fifth season at the helm of the UCLA program, Ellis has guided the Bruins to their fourth Pac-10 title -- the second during her tenure -- and a fifth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. She has led second-ranked UCLA to an undefeated record in Pac-10 play this season (8-0-1) and an 19-1-3 overall mark. The Bruins are the No. 4 seed in the 2003 NCAA Championship and host No. 5 seed Penn State Friday in quarterfinal action. Her 2003 UCLA squad paces the Pac-10 in every offensive category, including points (159), goals (53) and assists (53). UCLA also leads the league in goals against average (0.66), shutouts (14) and goals allowed (16). Under her watch, the Bruins have finished the regular season undefeated at home for four consecutive seasons, posting a 7-0-1 record in 2003. Since Ellis arrived in Westwood, UCLA is 26-3-1 in regular-season home contests, while the Bruins' overall home record, including postseason play, is 38-5-1 over the last five years. Ellis owns an overall record of 91-17-5 (.827) at UCLA, while her overall coaching record stands at 110-35-5 (.750).
PAC-10 TEAM CHAMPIONS
* No champion was determined in 1994 as women's soccer was not sponsored by the Conference,
2003 ALL-PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM
Name Pos. Yr. SchoolTina Frimpong F Jr.. WASHAllyson Marquand** MF Sr. STANNandi Pryce** D Sr. UCLAIris Mora* F So. UCLAAmy LePeilbet** D Sr. ASUKim Yokers** MF Sr. CALCandice Wilks F Jr. ARIZWhitney Jones* MF Sr. UCLASarah-Gayle Swanson** F Sr. UCLAMegan Abbamonto** MF Sr. USCNicole Barnhart* GK Jr. STAN
SECOND TEAMName Pos. Yr. SchoolNicole Garbin MF So. OREManya Makoski* MF So. ASUMelissa Bennett* F Sr. UWTessa Baker F So. OSUNatalie Spilger D Sr. STANJill Oakes* MF So. UCLAStephanie Ebner D So. ASULindsey Peeples D Jr. ARIZBrittany Cooper MF So. ASUAshley Valenzuela MF Sr. CALJulie Peterson GK Jr. USC*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree **three-time All-Pac-10 honoree
Rosa Anna Tantillo (USC, Fr., F); Mariette Boyce (WSU, Sr., D); Stacey Mescher (OSU, So., F); Hayley Hunt (STAN, So., D); Nadia Al-Lami (CAL, Fr., D); Mallory Miller (ARIZ, So., MF); Liz Bogus* (ASU, So., F); Alisan Pabon (STAN, Sr., D); Kim Taylor* (UW, So., F); Nikki Goza (USC, Jr., D); Katie Hultin (WSU, So., GK).
2003 PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM
First TeamName (School) Yr. GPA MajorCarlie Ashcraft, ORE So. 3.90 UndeclaredMariette Boyce, WSU* Sr. 3.81 PsychologyMegan Cecchini, WSU Jr. 3.87 BiologyCaitlin Gamble, ORE So. 4.09 BiologyCassie Giles, WASH Jr. 3.86 International StudiesShay Hobby, WSU* Sr. 3.75 Business AdministrationAmy LePeilbet, ASU* Sr. 3.81 EducationSarah Lombardo, UCLA Jr. 3.98 Molecular, Cell & Developmental BiologyChristine Mintz, ORE Jr. 4.03 PsychologyNicole Wilcox, WSU Sr. 3.89 CommunicationsDara Wone, ORE Jr. 3.85 Business Administration
Second TeamName (School) Yr. GPA MajorLiz Bogus, ASU So. 3.68 UndeclaredJessica Fetzer, ORE So. 3.80 Ethnic StudiesPatrice Feulner, ASU* Sr. 3.60 AccountingCara Miller, OSU So. 3.96 Apparel DesignElise Minvielle, ORE Jr. 3.69 Pre-PsychologyStephanie Peel, ASU Jr. 3.65 EducationShannon Pidd, ARIZ So. 3.89 UndeclaredSierra Schlesinger, CAL So. 3.82 UndeclaredAshley Smith, WSU So. 3.94 UndeclaredKim Stocklmeir, CAL* Sr. 3.69 Business AdministrationKim Yokers, CAL Sr. 3.50 Legal Studies* - two-time all-academic selection ** - three-time all-academic selection
Megan Abbamonto, Sr., USC; Katie Abrahamson, So., ORE; Carmen Anderson, So., WSU; Kelly Baird, Jr., ORE; Nicole Barnhart, Jr., STAN; Lindsey Beem, Jr., OSU;Kendal Billingsley, Jr., UCLA; Lucy Brining, Sr., CAL; Lisa Brookens, Sr., WASH Shelby Brownfield, Sr., WSU; Dania Cabello, So., CAL; Brittany Cooper, So., ASU; Shelby Crabtree, So., OSU; Shannon Cross, Jr., USC; Kimberly Devine, Jr., UCLA; Dana Dibble, Sr., WASH; Stephanie Ebner, So., ASU; Jessica Edwards, Sr., USC; Liz Eisenberg, So., CAL; Lisa Engel, Jr., STAN; Melena Ertler, Jr., OSU; Jennifer Farenbaugh, So., STAN; Tina Frimpong, Jr., WASH; Lindsey Greenword, Sr., ARIZ; Tracy Hamm, So., CAL; Heidi Herrick, RS Fr., STAN; Cristian Higa, So., ORE; Keegan Hughes, Jr., WSU; Katie Hultin, So., WSU; Haley Hunt, So., STAN; Lindsey Hunt, So., STAN; Althea Jones, So., ARIZ; Janelle Joy, Jr., OSU; Jenna Killion, So., USC; Lisa Kosena, So., ARIZ; Jennie Kunc, So., WSU; Dominique Lainez, RS So., ORE; Kathryn Lee, Sr., UCLA; Manya Makoski, So., ASU; Allyson Marquand, Sr., STAN; Cailan McCutcheon, Jr., WSU; Kim Morgan, Sr., WSU; Jill Oakes, So., UCLA; Brittany Oliveira, Sr., STAN; Alison Pabon, Sr., STAN; Julie Peterson, Jr., USC; Amanda Roach, Sr., USC; Alix Rustrum, So., WSU; Natalie Sanderson, Jr., STAN; Hillary Schwarzbach, So., USC; Sara Silver-Hill, Jr., WSU; Kelli Smith, Jr., WASH; Cristie Spear, Jr., WSU; Kim Taylor, So., WASH; Liz Taylor, Sr., WASH; Haley Thompson-Miller, So., WSU; Jenna Wirtz, Sr., WSU; Andrea Valadez, RS Fr., ORE; Ashley Valenzuela, Sr., CAL; Haley von Bloomenstein, ASU; Lindsey Werdell, Jr., ORE; Amy Willison, Sr., CAL.
PAC-10 VS. OTHER CONFERENCES
Atlantic Coast 1-9-0
Atlantic 10 1-0-0
Big East 1-2-1
Big Sky 8-1-2
Big Ten 2-1-0
Big 12 2-7-0
Big West 5-2-4
Conference USA 1-0-1
Ivy League 2-0-1
Metro Atlantic 0-0-0
Mountain West 4-2-1
Western Athletic 5-1-0
West Coast 13-14-5
Total-All 54-43-16 (.549)
Total-Div. I 52-43-16 (.541)