This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Nov. 30, 2004
UCLA ADVANCES TO NCAA COLLEGE CUPPac-10 Co-Champion Bruins reach College Cup for second year in a row
For the second straight year and third time in program history, the Pac-10 Co-Champion UCLA Bruins (17-6-0 overall, 6-3-0 Pac-10) have advanced to the NCAA College Cup in Cary, N.C...The No. 14 seed Bruins will face will No. 7 seed Princeton (19-2) on Friday at 2 p.m. ET...The winner will move on to the National Championship match against the winner of No. 16 Santa Clara-No. 4 Notre Dame match slated for Dec. 5 at SAS Soccer Stadium in Cary, N.C...UCLA knocked off No. 6 seed Ohio State, 1-0 on Nov. 27 to advance to the 2004 NCAA College Cup...Last year's Bruin squad reached the NCAA College Cup but fell to then top-seeded North Carolina, 3-0, in the semifinals.
Five Pac-10 teams received invitations to the 2004 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship...A year ago, five Pac-10 teams received invitations to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, while six Pac-10 teams comprised the Tournament field in 2002... Five Conference teams competed in the 2001 Tournament, while a league-record seven teams were among the field of 64 in 2000...The Pac-10 posts a 72-37-6 (.653) record against non-conference opponents this season.
NCAA COLLEGE CUP SCHEDULE
SAS Soccer Park Cary, N.C.
Fri., Dec. 3
No. 14 UCLA vs. No. 7 Princeton, 2 p.m., ESPN2
No. 16 Santa Clara vs. No. 4 Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m., ESPN2
Sun., Dec. 5, 1 p.m., ESPN2
All game times are local to site.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
NCAA FIRST ROUND - Fri., Nov. 12
Colgate 1, ARIZONA 0
Santa Clara 2, CALIFORNIA 1
STANFORD 2, Cal Poly 0
UCLA 1, Pepperdine 0
WASHINGTON 5, Birmingham-Southern 0
NCAA SECOND ROUND - Sun., Nov. 14
Santa Clara 1, STANFORD 0 (2OT)
UCLA 3, San Diego 0
WASHINGTON 1, Auburn 0
NCAA THIRD ROUND - Sat., Nov. 20
UCLA 2, Duke 0
WASHINGTON 1, Maryland 0
NCAA QUARTERFINALS - Nov. 26-28
UCLA 1, Ohio State 0
Princeton 3, WASHINGTON 1
PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER NOTES
UCLA: The Bruins upset No. 6 Ohio State, 1-0 during the quarterfinals in the NCAA Championships...SO MF Caitlin Ursini scored the game-winning goal during the 64th minute on a free kick to give the Bruins the victory...The goal marks Ursini's first goal of the season...With the win, No. 14 seed UCLA advances to the NCAA College Cup in Cary, N.C., and will face No. 7 Princeton (19-2) on Friday...This is the second year in a row and third time in the last five years the Bruins have made it to the College Cup...UCLA has yet to give up a goal in NCAA Tournament action, outscoring its opponents 7-0 in four matches...FR GK Valerie Henderson has not given up a goal since a 3-2 overtime victory against USC back on Nov. 7...The winner will advance to the final game for a chance to be the National Champion and will face the No. 16 Santa Clara-No. 4 Notre Dame winner on Dec. 5.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR --TINA FRIMPONG, WASHINGTONFrimpong, a senior forward from Vancouver, Wash., was the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year along with former UCLA player Nandi Pryce. Fimpong leads the Pac-10 with 37 points and 16 goals this season. She helped guide the No. 15 Huskies to an overall record of 17-5-1, a third-place finish in the Pac-10 (5-3-1) and UW's fourth NCAA Championship berth in the last five seasons. Frimpong also leads the league in game-winning goals (8) and points per game (1.61) and ranks second in goals per game (0.70). She served as the main threat on a Washington offense that scored a Pac-10 second-best 124 points this season and netted 45 goals, second in the Pac-10. Frimpong was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 26, the third weekly honor of her career. Frimpong became the Huskies' all-time leader in career points (99) and career goals (43) this season. She is the first player to receive Pac-10 Player of the Year honor twice since its inception in 1995. She is just the second Washington player to receive Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, the other being Hope Solo in 2001.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- JODIE TAYLOR, OREGON STATETaylor, a freshman forward from Wallasey, Merseyside, England, helped lead the Beavers to a 10-9-1 overall record and a seventh-place finish (4-4-1) in Pac-10 action. Oregon State clinched its first 10-win season since 2001. She is tied for second in the Pac-10 in points (32), second in points per game (1.60), goals (15) and leads the league in goals per game (0.75). Taylor is tied for ninth on OSU's all-time career goals list (15) and tied for second in goals in a single season with Val Williams (1995). She also ranks third in points (32) during a single season. Taylor is the first Oregon State women's soccer player to receive the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honor since its inception in 1998.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR -- DAN TOBIAS, ARIZONAIn his second year at Arizona, Tobias guided the Wildcats to their first ever share of the Pac-10 title, along with UCLA, as well as their first NCAA Championship appearance. He led 13th-ranked Arizona to an overall record of 15-6-0 and 6-3-0 in Pac-10 action. Under his tutelage, UA vaulted from worst (tied for ninth) to first (Pac-10 Co-Champions) from the end of 2003 to the end of the 2004 regular season. Arizona set a school record for wins this year, improving on last year's 6-11-2 overall record. The Wildcats were the No. 13 seed in the 2004 NCAA Championship. Tobias owns an overall record of 21-7-2 (.733) at Arizona, while his overall coaching record stands at 65-52-8 (.552). Tobias came to Arizona in 2002 after coaching at Washington State for six years and guiding the Cougars to two NCAA tournament appearances during his tenure. He is just the second coach to receive Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades twice, after being named 2002 Coach of the Year while at Washington State. USC's Jim Millinder accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1998.