This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer

Dec. 7, 2004

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Five Teams Compete in NCAA Championship

Five Pac-10 teams competed in the 2004 NCAA Championships, with the Conference Co-Champion UCLA Bruins advancing to the NCAA final game. It marked the Bruins' third trip to the College Cup in the 12-year history of the program and second since 2000. The No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament, UCLA captured its fifth Pac-10 women's soccer title this season sharing the title with ARIZONA.

Arizona earned its first-ever share of the Pac-10 title and set a school record for wins this season, improving on last year's 6-11-2 overall mark. The Wildcats made their first NCAA appearance but fell to Colgate, 1-0 in the first round of play.

CALIFORNIA, STANFORD and WASHINGTON also received NCAA Tournament bids. After a one-year absence from the field, the Bears made their sixth NCAA trip in the last seven years. The Cardinal made their seventh consecutive postseason appearances, while the Huskies made their fourth trip in five years.

Heading into it NCAA final match with Notre Dame, UCLA did not surrender a goal in postseason, posting five consecutive shutouts. Washington advanced to the quarterfinals where it lost 3-1 to Princeton. The Bears were unable to escape the Santa Clara Broncos in the first round where they fell 2-1. After defeating Cal Poly, 2-0 in the first round, Stanford moved on to face the Broncos in the second round but lost 1-0 in double overtime for the second consecutive year.

The Pac-10 posted a 73-38-6 (.650) record against Division I non-conference opponents this season, including postseason competition.


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

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

UCLA 1, Ohio State 0
Princeton 3, WASHINGTON 1

UCLA 2, Princeton 0

Notre Dame 1, UCLA 1 (2OT) (4-3 ND/PK)


ARIZONA WILDCATS: The Wildcats finished with an impresive 15-5 overall mark, 6-3 Pac-10, while earning their first-ever share of the Pac-10 title along with UCLA...Arizona set a school record for wins this season, improving on last year's 6-11-2 overall mark...The Wildcats made their first NCAA Tournament appearance but fell to Colgate, 1-0 in the first round of play...Second year head coach Dan Tobias was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year...Tobias is 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.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS: ASU just missed the NCAA Tournament as it finished in a three-way tie with California and Stanford to end the season...The Sun Devils finished 8-9-2 overall and 4-3-2 in the Pac-10...Junior Manya Makoski made her first appearance on the first-team All-Pac-10 this season...Makoski ended the season tied for the team high in goals (6), led the team in shots (53), game-winning goals (3) and finished second in points (14)...Juniors Elizabeth Bogus, Stephanie Ebner and Brittany Cooper all claimed second-team accolades for the Sun Devils.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: The Bears concluded their season with a 2-1 loss to No. 4 Santa Clara in the first round the NCAA Tournament...California tied for fourth in the league with a record of 4-3-2 and finished 11-6-3 overall...On Oct. 17, the Bears upset then No. 24 Arizona, 1-0 and turned around on Oct. 24 and upset then No. 6 UCLA, 1-0 in overtime...Junior forward Liz Eisenberg led the Bears in four of six individual categories--points (21), goals (9), game-winning goals (2) and shots (41) this season.

OREGON DUCKS: The Ducks, hindered by injuries to key players early on, finished the season 3-13-2 overall and 0-7-2 in the Pac-10...Despite a losing season, junior goalkeeper Domenique Lainez led the Pac-10 in saves per game (4.89) and was second in saves (88)...Freshman forward Kami Kapaku led the Ducks in points (9), goals (4) and shots (37).

OREGON STATE BEAVERS: The Beavers ended their 2004 campaign with a 10-9-1 overall record, going 4-4-1 for a seventh-place finish in Pac-10 action...It was the Beavers' first winning season since 2001 and their best Pac-10 record since the Conference expanded to a full 10 teams in 1997...Pac-10 Freshman of the Year forward Jodie Tayor led the league in goals per game (0.75) and ended with 15 goals and 32 points on the year...Taylor tied for second in goals (15) during a single season with Val Williams (1995) and finished third in points (32) in a single season.

STANFORD CARDINAL: The Cardinal fell in double overtime to the Santa Clara Broncos, 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year...With the loss, Stanford concluded its season with an overall record of 13-6-3 and finished fourth (4-3-2) in Pac-10 play...First team All-Pac-10 selction senior goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart ended her career with 210 saves and 39 shutouts, which ranks third and second all-time on the Stanford career charts, respectively...She tied for third in shutouts (10) and sixth in saves (79) in the Pac-10.

UCLA BRUINS: The Bruins fell just short of their quest for a national championship, 1-1 (4-3 on penalty kicks) against Notre Dame on Dec. 5...The Pac-10 Co-Champions finished the season 18-7...Sophomore forward Bristyn Davis led the league in shots (98), shots per game (3.92), second in points (34), third in points per game (1.36), goals (14) and goals per game (0.56)...Freshman goalkeeper Valerie Henderson led the Pac-10 in shutouts (12), including five during the NCAA Tournament...As a team, UCLA led the league in goals (43), assists (43), shots (367) and points (143).

USC WOMEN OF TROY: USC finished the season 9-9-1 overall, while posting a 3-6-0 Pac-10 record...2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year midfielder/forward Rosa Anna Tantillo led the team in goals (9), points (21), and was third in the Pac-10 averaging 3.32 shots per game...Tantillo ranks seventh on USC's all-time career goals (16) and ninth in career points (37).

WASHINGTON HUSKIES: The Huskies capped off their season falling to No. 7 seed Princeton, 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament...It was their eighth trip to the post season in 11 years...For a second consecutive year, senior forward Tina Frimpong tabbed Pac-10 Player of the Year honors as she led her team to a 17-5-1, 5-3-1 finish and a third place finish in Pac-10 play...Frimpong led the league in goals (16), points (37) and points per game (1.61). She became the Huskies' all-time leader in career points (99) and career goals (43) this season.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: WSU completed its season with a 0-0 tie to Pac-10 foe Stanford to finish 8-7-4 overall and 3-4-2 in the Pac-10...Sophomore forward Alix Rustrum led the team in points (18) and goals (9) and tied for fifth in the league in goals per game (0.47)...Junior goalkeeper Katie Hultin ranked tied for third in saves (87), tied for second in saves per game (4.83) and sixth in shutouts (7) in Pac-10.


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 led 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 led the league in game-winning goals (8) and points per game (1.61) and finished 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 tied for second in the Pac-10 in points (32), second in points per game (1.60), goals (15) and led the league in goals per game (0.75). Taylor 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.

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