This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer

Nov. 8, 2005

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

NCAA FIRST ROUND -- Thurs.-Fri., Nov. 10-11

Santa Clara, Calif., Santa Clara University host
STANFORD vs. Saint Louis (15-4), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Los Angeles, Calif., UCLA host
(1) UCLA vs. Mississippi Valley State (10-7-2), Friday, 5 p.m.

Salt Lake City, Utah, Utah host
ARIZONA vs. Utah (14-6-1), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Fulleton, Calif., Cal State Fullerton host
USC vs. Gonzaga (12-3-4), Friday, 5 p.m.

Austin, Texas, University of Texas host
(3) CALIFORNIA vs. Rice (13-6-1), Friday, 4 p.m.

NCAA SECOND ROUND -- Sat.-Sun., Nov. 12-13

Santa Clara, Calif., Santa Clara University host
STANFORD-Saint Louis winner vs. Santa Clara-Fresno State winner, TBA

Los Angeles, Calif., UCLA host
UCLA-MVS winner vs. Colorado-UC Riverside winner, 1 p.m.

Salt Lake City, Utah, Utah host
ARIZONA-Utah winner vs. BYU-Weber State winner, 1 p.m.

Fullerton, Calif., Cal State Fullerton host
USC-Gonzaga winner vs. Fullerton-UNLV winner, 1 p.m.

Austin, Texas, University of Texas host
CALIFORNIA-Rice winner vs. Texas-UTEP winner, 2 p.m.

All times are local to site.

NEWS AND NOTES

  • 2005 NCAA Tourney Time: The Pac-10 received five bids to the NCAA Tournament for the third-consecutive year, as UCLA went as the automatic qualifier and four other squads -- ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD and USC -- all earned at-large berths ... Only the ACC sent more teams (7), while the Pac-10, Big Ten and Big 12 all sent five.

  • The Bruins, needing a win in their final regular season match to clinch their third Pac-10 title in as many years, pulled off a dramatic 2-1 victory over ARIZONA STATE in the final seconds of regulation to claim the Conference crown and finish with a 7-0-2 league record.

  • Seeds: UCLA was one of four schools to earn a No. 1 regional seed, while California earned a No. 3 regional seed.

  • The Pairings: The Bruins, the only team in this year's field to have played in the last two College Cups, will host Mississippi Valley State in the first round ... Stanford, earning its eighth-straight NCAA bid, will go head-to-head with Saint Louis for the first time in school history ... Arizona, playing in only its second NCAA Tournament all-time, will take on Utah in first round action ... USC, having missed last year's tourney, will head across town to play Gonzaga in the Fullerton Regional ... Rounding out the five teams is California who will take on Rice in the first round in Austin, Texas.

  • Third round and quarterfinal action will take place on campus sites yet to be determined, while the 2005 NCAA Women's College Cup will conclude on the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas, Dec. 2-4.

    TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

  • ARIZONA Wildcats (4-4-1, 9-7-3)
    Arizona faced two tough teams in UCLA and USC over its final weekend of regular season action, dropping both matches by scores of 2-1 in double overtime against the Bruins and 1-0 to the Women of Troy, but still finished with a 4-4-1, 9-7-3 record and a tie for fifth-place in the Pac-10 ... The Wildcats, who earned their second NCAA bid in as many seasons, are headed to Salt Lake City, Utah to take on the Utes (14-6-1) on Thurs., Nov. 10 in first round action ... UA will look to better its first round loss to Colgate in 2004 ... The Arizona-Utah winner will take on the BYU-Weber State winner in the second round ... Senior midfielder Mallory Miller finishes the regular season leading the Conference in points (39), points per game (2.05), goals (17) and goals per game (0.89) ... Miller also ranks in the Top-10 in shots, shots per game, assists, assists per game and game-winning goals.

  • ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils (4-4-1, 9-8-3)
    Arizona State dropped two close matches over the weekend, including a 1-0 overtime loss at No. 21 USC on Fri., Nov. 4 and a 2-1 edging by fourth-ranked UCLA just two days later ... The Sun Devils finish the season with a 4-4-1, 9-8-3 record and a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 ... The match against the Bruins went down to the wire, as both teams were tied up at one-apiece, but UCLA scored with 30 seconds left in regulation ... Senior forward Elizabeth Bogus and senior midfielder Brittany Cooper finish the regular season as the No. 1 and 2 players on the Pac-10 charts for shots with 97 and 88, respectively ... Bogus also ranks in the Top-10 in points (28) and points per game (1.40).

  • CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (7-1-1, 14-3-2)
    Making sure there was no doubt about how good of a team they are, California scored nine goals in two matches over last weekend, en route to a 7-1-1, 14-3-2 regular season record and second-place finish in the Pac-10 ... The Bears put up five on the scoreboard against Oregon (5-0) on Fri., Nov. 4, and followed that up with a 4-0 performance against Oregon State on Sun., Nov. 6 ... Cal was one of four teams in the nation to earn a No. 3 regional seed and will travel to Austin, Texas to take on Rice (13-6-1) in the first round of NCAA tourney play ... The winner of this match will take on Texas or UTEP ... Cal jumped in the polls this week, earning its highest ranking this season of No. 6 by NSCAA ... Senior forward Liz Eisenberg earned both game-winning goals last weekend, bringing her season total to 10, good enough to tie for fourth place in the Pac-10 ... Senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio is also having a stellar year, leading the Conference in goals against average (0.38), as well as being tied for first in shutouts with nine.

  • OREGON Ducks (1-8-0, 9-9-1)
    Despite losing its final two matches of the regular season, the University of Oregon women's soccer program made great strides this season, tripling its win total of a year ago under first year head coach Tara Erickson ... The team finished 1-8-0 in the Conference, but 9-9-1 overall ... The nine wins ties the school record set in 2003, while the Ducks' 8-1-1 mark sets a new non-conference best ... UO also earned its first win over an ACC school with a 1-0 victory over North Carolina State on Sun., Sept. 11 ... Freshman goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield posted three consecutive shutouts this year, while senior forward Nicole Garbin bested the UO single-season records with 10 goals and seven game-winning goals ... In addition, senior midfielder Caitlin Gamble was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District Team.

  • OREGON STATE Beavers (3-5-1, 10-8-1)
    Oregon State finishes its 2005 campaign with a 3-5-1, 10-8-1 record and an eighth-place Pac-10 finish ... The Beavers won 10 games for the second-consecutive year ... The team's final weekend of play included a 1-0 edging by Stanford on Fri., Nov. 4 and a 4-0 shutout at the hands of California on Sun., Nov. 6 ... OSU had five shots against the Bears, including three from sophomore forward Jodie Taylor ... Taylor accumulated 61 shots on the season, good enough to tie for sixth place in the Conference ... Senior defender Cara Miller was named to CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District Team.

  • STANFORD Cardinal (4-3-2, 10-6-3)
    Stanford notched a 1-0 win over Oregon State on Fri., Nov. 4 and a 2-0 win over Oregon on Sun., Nov. 6 to finish the regular season with a 4-3-2 league and 10-6-3 overall record ... The Cardinal jumped to fourth place in the Pac-10 and propelled themselves into the NCAA Tournament for the eighth-straight season ... The Cardinal will face Saint Louis (15-4) for the first time in school history on Fri., Nov. 11 at Santa Clara University ... The winner will face either host Santa Clara or Fresno State in second round action ... The Cardinal lost in the second round of the 2004 tourney to the Broncos in a double overtime 1-0 match to conclude their season ... Freshman midfielder Kelley Birch scored both game-winners against the Oregon schools over the weekend, netting her first two collegiate goals.

  • UCLA Bruins (7-0-2, 17-1-2)
    It came down to 30 seconds, but that was all UCLA needed to clinch its third-consecutive Conference championship and earn the Pac-10's automatic berth into the NCAA's field of 64 ... After posting a 2-1 double overtime win over last year's co-champion, Arizona on Fri., Nov. 4, the Bruins still needed a win to claim the outright league crown ... Tied at one-apiece with Arizona State on Sun., Nov. 6, sophomore midfielder Danesha Adams netted the game-winning goal with just 30 ticks remaining on the clock to notch the 2-1 win over the Devils ... UCLA earned the right to host, as well as a No. 1 regional seed, and will face Mississippi Valley State (10-7-2) in the first round of play on Fri., Nov. 11 ... The winner will face Colorado or UC Riverside on Sunday ... Last year's College Cup runner-up, the Bruins will look to avenge their 1-1 (4-3 PK) loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Finals.

  • USC Trojans (6-2-1, 12-5-2)
    Having been unbeaten in seven of its last eight matches, USC made no bones about it, picking up two more wins last weekend and marching into the NCAA Tournament with a 6-2-1, 12-5-2 record and third-place finish in the Pac-10 ... The Women of Troy posted a 1-0 overtime win over Arizona State on Fri., Nov. 4 and picked up a 1-0 victory over Arizona on Sun., Nov. 6 ... USC will stay close to home and play at the Fullerton Regional on Fri., Nov. 11, facing Gonzaga (12-3-4) for the first time in school history ... The USC-Gonzaga winner will face the Cal State Fullerton-UNLV winner in second round play ... Freshman forward Amy Rodriguez is proving her high school accolades are worth some serious merit, scoring both game-winning goals last weekend, and having either scored or assisted for the Trojans in the past six games ... Rodriguez leads the team with nine goals this season, four of which were game-winners, moving into USC's Top-10 single-season charts in both categories.

  • WASHINGTON Huskies (0-9-0, 0-17-3)
    With a 1-0 loss to traditional rival, Washington State, Washington ended the season with a 0-9-0 mark in Conference play and a 0-17-3 overall record ... The WSU defeat marked the 13th one-goal loss for the Huskies this season ... Despite the record, UW played well in 2005, unable however, to capitalize offensively ... Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen was credited with three saves against the Cougars, holding her 12th opponent this season to just one goal ... Rasmussen finishes with 86 saves, good enough to rank third in the Conference ... Her 4.30 saves per game also place her at No. 4 on the Pac-10 season charts.

  • WASHINGTON STATE Cougars (4-4-1, 11-7-2)
    Washington State picked up a 1-0 win over Washington for just the second time in seven all-time visits to Seattle on Sun., Nov. 6 to finish the season 4-4-1, 11-7-2 and in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 ... The Cougars were unbeaten in five of their last six matches, having posted a 0-0 double overtime tie on Oct. 23 against the fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins ... Senior midfielder Carmen Anderson scored the game-winning goal off a corner kick from freshman forward Megan Hyte ... Anderson finished the season with seven goals to pace the team ... Senior goalkeeper Katie Hultin notched five saves in the shutout, while earning her 10th win in 2005 ... Hultin finishes the season with 84 saves, good enough for a 4.42 average that ranks her third in the Pac-10.
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