This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Nov. 15, 2005
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
24th ANNUAL DIVISION I WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
NCAA THIRD ROUND -- Fri.-Sun., Nov. 18-20
Portland, Ore., University of Portland host
ARIZONA vs. (1) Portland (20-0-1), Fri., Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles, Calif., UCLA host
(1) UCLA vs. (4) Marquette (19-3-1), Sat., Nov. 19, 6 p.m.
Tallahassee, Fla., Florida State University host
(3) CALIFORNIA at (2) Florida State (19-3), Sun., Nov. 20, 1 p.m.
All times are local to site.
NCAA QUARTERFINALS -- Fri.-Sun., Nov. 25-27
Campus Sites TBD
WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP --Fri. and Sun., Dec. 2 and 4
Aggie Soccer Complex
College Station, Texas
Host: Texas A&M University
NEWS AND NOTES
Arizona used last year's oust in the fist round of the NCAA Tournament as incentive to get it done this year, and so far, so good ... The Wildcats picked up a 1-0 win over host, Utah, in the first round of tourney action on Thurs., Nov. 10 and followed that up with an identical 1-0 shutout of Weber State to advance to the Sweet 16 of the Women's College Cup for the first time in school history ... The Wildcats will take on No. 1 seed Portland (20-0-1) on Fri., Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Pilots' home field ... This will be the second meeting this year between the two teams, after UP defeated Arizona, 3-0, in preseason action ... Pac-10 Player of the Year, Mallory Miller, guided the Wildcats to a 1-0 victory over Utah with a one-touch goal at the end of the first half ... Miller also went on to score the game-winning goal in the 41st minute of the contest against Weber State ... The senior native from Tucson continues to dominate the field, pushing her point total to 43, while averaging 2.59 points per game on 19 goals and five assists this year ... Arizona ranks first in the Conference in saves, having stopped 128 balls this season, good enough for a 6.10 average.
California blanked Rice, 2-0, in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament on Fri., Nov. 11 and went on to claim the subregional championship with a 2-1 edging of UTEP on Sun., Nov. 13 ... The Bears are now 16-3-2 on the year, having posted a 7-1-1 record in Conference play ... Cal, a No. 3 seed and ranked as high as sixth by the NSCAA poll, advances to the third round of play for the first time since 1988 ... The Bears will take on No. 2 seed Florida State in Tallahassee on Sun., Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. ET ... The Seminoles finished in a tie for second place in the ACC with a 19-3, 8-2 record ... Cal is making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance, and seventh in the last eight years ... Senior forward Liz Eisenberg scored the first goal for the Bears against Rice, while sophomore forward/midfielder Laurie Gartrell added an insurance goal as Cal defeated the Owls by two scores ... In Sunday's match, senior forward Dania Cabello put the team ahead off a pass from Eisenberg in the seventh minute ... Freshman forward Valerie Barnes also put the ball in the net off an assist from junior forward Katie Ratican ... With a 112-57-15 career record at Cal, head coach Kevin Boyd was named the 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year ... It was the first such honor for the ninth-year veteran.
Stanford earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament field of 64, but was edged by Saint Louis, 2-0, in the first round of play, Fri., Nov. 11 at Santa Clara University ... The Cardinal finish the season with a 10-7-3 overall record, 4-3-2 in the Conference ... Stanford outshot the Billikens, 21-7 in the match, but could not find the back of the net ... Freshman goalkeeper Alex Gamble picked up two saves in the contest to finish the season tied for ninth in the Pac-10 with 40 total ... Gamble also finished in ninth place for saves per game, with an average of 2.86 ... The team had good chances to tie the game in the final minutes of the first half, but came away just short ... Stanford finished in fourth place in the Pac-10.
UCLA set a new school record for most goals scored against a Division I opponent in a game by racking up nine against Mississippi Valley State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Fri., Nov. 11 ... The top-seeded Bruins added three more in a 3-0 shutout of Big 12 foe, Colorado, in the second round ... UCLA will continue its home field advantage with a Sat., Nov. 19 third round contest against fourth-seeded Marquette at 6 p.m. in Los Angeles ... It marks the seventh straight year that UCLA has advanced to the third round ... Seven different Bruins scored in the match on Friday, while freshman forward Kara Lang and senior forward Iris Mora each posted two goals apiece ... Also getting in on the scoring action were: McCall Zerboni, Danesha Adams, Mary Castelanelli, Stephanie Kron and Blake Zerboni ... As impressive as the UCLA offense was, the defense was just as dominant, tying the school record for shots allowed with zero ... UCLA outshot Mississippi Valley State, 27-0 ... In Sunday's match against the Buffaloes, the Bruins tied the single-season school record for consecutive games unbeaten (17) and shutouts (15) ... Lang put up two more scores, while Mora added another to give the duo four and three goals, respectively on the weekend ... UCLA leads the league in all six offensive categories, including shots (389), points (158), goals (57), goals per game (2.59), assists (44) and assists per game (2.00) ... Additionally, the Bruins lead the Conference in three of four defensive categories: goals allowed (8), goals against average (0.35) and shutouts (15).
USC picked up a solid 1-0 win over Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Fri., Nov. 11, but could not hold on in second round action, as the Women of Troy were defeated, 3-1, by host No. 15 Cal State Fullerton on Sun., Nov. 13 ... The team finishes the season with a 13-6-2 overall record, 6-2-1 in the Conference ... Senior forward Leah Gallegos scored the game-winning goal in the second half of the match against the Bulldogs ... USC notched its 12th shutout on the season, while sophomore goalkeeper Veronica Simonton picked up three critical saves ... Senior defender Jocelyn Leche scored the lone goal in the match on Sunday ... With the 1-1 postseason record, USC is now 4-7 all-time in NCAA action and yet to reach the third round ... Freshman forward Amy Rodriguez was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year for her 2005 performance ... Rodriguez led the team with nine goals and 25 points.
2005 WOMEN'S SOCCER AWARDS
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MALLORY MILLER, ARIZONA
Miller, a senior midfielder from Tucson, Ariz., was a second team All-Pac-10 selection in 2004 and an honorable mention selection in 2003. She 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. Nationally, Miller ranks 15th in points per game and is tied for ninth in goals per game. She has helped guide the Wildcats to an overall record of 11-7-3, a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 (4-4-1) and the program's second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 11, Miller was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week for Oct. 12. Miller has broken 12 season and career records at Arizona this year, after having already owned both the season and career assists records coming into this season.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
AMY RODRIGUEZ, USC
Rodriguez, a freshman forward from Lake Forest, Calif., helped lead the Trojans to a 13-6-2 overall record and a third place finish (6-2-1) in Pac-10 action. She leads USC with nine goals this season, four of which were game-winners, moving into the Top-10 single-season school charts in both categories. Rodriguez is the third Trojan to receive Freshman of the Year honors, following Megan Kakadelas in 2001 and current teammate Rosa Anna Tantillo in 2003. Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 8, Rodriguez was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week for Nov. 8. The nation's top recruit in 2005, Rodriguez was named the 2005 Gatorade National Player of the Year, as well as National Player of the Year by Parade Magazine, EA Sports and NSCAA in her senior season.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
KEVIN BOYD, CALIFORNIA
In his ninth year at California, Boyd has guided the Golden Bears to a 16-3-2 record and their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last nine years. Cal received a No. 3 regional seed in the NCAA Tournament and with two wins last weekend, the team advanced to the third round of play. Boyd owns an overall record of 112-57-15 (.646) at Cal and is the winningest coach in the program's history. This is Boyd's first Pac-10 Coach of the Year award.