Pac-10 Women's Soccer 2006 Season Kicks Off Friday
Aug. 23, 2006
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Aug. 25ARIZONA at Oakland, 2 p.m.ARIZONA STATE at UC Irvine, 7 p.m.CALIFORNIA vs. Indiana (1), 4:30 p.m.Long Beach State at OREGON, 7 p.m.OREGON STATE vs. Gonzaga (2), 12 p.m.STANFORD vs. Utah (3), 5 p.m.UCLA at Penn State (4), 7:30 p.m.UC Santa Barbara at USC, 3 p.m.WASHINGTON at Hawaii (5), 7 p.m.UNLV at WASHINGTON STATE (2), 3 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 26WASHINGTON vs. Oklahoma (5), 7 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 27ARIZONA at Michigan, 12 p.m.CALIFORNIA at Wisconsin (1), 2 p.m.OREGON STATE vs. UNLV (2), 11 a.m.STANFORD vs. Wake Forest (3), 11 a.m.UCLA vs. Maryland (4), 12 p.m.UC Irvine at USC, 1 p.m.Gonzaga at WASHINGTON STATE (2), 2 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 28Loyola (Md.) at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
All times are local to game sites.
Tournaments/Locations(1) Wisconsin Invitational - Madison, Wisc.(2) Washington State Tournament - Pullman, Wash.(3) Santa Clara Tournament - Santa Clara, Calif.(4) Penn State Invitational, University Park, Pa.(5) Ohana Hotels and Resorts No Ka Oi - Waipio, Hawaii
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Thurs., Aug. 17ARIZONA STATE 2, Northern Arizona 1 (exh)
Sat., Aug. 19OREGON STATE 4, Trinity Western 1 (exh)
NEWS AND NOTES
Pac-10 women's soccer is coming off another phenomenal season in which five teams participated in NCAA postseason play, including UCLA who advanced to the College Cup finals and set a Conference record for wins in a season (22).
Five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the preseason polls with the Bruins coming it at No. 1, according to both Soccer America and Soccer Buzz magazine. Also amongst the Top-30 teams in the nation, according to both publications, as well as the NSCAA, are ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD and USC.
Six first team All-Pac-10 honorees, as well as three second team All-Pac-10 selections, will take to the field this season ... Soccer Buzz has named JR MF Danesha Adams of UCLA, JR D Rachel Buehler of Stanford and JR D Courtney Hooker of California preseason All-Americans.
Arizona advanced to the Sweet 16 of last year's NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and the Wildcats are hoping that momentum carries over into 2006. UA was 11-8-3 (4-4-1, Pac-10) for a tie for fifth-place in the Conference.
Thirteen players return from 2005, while head coach Dan Tobias welcomes 11 newcomers to his roster. The `Cats will have to find a replacement for standout MF Mallory Miller who re-wrote the UA offensive record books.
Arizona will face nine 2005 NCAA Tournament teams, including non-conference foes, BYU, Cal State Fullerton, Gonzaga, Portland and Utah.
ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils
Arizona State finished 2005 in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 with a 4-4-1 record, 9-8-3 overall.
Head coach Ray Leone has a young squad this season, as only two seniors and four juniors comprise his 26-player roster.
The Sun Devils have a tough schedule in front of them, as the team is set to face several strong programs this season, including two teams that advanced to the final weekend of play in 2005.
SR GK Kim Bingham finished ninth in the Conference in goals against average (1.24) and seventh in saves (70), for a 3.50 average.
The top returning scorers from last year include JR F/MF Alissa Oldenkamp and JR F Lara Kezer, both of whom had four points each.
CALIFORNIA Golden Bears
California is coming off one of its best seasons ever and the team is playing with confidence heading into 2006. Kevin Boyd's squad put together a 16-4-2 (7-1-1, Pac-10) season to finish second in last year's Conference race, while advancing to the Sweet 16 in NCAA postseason action.
Look for the Bears to be strong on both sides of the ball, as JR D Courtney Hooker and SR F Katie Ratican lead the way. Hooker, a Soccer Buzz preseason All-American, spent time with the U.S. Under-20 National Team this past Spring.
SR GK Anna Key will vie for time in goal with RS SO Nicole Jarbo, FR Gina Pellegrini and SO Rosie Aguilera. Key has played in 15 games and made five starts over the last two years, allowing only four goals in 723 minutes for a 0.50 goals against average.
Oregon is looking to improve upon its ninth-place finish last season, having amassed a 9-9-1 overall record (1-8-0, Pac-10), tripling its win total from the previous season.
The Ducks are bolstered by the return of SR F Nicole Garbin, as well as a strong goalie in SO Jessie Chatfield. Garbin is on pace to become Oregon's career leader in virtually every offensive category, while Chatfield proved herself wiser than her years, setting UO single-season records for shutouts (7), consecutive shutouts (3) and shutout minutes (355:47) as a freshman in 2005.
Look for seven freshmen and a handful of returners to potentially share time in the Duck midfield, an area of concern for second-year head coach Tara Erickson.
OREGON STATE Beavers
Oregon State captured a 10-win season in 2005, its third in five years, to finish at 10-8-1 (3-5-1, Pac-10), while filling the eighth-place slot in the final league standings.
JR F Jodie Taylor, a first team All-Pac-10 selection, leads the way for the young Beaver squad as 10 newcomers join the OSU ranks. However, a solid core of letterwinners will take to the field once again as returning players accounted for 83% of last year's goals, as well as 73% of the assists and 80% of the points.
Head coach Steve Fennah will once again stress defense, building on the success of 2005, as the team gave up an average of just 1.16 goals per game.
Stanford wrapped up its 2005 season with a fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 (4-3-2) and an overall record of 10-7-3. The Cardinal earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, but were bounced from the first round by Saint Louis, 2-0.
The team returns 17 letterwinners, joined by five talented freshmen, touted by some as the best recruiting class in the nation.
Stanford will be led by a pair of seniors, MF Shari Summers and F/MF Jenny Farenbaugh, a duo that will be tough to stop in the middle.
Look for 5-5 SR D Rachel Buehler, a U.S. Senior National Team member and preseason All-American, to have a breakout season.
Could this be UCLA's year? Having finished as the national runner-up two years in row, the Bruins are poised and ready to take home the 2006 NCAA title.
Both Soccer Buzz and Soccer America have touted UCLA as a preseason No. 1 and the team will be put to a tough test right off the bat facing No. 8 Penn State, before taking on No. 5 Santa Clara, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 12 UConn before September is through.
The Bruins are led by a pair of juniors in MF Danesha Adams, a Soccer Buzz preseason All-American, and GK Valerie Henderson, both of whom were named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list.
SO F Kara Lang is suffering from an ACL injury and could face a redshirt season in order to fully recover.
USC finished its 2005 campaign with a 13-6-2 overall record (6-2-1, Pac-10), while advancing to the second round of the NCAAs.
Sixteen letterwinners, including nine starters, return for head coach Jim Millinder. Headlining the roster is last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Amy Rodriguez, who led the team in goals (9), points (25) and game-winning goals (4).
SR MF Rosa Anna Tantillo, who tallied 11 assists last season to finish second in the league, will lead the USC midfield. The All-Pac-10 honoree finished second on the team with 19 points.
JR GK Veronica Simonton will hold down the Trojan defense in goal, as she claimed the school record for single-season shutouts (11) last season. With 14 total, Simonton is just one shutout shy of tying the all-time career mark (15).
Having established a solid Washington program over 13 prior seasons, head coach Lesle Gallimore and company are ready to put last year's 0-17-3 season behind them.
Look for the Huskies to rebound in 2006 with a renewed focus on offense, as last year's squad ranked last in the Conference in all offensive categories.
Washington is solid in goal as SR GK Kelsey Rasmussen returns for her final collegiate season. Rasmussen finished third in the Pac-10 in saves (86), as well as fourth in the league in saves per game (4.30) in 2005.
WASHINGTON STATE Cougars
Head coach Matt Potter has his Washington State squad headed in the right direction as the Cougars finished tied for fifth in the Conference in 2005 (4-4-1), barely missing the NCAA Tournament with an 11-7-2 overall record.
The Cougars have virtually as many newcomers as they do veterans, with 14 letterwinners returning to guide 13 incoming players. A total of seven starters return from 2005.
Washington State's 2006 schedule features nine 2005 NCAA Tournament teams, including matches against defending national champion Portland and 2005 runner-up UCLA. Eight of the Cougars' 2006 opponents are nationally ranked in preseason polls.