This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Nov. 14, 2006
**Through matches of Sun., Nov. 12**
1. UCLA (24) 8-1-0, .889; 19-3-0, .864
2. Oregon (20) 6-1-2, .778; 12-6-2, .650
3. Stanford (19) 6-2-1, .722; 15-6-1, .705
4. Washington State (14) 4-3-2, .556; 9-7-4, .550
5. USC (13) 3-2-4, .556; 11-5-5, .643
6. California (12) 3-3-3, .500; 12-5-5, .659
7. Arizona State (10) 3-5-1, .389; 8-8-3, .500
8. Washington (7) 2-6-1, .278; 7-12-1, .375
9. Arizona (5) 1-6-2, .222; 8-10-2, .450
10. Oregon State (3) 1-8-0, .111; 8-10-2, .450
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
NCAA FIRST ROUND -- Fri. Nov., 10
(2) UCLA 6, UNLV 1
USC 1, (1) Santa Clara 0
STANFORD 2, Nevada 1
CALIFORNIA 3, Auburn 1
NCAA SECOND ROUND -- Sun., Nov. 12
(2) UCLA 3, Cal State Fullerton 1
STANFORD 2, USC 0
(2) Florida State 3, CALIFORNIA 1
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
25th ANNUAL DIVISION I WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
NCAA THIRD ROUND -- Fri.-Sun., Nov. 17-19
Los Angeles, Calif., UCLA host
(2) UCLA vs. (3) Florida (15-5-4), Fri., Nov. 17, 7 p.m. PT
Stanford, Calif., Stanford host
STANFORD vs. Clemson (13-7-2), Fri., Nov. 17, 7 p.m. PT
NCAA QUARTERFINALS -- Fri.-Sun., Nov. 24-26
Campus Sites TBD
NCAA COLLEGE CUP -- Fri. & Sun., Dec. 1 & 3
SAS Soccer Park
Cary, North Carolina
All times are local to game sites.
NEWS AND NOTES
The field has been narrowed from 64 teams down to 16 in the 2006 NCAA Division I women's soccer championship and two Conference teams remain in the hunt for the national title ... With two wins apiece last weekend, UCLA (19-3-0) and STANFORD (15-6-1) have advanced to the third round of play ... At least two Pac-10 teams have advanced to the Round of 16 for the past three seasons ... The No. 2-seeded Bruins defeated UNLV in a 6-1 rout on Friday, followed up by a 3-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday ... Stanford earned a 2-1 win over Nevada in first round action, then took on Conference-foe USC (11-5-5) in the second round, only to defeat the Women of Troy, 2-0.
Both the Bruins and the Cardinal have been selected as host schools for the third round ... Should the two advance, UCLA will face the winner of the Portland-(1) Texas matchup, while Stanford would take on the winner of the (3) Illinois-(2) Florida State game.
The 2006 NCAA Women's College Cup semifinals and finals will take place at the SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., and both games will be televised on ESPN2.
CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (12-5-5, 3-3-3)
California advanced to the second round of the NCAA women's soccer championship by virtue of a 3-1 win over Auburn on Friday ... The three goals scored were the most the Bears have tallied in an NCAA Tournament game since a 3-0 triumph over UC Santa Barbara in the Quarterfinals in 1987 ... SR F Julia Schnugg, who played her first two seasons at Florida State, registered two goals and an assist to lift the Bears to their first round win ... RS SO GK Nicole Jarbo made her first collegiate start a memorable one as the keeper grabbed nine saves, including a diving save on a penalty kick in the 63rd minute ... The Bears' top two goalkeepers - FR Gina Pellegrini and SR Anna Key - were both out due to injuries ... The Tigers were the first team to score on the Bears in four straight matches ... In Sunday's second round match, Cal took on the No. 2-seeded Florida State Seminoles, only to drop a tough 3-1 game to the host school ... FSU, which defeated Cal in the third round of last year's NCAA Tournament, jumped on the Bears early, scoring three first-half goals ... SR F Katie Ratican scored the lone Cal goal, a corner kick, which registered her sixth score of the year ... She finished this season as Cal's leader for points (15) and tied for the team lead in goals and assists (3) ... The Bears finish the season at 12-5-5, with a 3-3-3 record in Conference play.
STANFORD Cardinal (15-6-1, 6-2-1)
For the first time since 2002, Stanford has advanced to the third round of the NCAA women's soccer championship ... The Cardinal posted two wins over the weekend, including a 2-1 victory over Nevada in the first round and a 2-0 shutout of USC in the second round ... Stanford will play host to Clemson in the Round of 16 on Fri., Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. ... The winner will advance to the Quarterfinals where it will take on either (2) Florida State or (3) Illinois ... The Cardinal has a serious dose of home field advantage as they are 9-1-0 on the Farm this season, having won seven-straight on their home turf ... Clemson and Stanford have met two times previously, playing at each other's tournaments in 1996 and 1997, with each squad picking up a road win ... FR D/F Ali Riley and SO F Hillary Heath each scored for the Cardinal against Nevada in Friday's action ... Facing a familiar opponent on Sunday, Stanford defeated USC, 2-0 to earn its 14th all-time postseason victory ... FR F Kelley O'Hara notched two goals for the Cardinal, her eighth and ninth scores this season ... Stanford is now 14-13-3 (.517) all-time in postseason play ... Soccer Buzz magazine has announced its candidates for postseason awards and SR D Rachel Buehler is up for the Player of the Year award, while newcomer O'Hara is up for the Freshman of the Year award ... Stanford sits at 15-6-1 overall, with wins in eight of its last nine games.
UCLA Bruins (19-3-0, 8-1-0)
UCLA scored nine goals over the weekend to continue its hunt for a 2006 national championship ... The Bruins advance to the Round of 16 following their 6-1 rout of UNLV on Friday in the first round and 3-1 defeat of Cal State Fullerton on Sunday in second round action ... UCLA will host third-seeded Florida on Fri., Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Drake Stadium on the Bruin campus ... The winner of this match will take on the winner of the Portland-(1) Texas game ... The Gators lead the all-time series with the Bruins, 2-1 ... The last time the two teams met, Florida edged UCLA in the 2001 NCAA Quarterfinals in a 1-0 double overtime win ... The Bruins will have the home field advantage on Friday, having secured a 14-0 record at Drake Stadium this season ... Further, the Bruins have not lost at home in 25 matches dating back to last season ... FR F Lauren Cheney scored two goals over the weekend, one in each match, to pace the Conference in shots (88), shots per game (4.89), points (34), points per game (1.89), goals (17) and goals per game (0.94) ... JR MF Danesha Adams was a star over the weekend, scoring four goals, including two game-winners ... Adams was named a finalist for the 2006 Soccer Buzz Player of the Year award ... She is joined by Cheney and D Lauren Wilmoth who are both up for the Freshman of the Year award.
USC Trojans (11-5-5, 3-2-4)
USC pulled off an impressive 1-0 upset of No. 3-ranked and top-seeded Santa Clara in the first round of NCAA postseason play on Friday, but fell to Conference-foe Stanford, 2-0, on Sunday to end its run in the second round ... It was USC's second trip in as many years to the second round of postseason play ... The Women of Troy, who finish the season at 11-5-5, snapped an 11-year streak in which the Broncos advanced to at least the NCAA Quarterfinals ... JR GK Veronica Simonton recorded six saves in the shutout, her 11th of the season which ranks atop the league ... She also owns 25 career shutouts ... Simonton's 0.52 shutouts per game paces the Pac-10 ... SO F Amy Rodriguez scored in the 87th minute to lift USC to the win over Santa Clara ... Rodriguez's goal was her fourth of the season and sixth career game-winning goal to rank her No. 7 all-time in USC's history books ... She also now ranks No. 10 in career goals with 13 ... As one of the best defensive teams in the nation, USC finished with a 0.59 goals against average, 14 shutouts and only 13 goals allowed all season ... As to be expected, SR MF Rosa Anna Tantillo, one of the premier players in the league, finishes her senior season atop the Conference assists leaderboard, placing first in assists (9) and assists per game (0.43) ... Tantillo was named to the All-Pac-10 first team, the third such honor of her career.
Pac-10 Women's Soccer All-Conference Honors
OREGON's GARBIN NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR
UCLA's CHENEY NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
OREGON's ERICKSON NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- NICOLE GARBIN, OREGON
Garbin, a sixth-year senior from Wailuku, Hawaii, made the most of her final go-around with the Ducks, leading them to second place in the Pac-10 with a 6-1-2 Conference record. The Ducks had never finished higher than seventh in the Conference until this season, and Garbin deserves much of the credit. She tallied nine game-winning goals on the season (first in the Pac-10) out of Oregon's school-record 12 wins overall, and ranked at or near the top of nearly every offensive category: second in points (25) second in points per game (1.25), second in goals (12) and first in shots (84). In the regular season's final weekend, Garbin scored the game-winning goals in Oregon's upset win over Pac-10 Champion UCLA, and against NCAA Tournament team USC for the school's first ever sweep of the Los Angeles schools. She leaves the Oregon program having set a new standard for excellence and owns a myriad of records including career goals (34), game-winning goals (22), career points (83) and shots (257). Garbin was named Pac-10 Player of the Week a Conference record three times this season, and is the only player in Conference history to win the weekly award on four different occasions. She is the first Oregon player to ever be named Player of the Year.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- LAUREN CHENEY, UCLA
Cheney burst onto the scene after missing the season's first four games while playing for the US U-20 National Team. Despite playing only 16 games this season, Cheney led the Conference in scoring with 15 goals and 30 points. She finished the regular season ranked fourth in the nation in goals per game with 0.94. Cheney's shots per game average of 4.81 also led the Pac-10 and her seven game-winning goals was second-most. The high-powered Bruins led the Pac-10 in every offensive category, scoring 1.95 goals per match on their way to their fourth-straight Pac-10 title. Cheney becomes the first Bruin to win the award since Jessica Winton in 1999.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR -- TARA ERICKSON, OREGON
The Ducks had few believers at the start of the season, as they were picked to finish last in the preseason coaches poll. Yet they proved to be the great success story of the year, going 12-6-2 and 6-1-2 in the Pac-10 for a second-place finish. Oregon's overall and Conference win totals were both school records, and its runner-up showing was by far the best in program history, as no Oregon team had previously finished any higher than seventh. The Ducks handed Pac-10 Champion UCLA its only blemish with a 2-1 overtime win in the season's final weekend. Erickson also righted the ship after Oregon lost its first three matches and instead of succumbing to outsider expectations, the Ducks rallied to go 12-3-2 over the rest of the season. This is the first Coach of the Year award for Erickson in just her second season at Oregon, and the first Coach of the Year award in Oregon history.
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