Women's Soccer Wrap-Up
Dec. 7, 2006
**Through matches of Fri., Dec. 1**
1. UCLA (24) 8-1-0, .889; 21-4-0, .840
2. Oregon (20) 6-1-2, .778; 12-6-2, .650
3. Stanford (19) 6-2-1, .722; 15-6-2, .696
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
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
NCAA THIRD ROUND -- Fri. Nov., 17
(2) UCLA 3, (3) Florida 2
Clemson 0, STANFORD 0 (2OT) (4-2 PK, Clemson)
NCAA QUARTERFINALS -- Fri., Nov. 24
(2) UCLA 2, Portland 1
NCAA SEMIFINALS -- Fri., Dec. 1
(1) North Carolina 2, (2) UCLA 0
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nicole Garbin, Oregon
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Lauren Cheney, UCLA
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
Tara Erickson, Oregon
PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER WRAP-UP
Four Pac-10 teams competed in the 2006 NCAA Championship, with Conference Champion UCLA advancing to the College Cup for the fourth consecutive season, its fifth trip to the College Cup in the 14-year history of the program. Seeded as the No. 2 team in the region, UCLA captured its seventh Pac-10 women's soccer title with an 8-1-0 record in league play, 21-4-0 overall.
UCLA came just one win shy (21) of tying its own Conference record, as the 2005 Bruin squad set the Pac-10 bar for wins in a season (22), besting the 2002 STANFORD team that put together 21 wins.
CALIFORNIA, Stanford and USC also received bids to the NCAA Tournament. All four Pac-10 teams made it out of the first round as the Cardinal advanced to the third round where they dropped a 0-0 game to Clemson on penalty kicks (4-2).
The Golden Bears advanced to the second round following their 3-1 defeat of Auburn to open Tournament play. 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.
USC defeated Nevada in the first round, only to go up against Conference-foe Stanford in the second round, losing 2-0 to the Cardinal.
The Pac-10 posted a 73-35-10 (.661) record against Division I non-conference opponents this season, including postseason competition.
ARIZONA Wildcats (8-10-2, 1-6-2)
Arizona dropped its final two games of the 2006 regular season, including a 3-2 overtime match with Washington and a 1-0 game with Washington State ... The Wildcats finished the year at 1-6-2 in Conference, 8-10-2 overall ... The two goals for UA were the first since the Oct. 13 match with California ... FR F Jasmine Namdar and SO F London King both scored for the Wildcats against UW, but the team was not able to hang on for the win in overtime ... SO GK Chelsea McIntyre picked up 10 more saves on the weekend to bring her season total to 109 ... She led the league by far and away in this category, averaging 5.45 saves per game ... Arizona finished the regular season with a league-leading 115 total saves.
ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils (8-8-3, 3-5-1)
Arizona State finished on a great note, picking up a 2-1 win over Washington State, followed up by a 1-1 double overtime tie with Washington ... The Sun Devils ended up with an even .500 record at 8-8-3 overall, 3-5-1 in Conference ... The team came back to score two second-half goals to defeat the Cougars ... JR D Lauren Niblett scored her first collegiate goal in the win ... Niblett also helped anchor a young defensive unit (one senior transfer and two freshmen) that limited opponents to a school-record 17 goals allowed this season (previous low was 23) ... SR GK Kim Bingham and JR D Kylen Felts were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team.
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 ... 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 ... In second round action, 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 finished the season at 12-5-5, with a 3-3-3 record in Conference play.
OREGON Ducks (12-6-2, 6-1-2)
Oregon couldn't have had a better end to the regular season as it posted a 2-1 overtime upset of No. 3 UCLA, followed by a 3-1 win over No. 30 USC ... The Ducks finished in second place in the Pac-10 with a 6-1-2 record, 12-6-2 overall, narrowly missing the NCAA Tournament, their first such legitimate consideration ... SR F Nicole Garbin recorded six points on the season-ending weekend, breaking her own single-season records for goals (12), game-winning goals (8), points (25) and shots (84) ... She scored the game-winning goal in each of Oregon's six Pac-10 victories in 2006 ... Garbin also played in her school-record 76th career game - one of 19 school records she now owns ... Coupled with the 2-1 upset of UCLA, the USC victory marked Oregon's first-ever sweep of the L.A. schools, and just the third Pac-10 sweep in program history -- one of which came earlier this season against Arizona and Arizona State ... Garbin was honored as the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year award, while head coach Tara Erickson was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year by her fellow comrades.
OREGON STATE Beavers (8-10-2, 1-8-0)
Oregon State dropped its final two games of the regular season, a 3-1 defeat to No. 30 USC and a 4-0 loss to No. 3 UCLA ... The Beavers finished at 1-8-0 in Conference, 8-10-2 overall ... JR F Jodie Taylor scored OSU's lone goal over the weekend, as she earned her team-high eighth goal of the season, and the 33rd of her career ... She needs just one more goal to tie the Oregon State career record of 34, set by Val Williams from 1994-95 ... SO D McKenna Martindale was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Third Team ... Martindale played in all 19 games this season, starting 11, notching one assist.
STANFORD Cardinal (15-6-2, 6-2-1)
Stanford's run in the 2006 NCAA postseason came to end as the team lost a shootout decision (4-2) to Clemson in the third round of play ... The Cardinal ended the season with a 15-6-2 overall record, 6-2-1 in Pac-10 play, good enough for a third place finish ... Stanford outshot the Tigers, 18-3, through 110 minutes of play, but could not hang on in the end for the win ... FR D/F Ali Riley led the Cardinal offense with a career-high five shots ... In the shootout, Stanford SR MF Shari Summers and FR MF Kristin Stannard both nailed their penalty kick attempts ... The Stanford defense posted its 15th shutout of the season, and held the Tigers to just two shots on goal ... SR D Rachel Buehler was named a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, considered to be the Heisman Trophy of soccer ... Stanford has just four seniors on its roster and returns the bulk of its players, including FR F Kelley O'Hara who paced the team with nine goals and 20 points ... O'Hara finished fourth in the Conference in goals scored and goals per game (0.53) ... Stanford's 15 shutouts led the league.
UCLA Bruins (21-4-0, 8-1-0)
For the fourth straight year, UCLA earned its way into the NCAA College Cup, but returned to Los Angeles empty-handed as No. 1 seed North Carolina handed the Bruins a 2-0 loss in the national semifinals last weekend ... UCLA played a hard-fought game, giving up the first of two goals in the 84th minute ... The team was unable to put a score on the board, despite some good attempts and two shots on goal ... FR F Lauren Cheney and SO F Christina DiMartino were named NSCAA/adidas Division I first team All-Americans, while JR MF Danesha Adams was named a third team All-American by the association ... Cheney set UCLA freshman records for goals in a season (19) and game-winning goals (8), scoring in 15 of 19 matches she appeared in ... Cheney becomes the only freshman in Bruin history to earn first team All-America honors ... UCLA concluded the season pacing the Pac-10 in all of the following categories: shots (452), points (145), goals (53), goals per game (2.12), assists (39), assists per game (1.56) and corners (141) ... The team will take to the field in 2007 in hopes of that elusive national title that has escaped it for the past four years ... The Bruins lost to North Carolina in the semifinals in 2003, lost to Notre Dame on penalty kicks in the final in 2004, and lost to Portland in last year's final ... UCLA's 21 wins were one shy of the Conference record as the 2005 Bruin squad notched 22 victories over the year.
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, but fell to Conference-foe Stanford, 2-0, 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 finished 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.
WASHINGTON Huskies (7-12-1, 2-6-1)
Washington finished the 2006 season in superb fashion, notching a 3-2 overtime win over Arizona, followed by a 1-1 double overtime tie with Arizona State ... The Huskies ended the year in sole possession of eighth place in the Conference with a 2-6-1 record, 7-12-1 overall ... The three goals scored against UA ended a 355-minute scoring drought, as JR F Katy Dowling, SO MF Jenna Robison and SO F Melissa Beal got the Huskies on the scoreboard ... SR GK Kelsey Rasmussen finished her career with 269 saves, good enough to rank second among all-time Huskies, trailing only the school record of 325 compiled from 1999 to 2002 by current U.S. National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo.
WASHINGTON STATE Cougars (9-7-4, 4-3-2)
Washington State tallied a 1-0 win over Arizona after it dropped a close 2-1 game with Arizona State to end the season ... The Cougars concluded the year in sole possession of fourth place in the Conference with a 4-3-2 record, 9-7-4 overall ... The victory over UA marked the 10th time this season that the Cougars shut out an opponent, which ties a school record ... WSU also set the single-season record for fewest goals allowed with only 15 goals getting past the Cougar defensive line ... The 15 goals allowed ranked WSU third in the Conference, while its 0.71 goals against average also ranked fourth ... JR F Brooke Bemis was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Third Team ... Bemis appeared in 13 games for the Cougars during the 2006-07 season ... Her only goal this year came in the season-opener against UNLV in WSU's 2-1 victory ... Brooke's sister, JR GK Brynn Bemis recorded her 10th shutout of the season which tied the current school record ... Bemis' goals against average of 0.69 is the lowest single season total in Cougar soccer history.