This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Dec. 4, 2007
This Week's Schedule
NCAA Women's College Cup, Final Four
Fri., Dec. 7: No. 1 UCLA (20-1-2) vs. No. 2 USC (18-3-2), 6:30 p.m. CT
Sat., Dec. 8: UCLA/USC vs. Notre Dame/Florida State, 1 p.m. CT
For the first time in Pac-10 history, two Conference teams have advanced to the NCAA College Cup, as UCLA (20-1-2) and USC (18-3-2) continue their quest for the Pac-10's first-ever women's soccer national championship.
Since 1993, the first year that women's soccer was sponsored as a Conference sport, UCLA and STANFORD have been the only Pac-10 teams to advance to the Final Four. CALIFORNIA had three College Cup appearances in 1984, 87-88.
UCLA is making its fifth-straight NCAA College Cup appearance, and sixth in program history (2000, 03-07). USC is making its first-ever NCAA College Cup appearance, and in fact, prior to this season, had never advanced further than the second round of postseason play.
The top-seeded Bruins and No. 2-seeded Trojans, who finished first and second in the Pac-10 respectively, face off in the semifinals Fri., Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. CT, guaranteeing a Pac-10 team in the national championship game. The two teams met earlier this season when UCLA picked up the 2-0 win.
For the 10th-straight year, the Pac-10 sent at least four teams to the NCAA Tournament, as No. 1 seed UCLA, No. 1 seed Stanford, No. 2 seed USC and California all advanced to postseason play. The Bruins, with a perfect 9-0-0 mark in Conference games, earned their fifth-consecutive Pac-10 championship and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. No other team in Pac-10 history has won five straight Conference championships.
The Pac-10 earned two of the four No. 1 seeds as both the Bruins and Cardinal took the top spot in the 64-team bracket. Penn State (Big Ten) and North Carolina (ACC) earned the other two No. 1 seeds.
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