Year in Women's Soccer: USC Claims Pac-10's First National Championship

Dec. 12, 2007

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The 2007 Pac-10 women's soccer season was historic on many fronts, but none more important and exciting than USC winning the Pac-10's first-ever women's soccer national championship. The Conference now has at least one national championship in all 11 Pac-10-sponsored women's sports.

For the first time in Pac-10 history, two Conference teams advanced to the NCAA College Cup, as UCLA and USC were included in the last four teams standing. UCLA made its fifth-straight NCAA College Cup appearance, and sixth in program history (2000, 03-07). USC made 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.

Since 1993, the first year that women's soccer was sponsored as a Conference sport, UCLA and STANFORD had been the only Pac-10 teams to advance to the Final Four. CALIFORNIA had three College Cup appearances in 1984, 87-88.

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 in the NCAA Tournament 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.

2007 NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS

FIRST ROUND
No. 1 UCLA 3, Cal State Fullerton 1
No. 1 STANFORD 7, Sacramento State 0
No. 2 USC 3, Creighton 0
CALIFORNIA 2, Santa Clara 0

SECOND ROUND
No. 1 UCLA 4, Oklahoma State 0
No. 1 STANFORD 1, CAL 1 (2OT) (7-6 PK)
No. 2 USC 1, Missouri 0 (2OT)

THIRD ROUND
No. 1 UCLA 2, No. 4 Virginia 1 (OT)
Connecticut 2, No. 1 STANFORD 0
No. 2 USC 1, No. 3 Florida 0

QUARTERFINALS
No. 1 UCLA 3, No. 2 Portland 2 (2OT)
No. 2 USC 1, No. 4 West Virginia 0

SEMIFINALS
No. 2 USC 2, No. 1 UCLA 1

FINALS
No. 2 USC 2, No. 3 Florida State 0

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES
ARIZONA: Arizona finished ninth in the Conference (6-13-1, 1-7-1) ... UA keepers finished third in the Conference with a 4.10 saves per game average ... FR MF/F Jacqueline Zinke was one of 11 players named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, while SR D Kaity Heath was a second team All-Pac-10 selection. ARIZONA STATE: Tied for fifth in the Pac-10 (10-9-1, 4-4-1), Arizona State was on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament bracket, but unfortunately did not make the 64-team tournament ... The Sun Devils gave up just 17 goals all season to rank third in the Conference behind two teams that advanced to the NCAA College Cup. CALIFORNIA: California tied for third in the Pac-10 standings (15-5-1, 6-3-0) and had an outstanding season under first-year head coach Neil McGuire ... The Bears earned their fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the second round where they were barely edged by Stanford in a 7-6 penalty kick shootout ... SR D Courtney Hooker was named to the All-Pac-10 first team for the second time in her career. OREGON: With an 8-8-4 overall record (1-4-4, Pac-10), Oregon tied for seventh in the final league standings ... SR D Dylann Tharp was named to the All-Pac-10 second team ... Tharp finished her career as one of just eight players in school history with at least 70 career starts. OREGON STATE: Oregon State earned a 7-10-3 overall record (0-7-2, Pac-10) in 2007 ... SR F Jodie Taylor, a four-time first team All-Pac-10 honoree, finished third in the Conference in points (32) and goals (14). STANFORD: Tied for third in the Pac-10 (15-3-5, 5-1-3), Stanford made its 10th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the Sweet 16 where it was defeated by Connecticut, 2-0 ... SR D Rachel Buehler, a two-time first team All-Pac-10 performer, was recently named to the U.S. National Team training camp roster. UCLA: For the fifth-straight year, UCLA (20-2-2, 9-0-0) captured the Pac-10 championship, a feat that no other Conference team has ever accomplished ... The Bruins advanced to their sixth NCAA College Cup, but were defeated by USC, 2-1, in the semifinals ... SO F Lauren Cheney, Pac-10 Player of the Year and Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Year, set the Pac-10 record for single-season points (57) and tied the record for goals (23, Laura Schott, 2000, Cal). USC: A true Cinderella Story, USC finished second in the Pac-10 standings (20-3-2, 6-2-1), but first in the nation as it claimed its first-ever, and the Pac-10's first-ever national championship ... Prior to this season, USC had never advanced past the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... SO GK Kristin Olsen was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player ... She had a career-high eight saves in the semifinals against the Bruins, and secured her 12th shutout for the Trojans in the championship game. WASHINGTON: With a 5-13-1 overall record (2-6-1, Pac-10), Washington finished tied for seventh in the Conference ... Husky keepers averaged 4.00 saves per game to rank seventh in the Conference ... SR F Shuree Hyatt led the team with six goals and 14 points ... She also tied for second with two assists. WASHINGTON STATE: Tied for fifth in the Pac-10 standings with a 4-4-1 league record (11-5-3, overall), Washington State went unbeaten in six of its final 10 games of the season, including a 2-1 defeat of eventual national champion USC in the regular-season finale ... SO F Kiersten Dallstream was a first team All-Pac-10 honoree and SR F Brynn Bemis was named to the second team.

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