USC Earns No. 4 Seed, Heads To Utah For NCAA Action
Nov. 10, 2008
USC is bound for its third straight NCAA Tournament this week after securing a No. 4 seed into this year's postseason action. The defending national champs open their 2008 tournament campaign in Provo, Utah as the Trojans (15-4-1) pay a visit the BYU campus for the 2008 NCAA First and Second Rounds. USC will face Boston University (15-5-1) in a first-round clash on Thursday (Nov. 10).
An at-large team into this year's tourney, fourth-seeded USC also will be joined by host BYU (17-5-0) and Virginia Tech (10-8-4), who face off in the other first-round match in Provo. The NCAA Second Round game will be held on Saturday (Nov. 15) between Thursday's winners.
'Our draw is acceptable,' USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin said. 'We were placed according to the results that we earned this year. We're excited for the opportunity to represent USC in the NCAA Tournament and are eager to begin play. Boston University has a rich tradition in women's soccer and is an opponent that plays very good soccer, and we are looking forward to the challenge. We continue to face the greatest challenge of our careers as players and coaches and welcome the opportunity to compete against the best in the nation.'
This is USC's 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament, in which the Trojans are now 10-8 overall after last year's run to the NCAA Championship. USC's 2007 national championship was the first-ever in program history, as the Trojans became the first Pac-10 school to win a women's soccer NCAA title. Before claiming the 2007 NCAA crown, USC had yet to break through the NCAA Second Round. This season, USC has been ranked in the nation's top 10 throughout the year. The Trojans have come up against eight other teams now bound for the postseason, going 4-3-1 against those tournament teams: beating Georgia, San Diego, California and Washington; falling to top seeds Stanford and UCLA and No. 2 seed Portland; and tying Washington State.
In 2007, USC earned its highest ever seeding in the Tournament -- coming off a regular season that also saw the Trojans in their highest national rankings in program history. USC worked its way to a No. 2 seed thanks to a strong regular-season showing in which USC took a 14-3-2 overall record into the 2007 NCAA Tournament before emerging with five more shutouts, a program-record 20-3-2 overall record and the 2007 national championship.