This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Nov. 11, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
AROUND THE LEAGUE
ARIZONA (9-11-0): The Wildcats finished out the Pac-10 season falling in close matches to Washington and Washington State on the road. SR GK Chelsea McIntyre finished the season with 100 saves, good for first place in the Conference. McIntyre recorded a Pac-10 season-high 15 saves against Stanford, most of any goalie in the Conference.
ARIZONA STATE (8-8-4): The Sun Devils, who had been muddled by injuries all season, lost two hard fought matches in overtime against the Washington schools. Against Washington State, on the verge of finishing in a scoreless tie, the Cougars scored the game-winning goal three minutes into the second overtime period. Battling through injuries, JR GK Brianna Silvestri tied for the lead in the Pac-10 in saves per game during Conference play with six. Silvestri was named a Pac-10 and NSCAA Player of the Week during the season.
CALIFORNIA (10-8-1): Earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Cal Bears are making their fifth-straight post season appearance and their 10th in the last 11 years. This marks the second time head coach Neil McGuire has made the post season with California. Prior to arriving in Berkeley, McGuire helmed rebuilding efforts at Mississippi State and Texas Tech.
OREGON (9-9-2): Oregon finished up the Pac-10 season with a stellar effort in the net by FR GK Cody Miles. Despite falling to No. 2 UCLA, Miles was dubbed as having one of the best games of her career, thwarting scoring efforts from olympians Lauren Cheney and Kara Lang. Miles tallied eight saves in the contest. Additionally, Miles leads all goalies in the Pac-10 with 1844:5 minutes in the goal.
OREGON STATE (6-11-2): The Beavers almost put a wrench in UCLA's Pac-10 title winning victory, coming back to force double overtime against the Bruins. SO MF Courtney Wetzel scored her first goal of the season on a free kick. Wetzel's goal was the fourth goal UCLA has allowed all year.
STANFORD (18-1-1): The Cardinal earned an at-large bid and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, marking the 11th straight NCAA appearance for Stanford. The Cardinal finished the Pac-10 season with one of the most high-powered offenses in the Conference, having three players finish in the top three in the Pac-10 in points (FR F Lindsay Taylor, 35, SO F Christen Press, 35, and JR F Kelley O'Hara, 33) and two with most goals in the Conference (Taylor, 16 and Press, 13).
UCLA (18-0-2): For the third time in school history, the Bruins earned one of the four No. 1 seeds in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. UCLA is the only team in the nation to have played in the last five NCAA College Cups. With its 2-0 win over Oregon, UCLA clinched its sixth straight Pac-10 title and finished the season undefeated for the first time in school history. SR GK Ashley Thompson continues to lead the Pac-10 and the nation in goals against average (.21) and save percentage (.944). Thompson has only allowed four goals the entire season.
USC (15-4-1): Last year's reigning national champion, the Trojans look to repeat, earning their fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid. Fourth-seeded USC finished out the Pac-10 season with wins over Oregon and Oregon State on the road. JR GK Kristin Olsen, who was named Pac-10 Player of the Week, earned both shutouts, bringing her career total to 19.
WASHINGTON (14-5-1): Following a three-year absence from the tournament, Washington earned one of the 34 at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies finished the season with a 14-5-1 record, the third-most wins in school history and finished the season tied for third place. UW faced one of the toughest schedules in the nation, playing eight teams who were selected in the tournament. Five of those teams come from the Pac-10 - California, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Washington State - along with No. 4 Portland, Illinois and Northern Arizona.
WASHINGTON STATE (10-5-5): Making it's first appearance in six season, the Cougars earned an at-large birth to the NCAA Tournament. Washington State ended the season with their first weekend sweep in the Pac-10 with victories over Arizona and Arizona State. WSU is making just their fifth post-season appearance in school history and first appearance for head coach Matt Potter.