This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Nov. 25, 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 had been muddled by injuries all season. Battling through the pain, 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 (10-9-1): Earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Cal Bears made their fifth-straight post-season appearance and their 10th in the last 11 years. Although the Bears out shot the Gators, 14-8, Cal fell to Florida 1-2. Berkeley's appearance marked 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.
OREGON STATE (6-11-2): The Beavers almost put a wrench in UCLA's Pac-10 title winning victory at the end of the season, 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 had allowed all year.
STANFORD (21-1-1): The Cardinal is making its sixth trip to the quarterfinals and first appearance in six years. In its first match-up of the quarterfinals, Stanford blanked Rutgers 1-0 to advance to play Portand. Coincidently, Stanford faced Portland in its last quarterfinal appearance in 2002. The Cardinal lost out in penalty kicks after going head-to-head with Portland in a defensive showdown, which ended in a 0-0 tie after two overtime periods. The Cardinal's 21-1-1 record this season ties the program-best record set in 2002, where Stanford also went 21-1-1. Stanford faces a Portland team which won the West Coast Conference title, going 20-1-0 on the season and currently is on a 19 game unbeaten streak. Portland is making their 16th NCAA appearance in the last 17 years. Stanford and Portland are very evenly matched, with Stanford scoring one more goal on the season than the Pilots with 70, and allowing one less goal with 7. Both squads feature dynamic, high scoring forwards. Stanford's top-three scorers account for 44 of their 70 total goals. With a win over Portland in the quarterfinal match-up, Stanford will make its first College Cup in 15 years.
UCLA (21-0-2): After beating Conference and cross-town rival USC, 1-0, in the quarterfinals, UCLA faces Duke in it's last test before the College Cup in Cary, North Carolina. JR F Kristina Larsen, who had scored two goals, including the game-winning goal, in the Bruins first match-up of the year with USC, once again provided the offensive strike to lift UCLA over the Women of Troy. Larsen scored the game's only goal 13 minutes into the match and UCLA's defense held off the Trojans, allowing them to take only six shots. USC came into the match-up averaging almost 20 shots per game. The Bruins broke the school record for shutouts in the season, posting their 19th of the year in the win over USC. The previous record of 18 was set in 2005, a year that saw the Bruins in the national championship game. UCLA faces a Duke team which finished fifth in ACC play with a 4-3-3 Conference record. The Blue Devils, who average 2.30 goals per game, face a UCLA squad which leads the nation in goals-against average (.169) and shutout percentage (.826).
USC (16-5-2): After beating the University of Boston and winning the shoot-out against BYU, USC headed to the Sweet 16 match-up with innercity rival UCLA. The Trojans, who won the national title last season, lost a close match-up to the Bruins, falling 0-1. On the season, the Trojans lost both games against UCLA.
WASHINGTON (15-6-1): Following a three-year absence from the Tournament, Washington earned one of the 34 at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. In the Huskies' first round match-up against LSU, Washington out shot the Tigers 20-11 and put the game away 3-2 in overtime. In UW's loss to Texas A&M in its second game, Washington's only score of the match came on a Texas A&M own goal. The Huskies finish the season with a 15-6-1 record, the third-most wins in school history.
WASHINGTON STATE (10-6-5): The Cougars made their first post-season appearance in six years, earning an at-large birth to the NCAA Tournament. WSU made just its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and first appearance for head coach Matt Potter. In the Cougars' first round game against Texas, JR MF Carly Dobratz took four of the teams' six shots in the game. Despite the offensive effort, Washington State fell to the Longhorns, 0-1.