Eight Pac-10 Women's Soccer Squads Make NCAA Tournament Field
Nov. 9, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- Eight Pac-10 women's soccer squads were named to the field of 64 for the 28th NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament, which is the most since 2000, when the Pac-10 had seven teams in the tournament. The Pac-10 and the ACC top all conferences with eight bids to the tournament. The Pac-10 will be represented by Stanford, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON STATE, ARIZONA STATE AND OREGON STATE.
The first round will be played on Friday, November 13, with the second round games on Sunday, November 15. The exception is the Stanford site, which will begin play on Thursday, November 12, with the second round game on Saturday, November 14.
The field is led by overall No. 1 seed and undefeated Stanford, who are making their 19th appearance in the Tournament. Stanford won the Pac-10 Championship and are led by senior forward Kelley O'Hara who has netted 23 goals on the season, a school record. The Cardinal (20-0-0) will host Northern Arizona (9-8-2) on Thursday, November 12.
UCLA (17-2-1) will be making their 13th appearance and are also a No. 1 seed. The Bruins will be looking to return to their seventh-straight trip to the College Cup and are led by senior foward and gold medalist Lauren Cheney and sophomore Sydney Leroux who has come on strong to lead the Bruins with 15 goals. They will host Boise State (13-6-4) on Friday, November 13.
USC (12-6-2) will be making their 11th appearance in the tournament and will travel to Santa Clara, Calif. to face Oklahoma State (15-7-0) on Friday, November 13. The Trojans faced the Cowgirls earlier in the season and came out on top in that game with a 1-0 win. USC's senior goalkeeper Kristin Olsen has been a force in the net for the Trojans all season and the squad will follow her steady presence as they hope to advance in the tournament.
California (10-8-1) will travel to Gainsville, Fla. to take on Auburn (10-8-3) in the Bears' 17th appearance in the tournament. The Bears are led by junior forward Alex Morgan who has paced the squad with 13 goals and seven assists.
Washington (11-5-4) will travel to Portland, Ore. to face Mississippi (13-5-2). The Huskies are making their 10th appearance in the tournament, all under head coach Lesle Gallimore. The Huskies are paced by junior foward McKenna Waitley, who is having a breakout year for the squad with six goals and five assists.
Washington State (13-5-2) is making their fifth appearance in the tournament, as they travel to College Park, Md. to face Villanova (11-5-5). Senior forward Kiersten Dallstream averages 0.65 goals per game and will help power the Cougar offense in this year's tournament.
Arizona State (9-7-3) played a difficult non-conference schedule en route to their fourth appearance in the tournament. The Sun Devils will travel to Wisconsin to face the host Badgers (9-5-5), in Madison, Wisc. The squad has multiple threats up top and the defense is anchored by senior defender Liz Harkin.
Oregon State (12-7-1) who is only making their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and first since 1994, will be facing Ohio State (14-3-2) in Columbus, Ohio. The Beavers have made an incredible turnaround in 2009 after finishing 11-6-2 in 2008. Redshirt freshman forward Chelsea Buckland leads the squad with seven goals and two assists.
NCAA Tournament First Round Games
|GAMES-Thurs. Nov. 12/Fri. Nov. 13||SITE||TIME/TV|
|Stanford vs. Northern Arizona||Stanford, Calif.||7 p.m. PT|
|UCLA vs. Boise State||Los Angeles, Calif.||5:30 p.m. PT|
|USC vs. Oklahoma State||Santa Clara, Calif.||TBD|
|Washington vs. Mississippi||Portland, Ore.||TBD|
|Washington State vs. Villanova||College Park, Md.||TBD|
|Arizona State vs. Wisconsin||Madison, Wisc.||TBD|
|Oregon State vs. Ohio State||Columbus, Ohio||TBD|
|California vs. Auburn||Gainsville, Fla.||TBD|