Women of Troy Earn Fifth Straight NCAA Spot
Nov. 9, 2009
The USC women's soccer team is bound for its 11th overall and fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and for the first time since 2006, the Women of Troy will stay in-state to open its postseason push. The 2007 NCAA Champions have finished the 2009 regular season with a 12-6-2 overall record and are set to face Oklahoma State in the NCAA First Round on Friday (Nov. 13) at 5:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
USC has already faced the Cowgirls once this season, netting a 1-0 win on a goal from Samantha Johnson in Stillwater, Okla., in mid-September. Oklahoma State went on to win the Big 12 Conference championship, and brings a 15-7-0 record into the NCAA tournament. On the other side of the bracket for the weekend is host and No. 4 seed Santa Clara (13-6-1) and Michigan State (11-4-4). The NCAA Second Round in Santa Clara, Calif., will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 15).
'I'm excited about the opportunity,' USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin said. 'I think we're in one of the toughest brackets in the tournament. It's always challenging to play teams you've played before, but we're up to it and excited to face such quality opponents.'
USC's last visits to Buck Shaw Stadium have gone well for the Women of Troy. The Trojans beat host Santa Clara 2-0 earlier this season in nonconference play, and also beat the Broncos 1-0 in a notable upset of the host team in the 2006 NCAA First Round before falling to Stanford in the NCAA Second Round.
In 10 previous appearances, USC is 12-9-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, standing as the first and only Pac-10 team to win an NCAA Championship with its run to the title in 2007. Last season, USC reached the NCAA Third Round, beating Boston University 2-0 and passing host BYU on penalty kicks before falling 1-0 to UCLA in the 2008 NCAA Third Round. In the past two seasons, USC has been seeded No. 2 and No. 4, with opening round trips to Missouri in 2007 and to Utah in 2008.
USC earned an at-large berth in this year's NCAA Championships with its 12-6-2 record and after a fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 Conference with a 4-3-2 mark. Eight Pac-10 teams will participate in this year's NCAA tournament.