This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Nov. 11, 2009
AROUND THE LEAGUE
ARIZONA (4-15-1, 1-8-0)
The Wildcats closed out their season at home with losses to Oregon and Oregon State...Arizona played Oregon State tough on Senior Day, but took a 3-0 loss...SO F Renae Cuellar led the team with six goals on the season and Jasmine Namdar and Leila Amini led in the assists category with three each.
ARIZONA STATE (9-7-3, 2-6-1)
Arizona State played a difficult non-conference schedule en route to its fourth appearance in the tournament, its first since 2003...The Sun Devils travel to Wisconsin to face the host Badgers (9-5-5) in Madison, Wisc...ASU has multiple threats up top and the defense is anchored by senior defender Liz Harkin.
CALIFORNIA (10-8-1, 4-5-0)
The Bears earned its 17th NCAA Tournament bid in school history...They will face Auburn (10-8-3) in Gainsville, Fla...JR F Alex Morgan paces Cal with 13 goals and, in the net, the team will look to SR GK Gina Pelligrini, who owns a 1.58 goals-against average.
OREGON (9-10-1, 1-8-0)
In the last weekend of the season, the Ducks split on the road, earning a 5-1 win over Arizona and dropping a 2-1 decision at Arizona State...JR F Jen Stoltenberg scored two goals and added an assist in the win over Arizona to bring her team-leading totals to 10 goals and six assists...FR MF Scout Libke also added two goals in the squad's first Pac-10 win.
OREGON STATE (12-7-1, 4-5-0)
Oregon State is making their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and first since 1994 and 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 Chelsea Buckland leads the squad with seven goals and two assists.
STANFORD (20-0-0, 9-0-0)
The NCAA Tournament field is led by overall No. 1 seed and undefeated Stanford, who is making its 19th appearance in the tournament...Stanford won the Pac-10 Championship and is led by senior forward Kelley O'Hara who has netted 23 goals on the season, a school record...O'Hara also set a school record with 55 points this season...For her hat trick in the Cardinal's final regular season game against Cal, O'Hara was named Pac-10 Player of the Week...The Cardinal will host Northern Arizona (9-8-2) in its first round match.
UCLA (17-2-1, 8-1-0)
UCLA will be making their 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament 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 Olympic 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)...Both of UCLA's losses this season have come to teams that were ranked No. 1 at the time of the meeting (North Carolina and Stanford).
USC (12-6-2, 4-3-2)
USC will be making its 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and travel to Santa Clara, Calif. to face Oklahoma State (15-7-0)...The Trojans faced the Cowgirls earlier in the season and came out on top in that game with a 1-0 win, with the game-winning goal coming from FR F Samantha Johnson...Johnson is second on the team in goals (4) and assists (4)...USC's SR GK Kristin Olsen has been a force in the net for the Trojans all season, with a league-leading save percentage (.835) and the squad will follow her steady presence as they hope to advance in the tournament.
WASHINGTON (11-5-4, 3-3-3)
Washington travel to Portland, Ore. to face Mississippi (13-5-2)...The Huskies are making their 10th appearance in the tournament, all coming under the direction of head coach Lesle Gallimore. The Huskies are paced by junior foward McKenna Waitley, who is having a breakout year, tallying six goals and five assists...the Husky defense has been a strong point for the team this season, with SO GK Kari Davidson boasting a 0.95 goals-against average and four shutouts.
WASHINGTON STATE (13-5-2, 5-2-2)
Washington State is making its fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as they travel to College Park, Md. to face Villanova (11-5-5)...This is also the second-straight year that WSU has made the tournament, the first back-to-back tournament appearance for any Cougar women's program since 2003 and 2004 when the rowing squad went to consecutive NCAA Championships...Senior forward Kiersten Dallstream averages 0.65 goals per game and will help power the Cougar offense in this year's tournament.