Stanford and UCLA to square off in NCAA quarterfinals
By the Pac-12 Conference
Stanford and UCLA will meet in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in a rematch of their late-regular-season showdown in Los Angeles, a contest the Cardinal won 1-0. Both teams rolled through the second and third rounds, outscoring opponents by a combined 13-1 margin. The teams last met in the postseason in 2010— Stanford claimed a 3-0 third-round win over the Bruins en route to its second straight berth in the College Cup Final. All quarterfinal matchups are slated for Friday, Aug. 23 and will be held at the home fields of the higher-seeded participants. The College Cup is set to take place Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP
•California fell 2-1 to San Diego State in its second-round match on Friday before a crowd of 1,423 at the SDSU Sports Deck, marking the Bears' third second-round exit in four seasons. Six Pac-12 schools earned NCAA Tournament bids in 2012, and four teams hosted first round matches.
•The Pac-12 has placed at least one team in the College Cup in each of the last nine seasons (since 2003) and has produced two semifinalists on three occasions. During that span, the Conference has posted a winning record in the tournament. Additionally, the Pac-12 has been represented in four of the last five National Championship games, with two teams (USC and Stanford) taking home titles.
No. 3 UCLA (18-2-2) at No. 1 Stanford (20-1-1)
UCLA strung together a pair of dominating wins over Kentucky and San Diego State in the second and third rounds. The Bruins took down Kentucky in the round of 32, scoring four second-half goals in a 5-0 victory over the Wildcats on Friday. On Sunday, UCLA dispatched second-seeded San Diego State, 3-0, on the Aztecs' home turf. Stanford, which ran its NCAA Tournament home-winning streak to 19 matches, earned its fifth consecutive berth in the NCAA quarterfinals after defeating Santa Clara (2-1) in the second round and Denver (3-0) in the third round.
Stanford and UCLA finished first and second in the Pac-12, respectively, during the regular season, with their Oct. 28 match at Drake Stadium deciding the Conference champion. The programs have combined to claim 18 of 19 Conference titles (Washington topped the league in 2000) and 86 NCAA Tournament victories. The teams finished the regular season ranked first and second in the Pac-12 in nearly every major statistical category. Stanford has managed a league-leading 2.59 goals per game, offensively, and has outscored opponents by an average margin of 2.0 goals per game, while UCLA, which has posted 14 shutouts in 22 matches and leads the Pac-12 in goals-against average (0.49), claims a 1.86 advantage in average goal differential.
(Times local to site)
Friday, November 9 (NCAA First Round)
Idaho State at No. 1 STANFORD- STAN, 3-0
No. 3 Baylor at ARIZONA STATE- BAY, 3-1
WASHINGTON STATE at Portland- POR, 2-2 PKs
Auburn at WASHINGTON- AUB, 2-1
Saturday, November 10 (NCAA First Round)
Wisconsin at No. 3 UCLA- UCLA, 1-0
CALIFORNIA at Pepperdine- CAL, 1-0
Friday, November 16 (NCAA Second Round)
No. 3 UCLA vs. Kentucky- UCLA, 5-0
Santa Clara at No. 1 STANFORD- STAN, 2-1
CALIFORNIA at No. 2 San Diego State- SDSU, 2-1
Sunday, November 18 (NCAA Third Round)
No. 3 UCLA at No. 2 San Diego State- UCLA, 3-0
Denver at No. 1 STANFORD- STAN, 3-0
Friday, November 23 (NCAA Quarterfinals)
No. 3 UCLA at No. 1 STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT
Friday, November 30
NCAA Semifinals, TBA
Sunday, December 2
NCAA Final, 1 p.m. PT