This year in Pac-12 women's soccer
• A league-record nine Pac-12 women’s soccer teams earned berths to the 2014 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. Two Conference teams earned top seeds, with UCLA and Stanford taking home two of the four No. 1 spots. Other teams that received berths were No. 4-seeded WASHINGTON, ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, USC and WASHINGTON STATE.
• STANFORD represented Pac-12 women’s soccer in the 2014 Women’s College Cup. The Cardinal faced off against eventual national champion Florida State, falling in the national semifinal. Stanford’s appearance in the Women’s College Cup marked the 20th by a Pac-12 team and the seventh by the Cardinal, tied for sixth of most national semifinal appearances by a school.
• UCLA midfielder Sam Mewis was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, while teammate Abby Dahlkemper took home Defensive Player of the Year nods and fellow Bruin Katelyn Rowland was tabbed Goalkeeper of the Year. Stanford’s Andi Sullivan was named Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell was voted the Coach of the Year.
• The Pac-12 holds an all-time record of 168-113-24 in the NCAA Tournament, with three national championships and five second-place finishes. The league has previously had eight teams compete in the postseason once in 2009, and had seven teams compete in the postseason seven times.
• The Pac-12 had five NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I All-America honorees. UCLA’s Sam Mewis and Abby Dahlkemper were named to the first team, while Bruin Katelyn Rowland and Stanford’s Lo’eau LaBonta earned second team accolades. UCLA’s Sarah Killion was honored on the third team.
• The final NSCAA rankings had four teams ranked in the top 25 with eight teams receiving votes overall. Stanford led the charge at No. 3.
• ARIZONA advanced to the second round after tying the second-best total for number of wins in a season with 11. It marked the third appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament for the Wildcats.
• ARIZONA STATE also made it to the second round of the tournament, making it past the first round for the first time since 2003. The Sun Devils’ 12 wins were the most for the ptorgam since 2003, as well.
• CALIFORNIA was another second-round team representing the Pac-12 after earning its 11th-consecutive postseason berth. The Golden Bears finished with a 14-6-2 overall record.
• COLORADO fell in a tough second-round overtime match against UNC and finished the season on a 4-1-1 streak in its final six matches. It was the first time CU reached the second round in back-to-back seasons since 2006-07.
• OREGON was just short of tournament eligibility, finishing the regular season with a 7-10-2 mark. The Ducks finished the year at No. 74 in the NCAA RPI, the highest rating since 2009.
• OREGON STATE finished the season with an 0-17-3 record, and freshman goalkeeper Bella Geist had a season total of 126 saves, which was just two short of the school record. Her seven saves per game is 10th nationally.
• STANFORD was the lone Pac-12 team in the Women’s College Cup in Boca Raton, Fla., falling to eventual national champion Florida State in the semifinal. It was the Cardinal’s sixth College Cup appearance in seven years.
• UCLA advanced to the regional finals before falling to Virginia, the national runner-up. Senior goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland set a new NCAA record in single-season and career shutouts and hit a 44-game unbeaten streak.
• USC had a heartbreaking loss in the first round, losing on penalty kicks after their first tournament appearance since 2010. USC finished fourth in the standings on a 12-6-3 overall record.
• UTAH finished the regular season with a narrow 2-0 loss to Colorado. The Utes, which had two All-Pac-12 honorees, finished the 2014 season with an 8-8-4 overall record.
• WASHINGTON made their fourth Sweet Sixteen appearance in program history, and recorded 14 total wins, the most for UW since 2008. The Huskies had a 5-4-2 mark in Pac-12, their first winning conference record since 2008.
• WASHINGTON STATE’s season ended in the first round in a tough double-overtime match. It was the third-straight year that WSU saw their season end in the first round in a game that extended beyond regulation.
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