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NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDUP
Of the Pac-12’s five matches in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship last weekend, three went down to penalty kicks. CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON STATE came out on top, but that was not the case for OREGON STATE, who fell to Portland (1-1 2OT, 6-7 PKs). The remaining teams, top-seeded STANFORD and two-seed UCLA, beat their opponents by a collective 4-0 tally.
Upcoming second round action on Friday, November 18:
Washington State (12-6-4) at No. 2 Virginia (15-4-2) 4 p.m. PT, Charlottesville, Va.
After defeating Kentucky in penalty kicks in the first round, the Cougars advance to the second round for the second time in the last three seasons. The winner of Friday’s match at Virginia, who finished the regular season at No. 8 in the NSCAA poll, faces Virginia Tech or third-seed Texas A&M on Sunday in Charlottesville.
California (12-6-3) vs. No. 4 Boston College (12-5-2) 4:30 p.m. PT, Palo Alto, Calif.
The Golden Bears went down to the wire with Santa Clara in Saturday’s first-round match, with Cal surviving in penalty kicks after losing to the Broncos 3-0 in the regular season. Cal goalkeeper Emily Kruger and SCU netminder Bianca Henninger each recorded seven saves in the battle. The winner of the upcoming match versus Boston College, who finished the regular season at No. 22 in the NSCAA poll and rolled past Marist in the first round, 6-1, faces Stanford or South Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT.
South Carolina (16-6-0) at No. 1 Stanford (20-0-1) 7 p.m. PT, Palo Alto, Calif.
Friday’s meeting with South Carolina marks the first ever between the two teams. The Gamecocks finished the regular season at No. 22 in the NSCAA poll and posted a 1-0 shutout against Texas in the first round. As noted above, the winners of the South Carolina-Stanford and California-Boston College matches meet in the third round on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT at Stanford’s Laird Q. Cagan stadium.
San Diego (12-7-1) at No. 2 UCLA (16-1-3) 7:30 p.m. PT, Los Angeles, Calif.
UCLA coach B.J. Snow picked up his first NCAA Tournament win last weekend when the Bruins defeated New Mexico, 1-0. Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland got her conference-best 10th shutout of the season. San Diego, who finished the regular season unranked in the NSCAA poll, defeated first-round foe UC Irvine in a penalty kick shootout. The winner of Friday’s match faces Miami or Long Beach State on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT at UCLA’s Drake Stadium.