This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer

Nov. 11, 2003

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FIVE TEAMS INVITED TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Pac-10 Champion Bruns Earn No. 4 Seed

Five Pac-10 teams have been invited to the 64-team NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, which opens Friday with first-round action at 16 different campus sites... The Pac-10 Champion UCLA Bruins (16-1-3 overall, 8-0-1 Pac-10) clinched their fourth Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer title last week and received the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Championship... The Bruins play host to three teams - San Diego, USC (9-7-4, 5-3-1) and Pepperdine - facing the Toreros in first-round action Friday night... Finishing second in the 2003 Pac-10 race, ARIZONA STATE (12-4-3, 6-2-1) makes its second straight postseason appearance and third in the last four seasons... The Sun Devils travel to Santa Clara, Calif., where they will meet Cal Poly in the first round... STANFORD (18-8-2, 5-3-1), which tied for third place in the Conference with USC, also competes at the Santa Clara site and faces the host Broncos in first-round action Friday night... Following a one-year absence from the NCAA Tournament, the WASHINGTON Huskies (11-6-3, 4-4-1), who finished fifth in the Pac-10, make their third postseason appearance in the last four years... Washington travels to Portland, Ore., where it meets up with Nebraska Friday morning... Last year, six Pac-10 teams received invitations to the NCAA Championship, while five Pac-10 teams comprised the tournament field in 2001... A league-record seven teams were among the field of 64 in 2000... UCLA was the last Pac-10 team to reach the College Cup, advancing to soccer's Final Four in 2000... Pac-10 teams have posted a formidable 50-39-16 (.552) record against non-conference competition heading into the NCAA First and Second rounds.

Here's how Pac-10 teams figure in the national rankings this week... NSCAA/Adidas: No. 2 UCLA, No. 22 ARIZONA STATE; Soccer America: No. 2 UCLA, No. 14 ARIZONA STATE, No. 25 WASHINGTON.

THIS WEEK'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

NCAA FIRST ROUND - Fri., Nov. 14

Portland, Ore., University of Portland host
WASHINGTON (11-6-3) vs. Nebraska (12-7-1), 11 a.m.

Los Angeles, Calif., UCLA host
USC (9-7-4) vs. Pepperdine (13-5-1), 5:30 p.m.
San Diego (9-7-4) at UCLA (16-1-3), 8 p.m.

Santa Clara, Calif., Santa Clara host
ARIZONA STATE (12-4-3) vs. Cal Poly (18-1-2), 4 p.m.
STANFORD (10-8-2) at No. 9 seed Santa Clara (12-3-5), 8:30 p.m.

NCAA SECOND ROUND - Sun., Nov. 16

Portland, Ore., University of Portland host
WASHINGTON-Nebraska winner vs. Denver-Portland winner, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles, Calif., UCLA host
San Diego-UCLA winner vs. USC-Pepperdine winner, 1 p.m.

Santa Clara, Calif., Santa Clara host
STANFORD-Santa Clara winner vs. ARIZONA STATE-Cal Poly winner, 2 p.m.

All times are local to game sites.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Fri., Nov. 7
ARIZONA 2, WASHINGTON STATE 1
ARIZONA STATE 1, WASHINGTON 0
STANFORD 2, CALIFORNIA 1 (OT)
USC 3, OREGON 1
UCLA 3, OREGON STATE 1

Sun., Nov. 9
WASHINGTON 3, ARIZONA 0
ARIZONA STATE 2, WASHINGTON STATE 1
USC 3, OREGON STATE 0
UCLA 3, OREGON 2 (2OT)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ARIZONA junior forward Candice Wilks has been named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Nov. 4-10.

Wilks, from Altadena, Calif., came off the bench to score both goals in a 2-1 win over Washington State (Nov. 7). Battling back after a sustaining a foot injury from the week before, Wilks entered the game in the first half to score both Wildcat goals, including the game-winner in the 62nd minute. Wilks had only two shots on the night, both of which were goals. In Arizona's 3-0 loss to Washington (Nov. 9), Wilks tallied one shot on goal.

With the win over WSU, the Wildcats logged their first victory over the Cougars since the 1997 season, and the win was the first for head coach Dan Tobias over his former team. The win gave Arizona its best Conference record ever, and marks the first time in school history it won two Conference road games in the same season.

This is Wilks' second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Arizona's fourth weekly honor all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Tessa Baker, So F, OSU; Allyson Marquand, Sr D/MF, STAN; Iris Mora, So F, UCLA.

PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER NOTES

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Championship for the second straight year and third time in the past four seasons... Arizona State finished second in the Conference (12-4-3 overall, 6-2-1 Pac-10) and will travel to Santa Clara, Calif., to face Cal Poly (18-1-2) in first round action... The Sun Devils advanced to the NCAA Second Round last season after defeating Washington State... ASU was eliminated by Santa Clara, 5-1.

STANFORD: The Cardinal makes its sixth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, advancing on an at-large bid to play at Santa Clara, Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m.... Stanford (10-8-2, 5-3-1), which won the 2002 Pac-10 title and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, tied for third place in the Pac-10 this season... The Cardinal is led by JR GK Nicole Barnhart, the Pac-10 co-leader in shutouts (7), and SR D/MF Allyson Marquand, paces the team with 10 goals and a Pac-10 second-best 68 shots on the season.

UCLA: The second-ranked Bruins are the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Championship and open first round action by hosting San Diego... The 2003 Pac-10 Champions finished 16-1-3 overall and went undefeated in Pac-10 play at 8-0-1... Both San Diego and USC travel to Westwood for NCAA First and Second Rounds for the second consecutive season... The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Third Round last season, before falling to Texas A&M on penalty kicks... SO F Iris Mora paces the Pac-10 in points (35), assists (13) and game-winning goals (5) and is tied for second in goals with 11.

USC: The Women of Troy make their sixth straight NCAA Championship appearance, taking on Pepperdine at UCLA on Friday night... USC finished the regular season with a 9-7-4 overall record and tied for third place in the Pac-10 at 5-3-1... The Women of Troy dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to UCLA in the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament... FR F Rosa Anna Tantillo paces USC in goals (7) and points (16), while JR GK Julie Peterson is the Pac-10 co-leader with seven shutouts on the season... Peterson set the new USC record with her 15th career shutout in a 3-0 win at Oregon State... The Women of Troy are 4-4-1 against ranked opponents this season.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Championship, their seventh postseason appearance overall and third in the last four seasons... UW takes on Nebraska Friday in Portland, Ore.... Washington returns to postseason following a one-year absence... The then-17th ranked Huskies reached the NCAA Second Round in 2001, falling 2-0 to No. 3 Portland... JR F Tina Frimpong is the Pac-10's leading goal scorer, with 13 on the season, and ranks second in points with 30... SR F Melissa Bennett is tied for second in the league with eight assists.

PAC-10 TEAM CHAMPIONS
1993 Stanford
1994 *
1995 Stanford
1996 Stanford
1997 UCLA
1998 California/UCLA/USC
1999 Stanford
2000 Washington
2001 UCLA
2002 Stanford
2003 UCLA
* No champion was determined in 1994 as women's soccer was not sponsored by the Conference.

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