This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Dec. 9, 2005
PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER WRAP-UP
Five Pac-10 teams competed in the 2005 NCAA Championships, with Conference Champion UCLA advancing to the finals for the second consecutive year, their fourth trip to the College Cup in the 13-year history of the program. Seeded as the No. 1 team in its region, UCLA captured its sixth Pac-10 women's soccer title with a 7-0-2 record in league play, 22-2-2 overall.
UCLA set a new Pac-10 record for wins in a season with its 22nd over Florida State in the College Cup semifinals. The previous record of 21 wins was set by the 2002 STANFORD squad.
ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, Stanford and USC also received bids to the NCAA Tournament. The Women of Troy were first and second round participants, while the Cardinal made their eighth-consecutive postseason appearance.
The Golden Bears advanced to the third round, just barely being edged 2-1, by eventual NCAA semifinalist, Florida State. The Wildcats made their first-ever Sweet 16 debut this season, losing to NCAA Champion, Portland, on the Pilots' home field.
The Pac-10 posted a 69-35-12 (.647) record against Division I non-conference opponents this season, including postseason competition.
Arizona recorded its best postseason in school history, advancing to its first NCAA College Cup Sweet 16, before being defeated by No. 1 seed, and eventual national champion, Portland, 4-0 on Fri., Nov. 18 on the Pilots' home field ... The `Cats finished the season with a 11-8-3 overall record, followed by a 4-4-1 mark in Conference play, good enough for a tie for fifth place ... UA had three shots on goal from senior midfielders Jennifer Klein and Mallory Miller, as well as from freshman forward London King in its final match... Miller, a finalist for Soccer Buzz's Player of the Year award, finished her career as one of the most prolific players in program history, owning every UA offensive season and career record.
The Sun Devils finish the season with a 4-4-1, 9-8-3 record and a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 ... Their final match of the season went down to the wire, as both ASU and UCLA were tied up at one-apiece, but the Bruins scored with 30 seconds left in regulation to notch the win ... Senior forward Elizabeth Bogus and senior midfielder Brittany Cooper finished the season as the No. 2 and No. 4 players on the Pac-10 charts for shots with 97 and 88, respectively ... Bogus also ranked in the Top-10 in points (28) and points per game (1.40).
California's run in the postseason came to end on Sun., Nov. 20 as the No. 3-seeded Golden Bears were defeated by No. 2 Florida State, 2-1, at the Seminole Soccer Complex ... Cal, which advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1988, concluded the 2005 season with a 16-4-2 overall record, 7-1-1 in Conference play, good enough for a second-place finish ... Junior forward Katie Ratican scored in the 82nd minute off the assists from senior defender Tracy Hamm and freshman defender Nkechi Kanu ... It was Ratican's third goal of the season ... Senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio was credited with three saves on the afternoon, despite having to leave the game for a period of time with a scratch to her eye off a corner kick ... The Bears held an 11-8 shot advantage, and had seven shots on goal, but could not secure the win ... Sixteen Cal players earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors this season.
Despite losing its final two matches of the regular season, the University of Oregon women's soccer program made great strides this season, tripling its win total of a year ago under first year head coach Tara Erickson ... The team finished 1-8-0 in the Conference, but 9-9-1 overall ... The nine wins ties the school record set in 2003, while the Ducks' 8-1-1 mark sets a new non-conference best ... UO also earned its first win over an ACC school with a 1-0 victory over North Carolina State on Sun., Sept. 11 ... Freshman goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield posted three consecutive shutouts this year, while senior forward Nicole Garbin bested UO single-season records with 10 goals and seven game-winning goals ... In addition, senior midfielder Caitlin Gamble was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District Team.
Oregon State finished its 2005 campaign with a 3-5-1, 10-8-1 record and an eighth-place Pac-10 finish ... The Beavers won 10 games for the second-consecutive year ... The team's final weekend of play included a 1-0 edging by Stanford on Fri., Nov. 4 and a 4-0 shutout at the hands of California on Sun., Nov. 6 ... OSU had five shots against the Bears, including three from sophomore forward Jodie Taylor ... Taylor accumulated 61 shots on the season, good enough to tie for sixth place in the Conference ... Senior defender Cara Miller was named to CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District Team.
Stanford earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament field of 64, but was edged by Saint Louis, 2-0, in the first round of play, Fri., Nov. 11 at Santa Clara University ... The Cardinal finished the season with a 10-7-3 overall record, 4-3-2 in the Conference ... Stanford outshot the Billikens, 21-7 in the match, but could not find the back of the net ... Freshman goalkeeper Alex Gamble picked up two saves in the contest to finish the season tenth in the Pac-10 with 40 total ... Gamble also finished in ninth place for saves per game, with an average of 2.86 ... The team had good chances to tie the game in the final minutes of the first half, but came away just short ... Stanford finished in fourth place in the Pac-10.
For the second consecutive season, UCLA saw its national championship hopes dashed in the finals, as the Bruins were defeated, 4-0, by No. 1 seed Portland on Sun., Dec. 4, as the Pilots earned their second title in four years ... The team defeated No. 2-seed Florida State, also by a score of 4-0, in the semifinals on Fri., Dec. 2 ... The team finished with a 7-0-2 league record to claim the Conference crown, while notching a 22-2-2 overall mark to set a Pac-10 record for most wins in a season ... Prior to the Portland match, the Bruins had outscored their first five tournament opponents, 25-0 ... Freshman midfielder Christina DiMartino scored two goals against the seminoles on Friday, recording her first multiple-goal game of the season ... Sopohomore midfielder Danesha Adams and freshman forward Kara Lang also netted goals ... Adams finished the season with 21 goals, which led the Pac-10, and came just one score shy of tying the school single-season record ... Senior forward Iris Mora and senior midfielder Jill Oakes once again had stellar seasons for the Bruins, ending their careers with three Conference titles.
USC picked up a solid 1-0 win over Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Fri., Nov. 11, but could not hold on in second round action, as the Women of Troy were defeated, 3-1, by host No. 15 Cal State Fullerton on Sun., Nov. 13 ... The team finished the season with a 13-6-2 overall record, 6-2-1 in the Conference ... Senior forward Leah Gallegos scored the game-winning goal in the second half of the match against the Bulldogs ... USC notched its 12th shutout on the season, while sophomore goalkeeper Veronica Simonton picked up three critical saves ... Senior defender Jocelyn Leche scored the lone goal in the match on Sunday ... With the 1-1 postseason record, USC is now 4-7 all-time in NCAA action and yet to reach the third round ... Freshman forward Amy Rodriguez was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year for her 2005 performance ... Rodriguez led the team with nine goals and 25 points.
With a 1-0 loss to traditional rival, Washington State, Washington ended the season with a 0-9-0 mark in Conference play and a 0-17-3 overall record ... The WSU defeat marked the 13th one-goal loss for the Huskies this season ... Despite the record, UW played well in 2005, unable however, to capitalize offensively ... Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen was credited with three saves against the Cougars, holding her 12th opponent this season to just one goal ... Rasmussen finished with 86 saves, good enough to rank third in the Conference ... Her 4.30 saves per game also placed her at No. 4 on the Pac-10 season charts.
Washington State picked up a 1-0 win over Washington for just the second time in seven all-time visits to Seattle on Sun., Nov. 6 to finish the season 4-4-1, 11-7-2 and in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 ... The Cougars were unbeaten in five of their last six matches, having posted a 0-0 double overtime tie on Oct. 23 against the fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins ... Senior midfielder Carmen Anderson scored the game-winning goal off a corner kick from freshman forward Megan Hyte ... Anderson finished the season with seven goals to pace the team ... Senior goalkeeper Katie Hultin notched five saves in the shutout, while earning her 10th win in 2005 ... Hultin finished the season with 84 saves, good enough for a 4.42 average that placed her at No. 3 in the Pac-10.
2005 WOMEN'S SOCCER AWARDS
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MALLORY MILLER, ARIZONA
Miller, a senior midfielder from Tucson, Ariz., was a second team All-Pac-10 selection in 2004 and an honorable mention selection in 2003. She finished the regular season leading the Conference in points (39), points per game (2.05), goals (17) and goals per game (0.89). Miller also ranks in the Top-10 in shots, shots per game, assists, assists per game and game-winning goals. Nationally, Miller ranked 15th in points per game and was tied for ninth in goals per game. She helped guide the Wildcats to an overall record of 11-8-3, a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 (4-4-1) and the program's second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 11, Miller was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week for Oct. 12. Miller has broken 12 season and career records at Arizona this year, after having already owned both the season and career assists records coming into this season.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
AMY RODRIGUEZ, USC
Rodriguez, a freshman forward from Lake Forest, Calif., helped lead the Trojans to a 13-6-2 overall record and a third place finish (6-2-1) in Pac-10 action. She led USC with nine goals this season, four of which were game-winners, moving into the Top-10 single-season school charts in both categories. Rodriguez is the third Trojan to receive Freshman of the Year honors, following Megan Kakadelas in 2001 and current teammate Rosa Anna Tantillo in 2003. Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 8, Rodriguez was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week for Nov. 8. The nation's top recruit in 2005, Rodriguez was named the 2005 Gatorade National Player of the Year, as well as National Player of the Year by Parade Magazine, EA Sports and NSCAA in her senior season.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
KEVIN BOYD, CALIFORNIA
In his ninth year at California, Boyd guided the Golden Bears to a 16-4-2 record and their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last nine years. Cal received a No. 3 regional seed in the NCAA Tournament and earned two wins, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1988. Boyd owns an overall record of 112-58-15 (.646) at Cal and is the winningest coach in the program's history. This is Boyd's first Pac-10 Coach of the Year award.