This Year In Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Dec. 11, 2008
UCLA WINS PAC-10 TITLE
The UCLA Bruins clinched their sixth straight Pac-10 title going 9-0-0 in the Conference. For the first time in school history, UCLA finished the regular season undefeated.
PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Pac-10 had six teams earn bids to the tournament. UCLA and Stanford were both named No. 1 seeds, when the NCAA announced its 64-team selections in November. The Pac-10's six teams mark the most for the Conference since 2000, when the Pac-10 had seven teams participate.
NSCAA/adidas ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Christina DiMartino Sr. M UCLA
Teresa Noyola Fr. M Stanford
Lauren Cheney Jr. F UCLA
Linsday Taylor Fr. F Stanford
Marissa Abegg Sr. D Stanford
Erin Hardy Sr. D UCLA
Kelley O'Hara Jr. F Stanford
Amy Rodriguez Sr. F USC
ARIZONA (9-11-0): The Wildcats closed out the Pac-10 season finishing in ninth. SR GK Chelsea McIntyre ended the year with 100 saves, good for first place in the Conference for the second time in three years. McIntyre recorded a Pac-10 season-high 15 saves against Stanford.
ARIZONA STATE (8-8-4): The Sun Devils, who had been muddled by injuries all season, lost two hard-fought matches in overtime against the Washington schools to close out the year. Battling through injuries, JR GK Brianna Silvestri tied for the lead in the Pac-10 in saves per game during Conference only games with six. Silvestri was named a Pac-10 and NSCAA Player of the Week during the season. The Sun Devils concluded 2008 tied for seventh in the Conference with Oregon.
CALIFORNIA (10-9-1): Earning an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, the Bears made their fifth-straight postseason appearance and their 10th in the last 11 years. In the its first round game against Florida, Cal struck first with FR F Natasha Richardson going one-on-one with the Florida goalkeeper. Although the Bears out shot the Gators, 14-8, Cal fell, 1-2. Berkeley's appearance marked the second time head coach Neil McGuire has made the postseason with California. Prior to arriving in Berkeley, McGuire helmed rebuilding efforts at Mississippi State and Texas Tech. California finished sixth in the Conference standings.
OREGON (9-9-2): Oregon finished up the Pac-10 season with a stellar effort in the net by FR GK Cody Miles. Despite falling to No. 2 UCLA, Miles was dubbed as having one of the best games of her career, thwarting scoring efforts from Olympians Lauren Cheney and Kara Lang. Miles tallied eight saves in the contest. The Ducks concluded the season tied for seventh with Arizona State in the Pac-10 standings.
OREGON STATE (6-11-2): The Beavers almost put a wrench in UCLA's Pac-10 title-winning victory, coming back to force double overtime against the Bruins on Nov. 7. SO MF Courtney Wetzel scored her first goal of the season on a free kick. At the time, Wetzel's goal was only the fourth goal UCLA had allowed all year. Oregon State finished 10th in the Conference under first-year head coach Linus Rhode.
STANFORD (22-2-1): Stanford made its first appearance at the College Cup since 1993. Earning one of the four No. 1 seeds, the Cardinal only allowed one goal throughout the entire postseason, with the lone score coming in the 1-0 loss to Notre Dame in the College Cup. The Cardinal finished the Pac-10 season with one of the most high-powered offenses in the Conference, having three players finish in the top three in the Pac-10 in points (SO F Christen Press, 43; JR F Kelley O'Hara, 38; and FR F Lindsay Taylor, 35) and two with most goals in the Conference (Taylor, 16 and Press, 16). The Cardinal finished second in league, losing only to UCLA.
UCLA (22-1-2): For the third time in school history, the Bruins earned one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Currently with the longest active streak in the nation, UCLA has made six-consecutive appearances in the College Cup. In a hard fought battle between the top defense in the country, UCLA, and the top offense, North Carolina, the Bruins fell to the eventual national champion Tar Heels-, 1-0. UCLA clinched its sixth-straight Pac-10 title and finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in the program's history. SR GK Ashley Thompson also finished the season first in both the Pac-10 and the nation in goals against average (.247) and save percentage (.932). Thompson only allowed six goals the entire season.
USC (16-5-2): The Trojans finished the season tied for third in the Conference with Washington. Last year's reigning national champion, the Trojans looked to repeat, earning their fourth-straight NCAA Tournament bid. After beating Boston University and winning an overtime shoot-out against BYU, USC headed to the Sweet 16 match-up with crosstown rival UCLA. In a rematch of last season's College Cup semifinal, UCLA prevailed, downing the Trojans 1-0.
WASHINGTON (15-6-1): Washington finished the season tied for third in the Conference with USC, their best Pac-10 finish since 2004. Following a three-year absence from the NCAA Tournament, Washington earned one of the 34 at-large bids. In the Huskies' first round match-up against LSU, Washington out shot the Tigers 20-11 and put the game away, 3-2, in overtime. In UW's loss to Texas A&M in the second round, Washington's only score of the match came on a Texas A&M own goal. The Huskies finished the season with the third-most wins in school history.
WASHINGTON STATE (10-6-5): WSU finished fifth in the Conference standings. The Cougars made their first post-season appearance in six years, earning an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. WSU made just its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and first under head coach Matt Potter. In the Cougars' first-round game against Texas, JR MF Carly Dobratz took four of the teams' six shots. Despite the offensive effort, Washington State fell to the Longhorns, 0-1.