Seven Pac-10 Squads Make NCAA Tournament
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Seven Pac-10 women's soccer squads were named to the field of 64 for the 29th NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, the second most of any Conference. Other than last year's eight bids, the last time the Pac-10 had seven teams in the Tournament was 2000. The first round will be played on Thursday, November 11 or Friday, November 12. Second round play for those advancing will be on Saturday, November 13 or Sunday, November 14.
For the second-straight season, the STANFORD Cardinal (18-0-2) are the No. 1 overall seed and host Sacramento State on Friday in the first round. The 13th-consecutive postseason appearance, Stanford is 17-game overall winning streak and a 31-game home winning streak into the 2010 tournament. The Cardinal are only the second team in Conference history to complete back-to-back undefeated seasons. Behind the leadership of senior forward Christen Press, the nation's leading goal scorer, the Cardinal look to make another run back to the NCAA Women's College Cup, which it has advanced to the past two seasons, losing in the championship match in 2009.
CALIFORNIA (9-5-5) earned its seventh consecutive and 18th overall NCAA Tournament bid. The Golden Bears will travel to Gainesville, Fla., where they will face Duke in the first round on Friday. Cal is led by senior forward Alex Morgan, who netted 14 goals this season. Sophomore forward Lauren Battung has stepped in while Morgan has been away with the U.S. National Team, putting away seven goals and assisting on four more.
USC (12-5-3) is making its 12th tournament appearance and travels to South Bend, Ind., to face Illinois on Friday, November 11. The Trojans boast a balanced scoring attack, with freshman forward Elizabeth Eddy, redshirt midfielder Ashli Sandoval and freshman midfielder Autumn Altamirano each having netted five goals. The Trojans are the only Pac-10 team to have won a NCAA women's soccer title, doing so in 2007.
WASHINGTON (11-8-1) travels to Portland, Ore., for the second-straight season to face Oklahoma on Friday. The Huskies are making their 11th NCAA appearance under head coach Lesle Gallimore. UW is paced by junior midfielder Kate Deines with nine goals and one assist and will look to get past round one for a possible rematch of last season's second round game against Northwest rival Portland.
UCLA (12-7-1) hosts BYU in first round action on Thursday, the Bruins' 13th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bruins, led by junior forward Sydney Leroux up top with 12 goals and anchored in the midfield and defense by senior leaders Kylie Wright and Lauren Barnes, enter the tournament unseeded for the first time since 1999. UCLA, who has made it to seven-straight College Cups, will look to make it to an eighth in 2010.
ARIZONA STATE (9-7-3) travels to face host UC Irvine on Friday. The Sun Devils make their fifth NCAA appearance and are led by senior forward Karin Volpe and senior midfielders Alexandra Elston. The squad looks to improve upon its first round exit of 2009 and advance to the second round of action for the first time since 2003.
OREGON STATE (15-3-1) makes its third NCAA appearance, traveling to Stillwater, Okla., to face Memphis on Friday in first round action. The Beavers having arguably one of the best seasons in school history in 2010, look to build upon last year's postseason success, where they advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in school history. Junior goalkeeper Colleen Boyd has been a stalwart in goal all season for OSU and is ranked ninth in the nation with a 0.516 goals against average.