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5 Pac-12 Women's Soccer programs earn bids to 2022 NCAA Championship

Nov 7, 2022
Jake Hutchinson

2022 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament Bracket | Printable | Pac-12 Record Book

SAN FRANCISCO - Five Pac-12 Women’s Soccer programs earned bids to join the 64-team field for the 2022 NCAA Division I Championship, announced by the NCAA Selection Committee on Monday afternoon. Pac-12 champion Stanford, which secured the Conference’s automatic bid with an 9-1-1 league mark, was joined by at-large selections UCLA, USC, California and Arizona State.

The Cardinal (16-2-2, 9-1-1) will enter the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed. The 15-time Pac-12 champions will host Mountain West Tournament Champion San Jose State on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. PT in the program's 31st all-time NCAA appearance. A win would lead Stanford to hosting a second-round matchup against either No. 6 seed BYU or Utah Valley.  

UCLA (17-2-0, 9-2-0), the Pac-12 runner-up and the No. 1 team in the country for nine weeks in a row, clinched its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and earned a No. 1 seed for the fifth time in program history and first time since 2014. The Bruins are set to host Big Sky Champion Northern Arizona on Friday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. PT and, by virtue of their No. 1 seed, UCLA would be in line to host through the quarterfinals. A victory would mean a second-round meeting with either No. 8 NC State or UCF.

USC (12-2-3, 8-1-2) is heading to postseason play for a league-best ninth season in a row. After their weekend upset over UCLA, the Trojans received a No. 4 seed and will host UC Irvine on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. PT. USC, which has advanced past at least the first round 13 times in 21 all-time appearances and is a national seed for the eighth consecutive year, could face No. 5 seed Rutgers or Brown in the second round.

California (10-4-6, 5-3-3) earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2019 and will play at No. 8 seed Santa Clara on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. PT. It will be the Golden Bears' seventh postseason meeting with Santa Clara and the third straight time they will face the Broncos in the first round (2017, 2019). Potential foes in the second round should Cal advance are No. 5 seed TCU or UTSA. 

Arizona State (9-5-3, 5-5-1) will be making its ninth all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second in the last three seasons under sixth-year head coach Graham Winkworth. The Sun Devils will take on No. 8 seed Portland on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. PT. A victory in Portland would lead to a second-round matchup against No. 1 Alabama or Jackson State.

The five programs enter the tournament hoping to add to the Pac-12’s postseason legacy:

  • Pac-12 programs have combined for six national championships, all since 2007 (Stanford 2011, 2017, 2019; USC 2007 & 2016; UCLA 2013) – the second most of any conference over that span (ACC - 7).
  • A Pac-12 program has reached the NCAA Women’s College Cup final in 11 of the last 22 years.
  • Pac-12 programs have combined for 27 all-time College Cup appearances, including 23 since 2000.

The 41st annual NCAA Division I Women’s College Cup will be held in Cary, North Carolina at WakeMed Soccer Park. Two semifinal matches will be held on December 2, 2022 with the two winning teams advancing to the National Championship match on December 5, 2022. First round matches will take place Nov. 11-13 with the second and third rounds spanning across Nov. 18-20. The quarterfinals will be held on Nov. 25-26.