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WCC play begins Saturday

Sept. 25, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The wait is over for West Coast Conference soccer fans, as WCC play begins this week (see video above). 2011 WCC Co-Champion San Diego opens conference play at San Francisco.

Elsewhere, No. 9 BYU looks to keep rolling, as the Cougars have won eight straight matches. No. 20 Pepperdine travels East for a pair of contests, including a showdown on Saturday at No. 5 Boston College.

WCC QUICK HITS

  • The NCAA released its first Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of the season on Tuesday. BYU ranks second, Portland is No. 13, and Santa Clara is 14th. The RPI is used to help select at-large teams for the NCAA Tournament.

  • Santa Clara junior captain Julie Johnston is the WCC Player of the Week. Johnston scored the game-winning goal in both of the Broncos' matches last week. The 2010 WCC Freshman of the Year recently returned from leading the U.S. Under-20 team to a World Cup title.

  • PThree West Coast Conference teams are ranked in this week's NSCAA Top 25 poll: BYU (9), Pepperdine (20), and Santa Clara (25). Portland is also receiving votes.

  • BYU captain Erica Owens leads the West Coast Conference and ranks 21st nationally with a 0.57 goals against average through Monday night's match.

  • A record 15 WCC women's soccer matches will be televised nationally this season, including BYU's home match vs. Utah Valley Thursday, which can be seen on BYUtv.

  • West Coast Conference members have made 65 NCAA Tournament appearances, 19 Final Four appearances, and have won three national titles (Santa Clara in 2001, Portland in 2002, 2005).

    View the PDF above for complete notes and updated stats.