Nov. 5, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- For the second straight year, and third time since 2005, four West Coast Conference women's soccer teams will compete for the NCAA Women's College Cup. WCC champion and automatic qualifier BYU, along with Pepperdine, Portland, and Santa Clara have earned berths in the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.
BYU, a No. 1 seed, will host the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) champion, Utah State, in the first round. The match will take place at BYU's South Field in Provo on Friday at 5 p.m. PST. Boasting an overall record of 18-1-1, the fourth-ranked Cougars are unbeaten at home, with a 10-0-1 mark on their home pitch. The Cougars won their first WCC title in 2012 and are making their 14th overall NCAA appearance. Meanwhile, the Aggies are 13-2-6 overall after claiming the WAC Tournament Championship for the second straight year with a win over Denver.
Portland, meanwhile, earned a #4 seed and will host Washington State in first round action. The Pilots enter the postseason with a six-game unbeaten streak, including a five-goal outburst in their final regular season game. Portland (11-4-4) will take the pitch at Merlo Field against the Cougars (12-6-1) in the opening round on Friday at 7 p.m. PST. The Cougars finished fourth in the Pac-12 regular season with a 6-4-1 conference mark. During the regular season, Washington State battled to a 0-0 tie at second-ranked UCLA.
No. 22 Pepperdine (14-6-0) earns an NCAA berth for the 13th consecutive season. An at-large selection, the Waves will host California on Saturday at 1 p.m. PST. The Waves enter the NCAA tournament having won eight of their last 11 matches. The Bears, 15-5-0 in 2012, are an at-large selection from the Pac-12 Conference after finishing third overall in conference play.
No. 18 Santa Clara (13-2-5) garnered its 23rd all-time NCAA Tournament bid, and the Broncos will host Long Beach State on Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium at 1 p.m. PST. Long Beach State, an at-large bid from the Big West Conference, posted a 12-7-0 overall record in 2012, and finished fifth in conference play.
With four bids to this year's field, the West Coast Conference equals the Big East Conference for number of bids to this year's field, surpassing the likes of the Big 12 Conference. In all, the WCC has made 69 NCAA appearances, culminating in 19 Final Four trips and three national titles. Portland won the College Cup in 2002 and 2005, with Santa Clara winning the title in 2001.
The 2012 College Cup will be held at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego. The College Cup semifinals will take place on Friday, November 30, with the championship match on Sunday, December 2.