Nov. 9, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Three WCC teams will represent the Conference in the 2009 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament as Portland, San Diego, and Santa Clara begin postseason play this Friday.
Portland was given a No. 2 seed for the 2009 NCAA Playoffs and will host the Denver Pioneers in a first-round match-up on Friday at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Portland, ranked No. 2 in the latest NSCAA national poll, will also welcome Washington and Ole Miss to The Bluff for the opening two rounds.
The Pilots (18-1-0) were ranked No. 2 every national poll and the only one-loss team in the nation, but were bypassed for one of the four No. 1 seeds by the NCAA Selection Committee. UCLA (17-2-1) received the top seed in Portland's bracket. The other No. 1 seeds are Stanford (20-0-0), North Carolina (17-3-1), and Florida State (16-4-1).
The first round doubleheader at Merlo Field the Clive Charles Soccer Complex will feature Washington (11-5-4) and Ole Miss (13-5-2) at 4 p.m., followed by the Pilots and Pioneers (17-5-1) at 7 p.m. The winners will advance to the second round game scheduled for Sunday at 12 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 11 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000 or in-person at the Pilot Box Office.
The No. 14 Santa Clara women's soccer team received an at-large bid into the 2009 NCAA Tournament today after tying for second in the West Coast Conference table and putting together a 13-6-1 overall record. The Broncos, who received a No. 4 seed, will play host to Southern California, Oklahoma State, and Michigan State with the first round beginning on Friday, Nov. 13 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Santa Clara was selected as the sixteenth overall seed in the bracket after holding the No. 14 spot on the most recently published NCAA Ratings Percentage Index. The Broncos will play Michigan State in the first round at 3 p.m. on Friday, while Southern California will play Oklahoma State at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The winner of the two first round matchups will play Sunday at 4 p.m.
The University of San Diego will head to Los Angeles for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. USD will open play against cross-town rival San Diego State University on Friday at 8 p.m. The other two teams in the bracket are Boise State University and No. 1 seeded UCLA. Should USD win on Friday, they would face the winner of the UCLA/Boise State match on Sunday at 1 p.m. at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
San Diego finished the regular-season with a 12-6-2 overall record and a 5-2-0 mark in the West Coast Conference, good for a second place finish. The Toreros are led offensively by sophomore forward Stephanie Ochs, who has a team-leading six goals, and a team-best eight assists for 20 points. San Diego's defense is anchored down by sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Parsons, who has posted seven shutouts on the season and has posted a goals-against-average of 1.15. This will mark the third consecutive season the Toreros have received an at-large bid into the NCAA playoffs, and tie third consecutive season USD will travel to UCLA.
The 2009 College Cup will be held in College Station, Texas at Aggie Soccer Stadium, the same facility where Portland won the 2005 title. The College Cup semifinals will be played on Friday, Dec. 4 and the championship game will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6.