Nov. 12, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The ninth-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team has learned that they will be sent to Los Angeles and the campus of UCLA for the first and second round games of the NCAA Tournament. Also in the bracket is the No. 1 ranked Bruins of UCLA, the Big West Conference champion Cal State Fullerton and Oklahoma State University. USD will square off against OSU on Friday at 8 p.m. and Fullerton will face UCLA in the 5:30 p.m. game.
The Cowgirls are coming into the match with an overall record of 13-5-3 and they advanced into the semi-final round of the Big-12 tournament, before falling to Texas in penalty kicks. Oklahoma State and San Diego have never met in the sport of women's soccer. The Cowgirls are led offensively by a pair of seven-goal scorers in Siera Strawser,and Yolanda Odenyo. Defensively, OSU is led by goals-keeper Erin Stigler, who has a 0.72 goals-against-average.
Cal State Fullerton enters the NCAA Tournament after claiming their third straight Big West Conference tournament championship and finishing with an overall record of 12-7-2. USD defeated the Titans 1-0 back on Nov. 4 to move their all-time series record to 7-4-0. Fullerton is led offensively by senior forward Lauren Cram, who has a team-best six goals on the season to go along with two assists for 14 points. Defensively, the Titans turn to junior goalkeeper Shayla Sabin, who has a 0.77 goals-against-average.
UCLA enters the Tournament as the No. 1 team in the country and winners of the Pac-10 conference. The Bruins have an overall record of 16-1-2. USD and UCLA battled to a scoreless draw at Torero Stadium back on Sept. 14 to move the all-time series record between the two programs to 13-1-3 in favor of the Bruins.