Nov. 12, 2007
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Three WCC women's soccer teams earned bids to the NCAA Tournament. Portland, the WCC's automatic qualifier, earned a No. 2 seed and will face Denver on Friday in Boulder, Colo. San Diego earned an at-large bid and will face Oklahoma State at UCLA on Friday, while Santa Clara, which also earned an at-large bid, will face Bay Area rival Cal at Stanford this Friday.
The University of Portland women's soccer team, ranked No. 2 in the latest Soccer Buzz Magazine national poll, earned a No. 2 seed to the 2007 NCAA playoffs and will open the postseason against Denver in Boulder, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 16. Despite a top-five ranking in every national poll, having won eight straight entering the tournament, and being the national leader in average home attendance (3,652), Portland will again travel for the first and second rounds.
The Denver Pioneers (12-4-5) punched their ticket to the tournament by winning the Sun Belt conference. Colorado (9-7-4), which received an at-large bid, will host WAC tournament winner Hawaii (15-4-2) in the other first round game on Friday, with the two advancing teams meeting on Saturday.
The Pilots are making their 15th NCAA appearance in the last 16 years. Portland claimed the 2005 NCAA Championship to become just the third program to ever win multiple championships (2002, 2005) and just the second to cap an unbeaten season with a title. Portland has advanced to three championship games, eight College Cups (semifinals) and at least the quarterfinals on 12 occasions, including last year before falling at UCLA by a 2-1 margin.
The ninth-ranked San Diego women's soccer team 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.
The Santa Clara women's soccer team received its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth on Monday drawing Cal-Berkley in the first round of action. The Broncos and Bears will battle each other at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. In the second game of the day, Stanford will face the Sacramento State Hornets at 8 p.m. The two winners will then face each other in the second round on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m.
The Broncos finished the 2007 regular season with a 12-5-3 overall record and a 4-3-0 West Coast Conference record, which was good for third place. SCU has been in the Top-25 in the national rankings all season and is led by senior captain Brittany Klein and sophomore Kiki Bosio, who have scored seven goals each. Bosio is also first on the team in assists with six and points with 20.