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Portland, San Diego Begin NCAA Tournament Play This Friday

Nov. 13, 2008

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PORTLAND, SAN DIEGO BEGIN THE ROAD TO THE COLLEGE CUP
The University of Portland and the University of San Diego were among the field of 64 selected to the NCAA Tournament announced the NCAA selection committee on Monday.

For the first time in four years, the Pilots have been rewarded with home field advantage in the opening rounds of the NCAA playoffs. Portland, ranked No. 2 in the latest NSCAA national poll, earned a No. 2 seed and will open the postseason by hosting Northern Arizona on Friday, Nov. 14. Should the Pilots advance, they would host the Texas/Washington State winner on Sunday, Nov. 16.

The 17th ranked Toreros will open play against No. 25 Long Beach State University on Friday at 8 p.m. at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The other two teams in the bracket are Fresno State University and No. 2 UCLA. Should USD win on Friday, they would face the winner of the UCLA/Fresno State match on Sunday at 1 p.m.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

at Los Angeles, California - Drake Stadium
NCAA Tournament First Round - Friday, Nov. 14

Fresno State at UCLA - 5:30 PM
San Diego vs. Long Beach State - 8:00 PM | Gametracker

Second Round - Sunday, Nov. 16
Fresno State/UCLA winner vs. San Diego/Long Beach State winner - 1:00 PM

at Portland, Oregon - Merlo Field
NCAA Tournament First Round - Friday, Nov. 14

Texas vs. Washington State - 5:00 PM
Northern Arizona at Portland - 8:00 PM | Gametracker

Second Round - Sunday, Nov. 16
Texas/Washington State winner vs. Northern Arizona/Portland winner - 1:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC
Pilots Capture Record 10th WCC Title
With their 4-1 win over San Diego in the regular season finale, the Portland Pilots captured their WCC-record 10th league crown. The Pilots were tied with Santa Clara for most WCC titles with each team winning nine. It also marked the second consecutive season that the Pilots have posted a 7-0-0 record in WCC play.

WCC Player of the Week: Portland's Sophie Schmidt Earns Weekly Honor
Portland sophomore forward Sophie Schmidt scored a goal and added two assists to help the Pilots clinch the West Coast Conference regular season title with a 4-1 win over the No. 14 San Diego Toreros. After the Pilots fell behind 1-0, Schmidt tallied the equalizer and assisted on two insurance goals, helping her team to their first recorded come-from-behind victory. Schmidt's goal was her 11th of the season and 10th in the last nine matches.

The WCC: The Elite Conference 16 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season, marking the 16th consecutive season that the WCC has had at least one representative in the NCAA Quarterfinals, by far the longest streak in the nation. The second closest active NCAA quarterfinal streak is held by the Pac-10 with eight consecutive years in the Elite Eight.

Active Consecutive Conference NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances (Elite Eight)
WCC - 16

Pac-10 - 8
Big East - 6
ACC - 3


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 7-10-3
WCC Record: 2-4-1
  • Gonzaga earned a 0-0 tie against Santa Clara in its season finale to finish the season with a 7-10-3 overall record and a 2-4-1 mark in WCC play.

  • Gonzaga played in its school-record fifth double-overtime match of the season and also tied the school-record set by the 1996 squad for the most overtime matches played in a season with six.

  • Sophomore goal keeper Lauren Ames made a career-high tying 12 saves for her seventh shutout of the season and ninth of her career. Both marks rank her third in the school record books for shutouts in a season and total career shutouts.

  • Sophomore Sheridan Jones was named to the All-WCC first team, junior Lori Conrad and freshman Courtney Peacock each received honorable mention. Peacock also earned a spot on the All-WCC freshman team.
  • Overall Record: 10-6-3
    WCC Record: 5-2-0
  • The Lions closed out the season with a 2-0 win over Saint Mary's to finish the year with a 10-6-3 overall record and a 5-2-0 mark in WCC play. This was the third straight season of 10 wins or more for LMU.

  • It was another staunch defensive performance for a Lions team that has allowed one or fewer goals in all but one of their WCC games this season.

  • Junior goaltender Allyssa Clark defended well, posting her second straight shutout, and her eighth of the season with four saves. The eight shutouts tie for the third-most in a single season at LMU.

  • Sophomore Lily Sorentino earned All-WCC first team honors, Tiffany Harrison, Amanda Lernor, and Shannon Omahen were named to the second team, and Clark, Kim Feeney, and Julie Gallaudet earned honorable mention accolades.
  • Overall Record: 9-9-2
    WCC Record: 4-3-0
  • The Waves ended the season with a 3-0 win over San Francisco. The victory lifted the Waves to a .500 record at 9-9-2 and a 4-3 mark in the WCC.

  • Senior forward Amanda Rupp became only the sixth player in program history to reach the 30-point plateau in a single season as she finished with 32 points on 12 goals and eight assists. Her 12 goals tied her for the third most in a single season at Pepperdine, and her eight assists tied for seventh on the all-time single season list.

  • Senior Emily Wynne finished the season with 12 points, six of those via assists. Her career assist total of 21 ranks her fourth all time at Pepperdine.

  • Senior Ashley Copp and Rupp were selected to the All-WCC first team, while Wynne was named to the second team, and freshman Laura Cole, senior Samantha Hire, freshman Myriah Stockman, and senior Kayla Stolte were named honorable mention.
  • Overall Record: 17-1-0
    WCC Record: 7-0-0
  • The Pilots earned their second straight WCC regular season title and 10th overall with a 4-1 win at San Diego. The win gave the Pilots their second consecutive undefeated conference season and extended their winning streak to 16 matches.

  • The Pilots, who started their winning streak with a 1-0 win over then-No. 1 USC, have out-scored their opponents 55-3 during the span.

  • Senior Megan Rapinoe was named the WCC Player of the Year, becoming the seventh Pilot to earn the top honor. Freshman Danielle Foxhoven earned WCC Freshman of the Year honors, and Head Coach Garrett Smith was named the WCC Coach of the Year.

  • The Pilots earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host Northern Arizona (11/14). Should UP win, the Pilots would face the winner of Texas/Washington State on Sunday.
  • Overall Record: 8-9-2
    WCC Record: 1-5-1
  • Saint Mary's suffered a 2-0 loss to Loyola Marymount in its season finale.

  • This season, Saint Mary's had a flair for the dramatic. In all eight wins, SMC's game-winning goal has come in the final 25 minutes of play, with seven goals coming in the final five minutes of play. The Gaels had five overtime goals and a 5-0-2 record in seven overtime games.

  • Junior MF Ashley Nied tallied four game-winning goals this season, tying her for second in the conference.

  • Junior GK Tara Larson led the conference in saves with 99.

  • Nied and senior midfielder Stefani Rocco ended the season by being named All-WCC honorable mention.
  • Overall Record: 14-4-2
    WCC Record: 6-1-0
  • The Toreros saw their seven-match winning streak snapped with a 4-1 loss to Portland in their regular season finale.

  • San Diego has the third best record in program history at 14-4-2 (.750), trailing the 1999 squad, who finished the season 15-4-0 (.789) and last season's team, who was 15-2-3 (.825).

  • Senior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming just the second Torero to earn the league's top defensive honor and the first since Dawn Birdsall took home the award in 1995. Cameron was joined on the All-WCC first-team by Jackie Zinke. Amy Epsten and Natalie Vinti were named second-team, while Ashley Kirk, Elissa Magracia, Stephanie Ochs were named honorable mention.

  • USD faces Long Beach State (11/14) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Should the Toreros win, they would face the UCLA-Fresno State winner on Sunday (11/16).
  • Overall Record: 5-13-2
    WCC Record: 0-7-0
  • San Francisco dropped a 3-0 decision to Pepperdine in its season finale.

  • USF's freshman goalie Sarah Garland earned a career-high 10 saves in the match versus Pepperdine. Senior midfielder Katherine Kimure and junior forward Kristina Hall each had a shot in the game.

  • Freshman F Nicole Moore led the Dons with four goals this season, three of which were game-winning scores.

  • With five victories this season, USF more than doubled its 2007 win total of two.

  • Hall closed out the season by being selected to the All-WCC second team, while Kimure earned honorable mention accolades.
  • Overall Record: 4-12-4
    WCC Record: 1-4-2
  • The Broncos concluded the season with a 0-0 draw against Gonzaga to finish the season with a 4-12-4 overall record and a 1-4-2 mark in conference play.

  • This is the first time in 20 seasons that SCU did not advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Broncos played one of the toughest schedules in the country, facing nine ranked opponents.

  • Junior forward Kiki Bosio was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team for her outstanding performance both on the field and in the classroom. This is a first-time honor for the Bronco tri-captain, who boasts a 3.89 overall GPA as an accounting major.

  • Junior Katherine Reynolds was selected to the All-WCC first team, while sophomore Kendra Perry was named to the second team. Senior Meagan McCray, junior Hayley Siegel, and sophomore Maxine Goynes were named honorable mention.