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Portland Travels To UCLA For NCAA Quarterfinals

Nov. 22, 2006

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The University of Portland advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals with an impressive 2-0 win over No. 1 seeded Texas in Austin at Mike Meyers Stadium last Sunday. The Pilots move on to face the No. 2 seeded UCLA Bruins with a trip to the College Cup in Cary, North Carolina on the line. The Pilots and the Bruins square off on Friday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. UCLA earned a trip to the quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory over No. 3 Florida last Friday. The game will be a rematch of the 2005 NCAA championship match in which the Pilots earned their second national title with a 4-0 win over the Bruins.

Quarterfinal Round - Friday, Nov. 24

Portland (17-3-3) at UCLA (20-3-0) - 6:00 p.m. (PST)


The WCC: The Elite Conference
With Portland advancing to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, the WCC has now had a team reach the Elite Eight for the 15th consecutive season, easily the longest such streak in the nation. The Big Ten is a distant second with nine consecutive NCAA quarterfinal appearances, followed by the Pac-10 (7), the Big East (5), and the ACC (2).

Decade of Dominance
Over the last 10 years, no conference has had more College Cup participants than the WCC. In the last decade, the WCC has sent 13 teams into the national semifinals, three more than the next closest conference.

College Cup Appearances By Conferences Over The Last 10 Years (2005-1996)
13 - WCC (POR - 2005, 2002-00, 1998, 1996; SCU - 2004, 2002-01, 1999-1996)
10 - ACC (UNC - 2003-1996; FSU - 2005, 2003)
7 - Big East (ND - 2004, 2000, 1999, 1997-96; UCONN - 2003, 1997)
4 - Pac-10 (UCLA - 2005-03, 2000)
3 - Big Ten (Penn State - 2005, 2002, 1999)
2 - SEC (Florida - 2001, 1998)
1 - Ivy League (Princeton - 2004)

Portland Pilots (17-3-3 / 4-1-2 WCC)
- Portland defeated No. 1 seeded Texas in Austin, 2-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

- Juniors Rachael Rapinoe and Natalie Budge each tallied goals in the win over the Longhorns. The strike was Rapinoe's fourth goal of the playoffs and eighth overall on the season, while Budge, who assisted on Rapinoe's goal, now has nine goals and eight assists.

- Senior goalkeeper Cori Alexander was brilliant against Texas, registering nine saves. Alexander became Portland's all-time career leader in saves, passing former Pilots great Michelle Voiland. Alexander, already the school leader in career shutouts, now has 259 saves for her career.

- Portland advances to the quarterfinals where it will play at UCLA (20-3) on Friday, Nov. 24 at 6:00 p.m. in a rematch of last season's national championship match.