Nov. 30, 2009
|PORTLAND ENDS POSTSEASON RUN AT NCAA QUARTERFINALS|
Portland's run to the College Cup was abruptly ended by UCLA last Saturday afternoon, as the top-seeded Bruins came back from a 1-0 deficit to take home a 2-1 victory and advance to the next round of NCAA play. With the loss, Portland (21-2-0) concludes the season with the second most wins in school history, while Saturday's match marked the third time in the last four years that Portland's season ended in the quarterfinals at Drake Stadium by a one-goal margin.
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WCC's Road to the College Cup
The WCC Champion Portland Pilots lost in the NCAA Women's' Soccer Quarterfinals after three convincing wins at home in the early rounds of postseason play. In the first round, Portland overwhelmed Denver 4-0 for its 12th straight win. In the second round, the Pilots defeated Washington 2-1 to earn their place in the NCAA third round and secure their second consecutive and sixth overall 20-win season. Portland did not disappoint in the next round of play, cruising past Virginia Tech 4-1 to make its 13th NCAA Quarterfinal appearance.
Against UCLA in the Quarterfinals, it seemed as though the Pilots were well on their way to another NCAA College Cup after an early goal on the road, but the UCLA Bruins came back with a 2-1 victory to end the Pilots' postseason run. Portland (21-2-0) concludes the season with the second most wins in school history, while the loss marks the third time in the last four years that Portland's season ended in the quarterfinals at Drake Stadium by a one-goal margin.
Santa Clara also had a successful run in the early rounds of play, picking up two clutch wins over Michigan State (1-0 in overtime)and Oklahoma State (6-5 in a shootout) before dropping a close 1-0 match to Stanford on the road in the third round. The last time the Broncos reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament was in 2005, when they knocked off Boston College. With the loss, the Broncos end their season with a 14-7-2 overall record.
San Diego also competed in the NCAA Tournament but fell to crosstown rival San Diego State 1-0. Despite dominating time of possession and outshooting the Aztecs 14-7, San Diego could not find the equalizer, ending its hopes of advancing to the next round. With the loss, the Toreros end the season with a 12-7-2 overall record.
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