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Gabi Hernandez and her teammates will look to translate the high of an eighth conference title into an eighth national crown.
No. 5 Tritons Ready for NCAA Second-Round Tilt
Release: Wednesday 11/07/2012 
NCAA Championship First Round
Seattle Pacific vs. BYU-Hawaii
Thursday, Nov. 8 • 1 p.m.
Triton Soccer Stadium • La Jolla
Live Stats

Match 20 - NCAA Championship Second Round
vs. Seattle Pacific
Saturday, Nov. 10 • 6 p.m.
Triton Soccer Stadium • La Jolla
Live Stats

UCSD plays host this week to one-half of the 2012 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championship West Regional at Triton Soccer Stadium. The 48-team championship field was announced Monday evening by the NCAA. The Tritons are the West's second seed, and receive a First Round bye. Thursday's First Round match in La Jolla will feature third-seeded Seattle Pacific and sixth-seeded BYU-Hawaii at 1 p.m. UCSD faces the winner in the Second Round on Saturday, Nov. 10. Kickoff at Triton Soccer Stadium is set for 6 p.m.

The team to advance out of Saturday's Second Round match will have to hit the road the following weekend, as the South Central Region is the Third Round/Quarterfinals host in the NCAA rotation this season.

The Tritons begin their quest this weekend for an eighth NCAA national title. The first five came during the NCAA Division III days, with the last two coming in UCSD's first two seasons at the Division II level. UCSD has subsequently made eight consecutive NCAA tournaments and 12 of 13 since moving to Division II.

Tickets for the 2012 NCAA West Regional are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Children under the age of seven are admitted free of charge. The first 100 UCSD students will also gain free entry into Saturday night's Second Round match, courtesy of Triton Tide. Tickets can be purchased on-site on the day of the games.

Both games of the 2012 NCAA West Regional will have live stats available. Fans can click on Live Stats under the Fan Zone tab off the front page or Schedule/Results off the women's soccer page at

The Tritons moved up from No. 13 to No. 5 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire national poll, released Tuesday, after winning their eighth conference title over the weekend in Carson. The No. 5 ranking matches UCSD's season high, from Sept. 25. The only other team to represent the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) this week is North Division champion Sonoma State at No. 10. Regionally, UCSD now tops the NSCAA/Continental Tire West poll, ahead of, in order, Sonoma State, Western Washington and Seattle Pacific. Cal Poly Pomona is seventh. BYU-Hawaii is not rated.

UCSD won its record eighth CCAA title in Carson last Sunday. The third-seeded Tritons edged second seed Cal State Stanislaus late, 2-1, on an 87th-minute Gabi Hernandez goal. They then played to a 1-1 draw with top-seeded Sonoma State through 110 minutes before winning 4-2 via penalty-kick tiebreaker. The result, which officially went down as a tie, enabled UCSD to remain unbeaten all-time against Sonoma State at 15-0-3, and unbeaten as well in CCAA finals at 7-0-1. Hernandez was again the Triton goalscorer, finding the back of the net 24 seconds into the second half. The senior tri-captain also converted on her penalty-kick attempt to garner CCAA Championship Most Valuable Player honors. Teammates Cassie Callahan, Britnee Chesney, Alexa Enlow and Ellen Wilson joined her on the All-Tournament Team. Callahan had opened the scoring in Friday's semifinal against Stanislaus with a header in the 52nd minute.

A total of eight UCSD players were recognized with postseason honors by the CCAA, led by senior center back Ellen Wilson, voted by league head coaches as the CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player. Cassie Callahan, Hayley Johnson and Jessica Wi were selected to the All-CCAA First Team, with freshman goalkeeper Kelcie Brodsky, Izzy Pozurama and Wilson earning spots on the Second Team. Alexa Enlow and Gabi Hernandez picked up All-CCAA honorable mention. Wilson was UCSD's second straight CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player and third in its five-year existence.

Cassie Callahan and senior teammates Hayley Johnson and Ellen Wilson were each named recently as Capital One Academic All-District 8 honorees. All three move on to the prestigious Capital One Academic All-America national ballot. Callahan boasts a 3.9 GPA in mathematics.

Forward Izzy Pozurama completed an incredible October with two more goals, both game-winners, in a pair of road victories. She is second on the team with those eight goals scored, behind only fellow sophomore Cassie Callahan. Each goal came over the last seven matches in October, with all of them coming in six victories as UCSD went 6-1 to close out the regular season atop the CCAA South Division. Four of Pozurama's eight goals were of the game-winning variety in those six triumphs. The Lake Forest product had a pair of two-goal performances during her recent run. Pozurama earned the team's only Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week recognition for 2012 on Oct. 15, and just last week was one of six area collegians named among the San Diego Hall of Champions' Amateur Stars of the Month for October. She is also a 2012 All-CCAA Second Team selection.

The Tritons have not missed a beat following the departure to graduation of two-time All-American goalkeeper and 2011 CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player Kristin Armstrong, thanks to the play of Kelcie Brodsky. The true freshman out of Agoura Hills has started all 19 games thus far and posted league-leading numbers of a 0.55 goals-against average and .884 save percentage. Her goals-against average ranks her 16th in the nation in the NCAA Division II. The All-CCAA Second Team pick is ninth in save percentage.

Seattle Pacific (14-3-2, 11-1-2 GNAC) is in the also receiving votes category of this week's national rankings, having dropped from No. 22 a week ago after suffering an upset loss to Montana State Billings, 1-0, in the semifinal round of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship in Tukwila, Wash., last Thursday. The Falcons thus earned an at-large berth into this year's NCAA Championship. The defeat to Montana State Billings snapped a season-best nine-match win streak for Seattle Pacific. SPU was the 2008 NCAA Division II national champion, taking a 1-0 decision in double overtime in the title match against West Florida in Tampa, Fla., that year. The Falcons were also the 2005 national runners-up after falling in overtime, 2-1, to Nebraska-Omaha in Wichita Falls, Texas. This year, SPU is led by senior forward Megan Lindsay with 11 goals and four assists for 26 total points. Sophomore forward Ali Martin has added six goals and a team-best six assists. The regular Falcon goalkeeper is junior Natalie Harold (0.88 GAA, 48 saves, three shutouts). SPU is 6-3-1 away from Seattle in 2012. Chuck Sekyra is in his 10th season as the head coach.

UCSD is 3-2 all-time against the Falcons, including an even 2-2 at the NCAA Championship. Among four postseason meetings, three were in the NCAA Second Round, with the last one in the Third Round on Nov. 18, 2010, when the Tritons won 1-0 on a goal at the 73:00 mark from current assistant coach Sarah McTigue in Austin, Texas. The most recent meeting was a regular-season affair early in the 2011 campaign in Seattle, with UCSD producing a 2-0 victory. McTigue scored again in the second half, with assists coming from current seniors Hayley Johnson and Gabi Hernandez.

BYU-Hawaii (10-4-3, 8-3-3 PWC) claimed the Pacific West Conference's automatic entry into this year's NCAA Championship as the regular-season champion. The Seasiders are led by Terryn Soelberg with 14 points from seven goals. Fellow senior Abbie Fronk has a team-leading seven assists to go along with her two goals. Junior midfielder Brittney Evans has added three goals, all game-winners, and four assists. The team's regular goalkeeper is junior Megan McCain (0.80 GAA, 60 saves, six shutouts). BYU-Hawaii, located in Laie, HI, is 2-4-2 this season away from home, though the Seasiders are unbeaten over there last six, going 4-0-2 since their last defeat on Oct. 13. Alex Ruegner is in his second season in charge.

UCSD is an undefeated 3-0 all-time against the Seasiders, including 2-0 at the NCAA Championship. All three Triton victories have been by the identical narrow margin of 1-0, one in double overtime. The sides last met in Waipahu, HI, in a 2010 NCAA Second Round match, with Ellen Wilson scoring on a header from a Hayley Johnson corner kick at 14:29 to eliminate the Seasiders.

Senior defenders Hayley Johnson and Ellen Wilson have each started all 86 games that UCSD has played since they stepped foot onto the La Jolla campus. Johnson has generally played at left back, with Wilson a center back in head coach Brian McManus' traditional three-defender alignment. Alongside forward Gabi Hernandez, the three fourth-year seniors are tri-captains this season. Wilson is the only Triton to have played every minute in 2012. She has led UCSD field players in minutes played in each of her four years.

Hayley Johnson is fifth on the program's all-time assists list with 31 over her stellar four-year career. She is fourth on the team in 2012 with four assists after back-to-back team-leading double-figure season totals of 10 in 2010 and 14 in her All-America 2011 campaign. Earlier this year, Johnson passed current UCSD assistant coach and former Triton All-American Kristin Jones' total of 29 assists from 2000-03. She is five helpers away from tying a trio of former program greats in second.

Brian McManus is in his 26th season as the head coach of the UC San Diego women's soccer program. He has led the Tritons to all seven of their national titles, with five in the NCAA Division III and two in Division II. McManus' overall record currently stands at 431-65-43, for a career win percentage of .840. He trails only Gabe Mejail of Merrimack (432) for the most victories among current Division II coaches. All-time regardless of division or active status, McManus ranks fifth in wins and seventh in winning percentage.

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