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No. 12 Women's Soccer Off to Louisville for NCAA Final Four
Release: Monday 11/29/2010 

Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. PST
No. 12 UC San Diego (18-2-3) vs. No. 1 Saint Rose (23-0-1)
at Bellarmine University's Owsley B. Frazier Stadium
Series record vs. Saint Rose - first meeting
Live Stats: click here
Live Video Stream:

Thursday, Dec.2
No. 4 Grand Valley State vs. Florida Tech, 8:00 a.m. PST (11:00 a.m. EST)
No. 12 UC San Diego vs. No. 1 Saint Rose, 11:00 a.m. PST (2:00 p.m. EST)
Saturday, Dec. 4
National Championship at Louisville, Ky., 9:00 a.m. PST

• Final Four
The 12th-ranked UC San Diego women's soccer team (18-2-3) continues its run for the 2010 NCAA Division II title with a match-up against No. 1 Saint Rose (23-0-1) in the national semifinal on Thursday, Dec. 2 at Bellarmine University's Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky. Kickoff is set for 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time (1:00 p.m. Eastern). UCSD's Final Four match-up will be preceded by No. 4 Grand Valley State (20-1-2) and Florida Tech at 8:00 a.m. PST (11:00 a.m. EST). The Tritons advanced to the national semifinals, commonly referred to as the "Final Four" due to the number of teams remaining in the tournament, by way of a 1-0 victory over No. 8 St. Edward's in Austin, Texas on Nov. 20 in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. The winners of each national semifinal will meet at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium for the national championship on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9:00 a.m. PST (12:00 p.m. EST).

• Mind If I Watch?
Triton fans can follow all the UCSD action live from the Final Four. will video stream both semifinal matches live. The Division II women's soccer championship will be live at 9:00 a.m. PST (12:00 p.m. EST) on NCAA Productions TV syndication affiliates (e.g. Regional Sports Networks) and with same day delay at 2:00 p.m. PST (5:00 p.m. EST) on CBS College Sports Network.

• Live Stats
Live Stats will be available for all the soccer matches at the Final Four:
Grand Valley State vs. Florida Tech
UCSD vs. Saint Rose

• Follow UCSD at the Final Four
Don't miss a minute of the UCSD's journey to the Final Four! Check out UCSD Athletics' Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages to check out photos, blogs and videos from the Tritons' mission to Louisville. Also visit our Championship Central page for first-person accounts of the tournament from UCSD players.

• Long Time Gone
UCSD advanced to its first Final Four since 2003 by way of a pair of victories over No. 9 Seattle Pacific and No. 8 St. Edward's in the Sweet 16 and quarterfinal rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas. UCSD guaranteed its spot in the national semifinals with a 1-0 win over SEU on the Hilltoppers' homefield on Nov. 20. UCSD won the West Region title with a 1-0 win against SPU on Nov. 18. A week earlier, the Tritons took down the No. 2 seed in the West Region, BYU-Hawaii on its homefield, 1-0. UCSD beat CCAA conference foe San Francisco State, 3-1, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

• Toppin' Hills at SEU
St. Edward's University was named the host site for the West Region and South Central Region finals due to the fact that it was the highest seeded team in South Central and West Regions going into the Sweet 16. UCSD downed Seattle Pacific in the Sweet 16 on Nov. 18, 1-0, giving the Tritons their first West Region championship since 2006. SEU would win the South Central Region with a 3-2 win over No. 2 Central Missouri, setting up the clash between UCSD and SEU on Nov. 20 in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. Annete Ilg would toe-poke home the game's only goal as the Tritons would top the Hilltoppers on SEU's home field, 1-0, sending UCSD to Louisville for the Final Four.

• State of the Team
UCSD enters Thursday's match against Saint Rose unbeaten in 17 of its last 18 contests, shutting-out 12 teams and outscoring opponents 29-6 within that span. Triton goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong has recorded three consecutive shutouts and has registered 309:48 scoreless minutes going into the Final Four. UCSD has now scored six unanswered goals over its last four playoff contests. The Tritons most recent defeat came on Nov. 5 when the squad fell in penalty kicks to San Francisco State in the CCAA semifinals. Before that, the last time UCSD failed to gain a point in a match was on Sept. 17, when the Tritons fell 2-1 at Humboldt State. UCSD has outscored its opponents 6-1 this postseason.

• NCAA Championships Means Triton Time
UCSD holds a 55-13-5 overall record in 73 NCAA Tournament matches dating back to 1986. Since the Tritons moved to Division II in 2000, UCSD has compiled a 19-5-3 record, including four West Region titles and national championships in 2000 and 2001. From 1986-1999, UCSD was 36-8-2 in NCAA Division III Championship matches, winning national titles in 1989, 1995, 1996,1997 and 1999.

• Johnson, We Need Some Assistance
Sophomore defender Hayley Johnson has recorded a team-high 10 assists on the season and has recorded two assists in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. She assisted Annette Ilg's game-winner against St. Edward's in the quarterfinals and also played Ellen Wilson on her game-winner against BYU-Hawaii in the West Region semifinal on Nov. 13. Both of Johnson's assists in the NCAA Tournament have come off Triton corner kick opportunities. Johnson was named a Primetime Performer of the Week for Nov. 15-21.

• What's Your Point?
Sophomore sweeper Ellen Wilson scored consecutive game-winning goals in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships against San Francisco State and BYU-Hawaii and leads the squad with four points this NCAA Tournament. Wilson also anchors a Triton backline that has surrendered a single goal this postseason and has held opponents scoreless for over 309 consecutive minutes. Shelby Wong and Annette Ilg have the second highest point-total on the team this posteason with three points, as each have registered a goal and an assist during the NCAA Championships. Wong scored in the 53rd minute to tie the Tritons' opening round match against San Francisco State and added the assist on Ilg's goal at St. Edward's. Ilg assisted Wilson's game-winner in the same match against SFSU.

• Frequent Flyers
UCSD has played in three different time zones over the past 24 days and will add another one to the list when the team travels to Kentucky for the Final Four. On Nov. 5, the Tritons played their last game in the Pacific Time Zone in the opening round of the CCAA Championships against SFSU. UCSD then played in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone between Nov. 11-13 when it traveled to BYU-Hawaii for the West Region opening rounds. The Tritons won their Sweet 16 and quarterfinal round matches against Seattle Pacific and St. Edward's on Nov. 19-21 in the Central Time Zone in Austin, Texas. The Final Four will take place in Louisville which is in the Eastern Time Zone. UCSD has traveled 7,688 miles so far in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. After their trip to Kentucky, the Tritons will have flown 12,090 miles this postseason

• No. 1 Saint Rose (23-0-1)
The top-ranked Golden Knights are the only remaining undefeated team in the tournament and will make their third consecutive appearance at the Division II Final Four. They advanced to Louisville by way of a penalty-kick victory over No. 4 West Chester in the quarterfinals and a pair of 1-0 wins over No. 13 C.W. Post and Bridgeport in the Sweet 16 and second round, respectively. Sydney Bond and Gianna D'Errico lead the team with 11 goals apiece and Christina Cuffari and Carmelina Puopolo follow with 10 scores on the year. The Golden Knights have given up seven goals in 24 matches.

• No. 5 Grand Valley State (20-1-2)
The fifth-ranked Lakers return to their second consecutive Final Four after taking home the 2009 Division II National Championship. GVSU has outscored its three 2010 NCAA Tournament opponents by a margin of 11-0 and has not dropped a match since Sept. 19. The Lakers bludgeoned No. 3 Fort Lewis 5-0 in the quarterfinals. Erin Mruz scored a pair of goals for GVSU in that match, increasing her season total to 12. Kayla Addison leads the Lakers with 19 goals on the year.

• Florida Tech (10-6-5)
The unranked Panthers are making their first appearance in the Final Four and have punched their ticket to Louisville in thrilling fashion with three penalty kick victories in the tournament's opening rounds. Tech battled to a 1-1 tie with No. 25 Florida Southern in the first round, beating the Moccasins 4-3 in penalty kicks. After a 2-0 win over Rollins in the second round, the Panthers tied No. 17 Tampa, 1-1, in the Sweet 16 before advancing, 3-2, on penalties. Tech fought to a 1-1 tie once again in the quarterfinals, this time taking down Lenoir-Rhyne 5-4 from the spot. Casey Lademann has scored 16 goals on the season, four times more than any of her teammates.

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