LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's soccer team earned the No. 1 seed in the West Region for the NCAA Division II Tournament and will receive a bye in the First Round. The Tritons will face the winner of No. 4 Cal State Stanislaus and No. 5 Chico State on Sunday at Triton Soccer Field.
NCAA Tournament First Round
No. 4 Cal State Stanislaus (11-4-5) vs. No. 5 Chico State (11-6-3)
Friday, November 11 - 7:00 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
NCAA Tournament Second Round
No. 1 UCSD (13-2-4) vs. Cal State Stanislaus or Chico State
Sunday, November 13 - 12:00 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
#1 IN THE WEST
The Tritons were awarded the top seed in the West Region and will have a bye in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. UCSD will host the winner of Friday's Cal State Stanislaus-Chico State contest on Sunday in the Second Round. Winners of the CCAA South Division, UCSD was given an at-large bid for the tournament after being ousted in the semifinals of the CCAA Tournament last Friday, November 4. UCSD was ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top 10 every week of the regular season and spent nine weeks as the West Region's No. 1 team between September 6 and November 1. Currently, UCSD is ranked No. 12 in the nationwide poll and No. 2 in the West Region poll.
All announcements, tournament information and results can be found at NCAA Tournament Central.
THE OTHER SIDE
Third-seeded Seattle Pacific (16-2-0) will take on No. 6 Grand Canyon (9-5-3) in the other West Subregional in Los Angeles, with second-seeded Cal State L.A. (12-4-3) awaiting the winner.
CCAA TOURNAMENT WOES CONTINUE
UCSD fell for just the second time all season last Friday in the semifinals of the CCAA Championship Tournament. Cal State Stanislaus scored two goals in the first half and the Tritons could not find the equalizer in CSUS's eventual 2-1 victory. The loss marked the third consecutive year in which UCSD had been knocked out in the CCAA semifinals. The Warriors became the first team this season to score multiple goals against the Tritons. Sarah McTigue added a goal off an assist from Cassie Callahan in the loss.
IT'S IN THE ‘SLAUS
Cal State Stanislaus took home the CCAA Championship on Sunday with a 4-0 win over Chico State. It marked the first time the Warriors had won the CCAA title and gave CSUS an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament field of 48. Friday will be the Warriors' first NCAA Tournament match in school history. This season, CSUS finished in second place in the CCAA North with a 9-4-5 conference mark. The Warriors are 1-0-1 against UCSD this season; UCSD and CSUS battled to a 0-0 tie on October 9 before the Warriors downed the Tritons 2-1 in the CCAA Tournament semifinals. Forward Karenee Demery was the tournament's most valuable offensive player with four goals and a hat trick in the championship match. Goalkeeper Millie Brown was awarded the most valuable defensive player. CSUS is 2-0-1 against Chico State this season.
CHICO ME TIPO
Chico State won its sixth CCAA North Division title in eight years with a 10-4-2 conference record. The Wildcats earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament after falling in the CCAA Championship match to Cal State Stanislaus. CSUC topped Cal State L.A. 1-0 in the CCAA semifinals. Earlier this season, UCSD and CSUC battled to a scoreless tie on October 7 in Chico. The Wildcats are led by Lisa Webster and Shelby Dunlap, who have six goals and four goals this season, respectively. UCSD is 9-4-1 all-time against CSUC.
In 2010, UCSD made its first appearance in the national championship game since 2001. After a 3-1 win over San Francisco State in the First Round, the Tritons shutout four consecutive opponents to set up a title match with defending national champion Grand Valley State. GVSU topped UCSD 4-0 for the Lakers' second straight national title. Kristin Armstrong and 2010 graduates Lisa Bradley and Annette Ilg were named to the All-Tournament team. Ellen Wilson led all returners with two goals in the postseason while Courtney Capobianco, Sarah McTigue and Shelby Wong each registered a goal during the tournament. The Tritons traveled 12,090 miles during last year's NCAA Tournament with trips to Hawaii, Texas and Kentucky.
NCAA TOURNAMENT = TRITON TIME
UCSD holds a 56-14-5 overall record in 75 NCAA Tournament matches dating back to 1986. Since the Tritons moved to Division II in 2000, UCSD has compiled a 20-6-3 record including four West Region titles and two national championships in 2000 and 2001. From 1986-1999, UCSD was 36-8-2 in NCAA Division III Tournament matches, winning national titles in 1989, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999.
McTigue leads all Tritons with four career goals in NCAA Tournament matches ... Wong and Wilson each have two goals in the NCAA Tournament ... UCSD is tied for fourth in NCAA DII in goals against average (.301) and shutout percentage (.737) ... The Tritons are second in save percentage (.912) in NCAA DII ... CSUS's first goal last Friday snapped UCSD's shutout streak of 467:24 minutes ... Hayley Johnson is tied for sixth in the nation with 13 assists this season.