Tuesday, November 30, 2010

UC San Diego Women's Soccer Faces Saint Rose in NCAA Final Four

WALNUT CREEK – UC San Diego, winners of two NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer national championships, will seek its third when it travels to Louisville, Ky. to take on Saint Rose in the 2010 NCAA Final Four at Bellarmine University’s Owsley B. Frazier Stadium on Thursday.

The contest will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs and will be webcast live at www.ncaasports.com/allaccess beginning at 11 a.m. (PST). The Tritons (18-2-3) enter play ranked No. 12 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, while the Golden Knights (23-0-1) top the rankings.

The other semifinal match will feature No. 4 Grand Valley State (20-1-2) against Florida Tech (10-6-5) beginning at 8 a.m. (PST).

The championship match is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. (PST).

UC San Diego, which finished second in the CCAA’s South Division, advanced to the NCAA Final Four after posting victories over San Francisco State (3-1), BYU-Hawaii (1-0), Seattle Pacific (1-0) and St. Edward’s (1-0).

This year marks the Tritons’ first Final Four appearance since 2003 when they lost 2-1 in overtime to Franklin Pierce.

All-CCAA and All-West Region senior forward Annette Ilg leads UC San Diego offensively with 10 goals. Sophomore defender Hayley Johnson tops the Tritons with 10 assists, while All-CCAA junior goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong boasts a 0.51 goals-against average.

This year marks the second straight year that a CCAA team has advanced to the Final Four. Cal State Dominguez Hills reached the national championship match last season where it lost 1-0 to Grand Valley State.

UC San Diego is the last CCAA team to win a national championship when it won back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001. Cal State Dominguez Hills hoisted the trophy in 1991.

2010 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Final Four
Dec. 2-4, 2010 – All Times Pacific
Owsley B. Frazier Stadium, Bellarmine University

National Semifinals – Dec. 2
8:00 a.m. – Grand Valley State (20-1-2) vs. Florida Tech (10-6-5)
11:00 a.m. – UC San Diego (18-2-3) vs. Saint Rose (23-0-1)

Championship – Dec. 4
9:00 a.m.

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