Tuesday, November 30, 2010
UC San Diego Women's Soccer Faces Saint Rose in NCAA Final Four
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