Long Beach State and UC Irvine will participate in the 2010 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship as the NCAA selection committee released the 64-team bracket on Monday.
The 49ers earned the Big West’s automatic bid to the NCAA championship after defeating Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine in the Big West Tournament. LBSU’s 1-0 victory at top-seeded UCI on Sunday secured the 49ers their first Big West Tournament championship. The Anteaters claimed a tournament at-large berth to give the Big West two NCAA Tournament participants for the third time in history, adding to the 2005 (Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside) and 2008 (Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara) seasons.
This is the second NCAA Tournament appearance for Long Beach State. The 49ers made their inaugural trip in 2008 as an at-large selection. LBSU (14-5-2, 5-2-1 Big West) meets Santa Clara (12-6-2) from the West Coast Conference in a first round matchup on Friday, November 12 at 4:30 p.m. (PST) on the campus of Stanford University. The host and top-seeded Cardinal (18-0-2) face Sacramento State (9-9-1) at 7:00 p.m. in the other first round contest. The two winners will square off in a second round game on Sunday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m.
UCI (17-2-2), which won the Big West regular season championship with an unblemished 8-0-0 record, was selected as one of 16 host schools for the first and second rounds. The Anteaters tangle with Arizona State (9-7-3) of the Pac-10 Conference in first round action on Friday at 7:30 p.m. That matchup will be preceded by No. 23 Wake Forest (12-7-3) and San Diego (11-7-2) at 5:00 p.m. The two winners will meet in the second round on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
The Anteaters are making their inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance. UCI is ranked No. 16 in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com poll, No. 18 by Soccer Times and No. 21 by Soccer America. They join Cal State Fullerton (2005) as the only two Big West schools to earn NCAA Tournament hosting privileges under the current 64-team format. Pacific hosted a first round match against California in 1998.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Emily Kingsborough, Long Beach State
Kingsborough earned Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player accolades for her work between the pipes in helping Long Beach State win the program’s first tournament title. She tied a season high with six saves, including a couple crucial stops, in the 49ers’ 1-0 victory over UC Irvine in the championship match. It was Kingsborough’s fifth shutout of the season as the 49ers halted UCI’s 14-match win streak. The junior ranks fourth in the Big West in both goals against average (0.95) and saves per game (3.79 spg).
Long Beach State Takes Home Tournament Crown
Long Beach State became the fifth different school to capture the Big West Tournament championship after defeating third-seeded Cal State Northridge and top-seeded UC Irvine last week. Nikki Myers delivered the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of LBSU’s 2-1 semifinal win against the Matadors. After being limited to just one first half shot by a stingy UC Irvine defense, the 49er offense capitalized on a set piece as Nicole Sweetman’s corner kick found the head of an unmarked Bo Rael for a goal at 52:09. The goal held up and the 49ers won 1-0, becoming the first opponent all season to pin a shutout on the potent Anteater offense. UCI is tied for 22nd in the nation in goals per game (2.14). LBSU won the tournament title for the first time in its fifth try. The 49ers most recently lost a penalty kick shootout to UC Santa Barbara in the 2008 championship game.
UC Irvine Unblemished In League Slate
UC Irvine achieved a first in Big West women’s soccer history in becoming the first team to complete the conference ledger unbeaten and untied. The regular season champions moved to 8-0-0 (24 points) after overcoming an early deficit to win 3-2 against Cal State Fullerton on Halloween.
Four teams previously got close to accomplishing the same feat, but fell just short of the mark.
UNBEATEN TEAMS IN BIG WEST PLAY Year School Record Pct.
*2010 UC Irvine 8-0-0 1.000
2008 Long Beach State 7-0-1 .938
1996 Cal State Fullerton 5-0-1 .917
2003 Cal Poly 7-0-2 .889
1998 Pacific 7-0-2 .889
* Only team in Big West history to go unbeaten and untied in league play
Long Beach State Ties School Record For Wins
Long Beach State’s victory against UC Irvine in the Big West Tournament championship game was the 14th of the season, tying the 2006 and 2008 teams for the school record. The 49ers attempt to set a new record for wins in a season when they meet Santa Clara in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. LBSU head coach Mauricio Ingrassia has led the program to double-digit wins in five of the last six seasons.
deSeriere Second On Career Shutouts List
UC Irvine senior goalkeeper Danielle deSeriere is tied for fourth all-time in Big West history with 10 shutouts this season. She has 30 shutouts in her solid four-year career, putting her fourth all-time in Big West annals.
Bullock Fourth On 49er Career Scoring Chart
Senior Lindsay Bullock is fourth in the Long Beach State record book with 26 career goals. Her seven goals this season are tied for sixth-most in the Big West.
Eaters, 49ers Try To End NCAA Win Drought
UC Irvine and Long Beach State look to bring home NCAA Tournament victories, becoming the first Big West teams to do since Cal State Fullerton toppled Loyola Marymount in 2006.
UC Irvine Sets New Wins Record
UC Irvine established a single-season record for wins with 17 in 2010. That is the third-highest total for a Big West team, trailing only the 2005 Cal State Fullerton (19) and 2003 Cal Poly (18) squads.
Follow The Tournament On Twitter
The Big West will be providing live tournament updates, photos and commentary during Thursday’s semifinal matches as well as Sunday’s championship. Follow all the action on BigWestLive as teams attempt to secure the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Follow Your Team On BigWest.TV
The Big West Conference and the CBS College Sports Network are partnering to bring you exclusive coverage of Big West sports, press conferences, interviews, and features to your home via the Internet! Now in its sixth year, BigWest.TV covers every home and conference contest in men’s basketball as well as women’s basketball and volleyball. Also covered are select contests in men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, and Big West Conference Championships. A monthly subscription of $9.95 or an annual subscription of $79.95 delivers exclusive coverage to you. If you can’t make it to the gym or the field, you can still catch all the action on BigWest.TV!