Soccer to Face Washington in NCAA Opener
November 8, 1998
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's soccer team, in its sixth year of existence, will make its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance on Wednesday when it takes on Pacific-10 rival Washington. The site, starting time and ticket information for the match will be determined Monday.
The Women of Troy finished 13-6-1 overall and 7-2 in the Pac-10, winning its first conference crown. USC shared the Pac-10 title with California and UCLA but the Women of Troy own the tiebreaker for the automatic berth, having defeated both teams earlier this season. One of USC's two Pac-10 losses came at Washington, 3-2, on Oct. 11.
"Making our first NCAA Tournament is very exciting and I couldn't be any prouder of this team," third-year head coach Jim Millinder said. "We fought through so much adversity this season and to win our last seven Pac-10 matches to get to this point is very satisfying. We lost to Washington earlier in the year and I'm looking forward to a chance to play the Huskies again. It's a whole new season."
Should USC win its first-round game, it would play at San Diego State over the weekend. The Aztecs received a first-round bye.