NCAA Notebook Installment #3 (11/29/09)

College Soccer 360
Division I Women's Soccer
NCAA Tournament Notebook #3
(Nov. 29, 2009)


Note: an additional NCAA Notebook supplement will be coming soon to CS360, with focus on player-based notes and historical details.


By Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)
note: all research contained below is courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com (please credit accordingly when reprinting or referencing this data)


SECTION 1 – TOP TEAMS OF THE DECADE
& PAST FOUR SEASONS

Winningest Division I Programs of the Decade (2000-09)
(records listed are 2000 ... 2001, etc., thru 2009)

228-17-11 – NORTH CAROLINA  (.912; 22.8 wins per season) 
21-3-0 ... 24-1-0 ... 21-2-4 ... 27-0-0 ... 20-1-2 ... 23-1-1 ... 27-1-0 ... 19-4-1 ... 25-1-2 ... 21-3-1 

211-28-8 – NOTRE DAME  (.871; 21.1 wins per season) 
23-1-1 ...17-2-1 ... 13-8-0 ... 20-3-1 ... 25-1-1 ... 22-3-0 ... 25-1-1 ... 19-5-2 ... 26-1-0 ... 21-3-1

201-31-11 – UCLA  (.850; 20.1 wins per season) 
19-4-1 ... 20-3-0 ... 18-4-0 ... 20-2-3 ... 18-7-0 ... 22-2-2 ... 21-4-0 ... 20-2-2 ... 22-1-2 ... 21-2-1

191-31-11 – PORTLAND  (.843; 19.1 wins per season)
18-4-1 ... 19-4-0 ... 18-4-3 ... 18-3-2 ... 19-4-0 ... 23-0-2 ... 17-4-3 ... 18-4-0 ... 20-2-0 ... 21-2-0

188-39-16 – PENN STATE  (.807; 18.8 wins per season)
22-3-1 ... 21-4-1 ... 19-3-1 ... 19-3-3 ...19-3-1 ... 23-0-2 ... 18-5-3 ... 18-4-2 ... 16-8-0 ... 13-6-2


Other programs of note (decade win pct., 2000-09not necessarily national rank):

172-54-14 – TEXAS A&M  (.746; 17.2 wins per season)  
18-7-0 ... 17-4-1 ... 20-5-1 ... 13-6-3 ... 18-6-0 ... 18-4-2 ... 17-6-1 ... 18-4-2 ... 18-5-1 ... 15-7-3

163-58-22 – FLORIDA STATE  (.716; 16.3 wins per season)
14-8-2 ... 15-8-1 ... 13-7-3 ... 17-8-1 ... 12-5-3 ... 20-4-1 ... 18-4-4 ... 18-6-3 ... 17-3-3 ... 19-5-1

161-57-20 – FLORIDA  (.719;  16.1 wins per season)  
16-8-0 ... 21-4-1 ... 10-10-2 ... 19-4-2 ...16-4-3 ... 13-6-1 ... 14-6-5 ... 17-5-3 ... 19-4-1 ... 16-6-2

159-45-19 – STANFORD  (.756; 15.9 wins per season)
14-6-1 ... 15-4-2 ... 21-2-0 ... 10-9-2 ... 13-6-3 ... 10-7-3 ... 15-6-2 ... 15-3-5 ... 22-2-1 ... 24-0-0

134-63-19 – BOSTON COLLEGE  (.664; 13.4 wins per season)
14-7-0 ... 11-10-1 ... 11-8-1 ... 15-3-3 ... 15-7-1 ... 13-6-2 ... 12-7-3 ... 11-5-4 ... 15-6-2 ... 17-4-2

119-74-17 – WAKE FOREST  (.607; 11.9 wins per season)
11-8-2 ... 9-9-2 ... 12-7-1 ... 10-7-3 ... 10-7-2 ... 9-9-1 .... 16-6-1 ... 13-7-3 ... 13-8-0 ... 16-6-2

Note: The 2009 semifinalist have a combined record during the decade of 799-121-49 (.850)

Most 20-Win Seasons Since 2001 (9 seasons)
8 – North Carolina (all but 2007)
7 – UCLA (all but 2002 and '04)
6 – Portland (2001-02, 2004-05, 2008-09)
6 – Notre Dame (2003-06, 2008-09)


Winningest Programs of the 1990s 
North Carolina ... 216-7-3  (.962 ... 21.6 wins per season)
Notre Dame ... 196-27-11  (.861 ... 19.6 wins per season)

WINNINGEST CURRENT SENIOR CLASSES  (2006-09 record)  
(1) ... 92-9-4  (.895) ... North Carolina  (27-1-0...19-4-1 ... 25-1-2 ... 21-3-1)
(2) ... 91-10-4  (.886) ...
Notre Dame  (25-1-1 ... 19-5-2 ... 26-1-0 ... 21-3-1)
(3) ... 84-9-5  (.883) ...
UCLA  (21-4-0 ... 20-2-2 ... 22-1-2 ... 21-2-1)
(4) ... 76-12-3  (.852) ... Portland  (17-4-3 ... 18-4-0 ... 20-2-0 ... 21-2-0)
........ 76-11-8  (.842) ...
Stanford  (15-6-2 ... 15-3-5 ... 22-2-1 ... 24-0-0)
(6) ... 72-18-11  (.767) ... Florida State  (18-4-4 ... 18-6-3 ... 17-3-3 ... 19-5-1)


(7) ... 68-22-7  (.737) ... Texas A&M  (17-6-1 ... 18-4-2 ... 18-5-1 ... 15-7-3)
(8) ... 67-17-9  (.769) ... Denver  (19-3-1 ... 12-5-5 ... 19-3-2 ... 17-6-1)
(9) ... 66-17-8  (.769) ... BYU  (13-3-4 ... 17-4-2 ... 18-6-0 ... 18-4-2)
........ 66-21-11  (.730) ... Florida  (14-6-5 ... 17-5-3 ... 19-4-1 ... 16-6-2)
(11) .. 65-23-7  (.721) ... Penn State  (18-5-3 ... 18-4-2 ... 16-8-0 ... 13-6-2)
(12) .. 64-16-10  (.767) ... Navy  (21-2-1 ... 14-5-4 ... 15-4-3 ... 14-5-2)
......... 64-17-12  (.753) ... Oklahoma State  (17-3-3 ... 14-6-3 ... 18-1-4 ... 15-7-2)

Note: The 2009 semifinalist have a combined senior-class record of 343-39-21 (.877)

Other 2009 NCAA Quarterfinalist Senior-Class Records
(18) .. 58-27-6  (.670) ... Wake Forest  (16-6-1 ... 13-7-3 ... 13-8-0 ... 16-6-2)
(27) .. 55-22-11  (.688) ... Boston College  (12-7-3 ... 11-5-4 ... 15-6-2 ... 17-4-2)

TOP ALL-TIME CLASSES – There have been 20 senior classes in Division I women's soccer history (16 for UNC, 4 from ND) that have helped their teams post more than 90 wins in their four-year careers – and two of those senior classes will meet in the upcoming NCAA semifinals (North Carolina 92-9-4/.895; Notre Dame 91-10-4/.886; combined record 183-19-8/.891) ... one year earlier, those teams also met in Cary, N.C.,during the 2008 College Cup final weekend (UNC's seniors were 93-7-4/.914 while ND's seniors were 92-9-3/.899, when they met in the '08 title game – for a combined senior-class record of 185-16-7/.906 entering that final) … two years earlier, the 2006 senior classes for UNC (97-3-3/.956 final record) and ND (92-8-3/.908) were wrapping up similarly impressive careers … the 2008 Tar Heels seniors became the 10th Division I class ever to total 94-plus career wins (along with nine previous UNC classes) … the current UNC seniors also could finish with a maximum of 94 career wins (ND's seniors could total 93).

Most Wins By A Division I Women's Soccer Senior Class (1982-2008)
102-3-1 (.967) – North Carolina's 1998 seniors (1995-98; NCAA camps in 1996, 1997)
102-3-2 (.963) – North Carolina's 1997 seniors (1994-97; NCAA champs in 1994, 1996, 1997)

101-4-1 (.958) – North Carolina's 1999 seniors (1996-99; NCAA champs in 1996, '97, '99)

98-2-1 (.975) – North Carolina's '95 seniors (1992-95; NCAA champs in 1992, '93, '94)
98-3-1 (.966) – North Carolina's '96 seniors (1993-96; NCAA champs in 1993, '94, '96)

97-1-1 (.985) – UNC's 1994 seniors (1991-94; NCAA champs in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)
97-3-3 (.956) – North Carolina's 2006 seniors (2003-06; NCAA champs in 2003, 2006)
97-6-1 (.938) – North Carolina's 2000 seniors (1997-2000; NCAA champs in 1997, '99, 2000)

94-7-0 (.931) – North Carolina's 2001 seniors (1998-2001; NCAA champs in 1999, 2000)
94-7-4 (.914) – North Carolina's 2008 seniors (2005-08; NCAA champs in 2006, 2008)

93-1-2 (.979) – UNC's 1992 seniors (1989-92; NCAA champs in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
93-6-4 (.922) – North Carolina's 2003 seniors (2000-2003; NCAA champs in 2000, 2003)

92-1-1 (.984) – UNC's 1993 seniors (1990-93; NCAA champs in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
92-4-6 (.931) – North Carolina's 2004 seniors (2001-04; NCAA champs in 2003)
92-8-3 (.908) – Notre Dame's 2006 seniors (2003-06; NCAA champs in 2004)
92-10-3 (.898) – Notre Dame's 2008 seniors (2005-08)
92-9-4 (.895) – North Carolina's '09 seniors (2006-09; NCAA champs in '06 & '08; '09 TBA)

91-4-7 (.927) – North Carolina's 2005 seniors (2002-05; NCAA champs in 2003)
91-6-4 (.921) – Notre Dame's 1997 seniors (1994-97; NCAA champs in 1995)
91-10-4 (.886) – Notre Dame's 2009 seniors (2006-09; finish TBA in '09)

Notes: UNC's current seniors (92-9-4 career record) and ND's seniors (91-10-4) have a combined record of 183-19-8 (.891) ... UNC and ND's 2006 senior classes met in the NCAA final (combined 188-10-6 career record/.936 win pct. entering that game) and again in the '08 title game (combined senior-class record of 185-16-7/.906 entering that final) ... UNC and ND's seniors did not face each other in the 1997 NCAAs (ND lost to UConn in the semifinals).


Senior classes that have played in four College Cup final weekends (26 classes)

• UCLA  (seniors in 2006, 2007, 2008 and '09; 4 total classes)

• Notre Dame  (seniors in 1997 and 2009; 2 total classes)

• UNC (seniors in 1985 through 2003; 19 total classes)

• Santa Clara's 1999 seniors

Note: There have been only semifinalist – 1997 (UNC & ND), 1999 (UNC & SCU) and 2009 (UCLA & ND) – that featured multiple teams each led by a senior class that had advanced to the College Cup final weekend all four seasons in their respective careers (it had been 10 years since this previously happened) ... the only three schools with multiple senior classes on this list all are competing in College Station this week.


SECTION 2 – WINNINGEST TEAMS
IN NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY

Best All-Time NCAA Tournament Win Percentages (min. 12 gms)
(1) .933 – North Carolina  (104-7-1; 28 yrs)
(2) .787 – 
Notre Dame  (53-14-1; 17 yrs)
(3) .773 – UCLA  (42-12-1; 14 yrs)
(4) .754 – 
Portland  (46-14-3; 17 yrs)
(5) .737 – Florida State  (27-9-2; 10 yrs)

(6) .678 – Penn State  (30-14-1; 15 yrs)
(7) .677 – Santa Clara  (41-19-2; 20 yrs)
(8) .620 – Nebraska  (15-9-1; 10 yrs)
(9) .618 – Florida  (20-12-2; 13 yrs)
(10) .616 – Connecticut  (44-27-2; 27 yrs)

(11) .600 – Texas A&M (23-15-2; 15 yrs)
(12) .581 – Stanford  (23-16-4; 19 yrs)

(13) .579 – Tennessee  (10-7-2; 8 yrs)
(14) .565 – USC  (12-9-2; 11 yrs)
(15) .563 – George Mason  (13-10-1; 11 yrs)

(16) .550 – Maryland  (10-9-1; 10 yrs)
(17) .518 – Boston College  (13-12-3; 13 yrs)
(18) .500 – Virginia  (20-20-4; 22 yrs)


Other 2009 Round-of-16 Entrants' All-Time NCAA Tournament Records
Oregon State – 2-2-0  (.500; 2 yrs)
Wisconsin – 12-15-1  (.446; 14 yrs)
Wake Forest – 10-13-1  (.438; 14 yrs)
South Carolina – 2-3-1  (.417; 4 yrs)
Virginia Tech – 2-3-0  (.400; 3 yrs)

All-Time NCAA Tournament Victories
(1) 104 – North Carolina (28 yrs)
(2) 53 – Notre Dame (17 yrs)
(3) 46 – Portland (17 yrs)  
(4) 44 – Connecticut (27 yrs)

(5) 42 – UCLA (14 yrs)
(6) 41 – Santa Clara (20 yrs) 

(7) 30 – Penn State (15 yrs)
(8) 27 – Florida State (10 yrs)
(9) 23 – Stanford (19 yrs)
(10) 23 – Texas A&M (15 yrs)
(11) 20 – Virginia (20 yrs) and Florida (13 yrs)

NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship Titles
19 – North Carolina (1982-84, 1986-94, 1996-97, 1999-2000, 2003, 2006, 2008)
2 – Notre Dame  (1995, 2004)
2 – Portland  (2002, 2005)
1 – George Mason  (1985)
1 – Florida  (1998)
1 – Santa Clara  (2001)
1 – Southern California  (2007)


SECTION 3 – NCAA COLLEGE CUP
FINAL WEEKEND HISTORY & NOTES

SEMIFINALIST REPEAT – This marks the second time in the 28-year history of the D-I women's soccer tournament that the four semifinalists (Stanford, UCLA, UNC and ND) have repeated in the following year ... one has to go all the way back to the mid-1980s to find the only other time that a semifinalist field has returned intact the following year: North Carolina, Colorado College, George Mason and UMass (in 1985 and '86) ... there also have been seven times that three of the four semifinalists have returned to the semi's the next season ... most notably, UNC, ND and Portland were in the 1994 semifinals (with UConn), the '95 semi's (with SMU) and again in '96 (with Santa Clara) – and there was yet another three-team semifinal repeat the next year in '97 (UNC, ND and SCU, along with UConn) ... the other times when three semifinalists have returned the next year are as follows: UNC, UMass and UConn in 1983 (with George Mason) and '84 (w/ Cal); UNC, CC and SCU in 1989 (w/ N.C. St.) and '90 (w/ UConn); UNC, SCU and Portland in 2001 (w/ Florida) and '02 (w/ Penn State); and ND, UCLA and Florida State in 2006 (w/ UNC) and '07 (w/ USC).


Active streaks of reaching College Cup final weekend (semifinals)
7 – UCLA (2003-09)
4 – Notre Dame (2006-09)

All-time streaks of reaching College Cup final weekend (semifinals)

21 – North Carolina (1982-2003)

7 – UCLA (2003- ) 

5 – UMass (1983-87)

4 – Notre Dame (2006- ), Santa Clara (1996-99) and Notre Dame (1994-97) 

3 – Florida State (2005-07), Portland (2000-02 & 1994-96), Colorado College (1989-91) and Connecticut (1982-84)

 

Most Trips to the NCAA College Cup Final Weekend (semifinals);  '82-'09 (27 yrs)
24 teams have advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, in the 28-year history of the tournament:

25 – North Carolina 
11 – Notre Dame 
10 – Santa Clara 

8 – UCLA
8 – Portland 
7 – Connecticut

6 – UMass
5 – Colorado College
4 – Florida State
4 –  George Mason

(three each for California, Penn State and Stanford; two each for UCF, Wisconsin, N.C. State and Florida; one each for Missouri-St. Louis, Virginia, Hartford, Duke, SMU, Princeton and USC)


FANTASTIC FOUR The four teams headed for the 2009 Women's College Cup final weekend have a .903 combined winning pct. (87-8-3), a solid number but nothing compared to their 92-2-5 combined record entering the 2008 semifinals (.955) –the best combined win pct. ever among the four teams competing in a College Cup final weekend (since 1982):

Best Combined Winning Percentage in a Division I Women's Soccer Semifinal Field

2008 – .955 (92-2-5)…Notre Dame (25-0-0), UCLA (22-0-2), Stanford (22-1-1), UNC (23-1-2)

1998 – .953 (89-3-3)…UNC (24-0-0), Santa Clara (22-0-1), Florida (24-1-0), Portland (19-2-2)

1995 – .941 (86-3-5) .. UNC (25-0-0), Portland (19-0-2), SMU (23-1-1), ND (19-2-2)

1997 – .934 (90-5-3)…UNC (25-0-1), ND (23-0-1), Santa Clara (20-2-1), Connecticut (22-3-0)

2005– .932 (86-4-5)…Penn St (23-0-1), Portland (22-0-1), UCLA (21-1-2), Florida St (20-3-1)

1987 – .927 (69-5-1)…California (16-0-0), UNC (21-0-1), UMass (19-1-0), Central FL (13-4-0)

1996 – .924 (83-5-4) … Portland (19-0-2), UNC (23-1-0), ND (23-1-0), Santa Clara (18-3-2)

Notes: the 2009 semifinalists have a .903 combined winning pct. (87-8-3; Stanford 24-0-0, UCLA 21-2-1, and UNC/ND both 21-3-1) ... the 1995-98 semifinal fields each are among the best in the tournament's history, but the past 11 years have produced only two comparable elite semifinal groupings (2005 and 2008)

WINS & LOSSES – The 2009 College Cup quartet enters the final weekend with the fifth-most most combined wins (87) ever among a College Cup semifinalist group:

Most Combined Wins in a Division I Women's Soccer Semifinal Field

2008 – 92-2-5 (.955)…Notre Dame (25-0-0), UCLA (22-0-2), Stanford (22-1-1), UNC (23-1-2)

1997 – 90-5-3 (.934) … UNC (25-0-1), ND (23-0-1), Santa Clara (20-2-1), UConn (22-3-0)

1998 – 89-3-3 (.953) … UNC (24-0-0), Santa Clara (22-0-1), Fla. (24-1-0), Portland (19-2-2)

2006 – 88-7-6 (.901) … ND (24-0-1), UNC (25-1-1), UCLA (21-3-0) Florida State (18-3-4)

2009 – 87-8-3 (.903) ... Stanford (24-0-0), UCLA (21-2-1), UNC (21-3-1), ND (21-3-1)

1995 – 86-3-5 (.941) .. UNC (25-0-0), Portland (19-0-2), SMU (23-1-1), ND (19-2-2)

2005– 86-4-5 (.932)…Penn St (23-0-1), Portland (22-0-1), UCLA (21-1-2), Florida St (20-3-1)

1999 – 86-8-2 (.906) … Santa Clara (23-0-0), UNC (22-2-0), Penn St (21-3-1), ND (20-3-1)


Fewest Combined Losses in a Division I Women's Soccer Semifinal Field

2008– 2 (92-2-5/.955)…NotreDame (25-0-0), UCLA (22-0-2), Stanford (22-1-1), UNC (23-1-2)

1998 – 3 (89-3-3/.953)…UNC (24-0-0), Santa Clara (22-0-1), Fla. (24-1-0), Portland (19-2-2)

1995 – 3 (86-3-5/.941) .. UNC (25-0-0), Portland (19-0-2), SMU (23-1-1), ND (19-2-2)

1982– 3 (57-3-5/.915)…UConn (15-0-1), CenFL (10-0-2), Mo.-St.Louis (15-1-2), NC (17-2-0)

2005 – 4 (86-4-5/.932)…Penn St (23-0-1), Port. (22-0-1), UCLA (21-1-2), Florida St (20-3-1)

1996 – 5 (83-5-4/.924) … Portland (19-0-2), ND (23-1-0), UNC (23-1-0), Santa Clara (18-3-2)

1987 – 5 (69-5-1/.927)…Calif. (16-0-0), UNC (21-0-1), UMass (19-1-0), Central Fla. (13-4-0),

1997 – 5 (90-5-3/.934) … UNC (25-0-1), ND (23-0-1), Santa Clara (20-2-1), UConn (22-3-0)


BUSHEL-O-WINSThe 2008 season marked the fifth time that a team had entered the semifinals with 25-plus wins (ND, 25-0-0) and it was the third time since 2003 … three of the previous semifinalists with 25-plus wins went on to win the NCAA title (UNC in '97, 2003 and '06), while the 1995 North Carolina team lost to Notre Dame in the semifinals (1-0) and the '08 Irish lost to UNC in the title game (1-2) .. Stanford's 2009 squad is the ninth team ever to enter the NCAA semifinals with 24 or more wins (four have won the title) ... UNC's 1995 squad is the only team ever to enter the semifinals with 24-plus wins and not advance to the title game:

NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 25-plus wins
1 – 1995 (UNC), 1997 (UNC), 2003 (UNC), 2006 (UNC), 2008 (ND)
0 – 1982-94, 1996, 1998-2002, 2004, 2005, 2007
(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)

NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 24-plus wins
2 – 1998 (FL, UNC), 2006 (UNC, ND)
1 – 1995 (UNC), 1997 (
UNC), 2003 (UNC), 2008 (ND), 2009 (Stanford)
0 – 1982-94, 1996, 1999, 2000-02, 2004, 2005, 2007
(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)

TWO BIG WIN TOTALS – The 2008 College Cup was the sixth time that two of the semifinalists had 23-plus wins (ND 25-0-0; UNC 23-1-2) … in the five previous College Cups featuring two semifinalists with 23-plus wins, one of those teams went on to win the NCAA title every time except for 1995 (when UNC and SMU both lost in the semifinals) and then again in 2008:

NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 23-plus wins

2 – 1995 (NC, SMU), '96 (NC, ND), '97 (NC, ND), '98 (FL, NC), '06 (NC, ND), '08 (ND, NC)

1 – '91 (NC), '92 (NC), '94 (NC), '99 (SCU), 2000 (ND), '01 (NC), '03 (NC), '04 (ND), '05 (UP)

0 – 1982-90, 1993, 2002, 2007

(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)


FOUR WITH 22 – The 2008 grouping of ND (25-0-0), UNC (23-1-2), UCLA (22-0-2) and Stanford (22-1-1) represented the first time that all four semifinalists had entered the College Cup's final weekend with 22 or more wins (in both 1997 and '98, three of the semifinalists already had won 22 or more games) … in fact, no previous College Cup had featured all four semifinalists with 21-plus wins – although the 1997, 1999 and 2005 semifinalists all had 20-plus wins heading into the final-weekend action ... all four of the 2008 semifinalist have returned in 2009 (each with 21-plus wins):

NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 22-plus wins

4 – 2008 (ND, UNC, UCLA, Stanford)

3 – 1997 (UNC, ND, UConn), 1998 (Florida, UNC, Santa Clara)

2 – 1994 (UNC) ... '95 (UNC, SMU) ... '96 (UNC, ND) ... '99 (Santa Clara, UNC) ...
2005 (Penn State, Portland) ... '06 (UNC, ND)

1 – 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009

0 – 1982-83, 1985, 1987-88, 1990, 1993, 2002, 2007

(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)

NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 21-plus wins

4 – 2008 (ND, UNC, UCLA, Stanford), 2009 (Stanford, UCLA, UNC, ND)

3 – '97 (UNC, ND, UConn) ... '98 (Florida, UNC, Santa Clara) ... '99 (SCU, UNC, Penn St.) 
... '01 (UNC, Florida, SCU) ... '05 (Penn St., Portland, UCLA) ... '06 (UNC, ND, UCLA)

2 – 1994, 1995, 1996

1 – 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004

0 – 1982-83, 1985, 1988, 1990, 2007

(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)

NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 20-plus wins

4 – 1997 (NC, ND, UConn, SCU) ... '99 (SCU, NC, PSU, ND) ... 2001 (NC, FL, SCU, UP) ... 2005 (Penn State, Portland, UCLA, Florida State) ... 2008 (ND, UNC, UCLA, Stanford) ...
2009 (Stanford, UCLA, UNC, ND)

3 – 1998 (Florida, UNC, Santa Clara) ... 2006 (UNC, ND, UCLA)

2 – 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003

1 – 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007

0 – 1982-83, 1985, 1988, 1990

(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)


UNBEATEN DUOThere  now have been 31 teams (roughly one per year, 1.1) that have entered the College Cup final weekend/semifinals without a loss (including Stanford in 2009, along with ND and UCLA in 2008) … those 31 teams include 13 from UNC, five from ND and three each from Santa Clara and Portland (plus one from UCF, UConn, UMass, Cal, Penn State and Stanford) … six teams in the past six years have entered the semifinals without a loss (Portland and PSU in 2005; ND in '06; ND/UCLA in '08; Stanford in '09):

Teams that have entered College Cup final weekend/semifinals without loss (31)

• 13 North Carolina teams: 1984 (22-0-1), '86 (22-0-1), '87 (21-0-1), '88 (16-0-3), '89 (22-0-1), 1991 (22-0-0), '92 (23-0-0), '93 (21-0-0), '95 (25-0-0), '97 (25-0-1), '98 (24-0-0), 2001 (23-0-0), '03 (25-0-0) … most of these UNC teams won the NCAA title (all except '95/ND, '98/Florida and '01/Santa Clara)

• Five Notre Dame teams: '94 (22-0-1), '97 (23-0-1), 2000 (23-0-1), '06 (24-0-1), '08 (25-0-0)

• Three Santa Clara teams: 1990 (18-0-1), 1998 (22-0-1), 1999 (23-0-0)

• Three Portland teams: 1995 (19-0-2), 1996 (19-0-2), 2005 (22-0-1; won NCAA title)

• Stanford's 2009 team (24-0-0)

• UCLA's 2008 team (22-0-2)

• Penn State's 2005 team (23-0-1)

• California's 1987 team (16-0-0)

• UMass 1985 team (16-0-0)

• Connecticut's 1982 team (15-0-1)

• Central Florida's 1982 team (10-0-2)


NCAA semifinal fields when two teams each had no losses

2008  (Notre Dame 25-0-0 … UCLA 22-0-2)

2005  (Penn State 23-0-1 … Portland 22-0-1)

1998  (UNC 24-0-0 … Florida 24-1-10)

1997  (UNC 25-0-1 … Notre Dame 23-0-1)

1995  (UNC 25-0-0 … Portland 19-0-2)

1987  (UNC 21-0-1 … California 16-0-0)

1982  (UNC 15-0-1 … Central Florida 10-0-2)

Note: unbeaten teams never have met in an NCAA title game … there have been only four semifinal fields with no unbeaten teams – three of them coming in the past eight years (1983, 2002, 2004, 2007)


GREAT GAMESBoth of the 2008 NCAA semifinal games rated out among the best in NCAA semifinal history, based on the combined wins and win pct. of the teams (note that 2008 is the only season with both of ts semifinal games listed below) ... the upcoming Stanford/UCLA ranks seventh on this top-10 list (which includes three games involving UNC, three involving Portland and three with UCLA):

Top Semifinal Matchups in NCAA History (based on combined win pct., entering game)

.987 – 1987  (37-0-1 … UNC 21-0-1 … California 16-0-0) … UNC won NCAA title

.979 – 2005  (45-0-2 … Penn State 23-0-1 … Portland 22-0-1) … Portland won NCAA title

.969 – 2008  (47-1-1 … Notre Dame 25-0-0 … Stanford 22-1-1) ... UNC won NCAA title

.969 – 1998  (46-1-1 … Florida 24-1-0 … Santa Clara 22-0-1) … Florida won NCAA title

.956 – 1996  (42-1-2 … Notre Dame 23-1-0 … Portland 19-0-2) … UNC won NCAA title

.949 – 2003  (45-1-3 … UNC 25-0-0 … UCLA 21-1-3) … UNC won NCAA title

.948 – 2009  (45-2-1 ... Stanford 24-0-0 ... UCLA 21-2-0)

.946 – 1995  (42-1-3 … Portland 19-0-2 … SMU 23-1-1) … ND won NCAA title

.946 – 1982  (25-0-3 … UConn 15-0-1 … Central Florida 10-0-2) … UNC won NCAA title

.940 – 2008  (45-1-4 … UNC 23-1-2 … UCLA 22-0-2) ... UNC won NCAA title

team in italics won/advanced (five of those nine then went on to win the NCAA title)


Top Semifinal Matchups in NCAA History (based on combined wins, entering game)

47-1-1/.969 – 2008  (Notre Dame 25-0-0 … Stanford 22-1-1) ... UNC won NCAA title

46-1-1/.969 – 1998  (Florida 24-1-0 … Santa Clara 22-0-1) … Florida won NCAA title

46-4-1/.912 – 2006  (UNC 25-1-1 … UCLA 21-3-0) … UNC won NCAA title

45-0-2/.979 – 2005  (Penn State 23-0-1 … Portland 22-0-1) … Portland won NCAA title

45-1-3/.949 – 2003  (UNC 25-0-0 … UCLA 21-1-3) … UNC won NCAA title

45-2-1/.948 – 2009  (Stanford 24-0-0 ... UCLA 21-2-0)

45-1-4/.940 – 2008  (UNC 23-1-2 … UCLA 22-0-2) ... UNC won NCAA title

45-3-1/.929 – 1997  (Notre Dame 23-0-1 ... UConn 22-3-0) … UNC won NCAA title

43-5-1/.888 – 1999  (UNC 22-2-0 … Penn State 21-3-1) … UNC won NCAA title

team in italics won/advanced (five of those six then went on to win the NCAA title)


WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKESThe impressive combined record of the 2008 NCAA semifinal field (and again in '09) was all the more striking when considering that – only one year earlier ('07) – four teams (UCLA, USC, ND, FSU) converged on College Station, Texas, with a 73-13-19 combined record, representing the second-most combined losses (13) and second-lowest combined win pct. (.816) ever in an NCAA semifinal field … the 1989 semifinal field (UNC, CC, SCU, NC St.) had 14 combined losses and only an .813 combined win pct. (66-14-3) … in the six seasons prior to 2008 (2002-07), the semifinal fields had an average win pct. of .860 and an avg. of 10.3 losses among the four teams (in sharp contrast to the 2008 semifinalists, with their .955 combined win pct. and only two losses between them) … the 2007 final between Florida State and USC also represents the lowest combined win pct. (.790/37-8-5) ever in an NCAA title game (see Dream Matchups note below):

Lowest Combined Win Percentage in a Division I Women's Soccer Semifinal Field

1989 – .813 (66-14-3)  NC St. (15-7-2), SantaClara (14-4-0), CO Coll (15-3-0), NC (22-0-1)

2007 – .816 (73-13-9) … Florida State (17-5-3), ND (18-4-2), USC (18-3-2), UCLA (20-1-2)

2003 – .828 (76-13-7) … Florida St. (17-7-1), UConn (14-5-3), UCLA (20-1-3), UNC (25-0-0)

2002– .835 (77-12-8)Port. (18-4-2), Santa Clara (19-4-1), Penn St (19-3-1), UNC (21-1-4)

2004 – .844 (77-13-3)UCLA (17-6-0), Santa Clara (18-4-2), Princeton (19-2-0), ND (23-1-1)

1990– .846 (66-10-5)…UConn (14-7-1), CO Coll. (16-2-2), UNC (18-1-1) Santa Clara (18-0-1)

1988 – .854 (65-7-10) … Calif. (16-4-2), Wisconsin (15-2-2), NC St. (18-1-3), UNC (16-0-3)

(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)

Most Combined Losses in a Division I Women's Soccer Semifinal Field

1989 –14 (66-14-3/.813)..NC St (15-7-2), SantaClara (14-4-0), CO Coll (15-3-0), NC (22-0-1)

2007 – 13 (73-13-9/.816) … Florida St (17-5-3), ND (18-4-2), USC (18-3-2), UCLA (20-1-2)

2003 – 13 (76-13-7/.828)…Florida St (17-7-1), UConn (14-5-3), UCLA (20-1-3), NC (25-0-0)

2004– 13 (77-13-3/.844) ..UCLA (17-6-0), SantaClara (18-4-2), Prince. (19-2-0), ND (23-1-1)

2002– 12 (77-12-8/.835)…Port. (18-4-2), SantaClara (19-4-1), PennSt (19-3-1), NC (21-1-4)

1990– 10 (66-10-5/.846)…UConn (14-7-1), CO Coll (16-2-2), NC (18-1-1) SantaClara (18-0-1)

(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)


DREAM TITLE-GAME MATCHUPS

Best combined win pct. of teams in an NCAA title game

1987 – .966 (42-1-1 … UNC 22-0-1, UMass 20-1-0)

2006 – .963 (51-1-2 … UNC 26-1-1, ND 25-0-1)

2008 – .962 (50-1-2 … ND 26-0-0, UNC 24-1-2)

1994 – .960 (47-1-2 … UNC 24-1-1, ND 23-0-1)

1996 – .960 (48-2-0 … UNC 24-1-0, ND 24-1-0)

2001 – .958 (46-2-0 … UNC 24-0-0, SCU 22-2-0)

1998 – .954 (50-1-0 … UNC 25-0-0, Florida 25-1-0)

1991 – .952 (40-2-0 … UNC 23-0-0, Wisconsin 17-2-0)


Most combined wins in an NCAA title game

2006 – 51-1-2 (UNC 26-1-1, ND 25-0-1)

1998 – 50-1-0 (UNC 25-0-0, Florida 25-1-0)

2008 – 50-1-2 (.962) … ND 26-0-0, UNC 24-1-2)

1997 – 49-3-4 (UNC 26-0-1, UConn 23-3-3)

1996 – 48-2-0 (UNC 24-1-0, ND 24-1-0)

1994 – 47-1-2 (UNC 24-1-1, ND 23-0-1)

2001 – 46-2-0 (UNC 24-0-0, SCU 22-2-0)

2005 – 44-1-4 (Portland 22-0-2, UCLA 22-1-2)

1999 – 44-5-1 (UNC 23-2-0, ND 21-3-1)


Lowest combined win pct. of teams in NCAA title game

2007 – .790 (37-8-5) … Florida State 18-5-3, USC 19-3-2

1990 – .795 (34-8-2) … UConn 15-7-1, UNC 19-1-1

2002 – .810 (39-8-3) … Portland 19-4-2, Santa Clara 20-4-1

2004 – .850 (42-7-1) … UCLA 18-6-0, Notre Dame 24-1-1

2000 – .859 (39-6-1) … UCLA 19-3-1, UNC 20-3-0

2003 – .867 (41-5-3) … UConn 15-5-3, UNC 26-0-0

1983 – .875 (34-4-2) … George Mason 16-3-2, UNC 18-1-0


ROTATING CHAMPSIf UCLA or Stanford win the 2009 NCAA title, that would  produce different national champions over the past six years (also ND in '04, Portland in '05, UNC in '06 and '08, USC in '07) … if Notre Dame win the '09 title, that will yield four different champs over the past five years … prior to USC's championship in 2007, there never had been four different NCAA champions in a four-year span.

CONFERENCE CALLThere has been only three matchups that have pitted women's soccer teams from the same conference in the NCAA Division I title game (only once since 1992) ... as noted below, conference matchups in the semifinals also have been quite rare (particularly prior to 2007) ... the eight total games listed below include four involving ACC teams (two with Pac-10 teams; one each WCC and BIG EAST):

Teams from the same conference to play in an NCAA final
1988 – North Carolina 4, North Carolina State 1  (Atlantic Coast Conference)
1992 – North Carolina 9, Duke 1  (ACC)
2002 – Portland 2, Santa Clara 1, in OT  (West Coast Conference)

Teams from the same conference to play in an NCAA semifinal
1989 – North Carolina 2, N.C. State 0  (Atlantic Coast Conference)
1991 – North Carolina 5, Virginia 1  (ACC)
1997 – Connecticut 2, Notre Dame 1  (BIG EAST)
2007 – USC 2, UCLA 1  (Pacific-10)
2009 – Stanford vs. UCLA  (Pacific-10)


Most NCAA Title-Game Appearances; 1982-2008 (27 years)
22 – North Carolina
7 – Notre Dame
4 – Connecticut
3 – George Mason, Portland and UCLA

(two trips each for Colorado College and Santa Clara; one each for UCF, UMass, N.C. State, Wisconsin, Duke, Florida, Florida State and USC)


Most Wins in a Season (1982-2009)
27 – North Carolina (27-0-1 in 1997; 27-0-0 in 2003; 27-1-0 in 2006)
26 – Florida (26-1-0 in 1998) and Notre Dame (26-1-0 in 2008)

Teams with 25 wins have included UNC in 1992, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98 and '08, and ND in ’04 and ’06 … teams with 24 wins have included UNC in '84, '86, '89, '91, '99 and '01, and Stanford in 2009 ... there have been three 27-win teams, five with 26-plus, 13 with 25-plus and 20 with 24 or more wins in a season.


TALL TASK – Stanford has the chance to become only the second team since 1993 to win the NCAA title without suffering a loss or tie all season (UNC's 2003 title squad went 27-0-0):

National Champions with Unbeaten/Untied Records
2003 – North Carolina (27-0-0) ... beat Connecticut 6-0
1993 – North Carolina (23-0-0) ... beat George Mason 6-1
1992 – North Carolina (25-0-0) ... beat Duke 9-1
1991 – North Carolina (24-0-0) ... beat Wisconsin 3-1
note: these four teams combined for a 24-2 scoring margin in their titles games


National Champions With No Losses and One Tie
1997 – North Carolina (27-0-1)
1989 – North Carolina (24-0-1)
1987 – North Carolina (23-0-1)
1986 – North Carolina (24-0-1)
1984 – North Carolina (24-0-1)
Portland won '05 NCAA title with 23-0-2 record (one tie was PK semifinal vs. Penn St.)


Teams that have entered the NCAA semifinals with “perfect records”
(no losses or ties; 12 teams)

• Stanford's 2009 team (24-0-0)

• Notre Dame's 2008 team (25-0-0) ... runner-up

• Seven North Carolina teams: 1991 (22-0-0; champs), 1992 (23-0-0; champs), 1993 (21-0-0; champs), 1995 (25-0-0; lost in semi's), 1998 (24-0-0; runner-up), 2001 (23-0-0; runner-up) and 2003 (25-0-0; champs)

• Santa Clara's 1999 team (23-0-0) ... lost in semifinals

• California's 1987 team(16-0-0) ... lost in semifinals

• UMass 1985 team (16-0-0) ... lost in semifinals

Notes: four teams listed above went on to win the NCAA title: UNC '91, '92, '93 and '03 (see previous listing above for scores) … the 1985 UMass team lost to George Mason in the semifinals (0-3) ... the 1987 Cal team lost to UNC in the semifinals (0-4) ... UNC's '95 team lost to ND in the semifinals (0-1), the '98 team lost to Florida in the final (0-1), and the '01 team lost to Santa Clara in the final (0-1) ... the '99 SCU team lost to ND in the semifinals (0-1) ... the '08 ND team lost to UNC in the final (1-2) ... there never have been multiple teams with perfect records in the same semifinal field.


Teams that have entered the NCAA semifinals with no losses and one tie (14 teams)

• 5 UNC teams: 1984 (22-0-1), 1986 (22-0-1), 1987 (21-0-1), 1989 (22-0-1), 1997 (25-0-1)

• 4 ND teams: 1994 (22-0-1), 1997 (23-0-1), 2000 (23-0-1), 2006 (24-0-1)

• 2 Santa Clara teams: 1990 (18-0-1), 1998 (22-0-1)

• Penn State's 2005 team (23-0-1)

• Portland's 2005 team (22-0-1)

• UConn's 1982 team (15-0-1)

Notes: six of these teams went on to win the NCAA title (UNC '84, '86, '87, '89, '97; Portland '05/final record 23-0-2) … teams from the above list have met in the semifinals twice (UNC-Cal in '87, PSU-UP in '05) … semifinal teams with no losses and multiple ties have included UCF in 1982 (10-0-2), UNC in 1988 (16-0-3), Portland in 1995 and 1996 (both 19-0-2), and UCLA in 2008 (22-0-2)


Teams that have entered the NCAA championship game with “perfect records”
(no losses or ties; 7 teams)

• Notre Dame's 2008 team (26-0-0) ... runner-up

• Six North Carolina teams: 1991 (23-0-0; champs), 1992 (24-0-0; champs), 1993 (22-0-0; champs), 1998 (25-0-0; runner-up), 2001 (24-0-0; runner-up) and 2003 (26-0-0; champs)

Notes: Stanford's 2009 team (24-0-0) has the chance to join the above list ... four teams listed above went on to win the NCAA title: UNC '91, '92, '93 and '03 (see previous listing above for scores) … UNC's '98 team lost to Florida in the final (0-1), and the '01 team lost to Santa Clara in the final (0-1) ... the '08 ND team lost to UNC in the final (1-2) ... there never have been multiple teams with perfect records in the same title game.


CONFERENCE ENTRIES IN THE SEMIFINALS During the past nine seasons, dating back to the first year of the NCAA 64-team format (2001), the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Pacific-10 Conference have led the way with 10 total entrants each in the semifinals (1.1 per year), accounting for 63% of the semifinalists over the past nine seasons ... next on that list are the West Coast Conference and the BIG EAST, with six semifinalist each during the 64-team era ('01-'09)... the ACC, Pac-10, WCC and BIG EAST have combined to produce 89% of the semifinalist teams (32 of 36) during the past nine seasons (the others are two Big Ten teams, plus one each from the SEC and Ivy League).

NCAA SEMIFINAL TEAMS SINCE 2001  (sorted by conferences)

10 – Atlantic Coast Conference  (UNC 6, FSU 4)

10 – Pacific-10 Conference  (UCLA 7, Stanford 2, USC 1)

6 – West Coast Conference  (Portland 3, Santa Clara 3)

6 – BIG EAST Conference  (ND 5, UConn 1)

2 – Big Ten Conference  (Penn State 2)

1 – Southeastern Conference  (Florida)

1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)


ALL-TIME NCAA SEMIFINAL TEAMS  (sorted by conferences)

28 – Atlantic Coast Conference  (since '86; UNC 21, FSU 4, NC St. 2, UVa 1, Duke 1)

18 – West Coast Conference  (Santa Clara 10, Portland 8)

13 – BIG EAST Conference  (since '93; ND 10, UConn 3)

12 – Pacific-10 Conference  (UCLA 8, Stanford 3, USC 1)

3 – Big Ten Conference  (since '94; Penn State 3)

2 – Southeastern Conference  (Florida 2)

1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)

1 – Atlantic-10 Conference  (since '93; UMass 1)

1 – America East Conference  (Hartford)

1 – Colonial Athletic Association  (George Mason)

Notes: UNC made four semifinal appearances before formation of ACC women's soccer ... ND's first semifinal appearance was as a member of the former Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now the Summit League) ... UConn made four semifinal trips before the formation of BIG EAST women's soccer ... Wisconsin played in two semifinals prior to Big Ten women's soccer affiliation ... UMass made five semifinal appearances before A-10 women's soccer play ... George Mason similarly played in thee other semifinals before CAA w-soccer membership ... three current Conference-USA teams made semifinal appearances before joining the C-USA: Central Florida ('82, '87; New South Women's Athletic Conference), Colorado College ('85, '86, '89-'91; no league) and SMU ('95; Southwestern Conference) ... current D-II team Missouri-St. Louis (now in the Great Lakes Conference) competed in the 1982 semifinal (no league affiliation).


QUARTERFINAL TO SEMIFINAL ADVANCING RATE  (min. 4 semi's)

96.2% – North Carolina  (has advanced from quarters to semifinals 25 of 26 times)

84.6% – Notre Dame  (11 of 13)

80.0% – UCLA  (8 of 10)

80.0% –  George Mason (4 of 5)

71.4% – Santa Clara (10 of 14)

71.4% – Colorado College (5 of 7)

66.7% – Florida State (4 of 6)

60.0% – UMass (6 of 10)

57.1% – Portland (8 of 14)

38.9% – Connecticut (7 of 18)


Others
100% – Missouri-St. Louis, SMU and USC  (each 1 of 1)

60% – California  (3 of 5)

50% – Stanford  (3 of 6); UCF, Wisconsin & Florida  (each 2 of 4); Princeton (1 of 2) 

37.5% – Penn State  (3 of 8) 

25% – N.C. State  (2 of 8) and Duke  (1 of 4) 

20% – Virginia and Hartford  (each 1 of 5) 

Note: the 2009 semifinalists own a combined all-time success rate of 85.5% (47 of 55) when it comes to advancing from the quarterfinals to the semifinals

 

NCAA SEMIFINAL TEAMS SINCE 2001  (sorted by conference) 

Atlantic Coast Conference  (10 appearances, by 2 teams)
North Carolina (6) ... 2001-03, '06, '08-'09
Florida State (4) ... 2003, '05-'07

Pacific-10 Conference  (10 appearances, by 3 teams)
UCLA (7) ... 2003-09
Stanford (2) ... 2008-09
USC (1) ... 2007

West Coast Conference  (6 appearances, by 2 teams)
Portland (3) ... 2001-02, '05- 
Santa Clara (3) ... 2001-02, '04

BIG EAST Conference  (6 appearances, by 2 teams)
Notre Dame (5) ... 2004, '06-'09 
Connecticut (1) ... 2003

Big Ten Conference  (2 appearances)
Penn State (2) ... 2002, '0

Southeastern Conference  (1 appearances)
Florida (1) ... 2001

Ivy League  (1 appearance)
Princeton (1) .... 2004


Conferences w/ Multiple Semifinalists in One Season (since '01)
2 – WCC in 2001 and '02 (SCU/Portland)  ... ACC in 2003 and 2006 (UNC/FSU) ... 
Pac-10 in 2007 (UCLA/USC), '08 and '09 (Stanford/UCLA)
Note: the 2004 and '05 semifinalists came from four different conferences

Yearly Conference Qualifiers in NCAA Semifinals (since '01)

Conf. ......... '01...'02...'03...'04...'05...'06...'07...'08...'09

ACC ............ 1 ... 1 ... 2 ... 0 ... 1 ... 2 .... 1 .... 1 ... 1

BIG EAST ... 0 ... 0 ... 1 ... 1 ... 0 ... 1 .... 1 .... 1 ... 1

Pac-10 ........ 0 ... 0 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 .... 2 .... 2 ... 2

WCC ........... 2 ... 2 ... 0 ... 1 ... 1 ... 0 .... 0 .... 0 ... 0

Big Ten ....... 0 ... 1 ... 0 ... 0 ... 1 ... 0 .... 0 .... 0 ... 0

Ivy ............. 1 in 2004

SEC .......... 1 in 2001


SECTION 4 – NCAA TOURNAMENT
QUARTERFINAL HISTORY & NOTES

Active streaks of reaching the NCAA quarterfinals (final-8)
7 – UCLA (2003-09)
6 – Notre Dame (2004-09)
6 – Portland (2004
-09)
5 – Florida State (2005-09)

All-time streaks of reaching the NCAA quarterfinals (final-8)
22 – North Carolina (1982-2003)
11 – Santa Clara (1995-2005)
8 – Connecticut (1993-2000) and UMass (1982-89)
7 – Notre Dame (1994-2000), N.C. State (1985-91) and UCLA (2003-09)
6 – Penn State (1998-2003), Notre Dame (2004-09) and Portland (2004-09)
4 – Portland (1993-96), Stanford (1991-94) and Colorado College (1988-91)


Most All-Time Trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals (final-8); 1982-2009 (28 years) 
26 – North Carolina 
18 – Connecticut 
14 – Santa Clara 
14 – Portland 
13 – Notre Dame 
10 – UMass 
10 – UCLA

8 – Penn State and N.C. State
7 – Colorado College 
6 – Stanford and Florida State
5 – Virginia, William & Mary, Hartford, UC Santa Barbara, California, George Mason 
4 – Duke, Texas A&M, Florida, Clemson, Wisconsin, Central Florida and Boston College
  

(three trips each for Cortland State and Harvard; two each for Princeton, Brown, Maryland and Nebraska; one each for Missouri-St. Louis, SMU, FIU, Dartmouth, Michigan, BYU, Ohio State, Washington, Illinois, West Virginia, USC and Wake Forest)

Notes: BC in 2009 advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 1985 ... WFU had failed to reach the quarters in each of its first 13 NCAA appearances ('96-'08).


CONFERENCE ENTRIES IN THE QUARTERFINALS – During the past nine seasons, dating back to the first year of the NCAA 64-team format, the Atlantic Coast Conference has led the way with 20 total entrants in the quarterfinals/final-8 (2.2 per year) ... next on that list is the Pacific-10 and West Coast Conference with 13 quarterfinalist2 each since 2001, followed by the BIG EAST (10), Big Ten (8), Big 12 (4) and Southeastern Conference  (2) ... the ACC, Pac-10 and WCC have combined to produce 64% of the quarterfinalist teams (46 of 72) during the past nine seasons ... the top-six conferences on this list – ACC, Pac-10, BIG EAST, WCC, Big Ten and Big 12 – have combined to produce 94% of the teams in the quarterfinals (68 of 72) from 2001-09.


NCAA QUARTERFINAL TEAMS SINCE 2001  (sorted by conferences)
20 – ACC  (UNC 7, FSU 6, VA 2, Duke 2, BC 1, Clemson 1, Wake Forest 1)
13 – Pac-10  (UCLA 8, Stanford 3, USC 1, Washington 1)
13 – West Coast Conference  (Portland 8, Santa Clara 5)
10– BIG EAST  (ND 6, UConn 3, West Virginia 1)

8 – Big Ten  (Penn State 5, Illinois 2, Michigan 1)
4 – Big 12  (Texas A&M 4)
2 – Southeastern Conference  (Florida 2)
1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)
1 – Mountain West  (BYU)


ROUND-OF-16 TO QUARTERFINAL ADVANCING RATE (2001-09)
• WCC – 76.5%  (13 of 17 round-of-16 teams advanced to quarterfinals)
• Pac-10 – 61.9%  (13 of 21)
• ACC – 55.6%  (20 of 36)
• BIG EAST – 52.6% (10 of 19)
• Big Ten – 50.0%  (8 of 16)
• Big 12 – 26.7%  (4 of 15)
• SEC – 18.2%  (2 of 11)

note: in some cases, teams from the same conference have eliminated each other in round-of-16 (on the flip side, such matchups ensured that one team from a conference would advance)


OLD RELIABLES – There have been a total of 24 teams that have advanced to the NCAA round-of-16 since 2001, led by these 10 teams:

Teams with the most NCAA quarterfinal appearances since 2001
8 – Portland ... 2001-02, '04-'09
8 – UCLA ... 2001, '03-'09

7 – North Carolina ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '08-'09
6 – Florida State ... 2003, '05-'09
6 – Notre Dame ... 2004-09

5 – Penn State ... 2001-03, '05-'06
5 – Santa Clara ... 2001-05
4 – Texas A&M ... 2001-02, '06, '08

3 – Connecticut ... 2002, '03, '07
3 – Stanford ... 2002, '08, '09

Notes: teams with two quarterfinal appearances over the past nine seasons include Duke, Florida and Virginia ... these teams have made one quarterfinal appearance since '01: Boston College, BYU, Clemson, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Princeton, USC, Wake Forest, Washington and West Virginia.


Conferences with the most different teams in the NCAA quarterfinals (since '01)
7 teams – Atlantic Coast Conference  (9 in round-of-16)
4 teams – Pacific-10 Conference  (7 in round-of-16)
3 teams – Big Ten Conference  (8 in round-of-16)
3 teams – BIG EAST Conference  (7 in round-of-16)

2 teams – West Coast Conference  (3 in round-of-16)
1 team – Big 12 Conference  (5 in round-of-16)
1 team – Southeastern Conference  (3 in round-of-16)
1 team – Ivy League  (3 in round-of-16)


NCAA QUARTERFINAL TEAMS SINCE 2001  (sorted by conference) 

Atlantic Coast Conference  (20 appearances, by 7 teams)
North Carolina (7) ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '08-'09
Florida State (6) ... 2003, '05-'09
Virginia (2) ... 2001, '05
Duke (2) ... 2007, '08
Boston College (1) ... 2009 
Clemson (1) ... 2006
Wake Forest (1) ... 2009


Pacific-10 Conference  (13 appearances, by 4 teams)
UCLA (8) ... 2001, '03-'09
Stanford (3) ... 2002, '08-'09
USC (1) ... 2007
Washington (1) ... 2004


West Coast Conference  (13 appearances, by 2 teams)
Portland (8) ... 2001-02, '04-'09 
Santa Clara (5) ... 2001-05


BIG EAST Conference  (10 appearances, by 3 teams)
Notre Dame (6) ... 2004-09 
Connecticut (3) ... 2002, '03, '07
West Virginia (1) ... 2007


Big Ten Conference  (8 appearances, by 4 teams)
Penn State (5) ... 2001-03, '05-'06
Illinois (1) ... 2004
Michigan (1) ... 2002 
Ohio State (1) ... 2004 


Big 12 Conference  (4 appearances, by 1 team)
Texas A&M (7) ... 2001-02, '06, '08

Southeastern Conference  (2 appearances, by 1 team)
Florida (5) ... 2001, '03

Ivy League  (1 appearance)
Princeton (1) .... 2004

Mountain West Conference  (1 appearance)
BYU (1) ... 2003


Conferences w/ Most Quarterfinalists in One Season (since '01)
4 – ACC in 2009 (UNC, FSU, BC and Wake)
3 – ACC in 2005, '06 and '08 ... BIG EAST in 2007


Yearly Conference Qualifiers in NCAA Quarterfinals (since '01)

Conf. ......... '01...'02...'03...'04...'05...'06...'07...'08...'09
ACC ............ 2 ... 1 ... 2 ... 0 ... 3 ... 3 .... 2 .... 3 ... 4
BIG EAST ... 0 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 .... 3 .... 1 ... 1
Big 12 ......... 1 ... 1 ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 ... 1 .... 0 .... 1 ... 0
Pac-10 ........ 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 2 ... 1 ... 1 .... 2 .... 2 ... 2
WCC .......... 2 ... 2 ... 1 ... 2 ... 2 ... 1 ..... 1 .... 1 ... 1
SEC ........... 1 ... 0 ... 1 ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 .... 0 .... 0 ... 0
Big Ten ....... 1 ... 2 ... 1 ... 2 ... 1 ... 1 .... 0 .... 0 ... 0

Ivy ............. 1 in 2004
Mt-West .... 1 in 2003


Number of Conferences Represented in NCAA Quarterfinals (since '01)

2001 – 6 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2002 – 6 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2003 – 7 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2004 – 5 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2005 – 5 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2006 – 6 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2007 – 4 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2008 – 5 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2009 – 4 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

Note: avg. of 5.3 conferences represented in quarterfinals (since '01) ... most conferences represented in one quarterfinal round since 2001 is seven (in '03), fewest is four ('07, '09)


YEARLY NCAA QUARTERFINALISTS  (sorted by conference) 

2001
2 – ACC  (North Carolina, Virginia)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – Pac-10  (UCLA)
1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – SEC  (Florida)

2002
2 – Big Ten  (Michigan, Penn State)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – ACC (North Carolina)
1 – Pac-10  (Stanford)
1 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)

2003
2 – ACC  (Florida State, North Carolina)
1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut)
1 – SEC  (Florida)
1 – WCC (Santa Clara)
1 – Mt-West  (BYU)
1 – Pac-10  (UCLA)

2004
2 – Big Ten  (Illinois, Ohio State)
2 – Pac-10  (UCLA, Washington)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)

2005
3 – ACC  (Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – Pac-10  (UCLA)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)

2006
3 – ACC  (Clemson, Florida State. North Carolina)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – Pac-10  UCLA)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – WCC  (Portland)

2007
3 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Notre Dame, West Virginia)
2 – ACC  (Duke, Florida State) 
2 – Pac-10  (UCLA, USC)
1 – WCC  (Portland)

2008
3 – ACC  (Duke, Florida State, North Carolina)
2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – WCC  (Portland)

2009
4 – ACC  (Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, Wake Forest)
2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)
1 – WCC  (Portland)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)


THEY MEET AGAIN – This marked the fourth straight season that Notre Dame and Florida State faced off in the NCAA quarterfinal round or later (ND won 2-1 in the 2006 semifinals, FSU 2-1 in the '07 semifinals, ND 2-0 in the '08 and '09 quarters) ... Tallahassee was be the fourth different site for an ND-FSU postseason game in the past four seasons ('06 in Cary, N.C.; '07 at Texas A&M; '08 at ND; '09 at FSU) .. in the history of the Division I women's soccer tournament (since 1982), there have been only six times that two teams have battled three (or more) consecutive years with so much on the line (quarterfinals or later) ... Portland and UCLA faced each other three straight seasons (2005-07) in the NCAA quarterfinals, semifinals or title game – but that rare streak ended in 2008 (they could have met in the '08 final – Portland lost to Stanford in the quarters and UCLA's season ended vs. UNC in the semifinals) ... the growing ND-FSU postseason rivalry has tied for the longest streak of consecutive quarter/semi/final meetings (tied with UNC vs. N.C. State from 1988-91).


Three-Plus Straight Years Meeting in the NCAA Quarterfinals of Later
• 2006-09 – Notre Dame 2, Florida St. 1 (SF) ... FSU 2, ND 1 (SF) ... ND 2, FSU 0 (QF) ... TBA
• 1988-91 – UNC vs. North Carolina State (final-SF-QF-QF)

• 2004-07 – UCLA vs. Portland (final-QF-QF)
• 1995-97 – North Carolina vs. Santa Clara (QF-SF-SF)
• 1994-96 – ND vs. UNC (final-SF-final)
• 1994-96 – ND vs. Portland (SF-final-SF)


Consecutive-Year Matchups during the College Cup Final Weekend
• 2008-09 – North Carolina vs. Notre Dame
• 2006-07 – Notre Dame vs. Florida State
• 2001-02 – North Carolina vs. Santa Clara
• 1996-97 – North Carolina vs. Santa Clara

• 1994-96 – Notre Dame vs. North Carolina  (3 yrs)
• 1994-96 – Notre Dame vs. Portland  (3 yrs)
• 1989-90 – North Carolina vs. Colorado College
• 1985-86 – North Carolina vs. George Mason
• 1985-86 – North Carolina vs. Colorado College


SECTION 5 – NCAA TOURNAMENT
SEED HISTORY & MISC. NOTES

LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS – The 2008 season marked the second time in the past 12 years (also 1997) that each of the top-4 seeds advanced to the NCAA semifinals (UNC, ND, Stanford and UCLA) ... those four teams have returned to the semifinals (three of them as top seeds: Stanford, UNC and UCLA).


Top-4 seeds that have failed to reach the College Cup semifinals (1997-2009)
(40%, 21 of 52, since 1997)

1997 (0) – all of the top-4 seeds advanced to semifinals

1998 (1) – Notre Dame (#4 overall seed)

1999 (2) – Florida (#3 overall seed) and Nebraska (#4)

2000 (2) – Washington (#2 overall seed) and Clemson (#3)

2001 (1) – UCLA (#3 overall seed)

2002 (3) – Stanford (#1 overall seed), Pepperdine (#3) and Connecticut (#4)

2003 (2) – Notre Dame (#2 overall seed) and Florida (#3)

2004 (3) – North Carolina (#1 overall seed), Penn State (#2) and Virginia (#3)

2005 (1) – North Carolina (one of four #1s)

2006 (2) – Texas and Santa Clara (two of four #1s)

2007 (3) – North Carolina, Penn State and Stanford (three of four #1s)

2008 (0) – all four #1 seeds advanced to semifinals

2009 (1) – Florida State (one of four #1s)

(the above list includes UNC and Florida three times, and three teams twice: ND, Stanford and PSU)


KNOCKING OFF THE TOP TEAMS – Since 1997, Portland has knocked off a national top-4 seed four different times: won 2-1 at ND in 1998 quarterfinals (Irish were #4 overall seed); won 1-0 at Washington in 2000 round-of-16 (Huskies were #2 overall seed); advanced at Stanford in 2002 NCAA quarterfinals (0-0/PKs; Stanford was #1 overall seed); and won 2-0 at Texas in 2006 round-of-16 (Longhorns were one of four #1s) ... during that same span, Notre Dame has advanced past a national top-4 seed three times: advanced on PKs (0-0) at Nebraska in 1999 quarterfinals (Huskers were #4 national seed); won 3-2 at UNC in 2007 round-of-16 (UNC was one of four #1s); and won 2-0 at Florida State in 2009 quarterfinals (Seminoles were one of four #1s) ... Portland and ND have accounted for one-third (7-of-21) of these times when a top-4 national seed has been derailed (since '97). ... Two other teams have done it twice: Michigan won 2-0 at Pepperdine in the 2002 round-of-16 and 1-0 at ND in the 2003 second round, while Florida State won 2-1 at Florida in the 2003 quarterfinals and advanced at UNC in the 2005 quarterfinals (1-1/PKs). ... The other 10 teams who have pulled these upsets (since '97) include Hartford, UCLA, Florida, Penn State, Santa Clara, Maryland, Duke, USC, West Virginia and Connecticut. ... Notre Dame has been at the wrong end of these upsets twice (the aforementioned losses to Portland in '98 and Michigan in '03). Since '97, Portland never has lost/failed to advance when placed among top-4 national seeds.


Teams that have upset top-4 national seeds, prior to semifinals (1997-2009)
(21 times, since 1997)

1998 – Portland won at Notre Dame (#4 overall seed) in quarterfinals (2-1)

1999 – Hartford won at Florida (#3 overall seed) in second round (1-0) 

1999 – Notre Dame advanced past Nebraska (#4 overall seed) in quarterfinals (1-1/PKs)

2000 – Portland won at Washington (#2 overall seed) in round-of-16 (1-0)

2000 – UCLA won at Clemson (#3 overall seed) in quarterfinals (2-1)

2001 – Florida won at UCLA (#3 overall seed) in quarterfinals (1-0/2 OT

2002 – Portland advanced at Stanford (#1 overall seed) in quarterfinals (0-0/PKs) 

2002 – Michigan won at Pepperdine (#3 overall seed) in round-of-16 (2-0)

2002 – Penn State won at Connecticut (#4 overall seed) in quarterfinals (2-1)

2003 – Michigan won at Notre Dame (#2 overall seed) in second round (1-0) 

2003 – Florida State won at Florida (#3 seed) in quarterfinals (2-1)

2004 – Santa Clara won at North Carolina (#1 overall seed) in round-of-16 (1-0/OT) 

2004 – Maryland won at Penn State (#2 overall seed) in second round (1-0) 

2004 – Duke won at Virginia (#3 overall seed) in second round (3-0)

2005 – Florida State advanced at North Carolina (one of four #1s) in quarters (1-1/PKs)

2006 – Portland won at Texas (one of four #1s) in round-of-16 (2-0) 

2006 – USC won at Santa Clara (one of four #1s) in first round (1-0)

2007 – Notre Dame won at North Carolina (one of four #1s) in round-of-16 (3-2) 

2007 – West Virginia won at Penn State (one of four #1s) in round-of-16 (1-0) 

2007 – Connecticut won at Stanford (one of four #1s) in round-of-16 (2-0)

2009 – Notre Dame won at Florida State (one of four #1s) in quarterfinals (2-0)

SEEDS OF DISCONTENT Since 2001, there now have been 29 seeded teams that have been sent on the road for the first weekend of the NCAAs, including Central Florida, Florida and Virginia Tech in 2009 (note that the ’01 and ’02 NCAA fields only seeded eight teams, while 16 have been seeded since '03). Of the 29 seeded teams sent on the road from 2001-09, four were knocked out in the first round and seven more failed to advance past the second round – meaning that more roughly one-third of the seeded teams sent on the road were eliminated before the round-of-16 (38%; 11-of-29). By comparison, from 2001-09 there were 79 seeded teams that opened the NCAAs at home and only 28% of them (22; or 1-in-4) failed to advance to the round-of-16. ... Thus, seeded teams sent on the road from 2001-09 advanced to the round-of-16 at a rate of 10% lower (28% to 38%) than the seeded teams that opened at home.


Of course, several seeded teams have overcome the challenge of opening on the road and gone on to post multiple wins, most notably four that went on to win the national title that season (Santa Clara in 2001, Portland in ’02 and ’05, and USC in ’07). Eight others ended up losing in the round-of-16, five saw their seasons end in the quarterfinals and one (UCLA, in ’05) suffered its final loss in the College Cup semifinals.


Here's the breakdowns of how seeded first-weekend road teams have fared in the NCAAs (from 2001-09):

• 4 national champions (Santa Clara ’01, Portland ’02 and ’05, USC ’07)
• 1 semifinalist (UCLA ’05)
• 5 quarterfinalists (Kansas ’03, Washington ’04, Portland ’06 and ’07, Florida State '08)
• 8 round-of-16 (Pepperdine ’02 & ’05, Cal ’05, Texas ’06, Florida ’06, Illinois ’06, USC '08, Virginia Tech '09)
• 5 second round (Duke ’03 and ’05, Oklahoma St. ’06, Wake Forest ’07, Oklahoma St. '08, Florida and UCF '09)
• 4 first round (Colorado ’03, Arizona ’04, BYU ’05, Colorado ’07)


Seeded Teams Sent on the Road for NCAA First Weekend 
(#1-16 seeds from ’03-’08; #1-8 seeds for ’01-’02 ... seeds were 1-8 in 2001-02 and 1-16 in ‘03-’04, while the ‘05-’09 NCAAs featured four #1 seeds, four #2, four #3, four #4)

(Seed, Team ... site, first-weekend results ... finished)

2009 (1-of-3 advanced)
(3 seed/9-12) Virginia Tech ... at Dayton, advanced ... lost at Portland (round-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) Florida ... at Ohio State, lost to Oregon State (2nd round)
(4 seed/13-16) Central Florida ... at Wisconsin, lost to Wisconsin (2nd round)

2008 (2-of-4 advanced)
(2 seed/5-8) Florida State ... at Auburn, advanced ... lost at Notre Dame (quarters)
(4 seed/13-16) Colorado ... at Minnesota, lost to South Dakota State (1st round)
(4 seed/13-16) USC ... at BYU, advanced ... lost to UCLA (round-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) Oklahoma St. ... at Rutgers, elim. by Rutgers (PKs; 2nd round)

2007 (2-of-3 advanced)
(2 seed/5-8) Portland ... at Denver, advanced ... lost to UCLA (quarterfinals)
(2 seed /5-8) USC ... at Missouri, advanced ... won national title
(4 seed/13-16) Wake Forest ... at Boston College, lost to Connecticut (2nd round)

2006 (4-of-5 advanced)
(1 seed/1-4) Texas ... at Connecticut, advanced ... lost to Portland (round-of-16)
(1 seed/1-4) Portland ... at Utah, advanced ... lost to UCLA (quarterfinals)
(3 seed/9-12) Florida ... at Marquette, advanced .. .lost at UCLA (round-of-16)
(3 seed/9-12) Illinois ... at St. Louis, advanced ... lost at Florida St. (round-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) Oklahoma St. ... at Clemson, elim. by Clemson (PKs; 2nd round)

2005 (4-of-6 advanced)
(1 seed/1-4) Portland ... at Nebraska, advanced ... won national title
(2 seed/5-8) Florida State ... at Florida, advanced ... lost to UCLA (semifinals)
(3 seed/9-12) California ... at Texas, advanced ... lost at Florida St. (round-of-16)
(3 seed/9-12) Duke ... at Yale, lost to Yale (2nd round)
(4 seed/13-16) Pepperdine ... at Vanderbilt, advanced ... lost at North Carolina (rd-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) BYU ... at Utah, elim. by Weber St. (PKs; 1st round)

2004 (1-of-2 advanced)
(13 seed) Arizona ... at Connecticut, lost to Colgate (1st round)
(15 seed) Washington ... at Auburn, advanced ... lost at Princeton (quarterfinals)

2003 (1-of-3 advanced)
(10 seed) Colorado ... at Utah, lost to BYU (1st round)
(12 seed) Duke ... at Texas A&M, lost to A&M (2nd round)
(13 seed) Kansas ... at Missouri, advanced ... lost at UCLA (quarterfinals)

2002 (2-of-2 advanced)
(3 seed) Pepperdine ... at Marquette, advanced ... lost to Michigan (round-of-16)
(8 seed) Portland ... at BYU, advanced ... won national title

2001 (advanced)
(2 seed) Santa Clara ... at Illinois, advanced ... won national title


Other Seeded Teams That Have Failed To Reach NCAA Round-of-16
(played at home first weekend)

2009
(4 seed/13-16) – Penn State ... second-round loss to Virginia, 2-6
(4 seed/13-16) – LSU ... second-round eliminated by Texas A&M, 1-1 (PKs)

2008
(3 seed/9-12) – Wake Forest ... second-round loss to James Madison, 0-1
(4 seed/13-16) – Missouri ... second-round eliminated by Illinois, 1-1 (PKs)

2007
(2 seed/5-8) – Purdue ... second-round elim. by Indiana, 0-0 (PKs)
(2 seed/5-8) – Texas A&M ... second-round loss to Texas, 2-3
(3 seed/9-12) – Georgia ... second-round loss to Duke, 0-1

2006
(1 seed/1-4) – Santa Clara ... first-round loss to California, 0-1
(3 seed/9-12) – Wake Forest ... second-round loss to Virginia, 0-2
(3 seed/9-12) – Rutgers ... second-round elim.by Boston College, 0-0 (PKs)

2005
(3 seed/9-12) – Connecticut ... first-round loss to Boston Univ., 0-1

2004
(2 seed) – Penn State ... second-round loss to Maryland, 0-1
(3 seed) – Virginia ... second-round loss to Duke, 0-3
(8 seed) – Kansas ... second-round loss to Nebraska, 1-2 (OT)
(9 seed) – Texas A&M ... second-round loss to Illinois, 1-2
(10 seed) – Florida ... first-round loss to Central Florida, 2-3

2003
(2 seed) – Notre Dame ... second-round loss to Michigan, 0-1
(7 seed) – Virginia ... second-round eliminated by Villanova, 0-0 (PKs)
(15 seed) – Boston College ... first-round loss to Central Conn., 0-1
(16 seed) – Illinois ... first-round loss to William & Mary, 0-2

2002
(5 seed) – West Virginia ... second-round loss to Virginia, 0-1

2001
(7 seed) – Notre Dame ... second-round loss to Cincinnati, 2-3


Top-16 seeds that have failed to reach the NCAA round-of-16 
(since 2001; 8 teams seeded until 2003, then 16 from 2004-09)

1-4 seeds – 4 teams (Notre Dame in ’03, Penn St. and Virginia in ’04, Santa Clara in ’06)
5-8 seeds – 6 teams (Notre Dame in ’01, West Virginia in ’02, Virginia in ’03, Kansas in ’04, Purdue and Texas A&M in ’07)
9-12 seeds – 9 teams (Colorado and Duke in ’03, Florida and Texas A&M in ’04, UConn and Duke in ’05, Rutgers and Wake Forest in ’06, Georgia in ’07, Wake Forest in ‘08, Florida and UCF in '09)
13-16 seeds 
7 teams (Boston College and Illinois in ’03, Arizona in ’04, BYU in ’05, Oklahoma State in ’06, Wake Forest in ’07, Colorado, Missouri and Oklahoma State in ‘08, Penn State and LSU in '09)

Notes: All soccer fans look forward to the day when, at the very least, more of a priority can be placed on protecting teams in line with their seed, but such a hope may not jive with travel issues and the mandate to eliminate first-weekend conference matchups. Yet the process still is hard to justify to hard-working players and coaches who are members of a team that fashions an impressive NCAA resume, only to be denied the home-field advantage that they earned. Playing within the comforts of home can be a key factor in soccer, where there often is minimal margin for error in games decided by a single goal or in penalty kicks. There’s no question that the NCAA committee faces a tough task each year, but so do the teams that lose a homefield advantage that they clearly had earned. There’s still something to say for the basic concept of rewarding excellence – regardless of whether a team comes from a remote location or has the geographical misfortune of being located close to other top-seeded teams (a dilemma all too familiar to teams in Florida, Texas, and both southern and northern California).

 

Top-8 seeds that have failed to reach NCAA rd-of-8/quarterfinals (since '01)

1-4 seeds – 9 teams (Pepperdine in ’02 ... Notre Dame in ’03, ... Penn State and Virginia in ’04 ... Texas and Santa Clara in ’06 ... UNC, Stanford and Penn State in '07)

5-8 seeds – 15 teams (Notre Dame, Stanford and UConn in ’01 ... West Virginia and UCLA in ’02 ... West Virginia, Virginia and Portland in ’03 ... UNC and Kansas in ’04 ... Purdue and Texas A&M in ’07 ... Florida and Virginia in '08 ... South Carolina in '09)

(the above list includes Virginia three times and four teams twice: ND, UNC, WVU and Stanford)

 

ANNUAL CHART for MATCHING SEED
(top-16 reach round-of-16; top-8 reach quarters; top-4 reach semifinals)

Year – Round of 16 ... Quarterfinals (8) ... Semifinals (4)

2009 – 12 ... 7 ... 3  (Stanford, UNC, UCLA)

2008 – 12 ... 6 ... 4  (UNC, ND, Stanford, UCLA)

2007 – 12 ... 3 ... 1  (UCLA)

2006 – 12 ... 6 ... 2  (Notre Dame, UNC)

2005 – 13 ... 8 ... 3  (Portland, Penn State, UCLA)

2004 – 10 ... 4 ... 1  (Notre Dame)

2003 – 10 ... 4 ... 2  (UNC, UCLA)

2002 – 7 (of 8) ... 5 ... 1  (UNC)

2001 – 7 (of 8) ... 5 ... 3  (UNC, Santa Clara, Portland)

Avg. – 11.6 in round-of-16 ('03-'09) ... 5.3 in quarters (‘01–’09) ... 2.2 in semifinals ('01–’08) 

 

Seeds of College Cup Final-Weekend Participants (semifinalists; since '01)

Seeds 1-4 ... 20

Seeds 5-8 ... 9

Seeds 9-12 ... 2

Seeds 13-16 ... 3

* Others ... 2

Notes: Penn State reached the semifinals in 2002 but was not seeded (there were only eight seeds in ’02) … in 2003, unseeded UConn made it all the way to the NCAA title game but did not face a top-16 seed until beating 11th seed Florida State in the semifinals (three seeded teams – #15 Boston College, #2 Notre Dame and #7 Virginia, plus Villanova, which beat UVa – all were upset in the round before they would have faced UConn)


GETTING OVER THE HUMP – This year's NCAA Tournament could provide (abd already has provided) some historic moments for certain programs that have made numerous NCAA appearances but failed to progress to the final rounds:


Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching Quarterfinal Round (final-8)

10 – San Diego

Notes: Every other team with 10-plus NCAA trips has made at least one final-8 game ... Wake Forest had been eliminated prior to the NCAA quarterfinals in all 13 of its NCAA appearances (1996-2008) before finally ending that frustrating streak in dramatic fashion, winning in the final second of the round-of-16 game at South Carolina (1-0; Nov. 20, 2009).


Most NCAA Trips With Only One Quarterfinal Appearance
15 – Wake Forest (2009)
12 – SMU
12 – BYU
11 – USC
10 – Dartmouth


Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching College Cup Semifinals (final-4)
23 – William & Mary
15 – Texas A&M 
15 – 
Wake Forest  
14 – Clemson
13 – Boston College 
12 – BYU 
11 – Harvard
10 – Dartmouth and Nebraska


Most NCAA Trips With Only One Semifinal Appearance (final-4)
22 – Virginia  (1991) 
16 – Duke  (1992)
14 – Hartford  (1992)
12 – SMU  (1995)
11 – USC  (2007)
note: Stanford made its second semifinal trip in 2008 (in 18th appearance)


Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching Title Game
23 – William & Mary
22 – Virginia
18 – 
Stanford (still alive in 2009; 19th NCAA appearance)
16 – California

15 – Penn State 
15 – Texas A&M
15 – Wake Forest 
14 – Clemson and Hartford


Most NCAA Trips With Only One Title-Game Appearance
16 – Duke  (1992 ... 0-9 vs. UNC) 

15 – Central Florida  (1982 ... 0-2 vs. UNC) 

15 – UMass  (1987 ... 0-1 vs. UNC)
14 – Wisconsin  (1991 ... 1-3 vs. UNC)
13 – Florida  (1998 ... 1-0 vs. UNC)


Most NCAA Trips Without Winning the Title
27 – Connecticut
23 – William & Mary
22 – Virginia 
18 – 
Stanford (still alive in 2009; 19th NCAA appearance)
17 – California
16 – Duke 
15 – UMass
15 – Central Florida
15 – Penn State
15 – Texas A&M 
15 – Wisconsin
15 – Wake Forest 
14 – UCLA (still alive in 2009; 15th NCAA appearance)
14 – Clemson and Hartford

Note: winner of the 2009 Stanford/UCLA semifinal could end its streak on this list


SECTION 6 – NCAA TOURNAMENT
ROUND-of-16 HISTORY & NOTES

DEFENDING CHAMPS MOVE ON  North Carolina's 4-0 win over Georgia on Nov. 15 marked the 10th straight season that the defending NCAA champion has advanced to (at least) the round-of-16. In 1999, Florida suffered a 1-0 loss to Hartford in the second round (less than one year after  winning the ’98 NCAA title). When looking at the first 26 teams that won the NCAA Division I women’s soccer title ('82-’07), 17 of them have returned to the championship game (12 repeated as champion, five were runner-up), two others made it back to the College Cup semifinals, two lost in the quarterfinals and four were knocked out in the round-of-16.

 

Santa Clara is the most recent NCAA champion that returned to the College Cup’s final weekend (as a semifinalist/finalist) in the next season, doing so in 2002 (Portland lost in the ’03 round-of-16, UNC in the ’04 round-of-16, Notre Dame in the ’05 quarters, UP in the ’06 quarters, UNC in the ’07 rd-of-16, and USC in the '08 rd-of-16).

 

NCAA Tournament Finishes By Defending Champion

• 12 repeated as champion (North Carolina in 1983, ’84, '87-’94, ’97 and 2000)

• 5 runner-up (UNC in ’85 and ’95, Notre Dame in ’96, UNC in ’98, and Santa Clara in '02)

• 2 semifinalists (George Mason in ’86, Portland in ’01 ... UNC in '09/final finish TBA)

• 2 quarterfinalists (Notre Dame in ’05, Portland in '06)

• 4 round-of-16 finishers (Portland in ’03, UNC in ’04 and '07, USC in '08)

• 1 round-of-32 finisher (Florida in '99)

(17 defending champs have returned to title game, 19 to the College Cup final weekend, 22 to at least the quarterfinals (including UNC in '09) and 26 of the 27 have made it to at least the round-of-16 ... 2008 NCAA champ UNC has advanced to the '09 semifinals and next will face Notre Dame on Dec. 4)


Active Streaks of Reaching the NCAA round-of-16
(updated as of 2009 NCAAs; research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com)

28 – North Carolina  (1982-2009)  
11 – UCLA  (1999-2009) 
10 – Portland  (2000-09)  
6 – Notre Dame  (2004-09)  
5 – Florida State  (2005-09) 
5 – Virginia  (2005-09)  
4 – Stanford  (2006-09)  

Notes: The 2009 NCAA round-of-16 included seven teams – UNC, UCLA, Portland, ND, FSU, UVa and Stanford – with senior classes that have advanced to the final-16 in each of the past four seasons ... UCLA lost to BYU (0-2) in the 1998 second round (that was the third varsity season for the Bruins) ... Portland went 12-7-1 in 1999 and did not qualify for the '99 NCAAs (48-team field) ... ND lost to Michigan in the 2003 NCAA second round (0-1) ...  FSU was edged by BC in PKs during the '04 NCAA first round (0-0/1-3 PKs) ... Virginia lost to Duke in the '04 NCAA second round (0-3) ... Stanford lost to St. Louis in the '05 NCAA first round (0-2).


Following below are various lists of NCAA round-of-16 conference-entry history, during the nine years of the 64-team format (since 2001):


CONFERENCE ENTRIES IN THE ROUND-OF-16 – During the past nine seasons, dating back to the first year of the NCAA 64-team format, the Atlantic Coast Conference has led the way with 36 total entrants in the round--of-16 (4.0 per year) ... next on that list is the Pacific-10 with 21 round-of-16 qualifiers since 2001, followed by the BIG EAST (19), West Coast Conference (17), Big Ten (15), Big 12 (15) and Southeastern Conference  (11) ... the ACC and Pac-10 have combined to produce 40% of the round-of-16 entrants (57 of 144) during the past nine seasons ... the top-six conferences on this list – ACC, Pac-10, BIG EAST, WCC, Big Ten and Big 12 – have combined to produce 85% of the teams in the round-of-16 (135 of 144) from 2001-09.


NCAA ROUND--OF-16 TEAMS SINCE 2001  (sorted by conferences)

36 – ACC  (UNC 9, FSU 7, VA 7, BC 4, Duke 3, Clemson 2, MD 2, Va-Tech 1, WFU 1)

21 – Pac-10  (UCLA 9, Stanford 6, USC 2, Arizona 1, Cal 1, Oregon St. 1, Washington 1)


19– BIG EAST  (ND 7, UConn 5, Rutgers 2, WVU 2, BC 1, Marquette 1, Villanova 1)

17 – West Coast Conference  (Portland 9, Santa Clara 6, Pepperdine 2)


16 – Big Ten  (PennSt 6, Illinois 3, Mich. 2, Indiana 1, Minn. 1, OhioSt 1, Purdue 1, Wisconsin 1)
15 – Big 12  (Texas A&M 7, Nebraska 3, Texas 3, Colorado 1, Kansas 1)

11 – Southeastern Conference  (Florida 5, Tennessee 5, South Carolina 1)


3 – Ivy League  (Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale)

2 – Atlantic-10  (Dayton, Richmond)
1 – Big West  
(Cal Staate Fullerton)

1 – Colonial Athletic Association  (James Madison)

1 – Conference USA  (Cincinnati)
1 – Mountain West  
(BYU)


OLD RELIABLES – There have been a total of 51 teams that have advanced to the NCAA round-of-16 since 2001, led by these 14 teams:


Teams with the most NCAA round-of-16 appearances since 2001
9 – North Carolina ... 2001-09
9 – Portland ... 2001-09 
9 – UCLA ... 2001-09
 
7 – Florida State ... 2002-03, '05-'09
7 – Notre Dame ... 2002, '04-'09 
7 – Texas A&M ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '08-'09
7 – Virginia ... 2001-02, '05-'09

6 – Penn State ... 2001-03, '05-'07
6 – Santa Clara ... 2001-05, '0
6 – Stanford ... 2001-02, '06-'09

5 – Boston College ... 2004 (BIG EAST); 2005-06, '08-'09 (ACC)
5 – Connecticut ... 2001-04, '07
5 – Florida ... 2001, '03, '06-'08
5 – Tennessee ... 2002-03, '04, '06, '07

Notes: teams with three round-of-16 appearances since 2001 include: Duke, Illinois, Nebraska and Texas ... teams with two round-of-16 trips over the past nine seasons include: Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, Pepperdine, Rutgers, USC and West Virginia ... these teams have made one final-16 appearances since '01: Arizona, BYU, California, CS Fullerton, Cincinnati, Colorado, Dartmouth, Dayton, Kansas, Indiana, James Madison, Marquette, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oregon State, Princeton, Purdue, Richmond, South Carolina, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Washington, Wisconsin and Yale. 

Conferences with the most different teams in the NCAA round-of-16 (since '01)
9 teams – Atlantic Coast Conference
8 teams – Big Ten Conference
7 teams – Pacific-10 Conference
7 teams – BIG EAST Conference

5 teams – Big 12 Conference
3 teams – West Coast Conference
3 teams – Southeastern Conference
3 teams – Ivy League
2 teams – Atlantic-10 Conference

ROUND-OF-16 ENTRANTS SINCE 2001  (sorted by conference) 

Atlantic Coast Conference  (36 appearances, by 9 teams)
North Carolina (9) ... 2001-09
Florida State (7) ... 2002-03, '05-'09
Virginia (7) ... 2001-02, '05-'09
Boston College (4) ... 2005-06, '08-'09 (also '04, as member of BIG EAST)
Duke (3) ... 2004, '07, '08
Clemson (2) ... 2001, '06
Maryland (2) ... 2004, '09 
Virginia Tech (1) ... 2009
Wake Forest (1) ... 2009


Pacific-10 Conference  (21 appearances, by 7 teams)
UCLA (9) ... 2001-09
Stanford (6) ... 2001-02, '06-'09
USC (2) ... 2007, '08
Arizona (1) ... 2005
California (1) ... 2005 
Oregon State (1) ... 2009
Washington (1) ... 2004


BIG EAST Conference  (19 appearances, by 7 teams)
Notre Dame (7) ... 2002, '04-'09 
Connecticut (5) ... 2001-04, '07
Rutgers (2) ... 2001, '08
West Virginia (2) ... 2003, '07 
Boston College (1) ... 2004 (also 2005-06, '08-'09, as member of ACC)
Marquette (1) ... 2005
Villanova (1) ... 2003

West Coast Conference  (17 appearances, by 3 teams)

Portland (9) ... 2001-09 
Santa Clara (6) ... 2001-05, '09
Pepperdine (2) ... 2002, '05

 

Big Ten Conference  (16 appearances, by 8 teams)

Penn State (6) ... 2001-03, '05-'07
Illinois (3) ... 2004, '06, '08
Michigan (2) ... 2002-03 
Indiana (1) ... 2007
Minnesota (1) ... 2008
Ohio State (1) ... 2004
Purdue (1) ... 2003

Wisconsin (1) ... 2009


Big 12 Conference  (15 appearances, by 5 teams)
Texas A&M (7) ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '08-'09
Nebraska (3) ... 2001-02, '04 
Texas (3) ... 2004, '06, '07 
Colorado (1) ... 2006
Kansas (1) ... 2003


Southeastern Conference  (11 appearances, by 3 teams)
Florida (5) ... 2001, '03, '06-'08
Tennessee (5) ... 2002-03, '04, '06, '07
South Carolina (1) ... 2009


Ivy League  (3 appearances, by 3 teams)
Dartmouth (1) ... 2002
Princeton (1) .... 2004
Yale (1) ... 2005


Atlantic-10 Conference  (2 appearances, by 2 teams)

Dayton (1) ... 2001

Richmond (1) ... 2002


Big West Conference  (1 appearance)

Cal State Fullerton (1) ... 2005


Colonial Athletic Association  (1 appearance)
James Madison (1) ... 2008


Conference USA  (1 appearance)
Cincinnati (1) ... 2001  (current member of the BIG EAST)


Mountain West Conference  (1 appearance)
BYU (1) ... 2003



Conferences w/ Most Round-of-16 Entrants in One Season (since '01)
7 – ACC in 2009
5 – ACC in 2008 and '06

4 – ACC in 2007 and '05

3 – ACC in 2004, '02 and '01 ... BIG EAST in 2007, '04 and '03 ... Big 12 in 2006 ... 
     Pac-10 in 2009, '08, '05 ... WCC in 2005 and '02 ... Big Ten in 2003



Yearly Conference Qualifiers in NCAA Round-of-16 (since '01)

Conf. ......... '01...'02...'03...'04...'05...'06...'07...'08...'09

ACC ............ 3 ... 3 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 .... 4 .... 5 ... 7

BIG EAST ... 2 ... 2 ... 3 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 .... 3 .... 2 ... 1      

Big 12 ......... 2 ... 2 ... 2 ... 2 ... 1 ... 3 .... 1 .... 1 ... 1

Pac-10 ........ 2 ... 2 ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 2 .... 3 .... 3 ... 3

WCC .......... 2 ... 3 ... 2 ... 2 ... 3 ... 1 ..... 1 .... 1 ... 2

SEC ........... 1 ... 1 ... 2 ... 1 ... X ... 2 .... 2 .... 1 ... 1       

Big Ten ...... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... 2 ..... 2 .... 2 ... 1

Ivy ............. 1 in 2001 ... 1 in 2004 ... 1 in 2005  
A-10 ..........1 in 2001 ... 1 in 2002
Big West ... 1 in 2005
Colonial ..... 1 in 2008
C-USA ...... 1 in 2001     
Mt-West .... 1 in 2003


Conference High/Low Number of Qualifiers in NCAA Rd-of-16 (since '01)

ACC – high of 7 in 2009 ... low of 2 in 2003
BIG EAST – high of 3 in 2003, '04, '07 ... low of 1 in 2006, '09


Big 12 – high of 3 in 2006 ... low of 1 in 2005, '07, '08, '09
Pac-10 – high of 3 in 2005, '07, '08, '09 ... low of 1 in 2003

WCC – high of 3 in 2002, '05 ... low of 1 in 2006, '07, '08
SEC – high of 2 in 2003, '06, '07
Big Ten – high of 3 in 2003 ... low of 1 in 2001, '05, '09


Different Conferences Represented in NCAA Round-of-16 (since '01)

2001 – 10 conferences with teams in final-16

2002 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2003 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16


2004 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2005 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2006 – 7 conferences with teams in final-16


2007 – 7 conferences with teams in final-16

2008 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2009 – 7 conferences with teams in final-16


Note: avg. of 7.9 conferences represented in round-of-16 (since '01) ... most conferences represented in one round-of-16 since 2001 is 10 (in '01), fewest is seven ('06, '07, '09)



YEARLY NCAA ROUND-OF-16 QUALIFIERS  (sorted by conference) 

2001

3 – ACC  (Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia)

2 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Rutgers)

2 – Big 12  (Nebraska, Texas A&M)

2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – Atlantic-10  (Dayton)

1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – C-USA  (Cincinnati)
1 – Ivy League  (Dartmouth)
1 – SEC  (Florida)


2002

3 – ACC (Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)

3 – WCC  (Pepperdine, Portland, Santa Clara)
2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)
2 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Notre Dame)
2 – Big 12  (Nebraska, Texas A&M)
2 – Big Ten  (Michigan, Penn State)
1 – Atlantic-10  (Richmond)
1 – SEC  (Tennessee)


2003

3 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Villanova, West Virginia)
3 – Big Ten  (Michigan, Penn State, Purdue)
2 – ACC  (Florida State, North Carolina)
2 – Big 12  (Kansas, Texas A&M)
2 – SEC  (Florida, Tennessee)
2 – WCC (Portland, Santa Clara
1 – Mt-West  (BYU)
1 – Pac-10  (UCLA)


2004

3 – ACC (Duke Maryland, North Carolina)
3 – BIG EAST  (Bsoton College, Connecticut, Notre Dame)

2 – Big Ten  (Illinois, Ohio State)
2 – Big 12  (Nebraska, Texas)
2 – Pac-10  (UCLA, Washington)

2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)
1 – SEC  (Tennessee)


2005

4 – ACC  (Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)

3 – Pac-10  (Arizona, California, UCLA)

3 – WCC  (Pepperdine, Portland, Santa Clara)

2 – BIG EAST  (Marquette, Notre Dame)

1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – Big West  (CS Fullerton)

1 – Ivy League  (Yale)


2006

5 – ACC  (Boston College, Clemson, Florida State. North Carolina, Virginia)
3 – Big 12  (Colorado, Texas, Texas A&M)

2 – Big Ten  (Illinois, Penn State)

2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)

2 – SEC  (Florida, Tennessee)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – WCC  (Portland)


2007

4 – ACC  (Duke, Florida State, North Carolina), Virginia) 

3 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Notre Dame, West Virginia)

3 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA, USC)

2 – Big Ten  (Indiana, Penn State)
2 – SEC  (Florida, Tennessee)
1 – Big 12  (Texas)
1 – WCC  (Portland)


2008

5 – ACC  (Boston College, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)

3 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA, USC)
2 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame, Rutgers)
2 – Big Ten  (Illinois, Minnsota)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – Colonial  (James Madison)
1 – SEC  (Florida)
1 – WCC  (Portland)


2009

7 – ACC  (Boston Coll., Florida St., Maryland, UNC, Virginia, Va. Tech, Wake Forest)

3 – Pac-10  (Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)

1 – Big Ten  (Wisconsin)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – SEC  (South Carolina)


SECTION 7 – NCAA TOURNAMENT
QUALIFICATION & EARLY ROUNDS

Active streaks of reaching the NCAA round-of-32
(research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com ... updated through 2009 season; includes some seasons with field of fewer than 32 teams)

There are 10 teams in the country with senior classes that have advanced past the first round of the NCAAs in each of the past four seasons (2006-09) ... in fact, six longrunning streaks of reaching the second round/round-of-32 continued this season (see chart below; note that some of the earlier years included fields of fewer than 32 teams).

28 – North Carolina  (1982-2009)
17 – Notre Dame  (1993-2009)
16 – Virginia  (1994-2009)
13 – UCLA  (1997-2009)
12 – Texas A&M  (1998-2009)
10 – Portland  (2000-09)
5 – Florida State  (2005-09) 
4 – Florida  (2006-09)
4 – Oklahoma State  (2006-09) 
4 – Stanford  (2006-09) 
4 – Wake Forest  (2006-09) 

Notes: Duke (6; 2003-08) and USC (4; 2005-08) both saw their streaks of reaching the NCAA second round come to an end on Friday – and Illinois had advanced to the NCAA second round (final-32) each of the previous five seasons (2004-08), but the Fighting Illini failed to qualify for the 2009 NCAAs. ... exactly half of the teams that advanced to the second round in 2009 (16) did not reach the round-of-32 the previous season ('08): Wisconsin, Oregon State, BYU, UConn, Washington St., Penn St., Virginia Tech, LSU, Cal, South Carolina, Georgia, Dayton, San Diego St.,Santa Clara, Maryland and Central Michigan.


NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAM STREAKS – This wasn't a good season for teams that feature orange as one of their primary colors, as three different programs – Tennessee (8; 2001-08), Texas (8: '01-'08) and Illinois (6; '03-'08) – saw an end to their NCAA Tournament streaks that had extended back six or more years. In addition to Texas, another Big 12 Conference team saw its noteworthy streak come to an end, as Colorado had appeared in each of the past six NCAA Tournaments (2003-08).


One year ago, three of the longest NCAA Tournament appearance streaks in the history of Division I women's soccer – Connecticut (26; 1982-2007), Santa Clara (19; 1989-2007) and Clemson (14; 1994-2007) – had the rare experience of missing the NCAAs, with Clemson (another one of those orange teams) again failing to make the NCAA field this season.


There are 11 different teams – North Carolina (28), Notre Dame (17), Virginia (16), Texas A&M (15), Penn State (15), Wake Forest (14), UCLA (13), Stanford (12), Florida State (10), Portland (10) and West Virginia (10) – that own active double-digit NCAA appearance streaks:


Active Streaks of Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances
(D-I women's soccer; as of 2009 ... research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com)

28 – North Carolina  (1982-2009)
17 – Notre Dame  (1993-2009)
16 – Virginia  (1994-2009)

15 – Penn State  (1995-2009)
15 – Texas A&M  (1995-2009)

14 – Wake Forest  (1996-2009)
13 – UCLA  (1997-2009)
12 – Stanford  (1998-2009)
10 – Florida State  (2000-09)
10 – Portland  (2000-09)
10 – West Virginia  (2000-09)          

7 – Boston College  (2003-09)
7 – Duke  (2003-09)
7 – Florida  (2003-09)
6 – California  (2004-09)


Other all-time NCAA Tournament appearance streaks (6-plus)…
26 – Connecticut  (1982-2007)
19 – Santa Clara  (1989-2007)
14 – Clemson  (1994-2007)
13 – William & Mary  (1992-2004)
10 – Nebraska  (1996-2005)

8 – Colorado College  (1984-91)
8 – UMass  (1982-89)
8 – Michigan  (1997-2004)
8 – N.C. State  (1985-92)
7 – BYU  (1997-2003)
7 – UMass  (1991-97)
7 – William & Mary  (1984-90)

6 – Duke  (1992-97)
6 – Harvard  (1996-2001)
6 – Princeton  (1999-2004)
6 – SMU  (2001-06)

(note: as of 2009, there have been 16 all-time double-digit NCAA appearance streaks)


FAMILIAR FACES – The 2009 NCAA Tournament field includes nine of the 10 programs (all but William & Mary) that have made the most all-time NCAA appearances. The top-21 teams in terms of all-time NCAA appearances include 17 that have qualified for the 2009 NCAAs (all but W&M, UMass, Clemson and Hartford):

All-Time NCAA Tournament Appearances (bolded teams are in the 2009 NCAAs)
(D-I women's soccer; as of 2009 ... research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com)

28 – North Carolina  (1982-2009)
27 – Connecticut  (1982-2007, '09)
23 – William & Mary  (1984-90, 1992-2004, '06-'08)
22 – 
Virginia  (1987-92, 1994-2009)
20 – 
Santa Clara  (1989-2007, '09)

19 – Stanford  (1990-96, 1998-2009)
17 – 
California  (1983-84, '86-'88, '93, 1998-2002, '04-'09)
17 – 
Notre Dame  (1993-2009)
17 – Portland  (1992-98, 2000-09)

16 – Duke  (1992-97, 1999-2001, 03-09)
15 – UMass  (1982-89, '91-'97)
15 – 
Penn State  (1995-2009)
15 – 
Texas A&M  (1995-2009)
15 – 
Wisconsin  (1985-88, '91, '93-'96, '98, 2000, '02, '04, '05, '09)
14 – 
UCLA  (1995, 1997-2009)
14 – 
Central Florida  (1982, '84, '87-'88, '91, '98-'99, 2001-04, '07-'09)
14 – Clemson  (1994-2007)
14 – 
Wake Forest  (1996-2009)

13 – Boston College  (1982-85, '99, 2001, '03-'09)
13 – 
Florida  (1996-2001, '03-'09)
13 – Hartford  (1989-92, '94-'95, 1997-2002, '06)
12 – 
BYU  (1997-2003, '05-'09)
12 – 
Harvard  (1982-84, '94-'96, 2001-04, '08-'09)
12 – SMU  (1990, '92, '93, '95, '97, '99, 2001-06)

11 – George Mason  (1982-86, '88-'89, '93, '94, '96, '97)
11 – North Carolina State  (1985-92, '94-'96)
11 – 
USC  (1998-2003, '05-'09)
10 – Dartmouth  (1993-94, '96, 1998-2003, '05)
10 – 
Florida State  (2000-09)
10 – 
Maryland  (1995-99, 2001-04, '09)
10 – Nebraska  (1996-2005)
10 – 
San Diego  (1996, 1999-2004, '07-'09)
10 – 
Washington (1994-96, '98, 2000-01, '03-'04, '08-'09)

bold = teams in the 2009 NCAA Tournament

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