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College Women: Ohio Wesleyan claims second straight Division III title

Ohio Wesleyan's defense made Erika Howland's goal midway through the first half stand up, and the Battling Bishops claimed their second successive NCAA Division III women's soccer championship Saturday with a 1-0 triumph over Messiah at Geneva, N.Y.

Howland, selected offensive MVP of the championships, finished off a loose ball following a corner kick as Ohio Wesleyan (23-0-1) extended its unbeaten ...
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Junior College: Long Beach City women seek third successive California title

Long Beach City College's women's soccer team seeks its third successive California State JC title next weekend in Lemoore, Calif., and archrival Cypress College could be the Vikings' stiffest competition.

LBCC (22-0-1), the No. 1 seed from Southern California, will take Santa Rosa (19-3-2) in a semifinal on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Cypress (23-0-1) will meet Sierra (20-1-4), the top team ...
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College Women: NCAA Scoreboard (Nov. 29)

NCAA DIVISION I
Quarterfinals
Friday, Nov. 29

North Carolina 3 (Ramsey 1, 54, Tomecka 52) Texas A&M 0

Saturday, Nov. 30
Portland (17-4-2) at Stanford (21-1-0), 7 p.m. PST
Penn State (18-3-1) at Connecticut (21-2-1), 1 p.m. EST
Michigan (16-5-2) at Santa Clara (18-4-1), 1 p.m. PST

Semifinals
Friday, Dec. 6, at Austin, Texas

North Carolina (21-1-4) vs. Santa Clara-Michigan winner
Stanford-Portland ...
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College Women: North Carolina reaches 21st successive final four

North Carolina advanced to its 21st successive NCAA Division I women's soccer final four on Friday, routing visiting Texas A&M, 3-0, to advance to next week's College Cup semifinals in Austin, Texas.

Alyssa Ramsey scored two goals and assisted on Maggie Tomecka's for the second-ranked Tar Heels (21-1-4), who have won 16 of 20 NCAA titles and also captured the 1980 ...
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College Women: Ohio Wesleyan, Messiah advance to Division III final

Defending champion Ohio Wesleyan and Messiah advanced on Friday to the NCAA Division III women's soccer championship game, capturing semifinal triumphs at Geneva, N.Y., in decidedly different fashions.

The Battling Bishops (22-0-1) struck twice in the first nine minutes and coasted to a 3-0 victory over final-four host William Smith. Messiah (21-0-2) earned its second successive shootout win after a 0-0 ...
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COLLEGE: Seeds Virginia and VCU fall on penalties in NCAA tournament

Two seeded teams fell in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament Wednesday.

No. 6 seed Virginia fell to William & Mary, 3-2, on penalty kicks after their game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Alecko Eskandarian scored a Cavalier-record 25th goal in the first half, but Graham Albert, son of Tribe coach Al Albert, tied the score in ...
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COLLEGE: NCAA Division I Men's Scoreboard

SECOND ROUND (Nov. 27)

Wake Forest 1 (White 88) Old Dominion 0.

Boston College 2 (Arnault 74, Krause 78)

Northeastern 1 (Cipriano 64).

Connecticut 4 (Ralph 31, Thomas 34, Cuellar 38, Mordocco 84) Penn 0.

Maryland 1 (Mediate 53) American 0.

California 2 (Munoz 17, Berger 78) UC Santa Barbara 1 (McAthy 85).

Indiana 1 (Plotkin 52) Notre Dame 0.

Clemson 1 (Rhyne 8) Coastal Carolina 1 ...
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College Women: NCAA Schedule

NCAA DIVISION I
Quarterfinals
Friday, Nov. 29

Texas A&M (18-4-3) at North Carolina (20-1-4), 3 p.m. EST

Saturday, Nov. 30
Portland (17-4-2) at Stanford (21-1-0), 7 p.m. PST
Penn State (18-3-1) at Connecticut (21-2-1), 1 p.m. EST
Michigan (16-5-2) at Santa Clara (18-4-1), 1 p.m. PST

NCAA DIVISION II
Semifinals
Friday, Dec. 6, at Virginia Beach, Va.

Franklin Pierce (18-0-2) vs. Nebraska-Omaha ...
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U.S. Abroad: King of the Foreign Legion

by Soccer America Executive Editor Mike Woitalla

Kasey Keller's father couldn't fathom his son's desire to become a soccer star. At the time, career options in the United States didn't include professional soccer. The boy, it seemed, was squandering his superb athletic talents.

That was a long ago. Before the King of Spain invited Keller for dinner ...
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Giving Something Back

Seeing the world thanks to soccer inspired some young Americans to found Grassroot Soccer, which is attacking the HIV crisis in Zimbabwe.

Tommy Clark has seen the world. Now he wants to give something back to it.

The Dartmouth star of the early 1990s grew up in Scotland, Zimbabwe and the United States. After college, he played in ...
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MLS 2002 Player Rankings

IN A SEASON OF CONTRACTION AND A WORLD CUP, PLAYERS AND FORMATIONS WERE JUGGLED and switched extensively as coaches sought the right mix. The imperfect science of ranking players for 2002 included the opinions of coaches and players and statistics with an emphasis on performances following the World Cup and in the playoffs. As always, the positional classification of players ...
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Socrates on the Sidelines

Anson Dorrance's teaching methods - along with his passion for his sport and his players - are grooming first-rate coaches for the women's game.

Anson Dorrance, as he readily admits, didn't see much value in being a coach when he was starting out a quarter-century or so ago.

''I didn't think of it as a real job,'' he ...
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My View: Giving value to the playoffs

By most measurements, the 2002 MLS season was a success.

MLS enjoyed its most exciting regular season ever with every team still in contention for the playoffs until the final week of the season. Attendance was up for the second straight year. The weekend games during the last two weeks of the regular season averaged 21,942 fans.

MLS ...
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My View: Signs of progress from abroad

There are two reliable ways to measure the progress of a country's soccer: national team results and the success of its players in foreign leagues. Start investigating the U.S. national team's rise to respectability, and you'll notice how closely the two are linked.

In 1989, when the United States qualified for the World Cup for the first time ...
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NCAA DI Tournament: Women's Elite Eight Preview

By Scott French, Senior Editor

Texas A&M (18-4-3) at North Carolina (21-1-4)

Friday, 3 p.m. EST.

Freshman keeper Kati Jo Spisak has done amazing things the past two weeks, carrying the Aggies to shootout victories over SMU and UCLA. A&M didn't get off a shot against the Bruins, whose domination meant nothing against Spisak: She stopped two PKs, and the Aggies were back ...
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