No. 1 Notre Dame moved into the semifinals of the Big East Tournament with a 3-0 win over St. John's on Sunday. Brittany Bock
strength in the air with two early goals on headers off set plays, and Kerri Hanks
capped the victory with her 16th goal of the season. The victory at Alumni
Field extended the fifth-longest home unbeaten streak in NCAA history to 37 games (36-0-1).
U.S. international Heather O'Reilly
assisted on three
goals in her final-regular season game at Fetzer Field to lead No. 2 North Carolina to a 4-0 win over Wake Forest -- its 18th victory in a row.
No. 3 UCLA extended its winning streak to
10 games with 2-0 wins over Washington and Washington State. Danesha Adams
and Christina DiMartino
scored against UW;
and Lauren Cheney
(her team-leading 14th goal) struck against WSU. The Bruins can guarantee itself at
least a share of the 2006 Pac-10 title with either a win or a tie against Oregon next Friday.
No. 4 Santa Clara moved one step closer to claiming at least a share of the WCC title
with a 3-0 win Sunday afternoon over San Francisco. All three Bronco goals were scored by seniors. Marian Dalmy
twice found the net, and Bonnie Bowman
scored as well.
On the second-to-last weekend of the regular season, big crowds turned out at No. 5 Portland and No. 7 Texas. The Pilots,
who share the WCC lead with Santa Clara, beat Pepperdine, 3-1, on goals by Rachael Rapinoe
, Michelle Enyeart
before 4,368 fans. Sophomore defender Kasey Moore
scored the lone goal of the match to lead Texas over
Texas A&M before 4,133 fans, the third-largest crowd ever at Myers Stadium. TOURNAMENTS AMERICA EAST.
The first final pairings are set as No. 1 seed Hartford and No. 3 Maine will play for the America East championship on Saturday in West Hartford,
Conn. The Hawks earned a 2-1 win over No. 5 New Hampshire on first-half goals by Meagan Riemer
and Kacey Busque
Maine used a 2-0 advantage in penalty kicks to break a scoreless deadlock and advance past Boston University into the championship game for the fourth straight year. BIG EAST.
Besides Notre Dame, West Virginia, Marquette and Villanova moved into Friday's semifinals. Christy
's goal was all Marquette needed to defeat ranked Villanova, 1-0, for its sixth win in a row and further boost its NCAA Tournament chances. West Virginia and Rutgers beat
Louisville and UConn, respectively, on penalty kicks. MID-AMERICAN.
All four seeds were knocked out in the first round. Miami (Ohio) beat top
seed Ball State, 2-1, on a pair of goals by freshman Jodi Zwingelberg
. The wildest contest took place at Central Michigan, where Lisa Kurz
's second goal of the game, a penalty kick in the 102nd minute, gave Kent State a 5-4 win and ended the highest-scoring match in MAC Tournament history. Fifth seed Toledo
will host the MAC final four and open up against Northern Illinois in the semifinals.
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