Sweet 16 leaves bitter taste for top seeds

NCAA Division I Women's Game Reports
Three of the four No. 1 regional seeds fell in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I Women's Tournament. Besides defending champion North Carolina, which lost to Notre Dame, Penn State fell to West Virginia, and Stanford was upset by Connecticut. Top-ranked UCLA is the only No. 1 seed still alive. The Bruins will face Portland, winner of 11 straight games, in the quarterfinals.

Nov. 30 in Los Angeles

#1-UCLA (19-1-2) vs. #2-Portland (18-3-0)
Nov. 30 in Morgantown
#4-West Virginia (18-4-2) vs. #2-USC (17-3-2)
Nov. 30 in South Bend, Ind.
#4-Notre Dame (18-4-2) vs. Duke (10-5-7)
#3-Florida State vs. Connecticut (14-5-2)

UCLA-VIRGINIA (2-1). Top-ranked UCLA was seven minutes away from being knocked out but it rallied to beat Virginia on sophomore Lauren Cheney's golden goal in the 98th minute and advance to the quarterfinals for the fifth straight year.

With the goal and assist on Kristina Larsen's tying goal, Cheney broke the UCLA single-season scoring record, as she now has 55 points on the year.

"I'm just so proud of this team's ability to fight back and not give up," said UCLA coach Jillian Ellis. "I think they showed incredible resilience and kept believing."

Game summary:
Nov. 23 in Los Angeles
UCLA 2 Virginia 1 (OT). Goals: Larsen (Cheney) 83, Cheney 98; Foley 76.
UCLA -- Henderson, Barnes, Wilmoth, Hardy, Cook, DiMartino, M.Zerboni, Adams, Wright,  Cheney, Lang. Subs: B.Zerboni, Calvert, Larsen, Wall.
Virginia -- Jones, Senty, Sauerbrunn, Singer, Krzysik, Redmond, Fries, Farrelly, Foley, Miskel, Quinn. Subs: Falk, Curtis, Toulouse, Menczyk, Flanagan.
Referee: Martik Mirikian.
Att.: 953.

STANFORD-CONNECTICUT (0-2). Connecticut advanced to the final eight for the first time since 2003 with the win at No. 1 seed Stanford.

Meghan Cunningham and Annie Yi scored second-half goals for the Huskies, who are one of only two teams (along with North Carolina) to have played in every NCAA Tournament.

"It was just a weird game," said Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe. "I felt like we dominated the first half and Connecticut just was able to convert their two scoring chances."

Game summary:
Nov. 23 in Palo Alto, Calif.
Stanford 0 Connecticut 2.
Goals: Cunningham (Schnur) 51, Yi (Ebert) 69.
Stanford -- Holland, Falk, Abegg, Buehler, Wall, Birch, Summers, McCann, Riley, O'Hara, Press. Subs: Jenkins, Stannard, Heath.
Connecticut -- Labbe, Diakun, Ebert, Riviere, Macisaac, Schnur, Taylor, Richards, Gundling, Eng, Tegeler. Subs: Yi, Gray, Cunningham, Zedros.
Att.: 1,595.

FLORIDA STATE-TEXAS (4-0). Florida State moved into the quarterfinals for the first straight season with a dominating performance. The Seminoles, who remained perfect at home in the postseason (13-0-0), limited Texas to five shots.

"I thought our team defended very well limiting Texas to a few chances and I thought we were quite dynamic in the attack," said head coach Mark Krikorian.  "Beautiful possession plays at times, attacking a variety of ways out of the back through the midfield, up front and a combination play in a lot of areas. Overall when you're sitting here advancing to the final eight you have to feel good. We got through it without any injuries."

Game summary:
Nov. 23 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Florida State 4 Texas 0. Goals: Talonen (Schmidt) 38, Yamaguchi (Peltzer) 47, Kazbour (Yamaguchi) 68, Lim (Yamaguchi, Switzer) 70.
Florida State -- McNulty, Sutton, Schmidt, Gianeskis, Edwards, Kazbour, DaCosta, van de Ven, Peltzer, Yamaguchi, Talonen. Subs: Stalzer, Switzer, Lim.
Texas -- Pfenninger, Gilbeau, Moore, Campanelli, Carter, Kennedy, Gaines, Arlitt, Ortiz, Carpenter, Anderson, Subs: Birkhold, Imber, Gibson.
Referee: Tony Russo.
Att.: 1,091.

PENN STATE-WEST VIRGINIA (0-1). The Mountaineers' first-ever road victory in the NCAA tournament moved them into the Elite Eight for the first time in school history.

WVU was unlucky in the opening 45 minutes of play, finding the crossbar twice, and won on Krystle Kallman's header in the 71st minute off Amanda Cicchini's free kick.

"I always start on set pieces kind of far out so I don't look like a threat," said Kallman of the game-winner. "Then as Chicky was running to it, I just kind of took off towards her and then just cut to goal and got lucky."

Game summary:
Nov. 23 in University Park, Pa.
Penn State 0 West Virginia 1. Goal: Kallman (Cicchini) 71.
Penn State -- Naeher, Davis, Davies, Riley, Ryan, Hayes, Gray, Bedesem, Bouchelle, Aden-Buie, Schoepfer. Subs: D'Agostino, Monroig, Toney.
West Virginia -- Butler, Barnes, Rushton, Kallman, Cocchi, Cicchini, DuCote, Blank, Banks, Bonilla, Everrett. Subs: Mailloux, Harris.
Referee: Mike Lukashunas
Att.: n/a.

NORTH CAROLINA-NOTRE DAME (2-3). Some sloppy defending resulted in North Carolina being eliminated from the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the past four years on its home field in either the third round or quarterfinal round.

Goalie Ashlyn Harris misplayed a backpass from Ariel Harris, allowing Michele Weissenhofer to score 14 seconds after her flip throw-in found Brittany Bock for the first goal. After UNC reduced the deficit to 2-1, Weissenhofer broke the offside trap and scored on a breakaway.

The three goals allowed were the most given up in an NCAA Tournament game since 1990 when the Tar Heels beat N.C. State, 4-3, in a quarterfinal game.

Game summary:
Nov. 24 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
North Carolina 2 Notre Dame 3. Goals: Bock (Weissenhofer) 13, Weissenhofer 13, Weissenhofer (Rosen) 61; Long (pen.) 47, Washington (Maxwell) 90.
North Carolina -- Ashlyn Harris, Ariel Harris, Maxwell, Eveland, Gayle, Klingenberg, Averbuch, Washington, Long, Engen, Nogueira. Subs: Gilbert, Givan, Moraca, Mikula, Heath.
Notre Dame -- Karas, Fowlkes, Dew, Weber, Scheidler, Cinalli, Clark, Rosen, Hanks, Bock, Weissenhofer. Subs: Jones, Augustin, Pinnick, Sohn, Mendoza, Iantorno.
Referee: George Vergara.
Att.: 2,202.

PORTLAND-TENNESSEE (3-0). Portland ran its shutout streak to nine games -- all wins -- before a sellout crowd of 4,841.

The win set up a showdown with UCLA, the only remaining No. 1 seed, on Friday in Westwood. Portland was ousted from the 2006 playoffs in a 2-1 quarterfinal loss at UCLA. The Pilots defeated the Bruins 4-0 in the 2005 NCAA championship match.

Saturday's was all Portland as the Pilots outshot the Lady Vols 28-8, including a 16-3 edge in shots on goal. If not for the brilliant play of UT goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson, who recorded 12 saves, the margin would have been much wider.
Game summary:
Nov. 24 in Portland, Ore.
Portland 3 Tennessee 0. Goals: Enyeart (Schmidt) 16, Budge (Schmidt) 18, Enyeart (Lopez) 47.
Portland -- Davis, Lopez, Cronkite, Tsai, Michaelson, Woznuk, Reed, Winters, Budge, Enyeart, Schmidt. Subs: Jackman, Chandhoke, Scifo, Jacka.
Tennessee -- Johnson, Jackyra, Griffin, Facusan, Speros, Imgram, Vonderhaar, Emerson, Vineyard, Swaim, Rossi. Subs: Redberg, Van Sickle, Prendergast.
Referee: Greg Marshall.
Att.: 4,841.

USC-FLORIDA (1-0). The Trojans, who had already advanced farther than they've ever gone in the NCAA Tournament, moved into the quarterfinals with their program-record 17th win of the season.

Lauren Brown came close for USC in the first half when she hit the crossbar, and freshman defender Kasey Johnson won th game with her first collegiate goal on a header off a free kick from Ashley Nick in the 48th minute.

"It was shocking," said Johnson. " I was messing around with Megan Ohai, saying I was going to score a goal, but when it really happened it was shocking."

The game drew 1,469 fans at the 92,000-seat Los Angeles Coliseum, where the USC women had not played since 2001.

Game summary:
Nov. 24 in Los Angeles
USC 1 Florida 0. Goal: Johnson (Nick) 48.
USC -- Olsen, Strong, Johnson, Currier, Sandoval, Haug, Nick, Tomer, Ohai, Brown, Rodriguez. Subs: Davila, Finch.
Florida -- Berlingo, S.Hudson, Hyde, Booth, Bishop, Findorff, Harris, Abdullah, Lyle, Elliott, Kerns. Subs: Sanchez, Kit, Fraine, Gibbs.
Referee: Ian Anderson.
Att.: 1,469.

INDIANA-DUKE (0-2). CJ Ludemann set up fellow sophomores KayAnne Gummersall and Elisabeth Redmond for the game's only goals.

For Gummersall, it was first goal of the season. She had led the Blue Devils in scoring last season but an injured ankle suffered in the fourth weekend of the season has limited her playing time.

"She's worked and worked and worked and she's had setbacks, but she's never given up," said Duke coach Robbie Church. "And she scored her first goal of the year at a crucial time at the end of the half for us."

Game summary:
Nov. 25 in Bloomington, Ind.
Indiana 0 Duke 2.
Gummersall (Ludemann) 41, Redmond (Ludemann) 63.
Indiana -- Hollandsworth, Lawrence, Markwort, Swepston, McKay, Stewart, Kotynski, Fallon, Arnold, McCarthy, Holby. Subs: Cummings, Teixeira, O'Bryan, Moses.
Duke -- Lipsher, Miller, FitzGerald, McDonald, McCann, Alukonis, Ludemann, Quinn, Redmond, Allen, Hathorn. Subs: Kramer, Gummersall, Bradley, Kreger.
Referee: Jim Sparks.
Att.: 824.

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