WOMEN'S NEWS ...
The first 30 teams have clinched berths in the NCAA Division I Women's Tournament, leaving 34 at-large berths up for grabs. The 64-team field
will be announced Monday at approximately 8:00 pm ET on ESPNews. CHAMPIONS:
America East - Boston Univ.
ACC- North Carolina
Atlantic Sun - Kennesaw State
Atlantic 10 - Dayton
Big East - Notre
Big Sky - Northern Arizona
Big South - High Point
Big Ten - Penn State
Big 12 - Oklahoma State
Big West - UC Santa Barbara
Conference USA - Memphis
Horizon - Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ivy - Harvard
MAAC - Loyola (Md.)
Mid-American - Central Michigan
- Illinois State
Mountain West - San Diego State
Northeast - Monmouth
Ohio Valley - Murray State
Pac-10 - Stanford
Patriot - Colgate
Southern - Davidson
Southland - Southeastern Louisiana
Summit - IUPUI
Sun Belt - Denver
SWAC - Arkansas-Pine Bluff
WCC - Portland * NOGUEIRA AWAKENS.
A major disappointment during the regular season, Casey Nogueira
scored two goals in the opening 13 minutes and led North Carolina to a 3-0 win over Florida State for its 20th ACC Tournament championship in the past 22 years and fifth
successive crown. After scoring 25 goals last year when she was named the Soccer America Women's Player of the Year, Nogueira came into Sunday's final with just six goals in the first 20 games but
scored in the third minute when scored from 16 yards after taking Jessica McDonald
's through ball and outracing the Florida State defense. Nogueira's second
goal -- the 3,000th goal in UNC history -- came on a penalty kick.
"We are excited to be the ACC champions, the No. 1 conference in the nation for women's soccer," UNC coach Anson Dorrance
said. "Yet we give credit to a great Florida State team. Obviously they were a very tired, worn-down team today - very different than the team that
we saw earlier in the season." Carolina had lost three ACC games, including a 3-2 overtime thriller to FSU during league play. "The better team won," said FSU coach Mark Krikorian
. "Carolina was better from the start and took it to us pretty well. [They] created good chances early on and throughout the course of the game. I don't think we were
sharp enough or good enough today, so we move on."
-- Perhaps the biggest upset on Sunday was Memphis' 3-0 win over UCF on goals by Lizzy Simonin
and Vendula Strnadova
in the Conference USA final. The loss ended the Knights' 10-game winning
-- Cat Walker
scored to give San Diego State a 1-0 win over top seed BYU for its first Mountain West tournament title. Scoreboard Women's Conference Tournaments
* O'HARA HAT TRICK.
Senior Kelley O'Hara
shattered the Stanford single-season goal-scoring record with a hat
trick in a 4-1 victory over rival Cal that completed a perfect regular season for the top-ranked Cardinal. "It was definitely a good day," said O'Hara, who completed her hat trick by the 53rd
minute and has 23 goals for the season. "We beat Cal, check. Undefeated season so far, check. Pac-10 championship. It was good." Soccer America Women's Top 25
-- Wisconsin-Milwaukee sophomore Sarah Hagen
had all four goals to lead the Panthers to a 4-0 win over Valparaiso in the Horizon final. * LIONS' SHARE.
won its 12th straight Big Ten championship by defeating Michigan, 2-0, on goals by Katie Schoepfer
and Jackie Molinda
to extend its unbeaten streak to nine games. "This team is really good," said Nittany Lion coach Erica Walsh
. "They had a great October and are really
deserving of the title."