Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer braces for playoffs

Stacey Atwater

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team has advanced to the NCAA postseason as the No. 3 seed in the West Region.

The Broncos will challenge Point Loma in first-round action at 7 p.m. at Cal State Los Angeles.

The winner of Thursday’s matchup will move on to face the second-seeded host team. The second-round matchup would take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the same location.

This will mark the fourth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance for the CPP women’s soccer program. The most recent NCAA playoff game occurred in 2012. The event features a 48-team field and it’s a single-elimination tournament.

The Broncos (13-5-1) are directed by second-year head coach Mike Dibbini. CPP has notched 12 shutouts this season, just one shy of matching the school record.

The Broncos’ win total of 13 is also the highest for the program since 2001 and as of this week, CPP ranks eighth nationally at the Division II level for shutout percentage.

Last week, six CPP student-athletes earned All-Conference selections. Senior Alison Sauve received the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Defensive Player of the Year accolade and also was featured on the CCAA All-Tournament Team.

Thursday will represent the fifth all-time meeting between the Broncos and Sea Lions, a team that competes out of the Pac West Conference. So far in the series, CPP holds a 3-1 advantage. The most recent matchup came in the 2012 season opener, when the Broncos captured a 2-1 victory.


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University of Redlands women prep for postseason

The University of Redlands women’s soccer team will head to Texas for NCAA Division III regional play.

The Bulldogs (11-6-3), who defeated Cal Lutheran in penalty kicks in the championship game of the SCIAC Tournament, will play at Trinity (Tex.) against No. 18 Hardin-Simmons University (Tex.) in the first round on Saturday.

The winner will advance to Sunday’s game against the winner of No. 3 Trinity-No. 20 University of Texas-Tyler.

The Bulldogs and the Cowgirls have faced off twice before, with the most recent contest taking place in 2010 when the Bulldogs advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.

This year’s NCAA appearance is Redlands’ sixth under Head Coach Suzette Soboti.

Hardin-Simmons took home its 12th-straight American Southwest Conference (ASC) title after defeating the Texas-Tyler 1-0. This is their 14th all-time appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.


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Pomona-Pitzer men’s soccer team heading to Texas for playoffs

The Pomona-Pitzer men’s soccer team will travel to Dallas and face regional host UT Dallas in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1980, on Friday at 3 p.m.

Trinity (Texas), which is ranked No. 2 in the nation, and Hardin-Simmons are also assigned to the regional and will face each other in the other regional semifinal.

Pomona-Pitzer (14-5-1) will be making its second-NCAA Division III Tournament appearance after defeating Redlands 1-0 on Saturday in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament.

UT Dallas (13-4-3) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling 2-0 to Hardin-Simmons in the championship game of the American Southwest Conference tournament this weekend.

The two teams met last year at Pomona-Pitzer in the regular season with UT Dallas winning 4-0.

The last time the Sagehens went to the NCAA Tournament in 1980, they fell 5-0 to Washington (Mo.).

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