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April 24, 2012 | Kevin Baxter
  The U.S. women's soccer team, top-ranked in the world, was drawn into Group G for this summer's Olympic Games, where it has been matched with 2011 World Cup qualifiers France, Colombia and North Korea. The U.S. will begin play July 25 -- two days before the Games officially open -- against France at Hampden Park, Scotland's national stadium in Glasgow. The U.S. will play Colombia in its second match in Glasgow on July 28 before finishing group play against North Korea on July 31 at Old Trafford in Manchester, the home of Manchester United.
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April 24, 2012 | Kevin Baxter
  The U.S. women's soccer team, top-ranked in the world, was drawn into Group G for this summer's Olympic Games, where it has been matched with 2011 World Cup qualifiers France, Colombia and North Korea. The U.S. will begin play July 25 -- two days before the Games officially open -- against France at Hampden Park, Scotland's national stadium in Glasgow. The U.S. will play Colombia in its second match in Glasgow on July 28 before finishing group play against North Korea on July 31 at Old Trafford in Manchester, the home of Manchester United.
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June 19, 1999 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Women's soccer takes a giant cleated step forward today as more than 74,000 curiosity seekers settle in at Giants Stadium for the opening doubleheader of the women's World Cup. Millions more will be watching at home on live network television. For the first time in its history, women's soccer has the world's attention. And now that it has it, what does it intend to do with it? Tony DiCicco, coach of tournament host and favorite Team USA, has a thought or two. "No.
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August 21, 2001 | Eric Stephens
UCLA, which reached the NCAA women's soccer title game last season, was picked as the Pacific 10 preseason favorite in a vote among conference coaches. The Bruins got eight of 10 first-place votes. USC was selected to finish fifth. The UCLA men's soccer team was picked to finish second behind Washington.
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November 25, 1991 | From Associated Press
Michelle Akers-Stahl set a tournament record with five goals as the United States overwhelmed Taiwan, 7-0, to reach the semifinals of the FIFA Women's World Championship Sunday. The Americans will face European champion Germany in the semifinals Wednesday. In the other matches, Sweden defeated China, 1-0, Norway beat Italy, 3-2, in overtime, and Germany downed Denmark, 2-1, in overtime. Akers-Stahl, taking the tournament scoring lead with eight goals, scored the first three goals as the U.S.
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December 4, 1990 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kim Campbell's first high school soccer season ended with a bang and a whimper. Chasing down a pass and trying to get off a shot in sudden-death overtime of a Division 3-A semifinal game last spring, Campbell, a Canyon High School forward, crashed into Mater Dei goalkeeper Julie Tarnay. Tarnay made the save, and after spending five minutes on her back, Campbell left the field, only to watch Mater Dei score in the second sudden-death period to eliminate Canyon.
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December 15, 2000 | CHRIS SHAFFER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tony Scalercio, Valencia High girls' soccer coach, had been out on the field coaching all day. He returned to his hotel room in San Bernardino too tired to go out for dinner. Scalercio picked up the room service menu and walked over to the phone to place an order. Before he could dial, the phone rang. It was the front desk with an urgent message from his wife. Scalercio's life was to change forever.
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June 18, 1999 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking for proof that the 1999 Women's World Cup tournament that kicks off Saturday at Giants Stadium in New Jersey is a bona fide sporting event? Pay no attention to the talented players running up and down the field during 32 upcoming games, including the championship tilt July 10 at the Rose Bowl. Keep your eyes on the battle between Adidas Inc. and Nike Inc. for the hearts and pocketbooks of female soccer players.
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June 23, 1995 | GEORGE DOHRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is fall, 1994, and the Indiana sun is beaming down on Alumni Field near the east edge of the University of Notre Dame campus. Young women sprint up and down the field, one side controlling a soccer ball, the other pursuing. Women's soccer coach Chris Petrucelli barks instructions as he moves among the players. Something catches his eye, a little thing, and he drops his head and mumbles something to the grass. Cindy again. Cindy Daws. The Northridge native has done nothing particularly wrong.
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August 19, 1995 | TRIS WYKES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team held its first-ever practice Friday morning, a three-hour workout that included ball-handling skills, footwork drills and . . . leapfrog? Sure thing. Emphasizing conditioning from the get-go, Coach Brian Wiesner had his troops running, dribbling, and yes, leapfrogging as the Matadors began preparations for their Sept. 2 opener at Azusa Pacific.
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January 12, 2001 | MELANIE NEFF
The showdown between the county's No. 1- and No. 2-ranked girls' soccer teams was postponed Thursday because of rain and poor field conditions. Top-ranked Capistrano Valley will host second-ranked Mission Viejo on Jan. 22 in a South Coast League game. "There is no way we could play," Capistrano Valley Coach Jack Peterson said. "Our field is a disaster." By the time they meet, the rankings probably will have changed.
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January 4, 2001 | MELANIE NEFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Move over Sunset League. It appears that the South Coast is ready to take over as the county's toughest league in girls' soccer. After featuring the strongest league competition for much of the 1990s, the Sunset League has lost some of its depth and now, from top to bottom, the South Coast is the best. Five of the six South Coast teams competed in the recent Excalibur tournament, with four finishing in the top 10 of the 32-team bracket.
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January 2, 2001 | MELANIE NEFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last season it was so easy. Capistrano Valley, No. 1. It never changed. The Cougars dominated in girls' soccer from beginning to end, winning the Southern Section Division I title. This season the Cougars are on top again, and until someone in the county beats them, they will remain there. However, unlike last season, that is a possibility. The parity among the county's top teams is unquestionable and the Cougars' hold on No. 1 is shaky. The coaches aren't sure who the best team is.
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December 15, 2000 | CHRIS SHAFFER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tony Scalercio, Valencia High girls' soccer coach, had been out on the field coaching all day. He returned to his hotel room in San Bernardino too tired to go out for dinner. Scalercio picked up the room service menu and walked over to the phone to place an order. Before he could dial, the phone rang. It was the front desk with an urgent message from his wife. Scalercio's life was to change forever.
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December 1, 2000 | ERIC STEPHENS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jillian Ellis says she is impatient by nature. She came to UCLA with the idea that the Bruins would compete for the national title sooner rather than later. Ellis has been the Bruin women's soccer coach for only two years, but she already is positioning the program toward elite status. UCLA can make a name for itself tonight against Portland in the national semifinals of the NCAA Women's College Cup at San Jose's Spartan Stadium. It is a Final Four packed with powerhouse teams.
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September 28, 2000 | CHRIS SHAFFER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
First, top recruit Nicole Farenbaugh was lost for the season because of a leg injury and last season's top offensive threat Gentry Green was deemed ineligible. Then there was a 496-minute span when no goals were scored and three consecutive losses. Things were not looking good for the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team, but the Matadors have turned things around.
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September 12, 1997 | GRAHAME L. JONES
The Los Angeles area, already the home of two professional soccer teams, the Galaxy of Major League Soccer and the A-League's Orange County Zodiac, on Thursday gained a third team. The National Soccer Alliance, a women's professional league that will make its debut in April, selected Titan Stadium on the Cal State Fullerton campus as one of its homes. The NSA, led by former Washington Gov. Booth Gardner and featuring virtually all the members of the 1996 Olympic gold medal-winning U.S.
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January 29, 1998 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's tough enough to juggle schoolwork, a social life and one varsity sport. The adventurous and super-talented might even earn letters in two or more sports. So what do you call someone who wants to play two varsity sports during the same season? "I don't know how she does it," Edison girls' water polo Coach Matthew Whitmore said of junior Amber Prestegard, water polo and soccer player.
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September 27, 2000 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So, once again it is the United States and Norway. Once again, the only two countries to have won a women's world championship will meet on the soccer field to determine which will have global supremacy--at least in this place, at this time. They have played each other 29 times since their first game in 1987, with the Norwegians holding a 14-13-2 advantage. But the big games have, more often than not, gone the Americans' way.
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September 25, 2000 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jose Duarte, Brazil's coach, thought it was a foul that should have been whistled. April Heinrichs, the U.S. coach, said she didn't see it. Tiffeny Milbrett, the player who was supposedly at fault, admitted that she might easily have been called for clattering into Brazilian goalkeeper Andreia as both were going for the ball. But Swiss referee Nicole Petignat kept her whistle from her lips and, as a result, Mia Hamm scored the only goal Sunday night as the U.S.
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