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National champion women's soccer team hosts Michigan Saturday in NCAA quarterfinal

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--  Nov. 25, 2002 -- The National Champion Santa Clara University women's soccer team the will host the quarterfinal round of the 21st NCAA Championship at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. against  Michigan (16-6-1).

The Broncos advanced to the final eight teams by defeating Nebraska 3-2 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 23 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos were led by their defense, which scored two of the three goals as SCU improved to 18-4-1 overall record.

Santa Clara went up 1-0 on an own goal in the ninth minute, as a ball from Leslie Osborne was deflected off a Nebraska player. SCU outshot Nebraska 22-6 overall, but it wasn't until the 54th minute that the Broncos took another lead, when Veronica Zepeda sent a crossing shot to defender Chardonnay Poole, who headed in her first goal of the season.  In the 76th minute, Nebraska tied the game again, but the Broncos scored once more on a corner kick just three minutes later, as Osborne passed to Devvyn Hawkins. Midfielder Hawkins, who received 11 stitches in her head during last week's game, headed the ball in for the game-winner.

SCU had received a sixth-seed at-large berth in the 2002 Tournament after earning a share of the West Coast Conference championship. The team has had home-field advantage through the elimination rounds. The Broncos, ranked fourth in the country, are making their 14th straight NCAA postseason appearance, and have advanced to the four-team College Cup tournament on eight occasions.

The 2002 Women's College Cup will be held Dec. 6 and 8 at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus the University of Texas at Austin.

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