This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer (10/24/00)

Oct. 24, 2000

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WOMEN'S SOCCER HEADS INTO THE HOMESTRETCH

With just two weeks of play remaining, the Conference race is heating up. WASHINGTON (6-0) has taken sole possession of the Pac-10 lead and puts its unblemished Conference mark on the line at the OREGON (1-3-1) and OREGON STATE (0-3-2), while WASHINGTON STATE (2-4) also visits the Oregon schools. CALIFORNIA (4-1) looks to stay in the hunt during a weekend road trip to USC (3-1-1) and UCLA (3-1-1).

Washington has the inside track on capturing its first Pac-10 title and the Conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. With two wins in their final three games, the Huskies can claim an outright title. With four wins in its final four contests and one Washington loss, California can claim at least a share of the Pac-10 title. If the Golden Bears tie with Washington at 8-1, the Huskies would earn the NCAA automatic bid by virtue of their 2-1 win over California earlier this season.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thu., Oct. 26ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 27CALIFORNIA at USC, 3 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON, 3 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.STANFORD at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)*

Sat., Oct. 28Brigham Young at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 29Minnesota at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 2 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON ST. at OREGON ST., 2 p.m.STANFORD at USC, 1 p.m.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Oct. 18Santa Clara 2, USC 1

Fri., Oct. 20STANFORD 2, ARIZONA 0CALIFORNIA 3, ARIZONA STATE 0OREGON STATE 2, OREGON 2 (2OT)UCLA 1, WASHINGTON STATE 0WASHINGTON 1, USC 0

Sun., Oct. 22CALIFORNIA 2, ARIZONA 0STANFORD 4, ARIZONA STATE 2WASHINGTON 1, UCLA 0 (OT)USC 2, WASHINGTON STATE 1 (2OT)

* - Game televised on a tape delayed basis byFOX Sports Net on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.

NSCAA TOP 25 POLL(Oct. 23)	Rank	Team	1.	Notre Dame (16-0-1)	2.	WASHINGTON (15-1)	3.	Nebraska (17-1)	4.	Clemson (15-1-1)	5.	North Carolina (12-2)	6.	CALIFORNIA (14-1-1)	7.	Penn State (16-2-1)	8.	UCLA (12-2-1) 	9.	Texas A&M (13-5)	10.	Portland (12-3)	11.	Harvard (10-3)	11.	Florida (12-6)	13.	Brigham Young (14-3)	14.	Southern Methodist (13-3-1)	15.	USC (11-3-2)	16.	Virginia (9-7)	17.	Florida State (11-5-1)	18.	STANFORD (10-4-1)	19.	William & Mary (13-4)	20.	Marquette (15-2-1)	21.	Dartmouth (10-3)	22.	Santa Clara (10-5-1)	23.	Duke (11-5)	24.	Wisconsin (13-5)	25.	Richmond (11-5)

SOCCER AMERICA(Oct. 23) Rank Team 1. Notre Dame (16-0-1) 2. WASHINGTON (15-1) 3. UCLA (12-2-1) 4. Penn State (16-2-1) 5. CALIFORNIA (14-1-1) 6. Nebraska (17-1) 7. Clemson (15-1-1) 8. North Carolina (12-2) 9. STANFORD (10-4-1) 10. Texas A&M (13-5) 11. Brighman Young (14-3-1) 12. USC (11-3-2) 13. Florida State (11-5-1) 14. Portland (12-3) 15. N.C. State (9-5-3) 16. Hartford (13-2) 17. Florida (12-6) 18. Dartmouth (10-3) 19. Santa Clara (10-5-1) 20. Connecticut (12-5-2)

Note: Other polls ranking D-I women's soccer include: Soccer Buzz,Soccer Times and American Soccer Writers.

Pac-10 Player of the Week

WASHINGTON sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo has been named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 17-23, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Solo, from Richland, Wash., posted two shutouts against UCLA and USC, leading the Huskies to their first ever sweep of their Sourthern California rivals. Against the Trojans, Solo notched six saves. In Washington's overtime victory against UCLA, Solo denied five Bruin shots, including back-to-back point-blank attempts with five minutes left in regualation play. Solo has an active streak of 215 scoreless minutes and has only given up one goal in her last 407 minutes played. She now has five shutouts overall, three coming in Conference contests.

With the wins over UCLA and USC, the Huskies now stand at 15-1 and are undefeated in Pac-10 play at 6-0. Washington is next at Oregon State Friday at 3 p.m. and Oregon Sunday at 1 p.m.

This is Solo's first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Washington's eighth Player of the Week honor all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Kyla Sabo, CAL, Andrea Warner, USC, Tami Bennett, WASH, Lindsey Jorgensen, WSU.

PREVIOUS PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 29 - Tami Bennett, Sr F, Washington, Sept. 5 - Carolina Putz, Jr, F, Washington, Sept. 12 - Carly Smolak, Sr GK, Stanford, Sept. 19 - Marcia Wallis, So F, Stanford, Sept. 26 - Maite Zabala, Sr Gk, California, Oct. 2 - Laura Schott, So F, California, Oct. 9 - Antoinette Marjanovic, Jr MF, Arizona State, Oct. 16 - Tracey Milburn, Sr F, UCLA.

Team Notes

ARIZONA: The Wildcats look to rebound from a five-game losing skid with one Pac-10 contest and one non-Conference game on tap this week. UA has been shut out in four of its last five matches, and has scored just three goals in its last seven matches combined. Freshman Liz Barlett's 38 shots this season is the 10th-highest single-season total in Arizona history.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils will attempt to snap a season-long four-match losing streak when they host Arizona and Minnesota this week. ASU ended a three-match scoring draught Oct. 22 at Stanford, with goals from juniors Stacey Tullock and Antoinette Marjanovic. After outscoring its opponents 31-2 through its first nine contests, ASU has been outscored 15-7 in its last seven games.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears posted their 14th win of the season and third consecutive shutout with the 2-0 blanking of Arizona. Cal's 14 wins are the most it has posted in a season since going 14-3-1 in 1989. The Bears, in pursuit of their second Pac-10 title, travel to Los Angeles this weekend. Cal needs a pair of wins to stay in the hunt for a share of the Pac-10 title, but needs at least one Washington loss and one tie over the next two weeks to earn the NCAA automatic bid.

OREGON: The Ducks remained unbeaten by Oregon State in the women's soccer version of the Civil War, playing the Beavers to a 2-2 tie in Eugene. Oregon is 4-0-1 against OSU in the series history. Freshman Ann Westermark led Oregon with a career-high six shots and notched her first goal since the Ducks' season opener.

OREGON STATE: Freshman MF Courtney Carter knocked in the game-tying goal in Oregon State's Civil War match against Oregon. The first goal was scored by sophomore MF Katie Henderson. With the tie, Oregon State ended a four game losing streak to the Ducks.

STANFORD: Sophomore MF Kelsey Carlson netted both game-winning goals as the Cardinal defeated Arizona 2-0 and Arizona State 4-2. Stanford is now 10-4-1 overall, marking the 13th consecutive year the program has reached the 10-win plateau. With the wins, Stanford is a perfect 6-0 at New Maloney Field. Freshman MF/F Marcie Ward is one asssist away from tying Julie Foudy's single-season assist record (13, 1992).

UCLA: Senior F Tracey Milburn scored the Bruins' lone goal of the weekend, knocking in the game-winner just one minute into UCLA's match against Washington State. The Bruins didn't fare as well against Washington, losing 1-0, despite controlling the run of play and posting a 25-3 advantage in shots.

USC: The Trojans split games last weekend, falling 1-0 to Washington, but defeating Washington State, 2-1 (2OT). The loss against the Huskies marked the first time this season they have been shut out and was the first time they have lost two matches in a row (Santa Clara 2, USC 1 10/18). Against the Cougars, senior MF/F Isabelle Harvey notched her 37th career assist. Harvey is USC's career leader in goals (45), assists (37) and points (127).

WASHINGTON: The Huskies control their own destiny and can clinch their first Pac-10 title by winning two of their last three games over the next two weeks. Senior F Tami Bennett scored the game-winner in overtime to give No. 6 UW a 1-0 victory over No. 7 UCLA on Oct. 22. A school-record crowd of 3,403 witnessed the showdown between the Pac-10's two unbeatens.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars battled but came up short against UCLA 1-0 and USC 2-1 (2OT). Junior GK Lindsey Jorgensen had 21 saves, including 12 against USC to tie her career match high. The two one-point losses were Washington State's third and fourth this season decided by one point or less to a ranked opponent.

Pac-10 Women's Soccer Champions 1993 Stanford 1994 * 1995 Stanford 1996 Stanford 1997 UCLA 1998 California/UCLA/USC 1999 Stanford * No champion was determined in 1994 as women's soccer was deemed a non-sponsored Conference sport.

NCAA Selection ShowSelections for the 48-team NCAA Tournament will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. PT on Home Team Sports (DirecTV Channel 629/Dish Network Channel 424) and Empire Sports(DirecTV 626 / Dish Network 432) or via C Band satellite. The satellite coordinates are C Band, Telstar 5, Transponder 24, Downlink Frequency 4180MHz (H).

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