This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer

Sept. 3, 2002

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Sept. 3, 2002

Top-notch competition rules the Pac-10 schedule this week, as 12 matches involve Top-25-ranked programs... Five Conference teams are ranked in the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America polls this week - No. 2/No. 7 UCLA (1-0-0), No. 3/No. 3 STANFORD (1-0-0), No. 11/No. 12 CALIFORNIA (2-0-0), No. 15/No. 11 WASHINGTON (2-0-0) and NR/No. 21 ARIZONA STATE (1-0-1)... In the Bay Area, Stanford and California will take turns hosting a pair of top-10 squads in Texas and Texas A&M... Down south, UCLA and USC do battle with opponents just as formidable, as Virginia and Penn State join the LA schools in the UCLA Women's Cup... Washington travels to the Carolina Nike Classic where it will meet Duke followed by the No. 1 host Tarheels.

MEDIA INFORMATIONThis press release, statistics, player of the week release and other pertinent information is available to the media online at www.pac-10.org. A weekly women's soccer release will be posted each Tuesday afternoon. Pac-10 Player of the Week selections will be announced each Tuesday, beginning Sept. 3, while Pac-10 statistics will begin Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002.

WARD NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF WEEKSTANFORD junior midfielder/forward Marcie Ward has been named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Aug. 27-Sept. 2.

Ward, from Alamo, Calif., scored the Cardinal's second goal in a 3-0 upset win at top-ranked Santa Clara on Aug. 30. Ward also tallied six shots, including three on goal, against the defending NCAA Champion Broncos. Ward took a pass from Marcia Wallis and gave Stanford a 2-0 lead at 49:59. The win marks the Cardinal's first over Santa Clara since 1994 and came before 4,756 fans at SCU's Buck Shaw Stadium.

This is Ward's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Stanford's 11th Player of the Week honor all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Amanda Martin, ARIZ; Tracy Hamm, CAL; Sarah-Gayle Swanson, UCLA; Melissa Bennett, WASH; Alix Rustrum, WSU.

2002 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK:Sept. 3- Marcie Ward, STAN.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Fri., Aug. 30ARIZONA 2, Drake 0#25/#20 Pepperdine 1, #22 ARIZONA STATE 1#15/#14 CALIFORNIA 2, Ohio State 0Wake Forest 3, OREGON 0OREGON STATE 0, #17/#13 Florida State 0, 2OT#12/#7 STANFORD 3, #1/#3 Santa Clara 0#3/#9 UCLA 6, San Diego 0Wisconsin 1, USC 0#22/#12 WASHINGTON 4, Arkansas 1WASHINGTON STATE 2, Minnesota 0

Sun., Sept. 1ARIZONA 1, Cal Poly 0#22 ARIZONA STATE 2, New Mexico 1#15, #14 CALIFORNIA 2, Purdue 0#17/#13 Florida State 2, OREGON 1Wake Forest 2, OREGON STATE 1#2/#1 North Carolina 2, USC 0#22/#12 WASHINGTON 5, Colorado College 0

Mon., Sept. 2WASHINGTON STATE 8, Montana 1

NSCAA TOP-25 POLL (Sept. 2)

1. North Carolina (1-0-1) 2. UCLA (1-0-0) 3. Texas A&M (2-0-0) STANFORD (1-0-0) 5. Virginia (1-0-0) 6. Notre Dame (2-0-0) 7. Nebraska (1-0-1) 8. Connecticut (2-0-0) 9. Michigan (2-0-0) 10. Texas (2-0-0) 11. CALIFORNIA (2-0-0) 12. Penn State (1-0-0) 13. Clemson (1-0-0) 14. Santa Clara (0-1-0) 15. WASHINGTON (2-0-0) 17. Florida State (1-0-1) 18. Kentucky (2-0-0) 19. Portland (0-2-0) 20. Dartmouth (0-0-0) 21. Princeton (0-0-0) 22. Tennessee (1-1-0) 23. Duke (1-1-0) 24. Pepperdine (1-0-1) 25. Cincinnati (2-0-0)

SOCCER AMERICA (Sept. 3)

1. North Carolina (1-0-1) 2. Virginia (1-0-0) 3. STANFORD (1-0-0) 4. Texas (2-0-0) 5. Penn State (1-0-0) 6. Notre Dame (2-0-0) 7. UCLA (1-0-0) 8. Texas A&M (2-0-0) 9. Nebraska (1-0-1) 10. Santa Clara (0-1-0) 11. WASHINGTON (2-0-0) 12. CALIFORNIA (2-0-0) 13. Portland (0-2-0) 14. Clemson (2-0-0) 15. Florida State (2-0-0) 16. Connecticut (2-0-0) 17. Duke (1-1-0) 18. Tennessee (1-1-0) 19. Michigan (2-0-0) 20. Pepperdine (1-0-1) 21. ARIZONA STATE (1-0-1) 22. Penn (0-0-0) 23. Utah (1-0-0) 24. Brigham Young (1-1-0) 25. Boston College (2-0-0)

PAC-10 COACHES' POLLDefending Conference Champion UCLA has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Pac-10 women's soccer title in a preseason vote of the head coaches. The Bruins received seven of 10 first-place votes, with STANFORD (3) the only other team to garner first-place support.

Just four points separate the third- through fifth-place teams, with WASHINGTON rounding out the top three with 68 points, narrowly edging ASU (65 pts.) and CALIFORNIA (64 pts.).

Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1), first place votes in parentheses:

	1.	UCLA (7)	95	2.	Stanford (3)	92	3.	Washington 	68	4.	Arizona State	65	5.	California	64	6.	USC	59	7.	Oregon State	37	8.	Washington St.	35	9.	Oregon	18	10.	Arizona 	17	

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

SOCCER AMERICAHope Solo, Jr GK, WASHNandi Pryce, Jr D, UCLA

SOCCERBUZZNandi Pryce, Jr D, UCLAHope Solo, Sr GK, WASH

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