This Week In Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Nov. 5, 2002
STANFORD HEADS FOR THE FINISH LINE:Cardinal can clinch at least a share of 5th Pac-10 title with win Friday nightIn the final weekend of Pac-10 play, here are the scenarios regarding the posible 2002 Pac-10 Champion(s)... By posting one win in its final two Conference matches, the STANFORD Cardinal (16-1-0 overall, 7-0-0 Pac-10) will clinch at least a share of its fifth Pac-10 title and the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth... If the Cardinal win out or UCLA drops one of its remaining contests, Stanford would win the title outright... If the Cardinal and Bruins finish in a tie for first place in the Pac-10, they would be considered Co-Champions and Stanford would earn the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth due to the result in head-to-head play (Oct. 13: Stanford 1, UCLA 0)... USC (10-5-3, 5-2-0) also figures into the mix mathematically... In a couple of different scenarios, the Trojans could grab a share of the Pac-10 title with Stanford and/or UCLA if they win out and some other upsets occur... The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is Mon., Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. PT... Last year, five Pac-10 teams participated: 2001 Pac-10 Champion UCLA, along with Stanford, Washington, USC and California... Stanford advanced to the third round, while the Bruins, the 2000 NCAA runner-up, advanced to the quarterfinals.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Nov. 8ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 11:30 a.m.ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 5 p.m.OREGON STATE at OREGON, 7 p.m.UCLA at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.USC at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon
Sun., Nov. 10ARIZONA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 11:30 a.m.UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, 11 a.m.USC at WASHINGTON, Noon
All times are local to site.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Nov. 1ARIZONA 2, WASHINGTON 1 (2OT)WASHINGTON STATE 1, ARIZONA STATE 0UCLA 2, OREGON 0USC 2, OREGON STATE 1 (OT)
Sat., Nov. 2STANFORD 2, CALIFORNIA 1
Sun., Nov. 3WASHINGTON STATE 4, ARIZONA 2ARIZONA STATE 2, WASHINGTON 1USC 1, OREGON 0 (OT)UCLA 4, OREGON STATE 1
NELSON NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF WEEKARIZONA freshman forward Kelly Nelson has been named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 29-Nov. 4, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Nelson, a native of Lakewood, Calif., scored two goals as Arizona split with the Washington schools in Tucson. Nelson notched the game-winner five minutes into the second overtime period against No. 20 Washington, lifting the Cats to a 2-1 win. It marked Arizona's first-ever win against the Huskies in eight meetings. It was Nelson's third game-winner and tied the UA single-season mark. The victory also snapped a six-game losing skid for the Wildcats, while Nelson's goal broke Arizona individual record for goals in a season. In the 4-2 loss to Washington State, Nelson scored her Pac-10-leading 13th goal of the season in the 61st minute. Nelson also tied the school single-season record with 27 points on the year.
Arizona (6-10-1, 1-6-0) wraps up the 2002 season in the Bay Area this weekend. The Wildcats play at California Friday at 11:30 a.m. PST, then the Cats take on top-ranked Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m. PST.
This is Nelson's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Arizona's third such honor all-time.
ALSO NOMINATED: Manya Makoski, ASU; Sarah Peters, ORE; Marcia Wallis, STAN; Crystal James, UCLA; Ali Fennell, USC; Shelby Brownfield, WSU.
2002 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 3- Marcie Ward, STAN; Sept. 10- Julie Peterson, USC; Sept. 17- Brittany Kirk, CAL; Sept. 24- Melissa Bennett, WASH; and Brittany Cooper, ASU; Oct. 1- Elizabeth Bogus, ASU; Oct. 8- Ali Fennell, USC; Oct. 15- Nicole Barnhart, STAN; Oct. 22- Jessica Edwards, USC; Oct. 29- Elizabeth Bogus, ASU; Nov. 5- Kelly Nelson.
AROUND THE PAC-10...
ARIZONA: The Wildcats' 2-1 double-overtime win over Washington was their first in eight meetings with the Huskies. Freshman F Kelly Nelson scored two goals as UA split with the Washington schools. She notched the game-winner against UW - snapping the team's six-game losing skid - and added another in a 4-2 loss to WSU. With 13 goals on the season, Nelson is the new UA record holder for goals in a season. She has notched three game-winners, tying the UA record.
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils split with the Washington schools, falling to the Cougars and defeating the Huskies for the first time in the series history (6 games). The win over UW snapped a three-game losing streak at Sun Devil soccer field. Freshman F Manya Makoski had a hand in both scores against the Huskies, netting a goal and adding an assist.
CALIFORNIA: The 17th-ranked Golden Bears were unable to protect an early 1-0 lead over No. 1 Stanford, falling 2-1 to the Cardinal. Senior F Laura Schott scored the Bears' lone goal in the second minute, just the fourth goal scored against Stanford this season, and the first in Pac-10 play. Schott's goal also ended Stanford's string of seven consecutive shutout wins. Schott needs three goals and 14 points to tie the Cal career records in those respective categories.
OREGON: Senior GK Sarah Peters tied her season high of 10 saves against the sixth-ranked Bruins last week. She added five more saves at No. 16 USC, as the Ducks dropped both contests, 2-0 and 1-0 (in OT), respectively. UO held the Bruins scoreless in the first half and pushed the Trojans to overtime.
OREGON STATE: The Beavers dropped matches at the LA schools last week, 2-1 in overtime at USC and 4-1 at UCLA. Freshman F Brianna Monka scored in the 84th minute at UCLA to break up the shutout. OSU led the Trojans 1-0 in the 49th minute on an unassisted goal by freshman F Tessa Baker.
STANFORD: Senior F Marcia Wallis scored both goals in the 2-1 win over rival Cal. Wallis was responsible for eight of the Cardinal's 12 shot attempts, including six on-goal. On the season, Wallis has 22 points (8 goals, 6 assists). Cal's goal was just the fourth scored against Stanford this season, the first in Pac-10 play and brought an end to a string of seven consecutive shutout wins.
UCLA: Sophomore F Crystal James tallied three points on the weekend as the Bruins swept the Oregon schools. UCLA's 2-0 victory over UO marked its fourth straight shutout. James assisted on the game-winner against the Ducks, then knocked in the game-winner against Oregon State. James has notched a goal or assist in each of UCLA's last four contests. The Nov. 3 OSU match drew 2,064 fans, the second-largest crowd in Westwood this season.
USC: Senior F Ali Fennell scored a goal in both matches last week as USC swept home games against the Oregon schools. Fennell leads the team in goals (9), game-winning goals (5) and points (19). USC played its record seventh overtime game of the season on Nov. 3, and is 4-0-3 in those games. All four victories have come in Conference play.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies host UCLA and USC in their final regular-season games of the season, as they look to snap a three-game losing skid. Washington needs at least one win to be eligible for the NCAA Tournamen selection. The upset loss to Arizona was UW's first to the Wildcats in the eight-game, all-time series. UW's loss to the Sun Devils was its first in six meetings.
WASHINGTON STATE: With a pair of road wins over the Arizona schools, the Cougars vaulted from sixth to fourth place in the Pac-10 standings. Junior F Shelby Brownfield paced WSU with five points in the two wins. She netted the game-winner at Arizona State, then added a goal and an assist at Arizona. Brownfield has nine points in WSU's last seven matches.