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Sept. 9, 2003

FOUR PAC-10 TEAMS REMAIN UNBEATEN HEADING INTO WEEK 3
Beavers and Cougars Travel to Wake Forest/Adidas Tournament

Four Pac-10 women's soccer teams - OREGON, OREGON STATE, UCLA and CALIFORNIA - remain unbeaten as the third week of the 2003 season unfolds... The Ducks, off to the first 3-0 start in school history, play their first road games of the season this weekend at Pacific and Sacramento State, while the Bruins stay close to home at the Loyola Marymount Tournament... The Bears host Fresno State on Sunday, the first of three straight home games over the next two weeks... Along with WASHINGTON STATE, the Beavers go up against No. 10/No. 20 Duke and Wake Forest in the Demon Deacons' home tournament... USC continues its six-game road trip at the Virginia Nike Classic, with matches against No. 7/No. 10 Penn State and the No. 18/No. 17 host Cavaliers... ARIZONA STATE opens the home slate Friday with Vanderbilt and ARIZONA travels to Northern Arizona... WASHINGTON travels to the Portland Nike Invitational for games against No. 8/No. 18 Connecticut and Cal State Fullerton... STANFORD looks to bounce back from back-to-back shutouts at the Harvard Tournament.

Here's how Pac-10 teams figure in the national rankings this week... NSCAA/Adidas Top-25: No. 4 UCLA, No. 13 California, No. 23 USC, No. 24 Washington; Soccer America Top-25: No. 4 UCLA, No. 11 Arizona State, No. 14 California, No. 16 Stanford, No. 23 USC, No. 25 Washington.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Fri., Sept. 12
UCLA vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1 p.m. (3)
OREGON STATE vs. Duke, 2 p.m. (1)
STANFORD at Harvard, 3:30 p.m. (2)
USC vs. Penn State, 4:30 p.m. (4)
Vanderbilt at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
OREGON at Pacific, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (1)

Sat., Sept. 13
WASHINGTON vs. Connecticut, noon (5)

Sun., Sept. 14OREGON STATE at Wake Forest, 11 a.m. (1)
STANFORD vs. Dartmouth, 11 a.m. (2)
UCLA vs. Oakland, 11 a.m. (3)
WASHINGTON vs. Cal State Fullerton, noon (5)
WASHINGTON STATE at Duke, 11:30 a.m. (1)
Fresno State at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
OREGON at Sacramento State, 1 p.m.
USC at Virginia, 1:30 p.m. (4)
ARIZONA at Northern Arizona, 2 p.m.

All times are local to game sites.

Tournaments/Locations
(1) Wake Forest/Adidas Tournament, Winston-Salem, N.C.
(2) Harvard Tournament, Boston, Mass.
(3) Loyola Marymount Tournament, Los Angeles, Calif.
(4) 2003 Virginia Nike Soccer Classic, Charlottesville, Va.
(5) Nike Invitational, Portland, Ore.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Sept. 3
UC Santa Barbara 0, UCLA 0 (2OT)

Fri., Sept. 5
Arkansas 3, ARIZONA 2
Notre Dame 3, ARIZONA STATE 1
OREGON STATE 3, San Francisco 1
Portland 1, STANFORD 0
UCLA 2, Saint Mary's (1OT)
USC 0, Marquette 0 (2OT)
WASHINGTON 1, Loyola Marymount 1 (2OT)
Cal Poly 1, WASHINGTON STATE 0

Sun., Sept. 7
Missouri 3, ARIZONA 1
ARIZONA STATE 1, Rutgers 0
CALIFORNIA 0, Santa Clara 0 (2OT)
OREGON 2, San Francisco 1
OREGON STATE 4, Idaho 2
Pepperdine 1, STANFORD 0
USC 2, Michigan 1
WASHINGTON 1, Colorado College 0
WASHINGTON STATE 4, Montana 0

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
OREGON STATE sophomore forward Tessa Baker has been named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 2-8.

Baker, from Mission Viejo, Calif., scored three goals and tallied one assist in the Beavers' two wins over San Francisco and Idaho. In the 4-2 Idaho win, Baker scored consecutive goals within 11 minutes and narrowly missed a hat trick in the 80th minute as her 35-yard shot bounced off the crossbar, ground, and then back to the crossbar, before a save was made. In that same match, Baker tied a school record by recording 10 shots in the game.

In only four regular season games, Baker has already equaled her 2002 season total for points with seven, and is tied for the Pac-10 lead in total shots (17), points (7), and goals (3).

Oregon State is one of four Pac-10 teams that remains unbeaten, posting a 3-0-1 record against non-conference opponents, outscoring them by a count of 8-3.

This is Baker's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Oregon State's 3rd weekly honor all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Brittany Cooper, So MF, ASU; Ashley Sulprizio, So GK, CAL; Cristan Higa, So MF, ORE; Allyson Marquand, Sr D/MF, STAN; Jessica Edwards, Sr F, USC; Kim Taylor, So F, WASH; Christie Spear, Jr MF, WSU.

PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER NOTES

ARIZONA: JR D Lindsey Peeples was named to the Nike Tiger All-Tournament team over the weekend... It marked the second weekend in a row in which Peeples has received all-tournament honors, after being named Defensive MVP of the Cats' Invitational Aug. 29-31.

ARIZONA STATE: SO MF Brittany Cooper scored both of Arizona State's goals, including the game-winner against Rutgers, at the Notre Dame Classic Tournament... Cooper was named to the All-Tournament Team after helping the Sun Devils to a 1-1 overall weekend. She has scored in three of ASU's four games this year and paces the squad with three goals and seven points.

CALIFORNIA: SO GK Ashley Sulprizio tied her career high of eight saves to help No. 22 California tie Santa Clara, 0-0, on the road... Two of her eight saves came in overtime... The Golden Bears are 2-0-1 over the last three years against Santa Clara, the 2001 NCAA Champion and 2002 NCAA runner-up.

OREGON: With a 2-1 victory over San Francisco on Sept. 7, the Ducks have claimed their first 3-0 start in school history... SO MF Crista Higa notched her first career goal against the Lady Dons, to knot the score at 1-1... Higa ranks second on the team in points (3) and goals (1) and is one of five Ducks to play all 270 minutes this season.

OREGON STATE: Led by three goals from SO F Tessa Baker, the Beavers recorded wins over San Francisco and Idaho to improve to 3-0-1... OSU is one of four unbeaten Pac-10 teams... Baker finished with seven points on the weekend, adding an assist and goal against USF... In the win over Idaho, Baker blasted a school-record tying 10 shots, scoring consecutive goals within 11 minutes... She has already matched her point total from the 2002 season.

STANFORD: The Cardinal travels to Boston, Mass., this weekend, where it meets up with Harvard and Dartmouth in the Harvard Tournament... SR co-captain Ally Marquand led the team with six shots in the loss to No. 22 Pepperdine, and paces Stanford with 12 shots on the season.

UCLA: JR GK Sarah Lombardo registered her second shutout of the young season as the Bruins defeated Saint Mary's 1-0 Sept. 5... JR F Kim Devine scored the golden goal for UCLA in the eighth minute of overtime... UCLA's offense managed 24 shots against the Gaels, including a team-high five from FR MF Stephanie Kron... The Bruins played UC Santa Barbara to a scoreless draw on Sept. 3.

USC: SR F Jessica Edwards scored two goals in the 2-1 win at Michigan Sept. 7... With her first goal, she moved into fifth place on USC's all-time scoring list, surpassing Carol Hatcher... Edwards now has 52 career points (21 goals, 10 assists)... The Women of Troy travels to Virginia this week to face Penn State and the Cavaliers in the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic.

WASHINGTON: JR MF Nikki Gamble's header in the 85th minute gave the Huskies a 1-0 victory over Colorado College Sept. 7... Washington outshot the Tigers 30-3... The goal was the first at Washington for Gamble, who transferred from Iowa State prior to this season... UW resumes its four-game road trip this week at the Nike Invitational in Portland, Ore., where it will take on No. 20 Connecticut and Cal State Fullerton.

WASHINGTON STATE: SR MF Rachel Rodrick, JR F Megan Cecchini, SO F Haley Miller and SR F Nicole Wilcox scored goals in the Cougars' shutout of Montana on Sept. 7... It marked first-year head coach Matt Potter's first win after starting 0-3... WSU is back in action Friday against Wake Forest in the Demon Deacons' Adidas Invitational... The Cougars take on Duke Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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