This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Aug. 23, 2005
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Aug. 26
Missouri at ARIZONA , 6 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Saint Mary's, 4 p.m.
OREGON vs. Eastern Washington, 7 p.m. (3)
OREGON STATE vs. LSU, 5 p.m. (3)
Long Beach State at UCLA , 7 p.m.
USC vs. Florida State, 3 p.m. (4)
WASHINGTON vs. Penn State, 4 p.m. (5)
WASHINGTON STATE at Idaho State, 5 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 27
STANFORD at Portland, 7 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 28
ARIZONA at Pepperdine, 1 p.m.
Weber State at ARIZONA STATE, 4 p.m.
Missouri at CALIFORNIA, 12 p.m.
OREGON vs. LSU, 12 p.m. (3)
OREGON STATE vs. Eastern Washington, 2 p.m. (3)
UCLA at San Diego, 1 p.m.
USC vs. Indiana, 1 p.m. (4)
WASHINGTON vs. Hofstra, 9 a.m. (5)
WASHINGTON STATE at Idaho, 3 p.m.
(3) Oregon Classic, Eugene, Ore.
(4) USC Tournament, Los Angeles, Calif.
(5) Penn State Invitational, University Park, Pa.
NEWS AND NOTES
Defending co-champion, Arizona, will look to continue building upon its successful 15-6, 6-3 record last year ... UA's 15 wins more thandoubled its win total in 2003 (6), while the Wildcats earned theirfirst-ever share of the Pac-10 title ... Arizona was impressive atMurphey Stadium in 2004, posting an 8-1 record, the lone loss comingat the hands of then-No. 24 Pepperdine ... UA has a tough schedule onits slate this year, facing nine opponents that participated in the2004 NCAA Tourney, including a rematch with the Waves, Sun., Aug. 28in Malibu ... Arizona sophomore McCall Smith led the Conference insave percentage (.893) last season, while the team itself ranked second in saves (95) and goals allowed per game (0.52).
ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils
Arizona State tied for fourth in last year's final Pac-10 standingswith an 8-9-2, 4-3-2 record, barely missing an NCAA Tournament berth... The Sun Devils will be tested right off the bat as they travel toSanta Clara to take on the fifth-ranked Broncos on Fri., Aug. 26,before returning home to take on Weber State ... Senior Manya Makoski made her first appearance on the first team All-Pac-10 last season ... Makoski ended her junior campaign tied for the team high in goals (6), led the team in shots (53), game-winning goals (3) and finished second in points (14) ... ASU also returns three second team All-Pac-10 selections in Elizabeth Bogus, Stephanie Ebner and Brittany Cooper.
CALIFORNIA Golden Bears
California looks to resume the success it had last year, as it posted an 11-6-3, 4-3-2 record to finish tied for fourth in the Conference and earn an NCAA Tournament berth ... After a one year absence, the Bears made their sixth NCAA trip in the last seven years ... Cal enters the season ranked 19th by Soccer Buzz and 22nd by Soccer America ... The Bears return all 11 starters from last year's team, including senior forward Liz Eisenberg, who led the team in points (21), goals (9), game-winning goals (2) and shots (41) last season ... Joining Eisenberg in the accolades column, is defender Courtney Hooker, a 2004 Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American and second team All-Pac-10 selection.
Having dealt with a rash of injuries early on in 2004, Oregon looks to improve upon its 3-13-3, 0-7-2 record and tenth-place Conference finish last season ... Tara Erickson, a two-time All-Pac-10 selection as a player at Washington, takes the reins of the Duck program, after long-time coach Bill Steffen stepped down after last season ... UO returns 14 players, seven of which are seniors, from last year's squad ... Senior forward Nicole Garbin returns after missing the 2004 season with a knee injury ... Garbin notched 22 points in 2003 (7 G, 8 A) ... The Ducks open the season on Fri., Aug. 26 against Eastern Washington at their own Oregon Classic in Eugene, Ore.
OREGON STATE Beavers
With a 10-9-1, 4-4-1 record in 2004, Oregon State captured its first winning season since 2001 and its best Pac-10 record since the Conference expanded to a full 10 teams in 1997 ... Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Jodie Taylor, returns to better her league-leading 0.75 goals per game last season ... She finished tied for 26th in the nation in this category ... OSU ranked third in the Conference in saves per game (4.70) in 2004 ... The Beavers will face eight 2004 NCAA tourney teams, along with the five qualifiers from the Conference ... OSU starts its season at the Duck Classic in Eugene, Ore., facing LSU on Fri., Aug. 26 and Eastern Washington on Sun., Aug. 28.
Coming off a 13-6-3, 4-3-2 season, including a first round NCAA Tournament win, Stanford takes to the field with 15 returnees from last season and nine true freshmen ... The Cardinal led the Conference in 2004 in goals allowed (0.45), goals against average (0.43) and shutouts (0.59) ... Stanford is ranked 14th in the NSCAA preseason poll ... Senior Leah Tapscott, a 2004 first team All-Pac-10 selection, finished her junior season tied for ninth in the Conference with 0.23 assists per game ... The Cardinal will face a huge test their first weekend of the season, facing fourth-ranked Portland on Sat., Aug. 27 at Merlo Field ... Other top non-conference opponents include North Carolina, Santa Clara and Illinois.
Big things are expected from defending co-champion, UCLA, as they were tabbed by the coaches to claim the Conference crown once again ... The Bruins finished out 2004 with a 6-3 Pac-10 mark and an 18-7 overallrecord, good enough for a .720 clip ... UCLA fell just one win shy inits quest for a national championship, losing to Notre Dame, 1-1 (4-3on penalty kicks) ... The Bruins come into 2005 ranked third in all three preseason polls ... Iris Mora and Jill Oakes, both three-time All-Pac-10 selections, return for their senior campaigns ... Mora led the Conference in assists (9) and assists per game (0.47) last season, while sophomore goalkeeper Valerie Henderson led the Pac-10 in shutouts (12).
Despite finishing with a 9-9-1, 3-6 record to place ninth overall in the Conference last year, the buzz around the USC soccer program has heightened, thanks in part to a dynamite recruiting class ... The Womenof Troy will be banking on senior leadership as well, as 12 playersreturn from last year's squad ... Amongst the leaders will be Rosa Anna Tantillo who led the team in goals (9) and points (21), placing sixthin both respective Pac-10 categories ... USC comes into 2005 ranked ashigh as 18th by Soccer America ... The team will host its own USC Tournament on Fri., Aug. 26 and Sun., Aug. 28, in which it will play Florida State and Indiana, respectively ... Other top non-conference opponents include Colorado and Penn State.
Washington made its eighth trip to the NCAA's in 11 seasons as it capped off its 2004 campaign with a 17-5-1, 5-3-1 record, while advancing to the quarterfinals of the Tournament ... The Huskies will have to find an answer for departed-senior and Pac-10 Player of the Year, Tina Frimpong, who led the league in goals (16), points (37) and points per game (1.61) ... Senior Kim Taylor, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, finished tied for third in the Conference in assists (6), as well as fifth in assists per game (0.29) ... UW jumps right into things as it takes on sixth-ranked Penn State on Fri., Aug. 26 in University Park, Pa. ... They will also face Hofstra on Sun., Aug. 28.
WASHINGTON STATE Cougars
Washington State will look to build on its 8-7-4, 3-4-2, eighth-place finish in 2004 ... The Cougars return 10 starters from last year's squad ... Junior forward Alix Rustrum, a second team All-Pac-10 selection in 2004, led the team in points (18) and goals (9) and tied for fifth in the league in goals per game (0.47) ... Rustrum is joined by fellow senior and second team All-Pac-10 honoree, Katie Hultin ... Hultin was tied for third in saves (87) and sixth in shutouts (7) in the Pac-10 in 2004, as well as being named Pac-10 Player of the Week on two different occasions ... The Cougars will face top-ranked Tennessee and Wake Forest in non-conference action in 2005.
UCLA PICKED BY COACHES TO WIN PAC-10WOMEN'S SOCCER TITLE
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Defending co-Conference champion UCLA has been voted as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 women's soccer title, according to the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll. The Bruins received eight of 10 first-place votes as STANFORD (1) and ARIZONA (1) received the remaining first-place nods.
Ending the season at an even .500 (9-9-1), USC tallied 65 points to place second. Just five points separate the fourth- through sixth-place teams as Arizona was tabbed to finish fourth with 55 points, sliding by CALIFORNIA (51 pts.) and ARIZONA STATE (50 pts.).
Last year UCLA advanced to the NCAA Finals, losing in double overtime 1-1 (4-3 on penalty kicks) to Notre Dame. The Bruins tied for the league championship with Arizona, each compiling a 6-3 league record. Arizona earned its first-ever share of the Pac-10 title and set a school record for wins on the season. WASHINGTON finished third in the Conference, ending its season with a 3-1 loss to Princeton in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship.
Five Pac-10 teams competed in the NCAA women's soccer championship last season: UCLA, Arizona, Washington, Stanford, and California.
Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first place votes are in parentheses):
1. UCLA (8) 80 2. USC 65 3. Stanford (1) 64 4. Arizona (1) 55 5. California 51 6. Arizona State 50 7. Washington 33 8. Washington State 22 9. Oregon State 20 10. Oregon 10
Year Chmp. Pre. Pick2004 ARIZ/UCLA UCLA2003 UCLA STAN2002 STAN UCLA2001 UCLA UCLA2000 WASH UCLA1999 STAN STAN/UCLA1998 CAL/UCLA/USC1997 UCLA1996 STAN1995 STAN1993 STAN
*No champion was determined in 1994, as women's soccer was not sponsored by the Conference. The preseason coaches' poll dates back to the 1999 season.