This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer

Oct. 3, 2006

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**Through matches of Sun., Oct. 1**

1. UCLA, 9-2, .818
2. California, 7-1-2, .800
3. USC, 7-2-1, .750
4. Oregon State, 7-2-2, .727
5. Arizona, 7-4-0, .636
Stanford, 7-4-0, .636
7. Arizona State, 5-3-2, .600
Washington State, 5-3-2, .600
9. Oregon, 6-5-0, .545
10. Washington, .5-6-0, .456

Thurs., Sept. 28
ARIZONA 2, Cal State Fullerton 1

Fri., Sept. 29
ARIZONA STATE 1, UNLV 0
OREGON 1, Portland State 0 (2OT)
UCLA 3, San Diego 0
Portland 5, WASHINGTON 0

Sat., Sept. 30
Santa Clara 2, STANFORD 0

Sun., Oct. 1
Portland 3, OREGON 0
OREGON STATE 2, Portland State 1 (OT)
UCLA 1, Gonzaga 0

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Oct. 5
WASHINGTON STATE at Portland, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6
OREGON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
2005: 4-2 (ARIZ)
OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
2005: 1-0 (OT) (OSU)
CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 7 p.m. (FSN)
2005: 2-0 (UCLA)
STANFORD at USC, 3 p.m.
2005: 1-0 (USC)

Oct. 8
OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.
2005: 3-0 (ARIZ)
OREGON at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.
2005: 3-0 (ASU)
CALIFORNIA at USC, 1 p.m.
2005: 2-1 (CAL)
STANFORD at UCLA, 1 p.m.
2005: 0-0 (2OT)
WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE, 12 p.m.
2005: 1-0 (WSU)

All times are local to game sites.

PAC-10 ON TV

Date Match Time TV
Fri., Oct. 6 CALIFORNIA at UCLA 7 p.m. FSN
Fri., Oct. 27 WASHINGTON STATE at USC 2 p.m. FSN

NEWS AND NOTES

• Nine of 10 Pac-10 teams are above the .500 mark with the bulk of regular season non-conference play concluded ... The Pac-10 has amassed a 65-32-9 (.656) record against other conferences and its nine teams with a winning record is the most out of all BCS conferences (the SEC has 10 of 12 teams above .500 and the ACC has nine of 11 teams above .500).

• Let the Conference games begin: Pac-10 play is just three days away and teams are gearing up for big contests ... WASHINGTON STATE (5-3-2) has a Thurs., Oct. 5 non-conference match with defending national champion Portland, but Fri., Oct. 6 will feature the Arizona schools at the Oregon schools and the Bay Area squads heading south to LA ... WASHINGTON (5-6-0) will go head-to-head with traditional rival, WSU on Sun., Oct. 8.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA Wildcats (7-4-0, 0-0-0)
• Arizona picked up its seventh win on the year with a 2-1 road victory over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday ... With the win, the Wildcats improve to 7-4-0 heading into Conference play with a Fri., Oct. 6 match against Oregon and a Sun., Oct. 8 contest with Oregon State, both being played at home ... Arizona is tied for 24th in the nation, according to the NSCAA poll ... UA has bettered its 5-3-2 non-conference record of a year ago, due in part to improved defense as the team has given up just nine goals thus far, four fewer than this time last season ... SO GK Chelsea McIntyre picked up four more saves against the Titans, bringing her season total to 58 which ranks first in the Pac-10, while her save percentage of .866 ranks second in the league ... The goalie will be tested this weekend as shots-leader, JR F Jodie Taylor of OSU comes to town.

ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils (5-3-2, 0-0-0)
• Arizona State got back on the winning track, picking up a 1-0 win over UNLV at home to boost its non-conference wins (5-3-2) before heading into Pac-10 play ... The team also played in a friendly exhibition with the Mexican National Team on Sunday, dropping the contest, 3-0 ... The Sun Devils will begin their Conference stretch at home, taking on Oregon State on Fri., Oct. 6 and Oregon on Sun., Oct. 8 ... ASU split its 2005 season series with the Oregons, taking a 3-0 shutout of the Ducks on Oct. 9, having fallen 1-0 in overtime to the Beavers two days prior ... Stinginess on the part of the ASU defense has led to just six opponent goals, good enough to rank third in the league ... SR GK Kim Bingham has been stellar, playing all but five minutes in goal this season, tallying 35 saves to rank third in the Pac-10.

CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (7-1-2, 0-0-0)
• California hasn't played in a game since Sun., Sept. 24, but the rest should bode well for the Bears as they have two huge matches this weekend for Pac-10 bragging rights ... Cal takes to the road to face perennial power UCLA on Fri., Oct. 6 and a dangerous USC team on Sun., Oct. 8 ... The contest with the Bruins will be televised by FSN ... The Bears are 7-1-2, in sole possession of second place in the Conference and ranked as high as 10th by both Soccer America and Soccer Buzz ... Cal split its decision with the LA schools last season, coming away with a 2-1 win over the Women of Troy in Berkeley ... The Bears are 4-8-0 all-time versus UCLA, but in a 2004 road series with the schools, Cal came away with a 1-0 double overtime win over the Bruins ... Cal is 5-6-0 all-time versus USC.

OREGON Ducks (6-5-0, 0-0-0)
• Oregon recorded a 1-0 double overtime win over Portland State on Friday, before falling, 3-0, to defending national champion Portland on Sunday ... The Ducks bring their record to 6-5-0 with Pac-10 contests against Arizona scheduled for Fri., Oct. 6 and Arizona State on Sun., Oct. 8 ... UO finished with a winning non-conference record for the second year in a row ... JR F Tiffany Smith scored a golden goal for the Ducks in the match against PSU, tying her for fifth all-time in the school's record books for game-winning goals (3) ... SR F Nicole Garbin had her streak of four consecutive games with a point came to an end Friday, however, she remains five goals and two points shy of Chalise Baysa's UO career records ... Garbin has 45 shots through 11 games played, good enough to rank second in the Pac-10 and fifth on the UO single season list.

OREGON STATE Beavers (7-2-2, 0-0-0)
• Oregon State wrapped up its non-conference portion of the schedule with a 2-1 overtime win over in-state foe Portland State on Sunday ... The Beavers are 7-2-2 and in fourth place in the Pac-10 with matches against Arizona State on Fri., Oct. 6 and Arizona on Sun., Oct. 8 ... JR F Jodie Taylor set OSU's career record for game-winning goals with the score over PSU, notching the 14th game-winner of her career and the 31st goal overall, which moves her into a tie for second place on OSU's all-time list ... Taylor leads the team in every offensive category, including goals (6), assists (7), points (19), shots (47) and game-winning goals (4) ... She paces the Pac-10 in shots and points ... Oregon State is tied atop the league in goals (21), averaging almost two scores per outing, but is going up against some tough opponents this weekend ... The Beavers will face a Sun Devil team that is third in the Conference in goals against average, having given up just six scores all season ... Taylor and company will also have to maneuver around a solid Wildcat defense that boasts the Conference saves leader and a 0.79 goals against average ... Oregon State is ranked 15th in this week's Soccer Buzz (West) poll.

STANFORD Cardinal (7-4-0, 0-0-0)
• Stanford could not hang on against the No. 3 team in the nation, Santa Clara, on Saturday, dropping a 2-0 decision to the Broncos on their home field ... The Cardinal move to 7-4-0 on the season and are ranked as high as No. 24 by Soccer Buzz magazine ... Despite the scoreless outing, SO MF Marisa Abegg anchored the Cardinal offense, leading the team with four shots, helping to out-shoot Santa Clara, 15-2 in the game ... Abegg was solid on defense, as well, limiting the Broncos to their season low shot attempts ... The team, tied for fifth-place in the Pac-10, has two big tests this weekend as it travels to LA for a Fri., Oct. 6 match with USC and a Sun., Oct. 8 contest against UCLA ... In 2005, with both matches played at Stanford's Maloney Field, the Cardinal handed the NCAA runner-up Bruins just their second tie of the season.

UCLA Bruins (9-2-0, 0-0-0)
• UCLA wrapped up its regular season non-conference schedule with a 3-0 defeat of San Diego on Friday and a 1-0 shutout of Gonzaga on Sunday ... The Bruins are 9-2-0 and ranked as high as No. 4 by the NSCAA ... The team will remain at home for two big matches against Conference leaders, California on Fri., Oct. 6 and Stanford on Sun., Oct. 8 ... UCLA was held scoreless for most of the first half against San Diego, but FR F Lauren Cheney scored two goals in the matter of minutes to put the Bruins on the board ... Cheney scored her eighth goal of the season and fifth game-winner in Sunday's match against the Bulldogs ... She leads the Conference in goals (8), goals per game (1.14), shots per game (4.43), points per game (2.29) and game-winning goals (5) ... JR GK Valerie Henderson recorded her fourth shutout on the season, upping UCLA's overall total to eight, which leads the league ... The Bruins are tied for fourth in the nation in shutout percentage (0.73).

USC Trojans (7-2-1, 0-0-0)
• USC has been on hiatus since Sun., Sept. 24, but will return with a bang as it faces the No. 24 and No. 10 teams in the nation in Stanford and California on Fri., Oct. 6 and Sun., Oct. 8, respectively ... The Women of Troy are 7-2-1, in third place in the Conference, and ranked as high as No. 25 by Soccer Buzz magazine ... They are also ranked seventh by the publication in the West poll ... USC has bettered its non-conference record of a year ago (6-3-1) and has improved tremendously on defense ... Through 10 non-conference games of 2005, the Trojans gave up 10 goals to tie for fifth in the league, but have cut that number in half, only giving up five thus far, ranking them second in the Pac-10 and 15th in the nation in goals against average (0.489) ... JR GK Veronica Simonton has played a big role in keeping opponents off the scoreboard as she ranks 21st in the nation in goals against average (0.51) ... USC's defense recorded six consecutive shutouts in the month of September and will look to continue its dominance moving into Pac-10 play.

WASHINGTON Huskies (5-6-0, 0-0-0)
• Washington lost its Friday contest with 2005 national champion Portland, 5-0 ... The Huskies finish their non-conference schedule with a 5-6-0 record, a vast improvement on last season's 0-8-3 mark ... The Huskies have continued to get better in many areas, including offensive production, as the team is averaging almost 12 shots per game, up three from this point last season ... SR GK Kelsey Rasmussen ranks second in the Conference in saves (51) and third in the league in saves per game (4.64) ... Rasmussen has helped guide Washington to 54 total saves, ranking second in the Pac-10 ... The Huskies will play traditional rival Washington State in Pullman on Sun., Oct. 8.

WASHINGTON STATE Cougars (5-3-2, 0-0-0)
• Washington State has one lone non-conference match remaining in a Thurs., Oct. 5 contest with Portland, followed by a Sun., Oct. 8 Pac-10 game against in-state foe, Washington ... The Cougars defeated the Huskies in a 1-0 shutout in Seattle to wrap up their 2005 season ... The two teams have played 15 times, with WSU holding a 4-2-2 advantage at home ... The Cougars took a 3-2 win over UW in their last contest in Pullman ... Washington State's scoring by committee, includes eight different players who have put up points on the board ... FR MF Carly Dobratz, JR MF Anna Miller and JR F Kim Bonnes have each put up two goals apiece ... Dobratz is tied for sixth in the league in shots (31), good enough for a 3.10 spg average, which also ranks her at No. 8 ... The Cougars are outscoring their opponents at a +0.30 average (1.10-0.80) and also rank sixth in the league in goals against average (0.75).

OREGON STATE FORWARD JODIE TAYLOR NAMED PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON STATE junior forward Jodie Taylor has been named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 26-Oct. 2, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Taylor, a native of Wallasey, England, scored the game-winning goal in Oregon State's lone match last week, a 2-1 overtime victory over Portland State. Near the end of the first overtime, Taylor picked up a through ball and had only the PSU goalie to beat. She put the ball away at the 99:29 minute mark. Taylor was active throughout the match, tallying six total shots, three of which were on goal.

The goal was the 14th game-winning goal of Taylor's career, which sets an Oregon State school record. Taylor, a two-time All-Pac-10 first team selection, is also tied for second place on OSU's career goals list with 31. Taylor's 19 points this season leads the Conference and her 0.64 assists per game average ranks 14th in the nation.

Oregon State (7-2-2) opens up Pac-10 play next week at Arizona State and Arizona. The Beavers have suffered only one defeat in their past nine matches.

This is Taylor's first Player of the Week award and the fifth all-time for Oregon State.

ALSO NOMINATED: Jacqueline Broussard, Fr., MF/F, ARIZ; Courtney Crane, Jr., F, ASU; Marisa Abegg, So., MF, STAN.

2006 Pac-10 Players of the Week: Aug. 29- Alivia Mazura, Sr., D, California; Sept. 5- Shari Summers, Sr., MF, Stanford; Sept. 12- Danesha Adams, Jr., F, UCLA; Sept. 19- Emily Zaler, Fr., GK, Oregon; Sept 26- Shari Summers, Sr., MF, Stanford; Oct 3- Jodie Taylor, Jr., F, Oregon State.

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