This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Oct. 7, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Oct. 10
*ARIZONA at No. 32 ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m. PT
*OREGON at No. 6 STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT
*OREGON STATE at No. 19 CALIFORNIA, 1:30 p.m. PT
*No. 34 WASHINGTON at No. 5 USC, 3 p.m. PT
*No. 25 WASHINGTON STATE at No. 4 UCLA, 7 p.m. PT
Sun., Oct. 12
*OREGON at N0. 19 CALIFORNIA, Noon PT
*OREGON STATE at No. 6 STANFORD, Noon PT
*No. 25 WASHINGTON STATE at No. 5 USC, 1 p.m. PT
*No. 34 WASHINGTON at No. 4 UCLA, 1 p.m. PT
After finishing 71-22-11 (.735) against non-conference opponents this season, the Pac-10 gets ready to go head-to-head this weekend with the start of interconference play.
The Pac-10 finds itself with five teams ranked in the top-20 in the NCAA's first edition of this season's women's soccer RPI (No.2 Stanford, No. 11 UCLA, No. 17 USC, No. 19 Washington, and No. 20 California). Along with the ACC, the Pac-10 is tied for most teams represented in the top-20. The Pac-10 boasts a 3-1-1 non-conference record against the ACC this season, with wins over No. 8 Boston College, Clemson, Miami, and tying things up with No. 2 North Carolina.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
ARIZONA (7-4-0): The Wildcats broke their two game skid with a win over Santa Clara last weekend. Arizona defeated the Broncos 2-0 with goals by JR F Jasmine Namdar and SO F Leila Amini. Namdar's goal, which came in the first minute of the game, was her first of the season and fifth of her career. Arizona will face in-state rival Arizona State in Tempe to open up Pac-10 play.
ARIZONA STATE (6-2-3): Even though Arizona State had the week off, former Sun Devils were in the headlines. Elizabeth Bogus (2002-05), Manya Makoski (2002-05), Amy LePeilbet (2000-03), and ASU assistant coach Nancy Augustyniak Goffi were among 28 players selected in the Women's Professional Soccer general draft.
CALIFORNIA (7-3-0): After a bye weekend, No. 15 California kicks off its Pac-10 Conference schedule as it plays host to Oregon State and Oregon this weekend. The Golden Bears bring a two-game winning streak into this weekends' games and boast a 4-1-0 record at home. Cal last defeated Santa Clara 1-0 in double-overtime on a game-winning goal by SR MF/F NikkiSchrey with 2:18 to play in the second overtime period.
OREGON (7-4-1): The Ducks finshed their road trip to Oklahoma 1-1. Oregon was able to defeat the Sooners 2-0, as SO F Jen Stoltenberg found the back of the next twice in the contest. The sophomore now moves into a tie for 10th in Oregon history for career points with 23. Nineteen of Stoltenberg's 23 points have come this season. Despite losing to Oklahoma State, Oregon was able to score on a Cowgirl team that has only allowed 10 goals this season.
OREGON STATE (5-4-1): J MF Najma Homidi scored her fourth goal of the season in the Beavers 1-1 tie against Fresno State last weekend. Oregon State held the advantgage in shots taking 18 shots to Fresno State's seven. JR D/MF Red Nixon, who score her first goal of the season last week, came close to kicking the game-winning goal, but shot wide right.
STANFORD (10-0-1): FR F Lindsay Taylor earned Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer honors this week for her hat trick performance in Stanford's 5-0 road win over Santa Clara. After scoring three goals in the game, Taylor now leads the Conference in total goals (9) and goals per game (.82). Taylor also moved into the top-20 in the national rankings, where she is 20th in goals per game.
UCLA (9-0-2): UCLA added two more shutouts last weekend to bring its streak to 10. This season the Bruins have outscored their competition 26-1. The lone goal came in UCLA's 2-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara, its first contest of the season. SR GK Ashley Thompson leads the nation in both goals against average and save percentage.
USC (10-1-0): USC scored an offensive blow-out in the 7-0 domination of Cal State Bakersfield. SO F Ashli Sandoval scored two goals in the game and tallied an assist, while SR F Amy Rodriguez recorded a hat trick with three goals. The Women of Troy are currently on an eight-game winning streak as they head into Pac-10 play.
WASHINGTON (9-2-0): The Huskies narrowly lost to the third-ranked Portland Pilots last weekend. It was the first time both teams had faced each other in overtime since 1994. The Pilots hit the game-winning shot four minutes into overtime to win the game.
WASHINGTON STATE (6-2-3): The Cougars enter the national rankings for the first time this season after their 3-1 victory over Eastern Washington. Receiving votes in the NSCAA/Adidas poll, Washington State finds itself ranked 28th in the Soccer Buzz poll.
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