This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Oct. 21, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
ARIZONA (8-6-0): The Wildcats dropped two games this weekend to two top-10 teams, falling to No. 4 UCLA and No. 7 USC at home. In Arizona's 2-0 loss to UCLA, JR GK Chelsea McIntyre recorded three saves, as UCLA took six shots in the game. FR F Renae Cueller lead the Wildcats with two shots in the game.
ARIZONA STATE (7-4-3): With their win over seventh-ranked USC, the Sun Devils beat a top-10 opponent for the first time since 2001 when they defeated then No. 2 Stanford 1-0 in double overtime. The Sun Devils only took four shots the entire game, compared to 23 by USC. JR GK Brianna Silvestri recorded nine saves in the game to earn the shutout.
CALIFORNIA (9-5-0): SR F Valerie Barnes scored two goals for the Golden Bears this weekend in their games against Washington State and Washington. Barnes, whose two goals were the first and second of the season, recorded four points on the weekend.
OREGON (7-5-2): SR MF Allison Newton missed the first game of her career for the Ducks last Friday against instate rival Oregon State. Newton had previously made 72 consecutive starts, playing in every game of her career.
OREGON STATE (5-6-2): For the second-consecutive year, Oregon State battled Oregon to a tie in the women's soccer version of their Civil War rivalry. The Beavers matched the Ducks in shots, recording 11 shots a piece. However, neither team was able to find the back of the net, having the game end in a scoreless tie.
STANFORD (14-0-1): FR F Lindsay Taylor recorded her third multiple-goal game of the year, scoring twice in Stanford's 3-0 win over Washington State. Taylor also scored three goals in the Cardinal's win over Santa Clara on Oct., 3 and two goals against Georgia on Sept. 7. Taylor leads the Conference with 12 goals scored, averaging .80 goals per game.
UCLA (13-0-2): JR F Lauren Cheney scored twice as the Bruins beat the Wildcats to cap off a 2-0 weekend on the road in Arizona. UCLA registered its 12th and 13th shutouts of the season holding both Arizona State and Arizona scoreless. UCLA has now held 13 out of its 15 opponents scoreless. The Bruin's will face the Women of Troy this Friday at the Los Angeles Coliseum. It will mark the first reunion on the soccer field for friends and fellow olympic gold medalists Cheney and USC's Amy Rodriguez since the Beijing games.
USC (12-2-1): The Women of Troy host UCLA this weekend at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the first time in eight years, in a game with Conference championship implications. USC and UCLA last met in the 2007 NCAA semifinal, in which USC snapped a nine-game losing streak to UCLA, propelling the Women of Troy in to the title game and on to the program's first national championship.
WASHINGTON (10-5-0): JR F Veronica Perez scored the game-tying and game-winning goals for the Huskies in their upset of No. 13 California. Perez's game-tying goal came in the 75th minute and helped catapult Washington into overtime. In overtime, Perez scored the game-winner, marking her 10th goal of the season.
WASHINGTON STATE (7-4-4): FR F Tiara Pittman helped Washington State record victories in consecutive Conference matches in Pullman, Wash., against a ranked team for the first time since 2004. In the current win-streak, dating back to last season, Washington State beat then No. 4 USC at home in the final match of the 2007. This season, WSU defeated the 13th-ranked Cal Bears in the Conference home opener to win consecutive home conference games. The Cougars also ended an eight match Pac-10 winning streak for the Golden Bears. Pittman scored the game-winning goal at 88:49, giving the Cougars the victory.
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