This week in Pac-12 women's soccer

By the Pac-12 Conference

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The Pac-12 kicked off its first week of action with a bang, compiling a 11-4-1 record against non-conference competition. Conference teams will host a total of 11 games this week, with several marquee matchups. CALIFORNIA hosts 25th-ranked Santa Clara, and OREGON travels to take on in-state foes No. 18 Portland and Portland State. The Pac-12 Networks will televise three games this week, kicking off with Saturday's matchup between UTAH and BYU. On Sunday, California hosts Missouri and USC takes on Minnesota live on the Networks. 

(Times local to site)

Thursday, August 23
BYU at ARIZONA, 7:00 p.m. PT
No. 25 Santa Clara at CALIFORNIA, 4:00 p.m. PT
Southern Utah at UTAH, 7:30 p.m. MT

Friday, August 24
ARIZONA STATE at Northern Arizona, 7:00 p.m. MT
LIU Brooklyn at COLORADO, 4:00 p.m. MT
     Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Classic, Boulder, Colo.
No. 18 OREGON at Portland, 7:00 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE at Portland State, 12:00 p.m. PT
No. 1 STANFORD at No. 6 Penn State, 7:30 p.m. ET
     Penn State Invitational, University Park, Pa.
No. 5 UCLA at Fresno State, 7:00 p.m. PT
St. Mary's (CA) at USC, 3:00 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON at Colgate, 7:30 p.m. PT
Boise State at WASHINGTON STATE, 3:00 p.m. PT

Saturday, August 25
BYU at UTAH (Pac-12 Network) 1:00 p.m. MT

Sunday, August 26
ARIZONA at Northern Arizona, 12:00 p.m. PT
Missouri at CALIFORNIA, (Pac-12 Networks) 3:00 p.m. PT
Wright State at COLORADO, 1:30 p.m. MT
     Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Classic, Boulder, Colo.
OREGON at Portland State, 1:00 p.m. PT
No. 1 STANFORD at West Virginia, 12:00 p.m. ET
     Penn State Invitational, University Park, Pa.
No. 22 Illinois at No. 5 UCLA, 12:00 p.m. PT
Minnesota at USC (Pac-12 Networks), 1:00 p.m. PT
Washington at Syracuse, 12:00 p.m. ET


•Opening success: California improved to 25-5-1 in season-debuts, including wins in 15 of its last 17 openers. RS Sophomore forward Grace Leer garnered Pac-12 Offensive POTW honors after netting a hat trick in Cal's 5-2 victory over San Jose State on Sunday.

•Tournament champs: Colorado won its second-straight Colorado Cup by aggregate goal differential after picking up a win against Northern Colorado and playing to a draw with Colorado College. Both contests were played on the road. Junior Coalkeeper Annie Brunner notched eight saves and two shutouts in the tournament en route to earning Pac-12 Defensive PTOW honors.

•Young guns: Underclassmen were prominent on Oregon's stat sheet in Sunday's season-opening victory over UAB. Freshman Kristen Parr found the back of the net twice, accounting for the Ducks' 2-0 margin, while sophomore Brittany Pugh and freshmen Moriah Powers and Maryn Beutler registered assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Abby Steele picked up four saves in the shutout.

•Road Warriors: Oregon State upended Portland 1-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season. The win marked the first time in program history that Oregon State has beaten Portland on the road.

•Historic night: Stanford's season-opening victory over Santa Clara on Friday night marked the 400th win in program history and extended the Cardinal's home winning-streak to 59 games. The game also marked the first-ever live event broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Stanford racked up six goals in 21 minutes to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit.

•Firepower: UCLA tallied a single-game league-high 29 shots in Sunday's 2-1 decision over Massachusetts. Senior midfielder Zakiya Bywaters and sophomore defender Ally Courtnall led the way with five shots apiece.

• Youth movement:USC notched three goals in a 12-minute span to tip Cal State Fullerton, 3-2, on Friday. The Trojans started six freshmen in the season-opener.

• Good start: Keidane McAlpine earned his first win as head coach at Washington State in front of a home crowd of 889--the eighth-largest crowd in school history-- as the Cougars dispatched Gonzaga, 3-0. With the clean sheet, goalkeeper Gurveen Clair improved her goals against average to 0.71, the lowest GAA in school history.

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