This week in Pac-12 women's soccer

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The Pac-12 stands an impressive 24-11-1 in non-conference play through the first two weeks of the season with every Conference team finding its way into the win column. Three Conference teams rank in the NSCAA top-25, and a fourth received votes in this week's poll. Pac-12 teams play a combined 19 games this weeek, five of which will feature ranked opponents. The Pac-12 Networks will televise three games, including Friday's top-ten clash between No. 4 STANFORD and No. 7 Boston College. Also on Friday, No. 2 UCLA hosts No. 14 Wisconsin, and ARIZONA STATE travels to Columbia to take on No. 18 Missouri. Sixth-ranked Duke will play a pair of Pac-12 schools--USC and WASHINGTON STATE--this weekend at the USC Fútbol Classic.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
(Times local to site)

Thursday, August 30
No. 23 OREGON STATE at Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m. PT
UTAH at Colorado College, 4:00 p.m. MT

Friday, August 31
ARIZONA STATE at No. 18 Missouri, 6:30 p.m. CT
CALIFORNIA at Cal Poly, 6:00 p.m. PT
UC Irvine at OREGON, 7:00 p.m. PT
No. 7 Boston College at No. 4 STANFORD (Pac-12 Networks), 4:00 p.m. PT
No. 14 Wisconsin at No. 2 UCLA, 7:00 p.m. PT
No. 6 Duke at USC (Pac-12 Networks), 4:00 p.m. PT
     USC Fútbol Classic, Los Angeles, Calif.
LaSalle at WASHINGTON, 7:00 p.m. PT
Husky Nike Invitational, Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. San Diego, 1:00 p.m. PT
     USC Fútbol Classic, Los Angeles, Calif.

Saturday, September 1
UTAH at Weber State 12:00 p.m. MT

Sunday, September 2
ARIZONA at Creighton, 7:00 p.m. CT
ARIZONA STATE at Kansas, 1:00 p.m. CT
San Francisco at CALIFORNIA, (Pac-12 Networks) 12:00 p.m. PT
COLORADO at Northwestern, 1:00 p.m. CT
     UC Irvine at No. 23 OREGON STATE, 12:00 p.m. PT
San Diego at USC, 2:00 p.m. PT
     USC Fútbol Classic, Los Angeles, Calif.
Fresno State at WASHINGTON, 1:30 p.m. PT
Husky Nike Invitational, Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. No. 6 Duke, 11:30 p.m. PT
USC Fútbol Classic, Los Angeles, Calif.

AROUND THE LEAGUE
High-octane: Arizona State outshot Northern Arizona 30-9 en route to a 4-0 victory on Aug. 24. The Sun Devils erupted for three goals and 21 shots in the second half. Freshman forward Cali Farquharson fired off a league-high nine shots--two of which found the back of the net--in the win.

Offensive threat: Junior forward Anne Stuller leads the Pac-12 with six goals and 12 points, and the unbeaten Buffaloes sit alone atop the Pac-12 standings for the first time since joining the conference in 2011. Stuller, who garnered Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week accolades, became the first player in program history to post three-multiple-goal games through the first four games of a season after a pair of two-goal performances over the weekend. Her first multiple-goal game came against Northern Colorado in the season opener.

Finding the net: Forward Kristen Parr notched her third goal of the season in Sunday's 1-0 road victory over Portland State. The freshman has accounted for every Oregon goal this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Abby Steele's seven-save performance against Portland represents the second-highest total in the conference this season. She followed that effort with her second clean sheet of the season against Portland State.

•In the rankings: Oregon State leaped to No. 23 in the NSCAA rankings after its second 3-0 start in three seasons (fourth in program history).

Lockdown defense: UCLA's defense has been stout in 2012, allowing just one goal on the season and limiting Fresno State to a modest four shots on Aug. 24.

Firepower: Utah racked up a single-game league-high 33 shots in Thursday's 4-0 decision over Southern Utah. Freshman forward Baylee Nielson led the way with seven shots, planting two in the back of the net to become the first Ute freshman in nearly five years to register a multiple-goal game.

Road show: Washington is 3-0 for the first time since 2008, a feat that is made even more impressive by the fact that, for the first time in more than two decades, the Huskies have opened the season with three true road matches.

One-sided: Washington State's 6-0 victory over Boise State represents the highest margin of victory by a Pac-12 team this season. The Cougars, who have yet to concede a goal in 2012, are riding a six-game shutout streak at home that dates back to 2011. Goalkeeper Gurveen Clair improved her goals-against average to 0.69, the lowest GAA in school history.

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