This week in Pac-12 women's soccer

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Three Pac-12 teams remain unbeaten after the first three weeks of the season, and nine Conference schools own winning records. Two Conference teams rank in the NSCAA top-25, and two more received votes in this week's poll. Pac-12 teams play a total of 20 games this weekend, four of which will feature ranked opponents. Arizona State, who plays No. 10 Pepperdine on Friday, and Stanford host tournaments this weekend, while Colorado prepares for the DU Invitational in Denver, Colo. The Pac-12 Networks will televise four games, including a pair of top-25 matchups on Sunday, as No. 2 UCLA hosts No. 22 Tennessee, and fifth-ranked Stanford takes on No. 23 Georgetown at the Stanford Nike Invitational.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
(Times local to site)

Friday, September 7
ARIZONA vs. No. 10 Pepperdine 4:30 p.m. PT
Sun Devil Desert Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
Houston at ARIZONA STATE 7:00 p.m. PT
Sun Devil Desert Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
CALIFORNIA at UC Davis 5:00 p.m. PT COLORADO at Denver 7:00 p.m. MT
DU Invitational, Denver, Colo.
OREGON at Pacific 7:00 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE at UC Santa Barbara 7:00 p.m. PT
Boston at No. 5 STANFORD (Pac-12 Networks) 7:00 p.m. PT
Stanford Nike Invitational, Stanford, Calif.
Loyola Marymount at UCLA (Pac-12 Networks) 7:00 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON at Gonzaga 4:00 p.m. PT

Saturday, September 8
Texas at UTAH 12:00 p.m. MT

Sunday, September 9
ARIZONA vs. Houston 11:00 a.m. PT
Sun Devil Desert Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
No. 10 Pepperdine at ARIZONA STATE 1:30 p.m. PT
Sun Devil Desert Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
COLORADO vs. Cincinnati 11:00 a.m. MT
DU Invitational, Denver, Colo.
OREGON at St. Mary's (CA) 12:00 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE at Cal Poly 11:00 a.m. PT
No. 23 Georgetown at No. 5 STANFORD (Pac-12 Networks) 12:00 p.m. PT
Stanford Nike Invitational, Stanford, Calif.
No. 22 Tennessee at No. 2 UCLA (Pac-12 Networks) 4:30 p.m. PT
USC at Cal State Northridge 6:30 p.m. PT
Notre Dame at WASHINGTON 12:00 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE at Wyoming 1:00 p.m. MT

AROUND THE LEAGUE

•Hot streak: Arizona forward Jazmin Ponce has created plenty of opportunities in the offensive third so far this season. The junior has averaged a league-leading 5.25 shots per game and has found the back of the net three times in four games. The Wildcats have scored a combined six goals (3.0 avg.) in their last two games, both wins. Among conference teams, only California has a higher average over its last two matches.

•Surging: California is coming off of convincing wins over Cal Poly and San Francisco in which they compiled a 7-1 goal differential, and the Bears now rank in the top-four in the Conference in every major offensive category. They rank second in shots (19.33/game) and goals (2.83/game) and fourth in assists (2.17/game) and points (7.83/game).

• Unblemished: UCLA Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland has not allowed a goal in three matches this season. Her three clean sheets are tied for the conference lead. The 4-0 Bruins, who have shut out two top-25 opponents in as many weeks, look to dispatch another as they host No. 22 Tennessee on Sunday.

•Clean-up duty: Oregon State goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme collected a single-game conference-high 13 saves in Friday's road win over Cal State Fullerton. The freshman posted a .929 save percentage--which would stand as the second highest in the Conference if she qualified--in her first collegiate start to earn Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.

•By the numbers: Utah freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Luke has been solid in net this season, boasting a conference-leading 5.33 saves per game average and .889 save percentage, which ranks fourth among qualifying Pac-12 net minders. She posted her first shutout in a 1-0 road win over Weber State. With the win, the Utes have already matched their 2011 road-win total.

•Unbeaten: Washington, which has outscored its opponents by an impressive two-and-a-half points per game in 2012, sits atop the Pac-12 standings at 5-0. The Huskies have allowed just two goals this season and have won four games by multiple-goal margins. Junior midfielder Lindsay Elston has been a staple in the midfield, having tallied a point in each of Washington's five games this season. She garnered Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week accolades after notching two goals and a pair of assists at the Husky Nike Invitational.

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