This week in Pac-12 Women's Woccer
By the Pac-12 Conference
Pac-12 schools posted a 13-4-3 (.725) record against non-conference competition last week, including a 3-1 record against ranked opponents. Conference teams occupy three spots in the NSCAA top-25 for the second time this season, with Stanford and UCLA sitting in a tie at No. 3 in the latest poll. At 7-0, Washington is off to the second-best start in program history and sits atop the Pac-12 standings. The Huskies, who check in at No. 23, have outscored their opponents by an average of 2.0 points per game. Oregon State is the third-leading vote-getter among the unranked. Three Conference squads face ranked teams this week, all at home, with No. 15 San Diego State set to visit the Farm on Friday. On Sunday, UCLA takes on No. 18 Pepperdine, and USC hosts No. 19 Portland. The Pac-12 Networks will televise seven live games this week, four on Friday and three on Sunday, in the most extensive week of women's soccer coverage yet.
(Times local to site)
Thursday, September 13
No. 23 WASHINGTON at Utah State 4:00 p.m. MT
Friday, September 14
UTAH vs. Portland State, 3:30 p.m. MT
COLORADO at Wyoming, 4:00 p.m. MT
Pennsylvania a CALIFORNIA (Pac-12 Networks), 4:00 p.m. PT
Gonzaga at OREGON STATE (Pac-12 Networks), 4:00 p.m. PT
Hawai'i at WASHINGTON STATE (Pac-12 Networks) 4:00 p.m. PT
ARIZONA STATE vs. Loyola Marymount, 5:00 p.m. PT
No. 3 STANFORD vs. No. 15 San Diego State (3) 5:00 p.m. PT
USC at San Diego, 5:00 p.m. PT
Seattle at OREGON (Pac-12 Networks), 6:00 p.m. PT
Princeton at No. 3 UCLA, 7:00 p.m. PT
Florida International at ARIZONA, 7:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, September 15
No. 23 WASHINGTON at BYU, 7:00 p.m. MT
Sunday, September 16
No. 3 STANFORD vs. UNC Greensboro, 11:00 a.m. PT
Air Force at COLORADO (Pac-12 Networks) 1:00 p.m. MT
ARIZONA STATE vs. Florida International, 12:00 p.m. PT
Seattle at OREGON STATE (Pac-12 Networks), 12:00 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE at Idaho, 12:00 p.m. PT
Gonzaga at OREGON, 1:00 p.m. PT
No. 19 Portland at USC, 1:00 p.m. PT
UTAH at Boise State, 2:00 p.m. MT
Loyola Marymount at ARIZONA, 7:00 p.m. PT
No. 18 Pepperdine at No. 3 UCLA, (Pac-12 Networks) 7:00 p.m. PT
AROUND THE LEAGUE
•Crowd pleasers: Four Pac-12 teams are attracting average crowds of greater than 1,000 (in all games) this season. Stanford has drawn an average attendance of 1,958, followed by Oregon (1,286), Utah (1,084) and UCLA (1,022).
•Creating opportunities: California, which has fired off a league-leading 128 shots this season, has seen other stats elevated as a result. The Bears are averaging 2.71 goals and 7.57 corners per game. Among conference teams, only Stanford has a higher goals per game average, while the Bears enjoy an overwhelming advantage over the field in corners taken. Arizona State ranks second, averaging 6.0 corners per game.
•Homecoming: Head coach Danny Sanchez and Colorado travel to Laramie, Wyo. on Friday to take on his former team. Sanchez led the University of Wyoming to its best record in school history last season before joining the Buffs. He compiled a 34-36-11 record in four seasons at Wyoming.
•Milestone win: Linus Rhode logged his 55th win as head coach at OSU coach against Cal Poly on Sunday, passing Tom Rowney (1992-97) and taking sole possession of second place on the program's all-time wins list.
•Feeding frenzy: Stanford leads the Pac-12 in goals per game (2.83). Equally impressive, however, is the fact that the Cardinal has managed a league-leading 1.12 assists per goal in 2012 and is the only Conference team to own an assist-to-goal ratio greater than 1.0. Senior defender Courtney Verloo has tallied six assists this season, and her 1.0 assist per game average is tied for the NCAA lead.
•Still unbeaten: Washington remained perfect this season after notching wins against Gonzaga and Notre Dame over the weekend. The Huskies have allowed just two goals this season and have won five games by multiple-goal margins. Goalkeeper Kari Davidson, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, has recorded a league-best 30 saves (5.0 average) and owns a .968 save percentage in 2012.
•By the numbers: Washington State's Micaela Castain has scored six goals in five games this season to rank first in the Pac-12 and tie for sixth in the nation in goals per game average (1.20). The junior forward has accounted for nearly 43 percent of WSU's scoring output this season, and a third of her goals have been game-winners. The Cougars have been pretty accurate when shooting, as they have scored 14 goals on 63 shots in 2012 and lead the Pac-12 in shooting percentage (22.2).