This week in Pac-12 women's soccer
By the Pac-12 Conference
The Pac-12's top three teams all went 2-0 on the road last week, and all three will take to the road again this week. CALIFORNIA, among them, improved to 6-0 in true road games for the first time in program history, while UCLA ran its road unbeaten streak to nine games. STANFORD, which sits atop the Pac-12 standings, hasn't lost a true road match since October 31, 2008 when it fell to UCLA at Drake Stadium. This week, each team will play one Conference game. COLORADO and UTAH take on OREGON STATE and OREGON, respectively, the same teams they faced in their inaugural Pac-12 games. Once again, two teams grace this week's NSCAA top-25—Stanford (2) and UCLA (3)— while California and WASHINGTON received votes. Action resumes Thursday as Stanford visits Arizona in the first of four games televised by the Pac-12 Networks this weekend.
(Times local to site)
Thursday, October 11
Stanford at Arizona* (Pac-12 Networks) 7:00 p.m. PT
Friday, October 12
Oregon at Utah* (Pac-12 Networks) 1:00 p.m. MT
California at Arizona State* (Pac-12 Networks) 1:00 p.m. PT
USC at Washington State* (Pac-12 Networks) 1:00 p.m. PT
UCLA at Washington* 7:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, October 13
Oregon State at Colorado* 12:00 p.m. MT
AROUND THE LEAGUE
•With a tie at Washington on Friday, Arizona surpassed its 2011 conference point total. The Wildcats have been very competitive against Pac-12 competition this season, taking No. 3 UCLA to the brink and handing Cal its only loss in its last ten matches in the conference opener. Stanford extended its Conference winning streak to 36 matches with wins at Utah and Colorado. The Cardinal has won nine-straight overall and has given up two or more goals in just one game this season.
•Utah and Oregon feature plenty of young talent. Nine underclassmen have been regular starters at one time or another for the Utes this season, and four freshmen and sophomores have scored multiple goals, including Utah's leader in points, Katie Taylor. Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Luke has been reliable in net, ranking in the top-third of the Conference in goals against average (0.88) and save percentage (0.836) and has posted four clean sheets. For Oregon, freshmen have accounted for 10 of its 13 goals this season, and nine underclassmen have seen action in 10 or more games. Freshman forward Kristen Parr ranks sixth in the Pac-12 with seven goals, and sophomore net minder Abby Steele has posted five shutouts.
•ASU is 5-2 in matches played in the state of Arizona this season. The Sun Devils have outscored opponents 17-9 and have posted notched four shutouts in those games. California, meanwhile, is 4-1 in conference play and has won nine out of its last 10 matches. Cal's Grace Leer and ASU's Cali Farquharson are the only two Pac-12 players to score hat tricks this season, and both came in openers. Leer scored three goals the Bears' home opener, a 5-2 victory over San Jose State. Farquharson scored three in a 5-4 double-overtime a win against USC in ASU's conference opener.
•USC, which played two more overtime matches this weekend, has now seen five consecutive matches extend into extra time. The Trojans have played 10 straight contests that have resulted in a tie or have been decided by a single goal. They visit Washington State this weekend for a fifth-consecutive road match. WSU closed out the weekend with a 3-0 shutout of Arizona. Junior forward Micaela Castain picked up an assist to give her 17 points on the season, moving her into a tie for fourth-place in the Pac-12.
•Washington and UCLA field two of the Pac-12's top scoring defenses. The Bruins, who claim a league-leading 0.37 goals against average, have limited opponents to just 7.1 shots per game (remarkable when compared to the 18.4 shots per game that UCLA averages offensively). Washington, meanwhile, has allowed 0.79 goals per game, a figure that ranks third in the Conference. The goalkeepers, UCLA's Katelyn Rowland and Washington's Kari Davidson rank first and second in the Pac-12 in save percentage, respectively. Rowland, who also leads the Pac-12 in goals against average (0.32) and shutout percentage (0.60), owns a 0.893 save percentage, while Davidson has posted a mark of 0.870.
• Oregon State and Colorado look to bounce back after slow starts in conference play. The teams suffered just two losses, combined, in their non-conference slates.