This week in Pac-12 women's soccer
By the Pac-12 Conference
For the second consecutive week, Pac-12 schools fared better on the road than they did at home, as visiting teams went 4-2 on the weekend (visitors went 8-2-2 last week). Utah, which has been tough to tip in Salt Lake City, closed out its home schedule with a win over Oregon. This week, UCLA and USC will play home games for the first time in nearly a month after enduring a five-game road stretch. Three teams cracked the NSCAA top-25 this week. Stanford and UCLA remain entrenched at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while California checks in at No. 25 in the poll. Washington and Utah are among those receiving votes this week. Action resumes Thursday as Stanford hosts Washington State in the first of five games televised by the Pac-12 Networks this weekend.
Streak Tracker: California improved to 7-0 in true road games for the first time in program history, while UCLA ran its road unbeaten streak to ten 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.
(Times local to site)
Thursday, October 18
Washington State at No. 2 Stanford* (Pac-12 Networks), 7:30 p.m. PT
Friday, October 19
Arizona State at Oregon State* (Pac-12 Networks), 3:30 p.m. PT
Washington at No. 25 California* (Pac-12 Networks), 3:30 p.m. PT
Utah at USC* (Pac-12 Networks), 3:30 p.m. PT
Arizona at Oregon*, 7:00 p.m. PT
Colorado at No. 3 UCLA*, 7:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, October 21
Arizona at Oregon State*, 12:00 p.m. PT
Washington State at No. 25 California*, 12:00 p.m. PT
Arizona State at Oregon*, 1:00 p.m. PT
Colorado at USC*, 1:00 p.m. PT
Utah at No. 3 UCLA*, 1:00 p.m. PT
Washington at No. 2 Stanford* (Pac-12 Networks), 5:30 p.m. PT
AROUND THE LEAGUE
•Washington State and Stanford, which kick off this week's Pac-12 slate, are two of just three Conference teams that have won at least five games by three goals or more this season (WSU meets the third, California, on Sunday). The Cardinal has won six contests that have been decided by at least three goals, while Washington State and Cal have each won five. Stanford extended its Conference winning streak to 37 matches with a 4-1 win at Arizona on Thursday, while Washington State took down USC, 4-0, on Friday. The Cardinal has won 10-straight overall and has given up two or more goals in just one game this season.
•Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore returns to Berkeley this week, where she was a four-time All-American at California and led the Bears to three NCAA Tournament appearances (including a College Cup berth in 1984). A 1995 University of California Hall of Fame inductee, Gallimore also began her coaching career at Cal, serving as an assistant from 1986-89. Cal, which finds itself ranked in the coaches' poll for the first time this season, is 5-1 in conference play and has won 10 of its last 11 matches, including its last six.
•Two of the Pac-12's top freshmen will square off in Eugene on Sunday. Arizona State's Cali Farquharson leads the Sun Devils with 15 points and is tied for the team lead with six goals. She is one of two players in the Pac-12 to score a hat trick this season. Oregon's Kristen Parr has scored seven of her team's 14 goals this season and leads the Ducks in points (15), goals and game-winning goals (3).
•UCLA has allowed conference-low five goals this season (0.36 avg) and has posted a league-high nine shutouts, while Utah, which has held four of its six conference opponents to a goal or less--including Stanford and Washington State, which average better than two goals per game--ranks third in goals per game (0.86) and clean sheets (6).
• Oregon State earned its tenth win of the season, a 2-0 decision over Colorado. The Beavers, who host Jazmin Ponce and Arizona, on Sunday have won 10 games or more in three of the last five seasons under head coach Linus Rhode. Ponce leads the Pac-12 in shots (4.73 spg), and her team-high seven goals are tied for sixth in the Conference. OSU freshman goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme, who has played every minute of the Beavers' last four matches, leads the Conference in saves (7.57 spg) and ranks third in save percentage (0.855).
• USC (6) and Colorado (5) have played a combined 11 overtime matches this season. The Trojans ended a run of five consecutive overtime games with a loss to Washington State in regulation last week, while the Buffaloes have gone to an extra frame in three conference games. Prior to last week's 2-0 loss to Oregon State, every Conference game that Colorado had played was decided by a single goal.