Postseason Begins For Six Women's Soccer Teams

• Six Pac-12 women’s soccer teams earned berths to the 2015 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, the Division I Women’s Soccer Committee announced on Monday. STANFORD earned a No. 1 second for the second-straight year and it is joined in the field by No. 3-seeded CALIFORNIA, No. 4-seeded USC, ARIZONA, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE. The full bracket can be seen here.

• The Pac-12 is tied for the second-most conference representatives in the field this year with six. The Conference currently owns an all-time record of 168-113-24 in the NCAA Tournament, with three national championships and five second-place finishes. 

• Four Pac-12 teams are ranked in the NSCAA poll this week. Stanford stayed at the No. 3 spot and USC jumped three spots and now sits at No. 11. California climbed three places to No. 17 while Washington State is back in top 25 at No. 23. Arizona and Washington both received votes.

NCAA Women's Soccer Championship
• STANFORD, the 2015 Pac-12 Champions for the fifth time in the last seven years, earned a No. 1 seed for the second-straight year. At 16-2-1 (10-0-1 Pac-12) on the year, Stanford earned its 24th all-time postseason appearance and 18th-consecutive bid. Stanford is one of three Pac-12 teams to win a NCAA Championship, previously taking home the 2011 title. The Cardinal host San Jose State in the first round at 7 p.m. PT on Fri., Nov. 13.

• CALIFORNIA earned a No. 3 seed and host Loyola Marymount in the first round at 12 p.m. PT on Sat., Nov. 14. It is the Bears' 23rd-overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Cal finished in a tie for fourth place in the Pac-12 this year with a 13-5-3 (6-4-1 Pac-12) record. Cal is 15-21-3 all-time in the postseason with two third-place finishes and one fourth-place finish.

• USC earned its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and claimed a No. 4 seed. On Fri., Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. PT, USC takes on Cal State Fullerton in the first round. The Trojans, who are 14-5-1 this season, finished second in the Pac-12 standings with a Conference record of 9-2. USC is 13-11-1 in postseason play all-time. The Trojans also own one of the league’s three NCAA Championship titles after taking home the hardware in 2007.

• WASHINGTON STATE opens tournament play hosting Northwestern at 5 p.m. PT on Sat., Nov. 14 in its fifth-consecutive postseason appearance. The Cougars finished the 2015 regular season with a 14-5 (7-4 Pac-12) record and took third in the Pac-12. In Washington State’s nine overall tournament appearances, the Cougars own a record of 2-7-3 all-time.

• ARIZONA hosts a NCAA Tournament match for the first time in program history. The Wildcats face Northern Colorado in their first-round matchup at 6 p.m. MT on Fri., Nov. 13. The Wildcats are 12-5-2 (6-4-1 Pac-12) and finished the regular season tied for fourth in the Pac-12. It marks Arizona’s second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its fourth all-time as Arizona owns a 3-3-0 record in postseason play.

• WASHINGTON heads to Texas A&M and face the Aggies at 5 p.m. PT on Fri., Nov. 13 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Huskies earned their sixth NCAA Tournament berth in eight years. Washington finished the season with a 12-6-2 (5-5-1 Pac-12) record, which was good for fifth place in the Pac-12. The Huskies have an all-time tournament record of 15-12-2.

• Thirty-one conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2015 championship, while the remaining 33 teams were selected at-large. The top 16 teams are seeded and conference teams cannot play each other in the first- or second-rounds. When pairing teams, the committee follows geographic proximity parameters. The top 16 teams will host and all other sites were selected for the first-round to create the least number of flights.

First-round games will be played at campus sites November 13, 14 and 15. Second-round games will be played Friday, November 20, at campus sites, and third-round games will be played Sunday, November 22, at the same campus sites. Quarterfinal games will be played November 27 or 28 also on campus sites.

The 34th annual NCAA Women’s College Cup will be played December 4 and December 6 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, with Campbell University and the Town of Cary serving as co-hosts. The first national semifinal will be played and shown live on ESPNU at 5 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, December 4. The second semifinal will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time live on ESPNU. The national championship match will take place at Noon Eastern Time on Sunday, December 6 and will also broadcast live on ESPNU.

ALL-PAC-12 HONORS
• The All-Pac-12 honors for the 2015 season were announced on Tuesday, as determined by a polling of the Conference coaches. CALIFORNIA’s Arielle Ship was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year, while USC's Kayla Mills was tabbed Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. STANFORD’s Alana Cook was named Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year while her teammate Jane Campbell was voted Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year. Cardinal head coach Paul Ratcliffe was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The All-Pac-12 teams were also announced. For the full list of honorees, click here.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
• ARIZONA STATE's Cali Farquharson took home Offensive Player of the Week honors, while CALIFORNIA's Annia Mejia was voted Defensive Player of the Week and ASU's Chandler Morris was tabbed Goalkeeper of the Week for the final week of the season. See below for a full list of weekly honorees for the 2015 season.

NCAA STATS
• Defense has been stout among the league's members in the 2015 season. Three Pac-12 teams rank in the top 20 in the country in goals against average (GAA) with USC leading the way. The Trojans have allowed just 11 goals in 20 games for a .544 GAA, good for No. 9 in the country. STANFORD (No. 11, .561 GAA) and CALIFORNIA (No. 16, .595 GAA) join USC in the top 20.

• Individually, Sammy Jo Prudhomme of USC has the best GAA in the Pac-12 at .544, a mark that ranks 12th nationally. Emily Boyd of CALIFORNIA (No. 15, .554 GAA) and Campbell (No. 22, .605 GAA) both rank in the top 25 nationally in the category, as well.

• Another testament to STANFORD's defense is that it has the lowest saves per game average in the Pac-12 at 1.84 and the fourth-lowest in the country.

• The Pac-12's leading point scorer, Arielle Ship of CALIFORNIA is tied for 24th in the country in points per game at 1.71. She has tallied 14 goals (two hat-tricks) and six assists on the year. With 34 total points, she sits at No. 17 in the country (goals worth two points, assists worth one point).

Gabi Stoian of ARIZONA leads the league in assists with eight on the year. Her total is tied for 40th in the country.

National recognition continues to pour in for student-athletes from the Conference. Morgan Andrews of USC earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer DI Team of the Week. ARIZONA's Sheaffer Skadsen is a nominee for TopDrawerSoccer College Goal of the Week as well.


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)

Teams Points Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Stanford 31 10-0-1 16-2-1
USC 27 9-2 14-5-1
Washington State 21 7-4 14-5
California 19 6-4-1 13-5-3
Arizona 19 6-4-1 12-5-2
Washington 16 5-5-1 12-6-2
Arizona State 16 5-5-1 9-8-1
UCLA 13 4-6-1 8-10-1
Utah 12 4-7 7-10-3
Oregon 9 3-8 6-13
Oregon State 6 2-9 6-10-3
Colorado 5 1-8-2 7-10-3

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)

Friday, Nov. 13 TV/Live Stream Time
Cal State Fullerton at #11 USC Live Stream 1 p.m. PT
Northern Colorado at ARIZONA Live Stream 6 p.m. MT
WASHINGTON at #21 Texas A&M SEC Network Plus 7 p.m. CT
San Jose State at #3 STANFORD Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, Nov. 14    
Loyola Marymount at #17 CALIFORNIA Live Stream 12 p.m. PT
Northwestern at #23 WASHINGTON STATE Live Stream 5 p.m. PT

PAC12/PACAZ/PACBA/PACLA/PACMT/PACOR/PACWA - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.
SEC Network Plus - Indicates live broadcast on SEC Network


• The 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District™ Women’s Soccer Teams were released on Oct. 29 to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Seven student-athletes from the Pac-12 were named to the District 8 first-team and seven were named to the second-team as well. To see the full list of honorees, click here.

• The Pac-12 All-Century Women's Soccer team was announced by the Pac-12 Networks on Oct. 5. Twenty-four players (seven forwards, six midfielders, four goalies) were chosen from a field of 63 players nominated by Pac-12 institutions. Former Stanford Cardinal and three-time Olympic medalist Julie Foudy was named the Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Player of the Century. Current Cardinal head coach Paul Ratcliffe was also chosen as the Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Coach of the Century. To see the full team, click here.

• ARIZONA STATE's Cali Farquharson was named one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award®, announced on Oct. 26. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December.

Twenty-eight players from around the country have been marked as potential contenders for the 2015 Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The Pac-12 has three representatives on the list, Stanford senior Jane Campbell,  the 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in Stanford sophomore Andi Sullivan and UCLA senior Taylor Smith.

• For the fourth-straight year, the countdown of Pac-12 Networks’ 850 live event telecasts will begin on the pitch with a 69-game women’s soccer schedule that also features 24 non-conference matchups. Of the 24 non-conference televised games, 12 matchups pit Pac-12 teams against 2014 NCAA Tournament qualifiers. Each Pac-12 team will appear on the Networks at least six times (home or away) in 2015.


PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

THIS WEEK:
Offensive - Cali Farquharson, Arizona State
Defensive - Annia Mejia, California
Goalkeeper - Chandler Morris, Arizona State

ALSO NOMINATED
Offensive: Marissa Everett, ORE; Andi Sullivan, STAN; Morgan Andrews, USC; Paola van der Veen, UTAH; Kaitlyn Johnson, WSU.
Defensive: Kristen Parr, ORE; Alana Cook, STAN; Amanda Freeman; USC, Megan Trabert, UTAH; Kelsee Crenshaw, WSU.
Goalkeeper: Emily Boyd, CAL; Jane Campbell, STAN; Sammy Jo Prudhomme, USC; Lindsey Luke, UTAH; Ella Dederick, WSU.

2015 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  Offensive Defensive Goalkeeper
Aug. 25 Gabi Stoian, ARIZ Dominique Randle, USC Lindsey Luke, UTAH
Sept. 1 Celeste Boureille, CAL Gabbi Miranda, UCLA Bella Geist, OSU
Sept. 8 Arielle Ship, CAL Sandra Ley, CAL Megan Kufeld, WASH
Sept. 15 Shannon Simon, WASH Kayla Mills, USC Emily Boyd, CAL
Sept. 22 Mandy Freeman, USC Madison Tye, UCLA Emily Boyd, CAL
Sept. 29 Emily Paxton, COLO Sheaffer Skadsen, ARIZ Arielle Schechtman, UCLA
Oct. 6 Andi Sullivan, STAN McKenzie Karas, WASH Lindsey Luke, UTAH
Oct. 13 Arielle Ship, CAL Stephanie Amack, STAN Ella Dederick, WSU
Oct. 20 Samantha Witteman, CAL Indigo Gibson, CAL Lainey Burdett, ARIZ
Oct. 27 Haley Rosen, STAN Sara Tosti, ASU Jane Campbell, STAN
Nov. 3 Jordan DiBiasi, STAN Alana Cook, STAN Jane Campbell, STAN
Nov. 10 Cali Farquharson, ASU Annia Mejia, CAL Chandler Morris, ASU

NATIONAL HONORS

MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Jane Campbell, Stanford; Andi Sullivan, Stanford; Taylor Smith, UCLA

NSCAA Division I National Player of the Week
Aug. 31-Sep 6. - F Arielle Ship, California

TopDrawerSoccer.com
Team of the Week
Aug. 21-23 - GK Bella Reist, OSU; F Allison Pantuso, OSU
Aug. 24-30 - D Greta Espinoza, OSU (honorable mention)
Aug. 31-Sept. 6 - F Arielle Ship, CAL; D Greta Espinoza, OSU; Megan Kufeld, WASH (honorable mention)
Sept. 7-13 - M Lucy Lara, ASU; F Arielle Ship, CAL (honorable mention); F Kourtney Guetlein, WSU (honorable mention)
Sept. 14-20 - M Annie Alvarado, UCLA
Sept. 21-27 - GK Arielle Schechtman, UCLA; F Kyra Carusa, STAN (honorable mention)
Sept. 28-Oct. 4 - M Shannon Simon, WASH; M Andi Sullivan, STAN
Oct. 5 -11 - D Kayla Mills, USC; F Arielle Ship, CAL
Oct. 12-18 - M Samantha Witteman, CAL; F Nikki Faris, OSU, Indigo Gibson, CAL (honorable mention)
Oct. 19-25 - D Alana Cook, STAN; M Mandy Freeman
Oct. 26 - Nov. 1 - F Arielle Ship, CAL (honorable mention)
Nov. 2-8 - M Morgan Anderws, USC

College Goal of the Week Nominees
Aug. 24-30 nominee - D Gabbi Miranda, UCLA
Sept. 14-20 - M Sam Kokoska, WASH
Sept. 28 - Oct. 4 - M Andi Sullivan, STAN
Nov. 2-8 - D Sheaffer Skadsen, ARIZ

National Player of the Week
Aug. 31-Sept. 6 - F Arielle Ship, California
Sept. 28-Oct. 4 - M Andi Sullivan, Stanford


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