Pac-12 women's soccer approaches final weeks of conference play
#THURSDAYGOALS… Twelve games appear on the schedule this week, including the matchup between OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE for #ThursdayGoals on Pac-12 Network on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. PT.
This week, each school plays gamed on Thursday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 30. All but four of the 12 games are accessible on Pac-12 Network regional or national programming, and the remaining games are on live streams. COLORADO faces a tough schedule facing two top-25 teams for the second week in a row. After upsetting then-No. 10 CALIFORNIA last week, the Buffs play No. 9 UCLA on Thursday and No. 4 USC on Sunday.
NCAA STATS… Conference goalies continue to prove their worth with three teams appearing in the top-25 in the nation in shutout percentage: USC is fifth (0.688), CALIFORNIA is 13th (0.588), and UTAH is 24th (0.563). Two teams are also ranked in the top-20 in save percentage: USC is fourth (0.910) and California is 16th (0.857).
USC’s Sammy Jo Prudhomme is fourth (0.900) in the nation in save percentage with Colorado’s Jalen Tompkins closely following at 14th (0.874). California’s Emily Boyd is tied with Prudhomme for fifth in the nation in shutouts (10).
UCLA is seventh in the nation in assist per game (2.50).
Four Pac-12 players appear in the top-15 in the nation in game-winning goals. Utah’s Hailey Skolmoski is second (7), Colorado’s Taylor Kornieck is sixth (6), and UCLA’s Darian Jenkins is 12th (5). All three players are dominant offensive forces on their respective teams, having each won at least one Pac-12 weekly honor this season.
Three teams appear in the top-25 in the nation in goals-against average. USC is eighth (0.436), California is 13th (0.560), and Utah is 22nd (0.660).
Although Stanford has suffered a few tough losses this season, the Cardinal still rank third in the nation in won-lost-tied percentage (0.906). Four other teams also rank in the top-25 of the category: USC is 11th (0.813), UCLA is 17th (0.813), and California and Colorado are tied for 21st (0.765).
CONFERENCE LEADERS… Stanford, USC, and Colorado sit atop the Conference standings with an impressive 7-1 record. UCLA closely follows with a 6-1-1 Conference record. Stanford leads the Conference with 14 wins this season, and USC and Colorado both have 13.
NSCAA RANKINGS… The Pac-12 Conference has continuously had three or more teams in the NSCAA top-25 poll with Stanford having a strong presence in the top three each week this season, including coming in on top four weeks in a row from Sept. 13-Oct. 4.
NSCAA rankings features five Pac-12 teams for the second week in a row, the most this season, with Stanford leading the Conference staying at No. 3. After starting the season unranked, USC moves up one place to No. 4, UCLA moves up three places to No. 9, California skipped to No. 18, and Colorado stays at No. 22. Utah also received votes.
NCAA RPI… NCAA RPI rankings has five Pac-12 teams in the top-30 with Stanford at No. 1, USC is No. 6, UCLA is No. 8, Utah is No. 25, and California is No. 26.
UPSETS… Pac-12 teams reigned victorious over ranked teams in non-conference play, proving their worth, including multiple upsets and notable wins. Most notably, an upset by then-unranked USC over then-No. 8 North Carolina on Sept. 11 and UCLA beating reigning national champion Penn State on Sept. 2.
Upsets continue to fill the Conference schedule with then- No. 7 USC beating Stanford on Thursday, Oct. 13, but then-No.14 California bounced back from a tie at then-No. 10 UCLA and beat then- No.7 USC on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Then-No. 22 Colorado upset California on Sunday, Oct 23 and the Buffs look to do the same with two top-25 matches on the schedule this week.
PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK… Oregon’s Maryn Beutler claimed Offensive Player of the Week, her teammate Caitlyn Wong claimed Defensive Player of the Week, and USC’s Sammy Jo Prudhomme claimed Goalkeeper of the Week for the second week in a row.
COMPLETE STUDENT-ATHLETES... Colorado's Jalen Tompkins became the Buff’s starting goalkeeper as a redshirt freshman, but also stands out in the classroom. She has a 3.789 GPA and is majoring in integrative physiology with hopes of becoming a pediatric oncologist.
Arizona's Lexe Selman Richards battled cancer just after accepting her offer from the University of Arizona. She had Acute myeloid leukemia, but was able to beat it and come back to play for the Wildcats.
California's Elliott Gentille organized a Be The Match Bone Marrow campaign on campus last year. She teamed up with Be The Match to assist her family friend, who was battling Leukemia, in finding a bone marrow match. Elliott was responsible for many people signing up to be on the bone marrow registry.
Arizona State's Annie Warren is currently co-president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the second straight year.
Bella Geist led the Oregon State women’s soccer team with first-team Academic All-Pac-12 honors last season after recording a 3.95 GPA as a biology major.
UCLA's Gabbi Miranda is a co-chair of the UCLA Student-Athlete Mentor (SAMS) program. The purpose of SAMS is to provide each team with a representative that will be trained and able to serve as a role model and resource to his or her teammates and other student-athletes.
During the summer of 2016, Stanford's Jaye Boissiere volunteered in South Africa for three weeks with the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program - a service program for Stanford and Duke student-athletes.
RETURNING PLAYERS OF THE YEAR… The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year, Arielle Ship, returns for the Golden Bears this season, as well as USC's Kayla Mills, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Stanford's Jane Campbell, the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year. Six members of the All-Pac-12 first team and eight members of the All-Pac-12 second team are returning for the coming season.
MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST… Twenty-eight players from NCAA Division I schools around the country have been marked as potential contenders for the 2016 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 five representatives on the list: Stanford’s senior Jane Campbell and junior Andi Sullivan, USC’s seniors Kayla Mills and Morgan Andres, along with California’s senior Arielle Ship.
The countdown of Pac12 Networks’ 850 live event telecasts begin on the pitch with a 68-game women’s soccer schedule. Each Pac-12 team appears on the Network at least six times (home or away) in 2016.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)
|Teams||Points||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)
|Thursday, Oct. 27|
|#9 UCLA at #22 COLORADO||P12N||2 p.m. PT|
|#4 USC at UTAH||Live Stream||6 p.m. PT|
|OREGON at WASHINGTON||Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
|OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE||P12N||7 p.m. PT|
|#18 CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE||Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
|#3 STANFORD at ARIZONA||P12N||7 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Oct. 30|
|#18 CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA||P12BA||11 a.m. PT|
|#4 USC at #22 COLORADO||P12N||11 a.m. PT|
|#9 UCLA at UTAH||P12N||1 p.m. PT|
|OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE||Live Stream||1 p.m. PT|
|#3 STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE||P12N||3 p.m. PT|
|OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON||P12N||3 p.m. PT|
P12N/P12A/P12BA/P12LA/P12M/P12O/P12W - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Network. MWN - Indicates live broadcast on Mountain West Network.
PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive: Maryn Beutler, Sr., Oregon
Defensive: Caitlyn Wong, Jr., Oregon
Goalkeeper: Sammy Jo Prudhomme, Sr., USC
Offensive: Gabi Stoian, ARIZ; Ifeoma Onumonu, CAL; Danica Evans, COLO; Averie Collins, STAN; Jessie Fleming, UCLA; Alex Anthony, USC.
Defensive: Hanah Stevens, ARIZ; Tegan McGrady, STAN; Zoey Goralski, UCLA; Mandy Freeman, USC.
Goalkeeper: Lainey Burdett, ARIZ; Jalen Tompkins, COLO; Jane Campbell, STAN; Teagan Micah, UCLA.
2016 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Jane Campbell, Stanford; Andi Sullivan, Stanford; Kayla Mills, USC; Morgan Andres, USC; Arielle Ship, California
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Player of the Week
Emily Boyd, CAL (Oct. 11)
ESPNW Player of the Week
Emily Boyd, CAL (Oct. 14)
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