Pac-12 women's soccer claims top two spots in the nation  

The Pac-12 has six teams ranked in the United Soccer Coaches top-25 for the third-consecutive week after posting a 16-3-2 record last week, including three wins against ranked opponents.

Nine matches will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks in the final week of non-conference play. The Bruins kick off the week against their biggest test of the season facing No. 8 Virginia on Thursday and No. 21 Utah takes on No. 11 Duke on Monday.

Undefeated UCLA is ranked No. 1 for the second week in a row and is only one of four teams in the country with a perfect 6-0-0 record. STANFORD makes the jump to the No. 2 spot after defeating then-ranked No. 10 Georgetown 4-0 in its home opener. This is the first time since Nov. 30, 2012 that Pac-12 teams have held the No.1 and No. 2 spots in the national rankings.

USC ranks No. 12, UTAH is No. 21, and CALIFORNIA and COLORADO top out the poll with the No. 24 and No. 25 spots, respectively.

Ranked wins that highlight last week’s successes features WASHINGTON STATE’S blanking No. 14 Nebraska, 1-0, handing the Huskers their first loss of the season. Washington knocked off No. 2 Florida, 1-0, for the programs third-ever win over a number 2 team.  

No. 2 Stanford ranks second nationally in scoring offense (4.40), points per game (12.20), and third in total goals (22). UCLA is in the top five in five national categories, including third in total points (64). Among being ranked in three categories the Utes are second in assists per game (4.40) and Colorado is in a five-way tie for first with a 1.0-shutout percentage.

Oregon’s junior forward Kyra Fawcett scored her first Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor, recording the game winning goal in the Ducks 1-0 win over Oklahoma and again in the 2-1 win over Cal Poly. Maddy Harrom of WSU collected Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Bella Geist of OSU, earned Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week nods.

Washington’s Taylor Sekyra and Oregon State’s Paula Leblic were recognized for extraordinary individual efforts last week, making Top Drawer Soccer’s Best IX team. Stanford’s Kyra Carusa earned honorable mention tallying two goals in the team’s 7-0 victory against Navy.


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)

Teams Points Pac-12 Record Overall Record
UCLA 0 0-0-0 6-0-0
Colorado 0 0-0-0 4-0-2
California  0 0-0-0 4-1-0
Stanford 0 0-0-0 4-1-0
Utah  0 0-0-0 4-1-0
Oregon  0 0-0-0 3-1-0
Washington State 0 0-0-0 3-1-1
Washington  0 0-0-0 4-2-0
USC 0 0-0-0 2-1-0
Oregon State 0 0-0-0 2-1-2
Arizona  0 0-0-0 1-1-2
Arizona State  0 0-0-0 1-2-1

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)

Thursday, Sept. 7 TV/Stream Time
#1 UCLA at #8 Virginia  ACC Network/ Watch ESPN 4 p.m. PT
Friday, Sept. 8  TV/Stream Time
CALIFORNIA at Sacramento State    2 p.m. PT
Santa Clara at USC P12N  2:30 p.m. PT
COLORADO at Texas    4 p.m. PT
Boise State at WASHINGTON    4 p.m. PT
Texas Tech vs ARIZONA STATE P12A 4:30 p.m. PT
UTAH at Brigham Young  BYUtv p.m. PT
Portland State at OREGON STATE    p.m. PT
San Francisco at #2 STANFORD  Live Stream  p.m. PT
Idaho at OREGON  Live Stream  p.m. PT
CSUN at WASHINGTON STATE Live Stream  7:30 p.m. PT
Florida Gulf Coast at ARIZONA    12 p.m. PT
Sunday, Sept. 10     
Baylor at WASHINGTON    12 p.m. PT
Iowa State at USC  P12N 12 p.m. PT
OREGON at UC Irvine    1 p.m. PT
Yale at #2 STANFORD  Live Stream  1 p.m. PT
Florida Gulf Coast at ARIZONA STATE P12N 3 p.m. PT
COLORADO at UTSA   5 p.m. PT
Texas Tech at ARIZONA  P12N 6 p.m. PT
#21 UTAH at #11 Duke  ACC Network/ Watch ESPN 4 p.m. PT
Brigham Young at OREGON STATE  P12N 5 p.m. PT
Iowa State at USC P12N 12 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

THIS WEEK:
Offensive: Kyra Fawcett, JR, Oregon (Bountiful, Utah)
• 2 goals, 2 GWG, 4 PTS, 6 SH, .833 SOG %
• Led the Ducks to a perfect 2-0 record last week, defeating Oklahoma, 1-0, and Cal Poly, 2-1.
• Scored the game-winning goal in both contests.
• Recorded her first Offensive Player of the Week honor and Oregon’s 14th all-time.

Defensive: Maddy Haro, JR, Washington State (Corona, Calif.)
• 2 assists, 2 PTS, 1 SOG
• Played all 180 minutes last weekend and led Washington State to two shutouts.
• Held #14 Nebraska, was averaging three goals a game this season, to only seven shots.
• The defense allowed just five shots, none coming inside of the Cougs' 18 yard box.
• Registered a pair of assists in the team’s 5-0 win over Georgia Southern.
• Earned her first Defensive Player of the Week honor and WSU's 17th all-time.

Goalkeeper: Bella Geist, SR, Oregon State (Milwaukie, Ore.)
• 1.00 SV %, 0.0 GAA, 5 SV 
• Played all 90 minutes in the Beavs’ 1-0 victory over San Francisco.
• Made five saves in the game for third clean sheet of the season.
• Earned her second-career Goalkeeper of the Week honor and OSU’s 16th all-time weekly award.

ALSO NOMINATED:
Offensive:
 Kyra Carusa, STAN; Paula Leblic, OSU; Tara McKeown, USC; Miranda Nild, CAL; Morgan Weaver, WSU; Paola Van der veen, UTAH; Jessie Fleming,UCLA 
Defensive: Tierna Davidson, STAN; Indigo Gibson, CAL; Paula Leblic, OSU; Michelle Rockey, ORE; Gabrielle Matulich, UCLA
Goalkeeper: Ella Dederick, WSU; Emily Boyd, CAL; Halla Hinriksdottir, ORE; Lauren Rood, STAN; ; Teagan Micah, UCLA

2017 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  Offensive Defensive Goalkeeper
Aug. 22 Abi Kim, CAL Samantha Falasco, ARIZ Ella Dederick, WSU
Aug. 29  Hailie Mace, UCLA Joss Orejel, COLO Teagan Micah, UCLA
Sept. 5 Kyra Fawcett, ORE  Maddy Haro, WSU Bella Geist, OSU

NATIONAL HONORS

MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Andi Sullivan, Tierna Davidson Stanford; Jemma Purfield; Arizona State, Taylor Kornieck; Colorado, Ally Prisock; USC, Jessie Fleming; UCLA, Hailey Skolmoski; Utah 


IN THE PRESEASON

Pac-12 Preseason Poll | NSCAA Preseason Poll | Soccer America Preseason Poll unavailable as of 8/15


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