Conference Play Commences for Pac-12 Women's Soccer

• Pac-12 women’s soccer prepares for Conference play after posting a 13-2-2 record last week to wrap up non-conference play with a combined 65-20-11 mark. No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 STANFORD sit atop the national rankings for the third consecutive week and look to maintain that success heading into league play.

• Conference matchups start with Thursday Goals featuring WASHINGTON STATE hosting No. 2 Stanford at 6:00 p.m. on Pac-12 Network. Other televised matches this weekend include No. 1 UCLA at COLORADO at 2:30 p.m. on Friday on Pac-12 Network.

• No. 10 USC will face No. 25 UTAH in an emotional rematch after the eventual national champion Trojans knocked the Utes out of the NCAA Tournament in the regional semifinals. The game is the only match this week to feature two top-25 teams and kickoff is at 1 p.m. on Saturday on Pac-12 Mountain.

• The Conference has maintained at least five teams in the United Soccer Coaches top-25 rankings every week this season. In week five, ranked Pac-12 schools include No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Stanford, No. 10 USC, No. 13 CALIFORNIA and No. 25 Utah. The Pac-12 has three schools ranked in the NCAA women’s Soccer RPI top 20 with No. 2 Stanford, No. 16 Washington and No. 19 UCLA.

• The Cardinal (7-1-0) leads the country in total points (111), total goals (39), assists per game (4.13) and scoring offense (4.88), along with cracking into the top five in four other statistical categories. UCLA (7-0-1) is tied for fifth with the best win-lost-tied percentage (0.938) and is joined by Stanford and California both recording 0.875 percentage making the top 10.

• Stanford’s Catarina Macario is among the top point producers in the nation, ranking fifth in points (20) and fourth in points per game (2.50). Washington State goalkeeper Ella Dederick and WASHINGTON’s Sarah Shimer are tied for fourth nationally with six shutouts a piece this season.

• California swept opponents and awards last week, shutting out Oklahoma (2-0) and then-ranked No. 8 Oklahoma State (3-0) and collected all three Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. Freshman Emma Westin earned her first Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week nod and senior Indigo Gibson collected her second Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honor. Senior Emily Boyd earned her fourth career Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week award. Boyd ranks eighth in Pac-12 women’s soccer history with 30 career shutouts and also ranks fifth among NCAA active career leaders in the category.

• USC defender Nicole Molen recorded an assist in the Trojan’s 2-1 win over Loyola Marymount and contributed to the 3-1 victory over San Diego last week to earn a spot on TopDrawerSoccer’s weekly Best IX team. Stanford midfielder Jaye Boissiere collected three points (1 goal, 1 assist) in last weekend 2-1 defeat of Santa Clara to also garner a spot on TopDrawerSoccer’s Best IX team.


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)

Teams Points Pac-12 Record Overall Record
UCLA 0 0-0-0 7-0-1
California 0 0-0-0 7-1-0
Stanford 0 0-0-0 7-1-0
USC 0 0-0-0 6-1-0
Washington  0 0-0-0 7-2-0
Colorado  0 0-0-0 6-1-2
Oregon  0 0-0-0 6-2-0
Washington State 0 0-0-0 5-1-2
Utah 0 0-0-0 5-2-1
Arizona 0 0-0-0 3-2-2
Oregon State 0 0-0-0 3-3-2
Arizona State  0 0-0-0 3-4-1

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)

Thursday, Sept. 21 TV/Stream Time
Stanford at Washington State P12N 6 p.m. PT
Friday, Sept. 22    
UCLA at Colorado   P12N 2:30 p.m. PT
Oregon State at Arizona State   7 p.m. PT
Saturday, Sept. 23    
USC at Utah  P12M p.m. PT
Oregon at Arionza    7 p.m. PT
California at Washington    7 p.m. MT

P12N/P12A/P12BA/P12LA/P12M/P12O/P12W - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Network. MWN - Indicates live broadcast on Mountain West Network.


PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

THIS WEEK:
Offensive: 
Emma Westin, California 
Defensive: Indigo Gibson, California
Goalkeeper: Emily Boyd, SR, California

Also nominated
Offensive: Tatum Barton, COLO; Jessica Yu, ORE; Paula Leblic, OSU; Michelle Xiao, STAN; Hailie Mace, UCLA; Savannah DeMelo, USC; Kimberly Keever, WASH.
Defensive: Morgan McGarry, ARIZ; Joss Orejel, COLO; Alyssa Hinojosa, ORE; Kathryn Baker, OSU; Erika Okuma, USC; Haylee Cacciacarne, UTAH; Lisa Jensen, WASH; Maddy Haro, WSU.
Goalkeeper: Lainey Burdett, ARIZ; Halla Hinriksdottir, ORE Bella Geist, OSU; Lauren Rood, STAN; Teagan Micah, UCLA; Kaylie Collins, USC; Sarah Shimer, WASH.

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, WASH Bella Geist, OSU
Sept. 11 Ashley Sanchez, UCLA Jessica Udovich, WASH Sarah Shimer, WASH
Sept.19 Emma Westin, CAL Indigo Gibson, CAL Emily Boyd, CAL

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 

TopDrawerSoccer Player of the Week
Ashley Sanchez, UCLA, Sept. 12; Jessie Fleming, UCLA, Aug. 22


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