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1 player to know on each Pac-12 women's soccer team in 2022

Jun 29, 2022
Photo of Croix Bethune courtesy USC Athletics

The 2022 Pac-12 women's soccer season is right around the corner, with opening day matches beginning on Aug. 18.

To prepare, is highlighting 12 student-athletes — one from each Pac-12 school — that you need to know about before the games begin.

Arizona — Hope Hisey, GK

A three-year starter, Hisey led the Pac-12 in saves by an overwhelming margin last season, stopping 102 shots, 20 more than the next goalkeeper. She had double-digit saves in four matches last season, including a career-high 14 against Gonzaga, 11 vs. UCLA and 10 at Stanford.

Despite having two more years of eligibility, Hisey is already top-10 in Arizona history in saves in a season (102), sixth in career saves (228) and third in career goals-against average (1.04).

Arizona State — Nicole Douglas, F

The England native is coming off a historic season in which she led the Pac-12 — and the nation! — with 19 goals, earning All-American honors. She owns ASU's single-season scoring record and her 46 career goals are only four shy of the program record held by Stacey Tullock, a milestone Douglas should be able to reach easily barring any injuries.

California — Sydney Collins, D

A stout defender, Collins has been the Bears' team captain the past two seasons and led them in assists last year (4) while starting in all 19 games.

The Beaverton, Oregon native was called up to the U.S. Women's National Team Under-23 team in February and started all three games of the Portland Thorns Preseason Tournament in her home state.

 Colorado — Shyra James, F

The junior is the Buffaloes' returning scorer after netting nine goals last season.

The speedy forward ended the year with a four-game scoring streak — the program's longest streak since 2007 — possibly foreshadowing what's to come in 2022.

Oregon — Leah Freeman, GK

Freeman has etched her name all over the record books in two seasons in Eugene.

As a freshman in 2020-21, she set the Oregon record for the lowest goals against average (0.74). Then as a sophomore in 2021, she became the first Oregon goalkeeper to make the All-Pac-12 First Team after setting the school single-season record for shutouts (9).

Freeman has extensive U.S. National Team experience, previously serving as the goalkeeper on the U-16 and U-18 teams.

This spring, she was called up to the U-20 team and started in a friendly vs. Costa Rica.

Oregon State — McKenna Martinez, F

The sophomore burst onto the scene as a freshman, leading the Beavers with 12 goals, the third-most in the Pac-12. She also tied for the team lead in assists (4).

Like James, Martinez capped the season on a hot streak, scoring six goals in her final six games including a pair of braces against Colorado and Washington State.

Stanford — Maya Doms, MF 

A starter on the Cardinal's 2019 national championship team, Doms has been a major contributor all three seasons on The Farm.

She took her game to another level as a junior, netting a team- and career-high 11 goals, earning first-team all-conference honors and third-team All-American honors.

Doms and fellow midfielder Sierra Enge were called up to the U-23 National Team in February, continuing Stanford's rich history on the international stage.

USC — Croix Bethune, MF

Another member of the U-23 USWNT team, Bethune finished second in the Pac-12 in goals (16) — the third-most ever by a Trojan — and tied for first in assists (10) last season. Her 42 points were fourth-most in the country. 

A first-team All-American and the 2022 Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, Bethune had three goals and two assists in USC's NCAA Tournament opener against Grand Canyon, an all-time performance:

Bethune's presence will be a huge help for Jane Alukonis, who is entering her first season as the head coach at USC, where expectations are always high.

UCLA — Reilyn Turner, F

Turner has been super productive in her first two seasons in Westwood. She was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2020-21 and netted 10 goals as a sophomore, second-most on the team and most among UCLA's returning players.

She will be key once again for the Bruins as they begin a new era with first-year head coach Margueritte Aozasa.

Turner has grabbed headlines off the pitch too, signing a Name, Image and Likeness deal with Nike, the first collegiate student-athlete the company sponsored.

Utah — Courtney Talbot, F

Talbot returns for her fourth season after leading Utah with five goals in 2021, including the game-tying goal against then-No. 3 UCLA.

The Utes will continue leaning on her as they look to continue its rise under second-year head coach Hideki Nakada.

Washington — Summer Yates, F

Yet another USWNT U-23 call-up that played in the Portland Thorns Preseason Tournament, Yates led the Huskies in goals and assists last season with five apiece, earning First-Team All-Pac-12 honors for the second straight year.

Entering her fifth season on Montlake, Yates' 20 career goals are tied for 10th-most in program history, while her 17 career assists are the seventh-most in school history and her 57 career points are eighth all-time. 

Yates scored eight goals as a sophomore, a program record for a second-year player.

Washington State — Nadia Cooper, GK

In a conference with so many talented keepers, it was a freshman who was named the 2021 Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year.

Cooper only surrendered 10 goals all season, the fewest in the Pac-12, while recording seven shutouts in 15 matches. She became the Cougars' first major award recipient since Micaela Castain was the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year.

It was an especially inspiring performance considering Cooper's mother passed away a month into the season. Cooper wore a bracelet under her gloves to honor her mother, and is determined to make her proud.

“I’m going to make it for the whole family and for [my mom]," she told KREM.

Cooper certainly has a bright future, joining the U-20 USWNT team this offseason.