This Week In Pac-10 Women's Soccer

Sept. 17, 2002

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Two Pac-10 teams, the STANFORD Cardinal (4-0-0) and WASHINGTON STATE Cougars (5-0-0) remain unbeaten heading into this week's action... The Cardinal, ranked No. 2 in both the NSCAA/adidas and Soc cer America polls, host the Stanford Nike Invitational, receiving their next tests from Oklahoma and No. 16/No. 24 Florida... Off to the best start in program history, the Cougars take on Utah and Gonzaga in the Palouse... OREGON STATE (3-1-2) meets Wisconsin-Green Bay and Pacifc in tournament play, while the WASHINGTON Huskies (3-2-1) face Harvard and UC Irvine in their own Nike Invitational... CALIFORNIA (4-1-1) expects to have senior All-American forward Laura Schott (MCL sprain) back in the lineup Sunday at Fresno State... USC (2-3-1) hosts BYU in its home opener Saturday afternoon... Fiv e Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's Top-25: No. 2/No. 2 Stanford, No. 3/No. 4 UCLA, No. 5/No. 6 California, No. 18/No. 21 Washington and NR/No. 20 USC.


Fri., Sept. 20
San Diego at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
OREGON vs. Pacific, 2 p.m. (1)
Wisconsin-Green Bay at OREGON STATE, 5 p.m. (1)
Oklahoma at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m. (2)
UCLA at Fresno State, 7 p.m.
Harvard at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. (3)
Utah at WASHINGTON STATE, 3 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 21
Brigham Young at USC, 1 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 22
San Diego at ARIZONA, 11 a.m.
CALIFORNIA at Fresno State, 1:30 p.m.
OREGON vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay, 10:30 a.m. (1)
Pacific at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m. (1)
Florida at STANFORD, 1 p.m. (2)
Cal State Northridge at UCLA, 1 p.m.
UC Irvine at WASHINGTON, 1:30 p.m. (3)

All times are local to game sites.

(1) Nike Tournament, Corvallis, Ore.
(2) Stanford Nike Invitational, Stanford, Calif.
(3) Husky/Nike Invitational, Seattle, Wash.


Fri., Sept. 13
#7/#7 CALIFORNIA 2, #3/#4 Santa Clara 1
OREGON STATE 1, Long Beach State 1 (2OT)
#2/#2 STANFORD 3, Saint Mary's 1
#5/#5 UCLA 4, San Francisco 1
NR/#21 USC 2, Vanderbilt 0
Denver 1, #16/#14 WASHINGTON 0

Sun., Sept. 15br>Oklahoma 2. ARIZONA 0
#7/#7 CALIFORNIA 1, Saint Mary's 1 (2OT)
#23/NR Utah 1, OREGON 1 (2OT)
OREGON STATE 2, UC Santa Barbara 0
#5/#5 UCLA 2, Hawaii 0
#13/#25 Wake Forest 2, NR/#21 USC 1
#16/#14 WASHINGTON 1, Cal State Fullerton 1 (2 OT)
WASHINGTON STATE 3, San Jose State 1

The following teams have captured tournament titles in 2002...

Arizona - Wildcat Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.; Iowa State Cyclone Classic, Ames, Iowa.
California - California Invitational, Berkeley, Calif.
UCLA - Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii
USC - UCLA Women's Cup, Los Angeles, Calif.
Washington State - Diadora Cup, Missoula, Mont.

CALIFORNIA senior midfielder Brittany Kirk has been named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 10-16.

Kirk, from Claremont, Calif., posted a goal and the game-winning assist in a 2-1 win over No. 3 Santa Clara Sept. 13. In Cal's first road game of the season Sept. 15 against Saint Mary's, Kirk helped the Bears escape with a 1-1 tie as she scored with 14 seconds left in regulation. The assist against the Broncos was the 18th of Kirk's career, moving her into a tie for third place on the California all-time list.

California (4-1-1), No. 5 in the latest NSCAA/adidas Top-25 poll and No. 6 by Soccer America, visits Fresno State Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

This is Kirks's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and California's 11th such honor all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Mele French, ORE; Stacey Mescher, OSU; Kelsey Carlson, STAN; Iris Mora, UCLA; Katrina Stroh, WSU.

Sept. 3- Marcie Ward, STAN
Sept. 10- Julie Peterson, USC
Sept. 17- Brittany Kirk, CAL

ARIZONA: Playing its third straight match on the road, Arizona fell to Oklahoma 2-0 Sept. 15 in Norman, Okla. Senior midfielder Naomi Chu came off the bench to lead UA with three shots, including two on-goal. The Wildcats host San Diego on Sept. 22 in their first home match in three weeks.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils handed previously unbeaten Baylor its first loss of the season with a 1-0 victory Sept. 13 in Tempe, Ariz. Freshman forward Elizabeth Bogus added her second goal in as many home contests, and ASU survived two scares with less than five minutes remaining to secure the win.

CALIFORNIA: Senior midfielder Brittany Kirk tallied five points in two matches last week, helping the Bears down then-No. 3 Santa Clara and tie Saint Mary's. Kirk posted a goal and an assist against the Broncos and scored a goal with 14 seconds left in regulation versus the Gaels. All-American forward Laura Schott (MCL sprain) is expected back in the Cal lineup Sept. 22 at Fresno State.

OREGON: Freshman forward Mele French scored Oregon's goal in a 1-1 overtime tie with then-No. 23 Utah Sept. 15. She had six shots against the Utes. The Mililani, Hawaii, native leads the team in goals (1), points (2), shots (10) and shots on goal (3).

OREGON STATE: Freshman forward Stacey Mescher notched the Beavers' goal in a 1-1 tie with Long Beach State Sept. 13, then knocked in OSU's first goal in a 2-0 win against UC Santa Barbara Sept. 15. Senior goalkeeper Jo Fletcher recorded her fourth shutout in six games, topping last year's total of three.

STANFORD: Senior co-captain Kelsey Carlson netted two goals in the 3-1 win over Saint Mary's Sept. 13. The Cardinal hosts the Stanford Nike Invitational (Florida, Oklahoma, Santa Clara) Friday and Sunday at Maloney Field.

UCLA: The Bruins downed USF and host Hawaii to win the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Classic in Honolulu. Freshman forward Iris Mora came in off the bench to tally a hat trick in the 4-1 win over the Dons. Junior forward Sarah-Gayle Swanson and junior defender Nandi Pryce each added goals against Hawaii. Pryce was named the tournament's Outstanding Player.

USC: Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Peterson tied a USC record with her third consecutive shutout Sept. 13 as the Trojans defeated Vanderbilt 2-0. Peterson made four saves to tie the record set by Shaelyn Fernandes in 2001. USC fell 2-1 to then-No. 13 Wake Forest Sept. 15, as the Demon Deacons took 15 shots to USC's four.

WASHINGTON: Despite recording a 19-shot advantage over Cal State Fullerton, the Huskies managed a 1-1 tie with the Titans in the first round of the Portland Nike Invitational. UW tallied 13 goals in its first three matches but has scored just one goal from the run of play in its last three outings. Fullerton's score was just the second goal allowed in 2002 by senior goalkeeper Hope Solo.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars are off to their best start (5-0-0) in program history, following wins over Cal Poly and San Jose State last week. Senior midfielder Katrina Stroh scored the game-winning goal against the Mustangs and added an assist versus the Spartans. The assist moved her into a tie for third place on WSU's all-time list in that category.

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