This Week In Pac-10 Women's Soccer

Oct. 22, 2002

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The two teams battling for second-place bragging rights square off in Los Angeles this weekend, as No. 7/No. 5 UCLA (11-3-0 overall, 3-1-0 Pac-10) heads across town to No. 17/No. 11 USC (8-4-3, 3-1-0)... The top-ranked STANFORD Cardinal (13-1-0, 4-0-0), unbeaten in Pac-10 play, head north to the Washington schools this weekend... No. 1 Stanford posted its ninth and 10th shutout wins of the season last week and outshot its opponents a combined 51-4... No. 11/No. 7 CALIFORNIA (9-4-1, 2-2-0), rejuvenated with two wins last week, travels to NR/No. 25 WASHINGTON (7-4-3, 2-0-1) and WASHINGTON STATE (7-4-2, 1-0-2)... The Huskies, undefeated at Husky Soccer Field, have not played at home in over a month, dating back to Sept. 22... In other action, the Arizona schools visit the Oregon schools, with the Ducks, Wildcats and Beavers still in search of their first win against a Pac-10 opponent... ARIZONA STATE (8-3-2, 1-2-0) is ranked 20th in this week's Soccer America poll.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Fri., Oct. 25
ARIZONA at OREGON, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 5 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, 3 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 27
ARIZONA at OREGON STATE, Noon
ARIZONA STATE at OREGON, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon
STANFORD at WASHINGTON, Noon
UCLA at USC, 1 p.m.

All times are local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Fri., Oct. 18
UCLA 1, ARIZONA 0
USC 2, ARIZONA STATE 1 (2OT)
CALIFORNIA 2, OREGON 0
STANFORD 2, OREGON STATE 0

Sat., Oct. 19
WASHINGTON 2, WASHINGTON STATE 2 (2OT)

Sun., Oct. 20
USC 2,ARIZONA 1 (2OT)
UCLA 3, ARIZONA STATE 0
CALIFORNIA 3, OREGON STATE 1
STANFORD 3, OREGON 0

EDWARDS NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF WEEK
USC junior forward Jessica Edwards has been named Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 15-21.

Edwards, from Mesa, Ariz., made it a memorable homecoming last week, helping the Trojans to a pair of overtime Pac-10 wins at Arizona State and Arizona. Against the 17th-ranked Sun Devils Oct. 18, Edwards notched the golden goal with 15 seconds remaining in double-overtime as USC prevailed, 2-1. Edwards scored the first goal in a 2-1 overtime win over the Wildcats Oct. 20. The victory at ASU snapped the Sun Devils' seven-game win streak, dating back to Sept. 13.

USC (8-4-3 overall, 3-1-0 Pac-10) is ranked 17th in this week's NSCAA/adidas poll and 11th by Soccer America. The Trojans are tied for second place in the Pac-10 with UCLA and host the No. 7/No. 5 rival Bruins Sunday at 1 p.m.

This is the first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Edwards and USC's 15th such honor all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Laura Schott, CAL; Sarah Peters, ORE; Marcia Wallis, STAN; Stacy Lindstrom, UCLA.

2002 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Sept. 3- Marcie Ward, STAN; Sept. 10- Julie Peterson, USC; Sept. 17- Brittany Kirk, CAL; Sept. 24- Melissa Bennett, WASH; and Brittany Cooper, ASU; Oct. 1- Elizabeth Bogus, ASU; Oct. 8- Ali Fennell, USC; Oct. 15- Nicole Barnhart, STAN; Oct. 22- Jessica Edwards, USC.

AROUND THE PAC-10...

ARIZONA: The Wildcats look to snap a four-game losing streak when they travel to Oregon and Oregon State this week. In the 2-1 overtime loss to USC, Arizona tied the school record for single-season scoring, notching its 30th goal on the year. Kelly Nelson sent the game into overtime with her first goal of the season, in the 87th minute.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils were shut out for the first time in 23 matches, falling 3-0 to UCLA on Oct. 20. Two days earlier, USC snapped ASU's seven-game win streak. ASU GK Kelly Fitzgerald made 10 saves in the 2-1 double-overtime loss to USC, while Patrice Feulner notched her first goal on the season.

CALIFORNIA: Senior F Laura Schott scored two goals and added an assist as the Golden Bears notched a pair of Pac-10 wins last week. Schott is just four goals and 18 points shy of tying Joy (Biefield) Fawcett's Cal record of 55 career goals and 133 career points. Three different forwards scored in the 3-1 win over Oregon State. Junior GK Sani Post tallied two saves in the 2-0 win against Oregon, the Bears' fifth shutout of the season.

OREGON: Playing its eighth and ninth Top-25 opponents of the season, the Ducks dropped a pair of Pac-10 road games last week. Oregon held No. 11 California scoreless for three-fourths of the match before falling 2-0. In the loss to No. 1 Stanford, GK Sarah Peters put up her second-highest save total of the year, stopping nine shots.

OREGON STATE: Searching for their first Pac-10 win, OSU won five of its last six non-conference matches before the start of Conference play on Oct. 11. Courtney Carter scored her sixth goal of the season in the 3-1 loss at Cal. In the 2-0 loss at Stanford, GK Jo Fletcher tallied six saves as the Beavers were outshot 26-3.

STANFORD: The top-ranked Cardinal outshot its opponents a combined 51-4 last week, posting shutout wins against Oregon State and Oregon. GK Nicole Barnhart recorded her ninth and 10th shutouts on the season, and fifth consecutive. Against the Ducks, Marcie Ward posted a team-high 10 saves and added an assist on a Marcia Wallis goal.

UCLA: A pair of road wins at Arizona and Arizona State have propelled the Bruins into a tie for second place in the Pac-10. Stacy Lindstrom posted a goal and an assist in the 3-0 win at ASU, as UCLA held the Sun Devils scoreless for the first time in 23 matches, dating back to Oct. 7, 2001. At UA, freshman Jill Oakes scored the game's lone goal in the 68th minute on a penalty kick. The Bruin offense posted 44 shots to its opponents' eight.

USC: The Trojans recorded a pair of overtime wins at the Arizona schools and enter the week tied for second place in the Pac-10. Jessica Edwards posted two goals on the weekend, including the game-winner with 15 seconds remaining in the second overtime period at ASU. Ali Fennell and Ashley Casas each added three points in the two wins, with a goal and an assist apiece. In their last nine matches, the Trojans have suffered just one loss.

WASHINGTON: The 19th-ranked Huskies rallied for a 2-2 tie at in-state rival Washington State, after falling behind 2-0. Junior F Melissa Bennett assisted on the first goal and netted the tying goal with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. Bennett added to her school single-season record with her 14th assist. UW, which last played at Husky Soccer Field on Sept. 22, hosts a pair of Top-10 opponents this weekend as California (Oct. 25) and Stanford (Oct. 27) visit Seattle.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars recorded their second Pac-10 tie of the young season against in-state rival Washington. WSU remains undefeated in Conference play and has not lost to Washington in Pullman since 1996. Shelby Brownfield and Kim Morgan scored for the Cougars, who took a 2-0 lead in the 31st minute.

SOCCER AMERICA TEAM OF THE WEEK
Sept. 2- Melissa Bennett, Jr F, WASH; Sept. 9- Alisan Pabon, Jr D, STAN; Sept. 16- Brittany Kirk, Sr MF, CAL; Nandi Pryce, Jr D, UCLA; Sept. 23- Callie Withers, Sr MF, STAN; Alisan Pabon, Jr D, STAN; Sept. 30- Elizabeth Bogus, Fr F, ASU.

HAT TRICKS
The following student-athletes have recorded hat tricks in 2002...

Courtney Carter, OSU, 9-27-02
Tracy Hamm, CAL, 9-22-02
Tina Frimpong, WASH, 8-30-02
Iris Mora, UCLA, 9-13-02
Kelly Nelson (5 goals), ARIZ, 9-27-02
Kim Taylor, WASH, 9-1-02

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