This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Aug. 26, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., Aug. 26
UC Santa Barbara at [3/3/2/2] UCLA,4 p.m. PT
Thurs., Aug. 28
WASHINGTON at Montana, 5 p.m. MT
Fri., Aug. 29
ARIZONA at Utah, 7:30 p.m. MT
ARIZONA STATE at Pepperdine, 3 p.m. PT
Cal State Fullerton at [17/19/15/25] CALIFORNIA (1), 4:30 p.m. PT
Utah State at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE vs. [15/16/17/13] Boston College (3), 4 p.m. PT
Navy at [10/6/7/8] STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE at James Madison (2), 7:30 p.m. ET
Sat., Aug. 30
[3/3/2/2] UCLA at [6/8/6/5] Portland, 7 p.m. PT
[1/1/1/6] USC at Portland State, 7 p.m. PT
Sun., Aug. 31
ARIZONA STATE at San Diego State, 1 p.m. PT
[15/16/17/13] Boston College at [10/6/7/8] STANFORD, 1 p.m. PT
[25/23] Purdue at OREGON, 1 p.m. PT
St. Joseph's at [17/19/15/25] CALIFORNIA (1), 4:30 p.m. PT
Utah State at OREGON STATE, 11 a.m. PT
WASHINGTON at Gonzaga, 1 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE vs.  William & Mary (2), 11 a.m. ET
Mon., Sept. 1
ARIZONA at [25/43] BYU, 4 p.m. MT
[3/3/2/2] UCLA vs. Portland State, 1 p.m. PT
[1/1/1/6] USC at [6/8/6/5] Portland, 2:30 p.m. PT
(1) - Cal Invitational; Berkeley, Calif.
(2) - JMU/Comfort Inn Invitational; Harrisonburg, Va.
(3) - at Palo Alto, Calif.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Aug. 22
ARIZONA STATE 4, Northern Arizona 2
OREGON STATE 2, Portland State 1
No. 1 USC 1, No. 25 San Diego 0 (OT)
WASHINGTON STATE 1, Montana 0
Sat., Aug. 23
No. 6 Portland 3, OREGON 1
Sun., Aug. 24
ARIZONA 1, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 0
No. 17 CALIFORNIA 3, San Jose State 1
No. 10 STANFORD 5, Pacific 0
PAC-10 IN THE WEEKLY RANKINGS
This Week (8/26)
NSCAA/adidas: USC (1), UCLA (3), Stanford (10), California (17), Washington State (RV), Arizona State (RV)
Soccer America: USC (1), UCLA (3), Stanford (6), California (19)
Soccer Times: USC (1), UCLA (2), Stanford (7), California (15), Arizona State (RV)
Top Drawer: UCLA (2), USC (6), Stanford (8), California (25)
2008 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
Marisa Abegg, Stanford; Lauren Cheney, UCLA; Christina DiMartino, UCLA; Ashley Nick, USC; Kelley O'Hara, Stanford; Kristin Olsen, USC; Amy Rodriguez, USC.
PAC-10 COACHES PICK STANFORD AS2008 WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON FAVORITE
Five-time defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA tabbed as team No. 2Defending National Champion USC tabbed as team No. 3
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Just six points separate the top three teams in the coaches' preseason poll, but the STANFORD Cardinal have been tabbed as the favorite to win the 2008 Pac-10 women's soccer title in a vote by the Conference coaches. This marks the first time since 2003 that a team other than UCLA has been picked to win the Pac-10 championship, as the Cardinal were also the favorite in that same season.
Stanford, which tallied 76 points and six first-place votes, is coming off a campaign in which it finished tied for third in the Pac-10 with 18 points from a 5-1-3 Conference record (15-3-5, overall). The Cardinal advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, blowing out Sacramento State, 7-0, and defeating CALIFORNIA, 1-1 (7-6), along the way.
Five-time defending Pac-10 champion UCLA picked up 73 points and three first-place votes to take second place in the preseason poll. The Bruins, who went undefeated at 9-0-0 in the Conference last season, advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the fifth straight time.
As impressive as UCLA and Stanford were last season, the Cinderella story was the USC Trojans who finished second in the Pac-10 at 6-2-1, earning a record-breaking 20-3-2 overall mark to claim the Pac-10 and USC's first-ever women's soccer national championship. The Women of Troy have been tabbed as the third team in the Conference, racking up 70 points and one first-place vote.
California finished fourth in the poll, garnering 57 points, while ARIZONA STATE and WASHINGTON STATE both earned 44 points for a tie for fifth place. OREGON finished with 29 points, followed by WASHINGTON, which came in eighth with 25 points. ARIZONA (21) and OREGON STATE (11) rounded out the poll.
Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses):
2008 Pac-10 Women's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. Stanford (6) 762. UCLA (3) 733. USC (1) 704. California 575. Arizona State 44 Washington State 447. Oregon 298. Washington 259. Arizona 2110. Oregon State 11
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Back from last year's season ending injury, JR GK Chelsea McIntyre recorded the seventh shutout of her career ... In the Wildcats' 1-0 victory over Cal Poly, McIntyre also netted five saves ... SO MF Karina Camacho scored the game-winning goal for UA, blasting a goal in the 35th minute of the match.
After scoring a team-high five goals last season, SO F Karin Volpe notched two goals in Arizona State's season opener against Northern Arizona ... Contributing half of the Sun Devils' goal production, ASU won 4-2, Volpe scored twice in a little under six minutes on the game clock (33:08, 38:50) ... Arizona State received votes in this week's NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times polls.
In its season opener, California dominated San Jose State offensively, picking up the 3-1 win ... The Golden Bears recorded 33 shots, which included 14 shots on goal ... SO F Lisa Kevorkian, who added four shots to Cal's total, scored two goals in the game, while JR GK Gina Pellegrini added three saves ... California enters the week ranked as high as 15th in the Soccer Times poll.
Despite a 3-1 loss to sixth-ranked Portland on Saturday, Oregon played a solid match, cutting the score to 2-1 with six minutes left ... JR MF Teresa Bowns registered one shot on the evening, but moved into a tie for 10th place on the UO all-time charts for shots (73) ... SR MF Jessica Goodell scored her third career goal for the Ducks and led the team with four shots.
Oregon State opened its season with a 2-1 victory over in-state rival Portland State on Friday ... The Beavers got scores from JR MF Melissa Peck and JR D/MF Rachael Axon ... Rookie goalkeepers Katie Bell and Colleen Boyd each played in net for a half, as Boyd tallied one save.
Stanford made things look easy with a 5-0 blowout of Pacific to open its 2008 campaign ... With all five scores came in the first half, Stanford was able to control the ball, limiting the Tigers to just seven shots in the entire game ... 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Christen Press, scored two goals and tallied one assist to pick up right where she left off ... For her efforts, Press was named the Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Week.
UCLA opens its 2008 season with a Tues., Aug. 26 contest against UC Santa Barbara ... The Bruin return a plethora of talent, including 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Lauren Cheney ... Cheney led the Pac-10 in six categories last season, including points (57) and game winning goals (9) ... The five-time defending Pac-10 champions come in as one of the top teams in the nation, ranking second in this week's Soccer Times and Top Drawer polls.
The defending national champion USC Women of Troy opened their season with a 1-0 overtime win over No. 25 San Diego ... Three Trojans were named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list, honoring the nation's top collegiate soccer player, including SR MF Ashley Nick, JR GK Kristin Olsen and SR F Amy Rodriguez ... Rodriguez will rejoin the team this weekend, fresh off a gold medal win at the 2008 Olympics.
Washington kicks off the season Thurs., Aug. 28 at Montana ... The Huskies welcome seven true freshmen, including two-time Washington State Player of the Year, Katie Deines ... UW returns five of its top seven scorers from 2007, including SR F Melissa Beal, who led the team in scoring her first two seasons ... Washington will face nine teams this year that competed in 2007 postseason play.
With a 1-0 win over Montana to open 2008, Washington State begins its quest for a championship season ... JR F Kiersten Dallstream scored the lone goal in the match, marking the 14th score of her career, moving her into sole possession of seventh place on the Cougar all-time list ... The shutout was the first for the Cougars in a season opener since 2004 when WSU beat Denver 2-0 in Missoula and the first road shutout to open a season in school history.