This week in Pac-12 Women's Soccer
By the Pac-12 Conference
In a wild weekend in the Pac-12, seven games were decided by a goal or less, seven teams played overtime matches and an unprecedented nine contests were shown live on the Pac-12 Networks. At 9-0-2, UCLA is the Conference's only unbeaten team, but Stanford sits atop the Pac-12 standings with nine points and an unblemished record in league play. Two Pac-12 teams grace this week's NSCAA top-25—Stanford (2) and UCLA (3)—while Oregon State, California and Utah received votes. Every Pac-12 matchup this weekend will pit a North division member against a South division member (though Women's soccer does not distinguish between the two divisions). The Pac-12 Networks will televise four conference games this weekend, each featuring a ranked or previously ranked team. Action resumes Friday, as USC takes on Oregon State, Stanford clashes with Utah, and Arizona squares off against Washington in Pac-12 Networks regional broadcasts.
(Times local to site)
Friday, October 5
USC at Oregon State* (Pac-12 Networks), 1:00 p.m. PT
No. 2 Stanford at Utah* (Pac-12 Networks), 2:00 p.m. MT
Arizona State at Washington State*, 2:00 p.m. PT
Arizona at Washington* (Pac-12 Networks), 3:00 p.m. PT
California at Colorado*, 4:00 p.m. MT
No. 3 UCLA at Oregon*, 7:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, October 7
Arizona at Washington State*, 11:00 a.m. PT
No. 3 UCLA at Oregon State*, (Pac-12 Networks) 12:00 p.m. PT
Arizona State at Washington*, 12:00 p.m. PT
California at Utah*, 1:00 p.m. MT
No. 2 Stanford at Colorado*, 1:00 p.m. MT
USC at Oregon*, 1:00 p.m. PT
AROUND THE LEAGUE
•Stanford and Utah will put lengthy runs on the line when they meet in Salt Lake City on Friday. The Cardinal has won 34 consecutive league matches and has been rolling of late, riding a seven game winning streak. Utah went 2-0 in Pac-12 matches last weekend with wins over Washington State and Washington. The Utes, who have allowed just one goal at home this season, have won 13 of their last 14 games (including each of their last six) in Salt Lake City dating back to 2011.
•Goalkeeper Annie Brunner and Colorado have posted six clean sheets this season (they're averaging one every two games) but California, which has won seven of its last eight tilts, has only been shut out once this season and has scored in nine straight matches. The Bears average 2.42 goals per game to rank third in the Pac-12 and have drawn a conference-leading 81 corners this season.
•Washington State's matchup with Arizona State on Sunday has the potential to be a high-scoring affair. The Sun Devils, who racked up a Conference single-game high 35 shots and scored five goals against USC last week, have scored three or more goals in four games this year. Washington State has shown a propensity for finding the back of the net, as the Cougars too have notched three or more goals in four games this season, including a six-goal explosion against Boise State that represents a Pac-12 single-game high. They also managed 23 shots in a 5-1 dismantling of Idaho on Sept. 16.
•Two of the Conference's top young goalkeepers will go head-to-head in Corvallis on Sunday. After turning in a 12-save performance against Cal, OSU freshman goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme owns two of the top-three single-game save totals in the Pac-12 this season (she collected a conference-high 13 saves against Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 30). Prudhomme ranks fifth in the Conference with 43 saves, a figure highlighted by the fact that she has only played in five games this season. Her 8.60 saves-per-game average is nearly three points higher than any other Pac-12 netminder. UCLA sophomore goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland has posted five complete-game shutouts and has given up just two goals. She leads the Pac-12 in goals-against average (0.27), save percentage (.909) and shutouts per game (0.62).
•USC and Oregon have played more than their share of close matches. Combined, they have played in 17 one-goal games or ties this season, with six matches calling for extra time. USC, which has seen each of its three Pac-12 games extend to overtime, has played in eight straight contests that have resulted in a tie or have been decided by a single goal, while Oregon has played eight of its last ten opponents within a one-goal margin.