PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER LOOKING STRONG AGAINST NON-CONFERENCE FOES
The Pac-12 continued to look strong in week two of 2013, going 13-4-4 to bring their non-conference record to 29-8-6. Every Conference team will play two games this weekend starting with the Thursday night matchup of Washington State at Boise State. USC, Colorado, Arizona, and Arizona State are all participating in weekend tournaments, with Arizona heading to Tempe to play in their in-state rival’s Sun Devil Classic where both teams will face Kansas and Illinois on opposite days. Four teams will faced ranked teams, with the surging Bruins heading to the North Carolina to face two ranked opponents for the second-consecutive week, this time against defending national champion and No. 1-ranked North Carolina on Friday and No. 12-ranked Duke on Sunday. Other marquee matchups include Utah’s visit to No. 6/7 and Washington hosting No. 7/6 Wake Forest on Friday, and Sunday’s contest pitting No. 4/5 Stanford vs. No. 16/17 Maryland at the Cardinal’s home field.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
- UN-DE-FEAT-ED: Eight Pac-12 teams remain unbeaten through the first two weeks of the season, with half those teams being 3-0-0 or better in UCLA, USC, Washington State, and Colorado.
- No. 3/2 ranked UCLA showed why their the Conference favorite in the second weekend of action, knocking off two top-25 teams at the Notre Dame-hosted Adidas Inviational which included a win the No. 7/4 Fighting Irish that secured the tournament title. The Bruins have a budding star in freshman forward Darian Jenkins, who knocked in two goals on the weekend, including the game-winner against Notre Dame. Jenkins has scored a goal in each of the Bruins first four games and leads the team with eight points.
- Arizona held tough against No. 24 Ohio State on the road behind goalkeeper and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week Gabby Kaufman. The junior made 7 saves on 16 shots to ensure the Wildcat’s second shutout of the weekend and come out of Buckeye territory with a 0-0 draw.
- Trojan scoring rampage: For the third time in three games USC scored four goals in dominating victories. Their 12 goals in the first three games is a school-record with the Trojans matching their best start since 2007. The Women of Troy are sharing the wealth with five different people scoring in three games and four of them having two goals or more.
- Unlikely hero: Redshirt sophomore Haley Rosen came off the bench for the Cardinal to score a goal in the 67th minute that rallied Stanford to a 1-1 draw in their home-opener against then No. 16 Portland. The tie kept Stanford unbeaten on the season as they head into a weekend where they will face No. 16/17 Maryland at home.
- Of the Conferences’ 8 losses, seven were against ranked teams. The Pac-12 tied three other national ranked teams and collected victories against three others.
- California and Washington State both had decisive victories over the weekend, scoring five and six goals, respectively, with Cal only giving up one goal on the weekend and the Cougars giving up zero to record the shutout.
- Oregon and Oregon State swapped opponents on the weekend and both picked up one goal victories over Texas.