Pac-12 Women's Soccer Begins Conference Season

• Pac-12 women's soccer finished non-conference action with a combined record of 61-27-12 and five are teams heading into Pac-12 play on a winning streak. ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, WASHINGTON STATE and WASHINGTON are the league’s five one-loss teams. Five of the six matches this weekend will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. The first Conference match of the season will take place at 4 p.m. MT on Friday, Sept. 25 when STANFORD heads to Salt Lake City to face UTAH which will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network. The weekend action will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. MT when COLORADO hosts CALIFORNIA on Pac-12 Mountain.

• Four Pac-12 teams are ranked in the NSCAA poll this week. Stanford slid to the No. 8 spot and California fell to 14th. Washington moved up four spots to No. 21 and Arizona is ranked No. 25. It is the first time the Wildcats have been ranked in the national poll since 2004. UCLA, Washington State, USC and ASU also received votes.

• The first NCAA RPI rankings were released on Sept. 21. The Pac-12 has six teams in the top 30 and nine teams in the top 64. Stanford is No. 8, California is No. 9, Washington is 12th, Washington State is 22nd and Arizona sits at 29th. USC holds the No. 40 spot, UCLA is 59th and Oregon State is 62nd.

• USC’s Mandy Freeman took home Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, UCLA's Madison Tye was voted Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and CALIFORNIA’s Emily Boyd was tabbed Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for the second-straight week.

•Through the non-conference schedule, goals did not come easily for the Conference's opponents. Six Pac-12 teams rank in the top 50 in the country in goals against average (GAA) with Oregon State leading the way at .444 goals allowed per game, good for No. 16 in the country. Individually, Boyd has the 15th-best GAA in the country .431 and Bella Geist of OSU is 16th at .444.

• The Pac-12 has three players in the top 25 in the country in points per game. ASU's Cali Farquharson is 11th at 2.17, California's Arielle Ship is ranked 16th at 2.0 and Arizona's Gabi Stoian is 25th at 1.88. Ship is 13th in the country in total points, tallying 18 already (goals worth two points, assists worth one point).

• California's Ifeoma Onumonu and Stoian are tied for 19th in the country in total assists. The senior forward from Cal and the sophomore forward/midfielder from Arizona each have five assists on the year.

National recognition continues to pour in for athletes from the Conference. UCLA's Annie Alvarado was named to the TopDrawerSoccer DI Team of the Week for her game-winning goal against then-No. 19 Pepperdine on Sept. 17.

• COMPLETE CAMPAIGN: Pac-12 students are known for their success on the field, but they are also impressive, complete people with outside interests, diverse backgrounds, extracurricular activities, interesting families, busy schedules, and full lives. Our school’s releases for this week’s games will focus on who Pac-12 students are off the field of play.

• COLORADO - In addition to her strong performance each week on the pitch, senior Kahlia Hogg shines in the classroom. Hogg is an international student from Campbell, ACT, Australia, majoring in mechanical engineering and boasts an impressive 3.77 cumulative GPA. 

A captain on this year’s squad, Hogg is currently working on an independent research project between the engineering and integrative physiology departments – engineering a bicycle to help extremely obese people in his or her journey to better health. 

As a child, Hogg lived in many places growing up due to her father’s work with Australian Aid. Some of those places include Australia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and the United States. She has never lived continuously in one place for more than four years.

Twenty-eight players from around the country have been marked as potential contenders for the 2015 Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The Pac-12 has three representatives on the list, Stanford senior Jane Campbell,  Stanford sophomore Andi Sullivan, the 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and UCLA senior Taylor Smith.

• For the fourth straight year, the countdown of Pac-12 Networks’ 850 live event telecasts will begin on the pitch with a 69-game women’s soccer schedule that also features 24 non-conference matchups. Of the 24 non-conference televised games, 12 matchups pit Pac-12 teams against 2014 NCAA Tournament qualifiers. Each Pac-12 team will appear on the Networks at least six times (home or away) in 2015.


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)

Teams Points Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Washington State 0 0-0 7-1
Washington 0 0-0 7-1-1
Arizona 0 0-0 6-1-1
California 0 0-0 6-1-2
Stanford 0 0-0 6-2
Colorado 0 0-0 6-2-1
Oregon State 0 0-0 4-1-3
USC 0 0-0 5-3-1
Arizona State 0 0-0 4-3
Utah 0 0-0 3-3-3
UCLA 0 0-0 4-4
Oregon 0 0-0 3-5

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)

Friday, Sept. 25 TV/Live Stream Time
STANFORD at UTAH PAC12/PACBA/PACMT 4 p.m. MT
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA PACAZ/PACWA 4 p.m. PT
OREGON at UCLA PAC12/PACLA/PACOR 8 p.m. PT
Saturday, Sept. 26    
OREGON STATE at USC   1 p.m. PT
Sunday, Sept. 27    
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE PAC12/PACAZ/PACWA 11 a.m. PT
CALIFORNIA at COLORADO PACMT 1 p.m. MT

PAC12/PACAZ/PACBA/PACLA/PACMT/PACOR/PACWA - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.


PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

THIS WEEK:
Offensive - Mandy Freeman, USC
Defensive - Madison Tye, UCLA
Goalkeeper - Emily Boyd, California

ALSO NOMINATED

Offensive: Gabi Stoian, ARIZ; Danica Evans, COLO; Kyra Fawcett, ORE; Nikki Faris, OSU; Michelle Xiao, STAN; Annie Alvarado, UCLA; Kimby Keever, WASH; Kaitlyn Johnson, WSU.

Defensive: Sheaffer Skadsen, ARIZ; Madison Krauser, COLO; Caitlyn Wong, ORE; Greta Espinoza, OSU; Alana Cook, STAN; McKenzie Karas, WASH.

Goalkeeper: Lainey Burdett, ARIZ; Kate Scheele. COLO; Halla Hinriksdottir, ORE; Bella Geist, OSU; Jane Campbell, STAN; Arielle Schechtman, UCLA; Sammy Jo Prudhomme, USC; Megan Kufeld, WASH.

2015 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  Offensive Defensive Goalkeeper
Aug. 25 Gabi Stoian, ARIZ Dominique Randle, USC Lindsey Luke, UTAH
Sept. 1 Celeste Boureille, CAL Gabbi Miranda, UCLA Bella Geist, OSU
Sept. 8 Arielle Ship, CAL Sandra Ley, CAL Megan Kufeld, WASH
Sept. 15 Shannon Simon, WASH Kayla Mills, USC Emily Boyd, CAL
Sept. 22 Mandy Freeman, USC Madison Tye, UCLA Emily Boyd, CAL

NATIONAL HONORS

MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Jane Campbell, Stanford; Andi Sullivan, Stanford; Taylor Smith, UCLA

NSCAA Division I National Player of the Week
Aug. 31-Sep 6. - F Arielle Ship, California

TopDrawerSoccer.com
Team of the Week
Aug. 21-23 - GK Bella Reist, OSU; F Allison Pantuso, OSU
Aug. 24-30 - D Greta Espinoza, OSU (honorable mention)
Aug. 31-Sept. 6 - F Arielle Ship, CAL; D Greta Espinoza, OSU; Megan Kufeld, WASH (honorable mention)
Sept. 7-13 - M Lucy Lara, ASU; F Arielle Ship, CAL (honorable mention); F Kourtney Guetlein, WSU (honorable mention)
Sept. 14-20 - M Annie Alvarado, UCLA

College Goal of the Week
Aug. 24-30 nominee - D Gabbi Miranda

National Player of the Week
Aug. 31-Sept. 6 - F Arielle Ship, California


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