Four teams in top 25 heading into week four of league play

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After three weeks of league play, all 12 teams have earned a point. STANFORD is still the only team with an undefeated record in Conference matches, a perfect 5-0 record to tally 15 points. But, No. 16 WASHINGTON STATE and USC are right behind the Cardinal with 4-1 records on the year and 12 points each. No. 4 Stanford hosts COLORADO at 5 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 16 (Pac-12 Network). No. 16 Washington State hosts ARIZONA at 7 p.m. PT on Friday. USC heads to OREGON on Saturday, Oct. 17 for a 6 p.m. PT match.

• Four Pac-12 teams are ranked in the NSCAA poll this week. Stanford climbed two spots No. 4 and Washington State jumped five spots to No. 16. WASHINGTON is up one spot to No. 18 and CALIFORNIA is back in the top 25 at the No. 23 spot. USC and Arizona also received votes.

• After the third round of Conference matches, the Pac-12 has seven teams in the top-62 of the national RPI rankings released on Oct. 12. Stanford is eighth while Washington is 16th. Washington State is 21st, USC is 22nd and Arizona is No. 23. California is No. 31 and UCLA is No. 62.

• California's Arielle Ship took home Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor for the second time this year, Stanford's Stephanie Amack was voted Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Washington State's Ella Dederick was tabbed Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week.

• Defense has been stout among the league's members in the 2015 season. Five Pac-12 teams rank in the top 50 in the country in goals against average (GAA) with Stanford leading the way. The Cardinal has allowed eight goals in 13 games for a .607 GAA, good for No. 24 in the country. California (No. 35, .684 GAA), Washington (No. 36, .692 GAA), USC (No. 37, .703 GAA) and Oregon State (No. 48, .785 GAA) join Stanford in the top 50.

• Individually, Emily Boyd of California has the best GAA in the Pac-12 at .623, a mark that ranks 27th nationally. Jane Campbell of Stanford (No. 34, .681 GAA), Megan Kufeld of Washington (No. 36, .692 GAA) and Sammy Jo Prudhomme of USC (No. 39, .703 GAA) all rank in the top 50 nationally in the category as well.

• The Pac-12's leading point scorer, Ship of California, is 27th in the country in points per game at 1.71. She has tallied ten goals and four assists on the year. With 24 total points, she sits at No. 19 in the country (goals worth two points, assists worth one point).

Gabi Stoian of Arizona leads the league in assists with six on the year. That total is tied for 40th in the country. 

National recognition continues to pour in for student-athletes from the Conference. Ship and USC defender Kayla Mills were named TopDrawerSoccer DI Team of the Week.

• The Pac-12 All-Century Women's Soccer team was announced by the Pac-12 Networks on Oct. 5. Twenty-four players (seven forwards, six midfielders, four goalies) were chosen from a field of 63 players nominated by Pac-12 institutions. Former Stanford Cardinal and three-time Olympic medalist Julie Foudy was named the Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Player of the Century. Current Cardinal head coach Paul Ratcliffe was also chosen as the Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Coach of the Century. To see the full team, click here.

• 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.

Arizona - Sheaffer Skadsen, the senior defender, is studying Public Health at the University of Arizona while taking classes from the physiology and chemistry departments to fulfill prerequisites for dental school. This past summer, she studied for and took the dental admissions test (DAT). After she graduates from Arizona next December,her plan is to turn in dental school applications this summer. She has been looking at schools all over the country and is excited to start that chapter of her life.

• ARIZONA STATE's Cali Farquharson and Stanford's Laura Liedle were two of 30 NCAA women's soccer student-athletes selected as candidates for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award®, announced on Sept. 3.

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,  the 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in Stanford sophomore Andi Sullivan 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
Stanford 15 5-0 11-2
Washington State 12 4-1 11-2
USC 12 4-1 9-4-1
Washington 10 3-1-1 10-2-2
California 9 3-2 9-3-2
UCLA 7 2-2-1 6-6-1
Arizona 6 2-3 8-4-1
Utah 6 2-3 5-6-3
Colorado 4 1-3-1 7-5-2
Oregon State 3 1-4 5-5-3
Oregon 3 1-4 4-9
Arizona State 1 0-4-1 4-7-1

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)

Thursday, Oct. 15 TV/Live Stream Time
#19 Santa Clara at #23 CALIFORNIA PAC12/PACBA 2 p.m. PT
ARIZONA STATE at #18 WASHINGTON PAC12 7 p.m. PT
Friday, Oct. 16    
COLORADO at #4 STANFORD PAC12/PACMT/PACBA 5 p.m. PT
ARIZONA at #16 WASHINGTON STATE Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, Oct. 17    
UCLA at OREGON STATE   1 p.m. PT
USC at OREGON Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
Sunday, Oct. 18    
UTAH at #23 CALIFORNIA PACMT/PACBA 11 a.m. PT

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


PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

THIS WEEK:
Offensive - Arielle Ship, California
Defensive - Stephanie Amack, Stanford
Goalkeeper - Ella Dederick, Washington State

ALSO NOMINATED

Offensive: Maryn Beutler, ORE; Emma Jones, OSU; Tegan McGrady, STAN; Kodi Lavrusky, UCLA; Jamie Fink, USC; Kelcie Hedge, WASH; Kaitlyn Johnson, WSU.

Defensive: Indigo Gibson, CAL; Greta Espinoza, OSU; Zoey Goralski, UCLA; Kayla Mills, USC; McKenzie Karas, WASH; Susie White, WSU.

Goalkeeper: Emily Boyd, CAL; Halla Hinriksdottir, ORE; Bella Geist, OSU; Jane Campbell, STAN; Siri Ervik, UCLA; 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
Sept. 29 Emily Paxton, COLO Sheaffer Skadsen, ARIZ Arielle Schechtman, UCLA
Oct. 6 Andi Sullivan, STAN McKenzie Karas, WASH Lindsey Luke, UTAH
Oct. 13 Arielle Ship, CAL Stephanie Amack, STAN Ella Dederick, WSU

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
Sept. 21-27 - GK Arielle Schechtman, UCLA; F Kyra Carusa, STAN (honorable mention)
Sept. 28-Oct. 4 - M Shannon Simon, WASH; M Andi Sullivan, STAN
Oct. 5 -11 - D Kayla Mills, USC; F Arielle Ship, CAL

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
Sept. 28-Oct. 4 - M Andi Sullivan, Stanford


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