Pac-12 represented by Stanford in round of eight
• For the 16th-straight year, Pac-12 women’s soccer will have a representative in the national quarterfinal of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship as Stanford makes its third-straight trip. The league had three teams earn trips to the round of 16 last weekend after ARIZONA, USC and STANFORD all posted victories in their second-round matches. The Cardinal then knocked off the Wildcats in the round of 16 and the Trojans came up short against No. 1 seed Virginia. The full bracket can be seen here.
• The Pac-12 was tied for the second-most conference representatives in the field this year with six. The Conference currently owns an all-time record of 174-118-24 in the NCAA Tournament, with three national championships and five second-place finishes to its credit.
• Four Pac-12 teams are ranked in the NSCAA final regular-season poll. Stanford stayed at the No. 3 spot and USC sits at No. 11. California is ranked No. 17 while Washington State is No. 23. Arizona and Washington both received votes.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
• STANFORD, the Pac-12 Champions for the fifth time in the last seven years, earned a No. 1 seed for the second-straight year. At 19-2-1 (10-0-1 Pac-12) on the year, Stanford earned its 24th all-time postseason appearance and 18th-consecutive bid. Stanford is one of three Pac-12 teams to win a NCAA Championship, previously taking home the 2011 title. The Cardinal beat San Jose State in the first round of this year's tournament by a score of 2-0. Stanford then beat BYU 2-1 in the second round and knocked off Arizona in the round of 16, 3-0, to advance to its third-straight trip to the national quarterfinal to play No. 3 seed Duke on Friday at 7 p.m. PT in Palo Alto.
• USC earned its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance this season and for the second-straight year, its first-round matchup went to penalty kicks. This time, the Trojans came out on top to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 3-3, and a win in penalty kicks. In the second round, USC squared off against Princeton and won, 3-0, but fell short against No. 1 seed Virginia in the round of 16, losing 2-0. The Trojans, who went 15-6-2 this season, finished second in the Pac-12 with a Conference record of 9-2. USC is 14-11-4 in postseason play all-time and owns one of the league’s three NCAA Championship titles after taking home the hardware in 2007.
• ARIZONA won 2-0 over Northern Colorado in the first round in program's first-ever NCAA Tournament home match. The Wildcats advanced to the second round for the second-straight year and won, 2-1, over No. 4 seed Santa Clara. UA moved on the round of 16 for only the second time in program history but fell to Stanford, 3-0. Arizona ended the year at 14-6-2 (6-4-1 Pac-12) and finished the regular season tied for fourth in the Pac-12. It was Arizona's fourth all-time NCAA Tournament and owns a 5-4-0 record in postseason play.
• Thirty-one conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2015 championship, while the remaining 33 teams were selected at-large. The top 16 teams are seeded and conference teams cannot play each other in the first- or second-rounds. When pairing teams, the committee follows geographic proximity parameters. The top 16 teams will host and all other sites were selected for the first-round to create the least number of flights.
Winners of the quarterfinal matches this week own a spot in the 34th-annual NCAA Women’s College Cup will be played December 4 and December 6 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., with Campbell University and the Town of Cary serving as co-hosts. The first national semifinal will be played and shown live on ESPNU at 5 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, December 4. The second semifinal will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time live on ESPNU. The national championship match will take place at Noon Eastern Time on Sunday, December 6 and will also broadcast live on ESPNU.
• The All-Pac-12 honors for the 2015 season were announced on Tuesday, as determined by a polling of the Conference coaches. CALIFORNIA’s Arielle Ship was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year, while USC's Kayla Mills was tabbed Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. STANFORD’s Alana Cook was named Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year while her teammate Jane Campbell was voted Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year. Cardinal head coach Paul Ratcliffe was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The All-Pac-12 teams were also announced. For the full list of honorees, click here.
PAC-12 ALL-ACADEMIC ACCOLADES
• The Conference announced that Sheaffer Skadsen was named the 2015 Pac-12 Women's Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year. The award, which is presented in each of the 23 sports the Pac-12 sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline. Since the award's inception in 2008, Skadsen is the first Wildcat to earn the recognition in women's soccer. For the full release, click here.
• The 2015 Pac-12 Conference Women's Soccer All-Academic teams, were announced Commissioner Larry Scott. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and appear in at least 50 percent of their team’s games. To see all of the honorees, click here.
• Defense has been stout among the league's members in the 2015 season. Three Pac-12 teams rank in the top 30 in the country in goals against average (GAA) with Stanford leading the way. The Cardinal has allowed just 12 goals in 22 games for a .531 GAA, good for No. 7 in the country. CALIFORNIA (No. 13, .595 GAA) and USC (No. 29, .682 GAA) join Stanford in the top 30.
• Individually, Emily Boyd of California has the best GAA in the Pac-12 at .554, a mark that ranks 13th nationally. Jane Campbell of Stanford (No. 14, .567 GAA) and Sammy Jo Prudhomme of USC (No. 33, .684 GAA) both rank in the top 35 nationally in the category, as well.
• Another testament to STANFORD's defense is that it has the lowest saves per game average in the Pac-12 at 2.05 and the fourth-lowest in the country.
• The Pac-12's leading point scorer, Arielle Ship of CALIFORNIA is tied for 28th in the country in points per game at 1.62. She has tallied 14 goals (two hat-tricks) and six assists on the year. With 34 total points, she sits at No. 21 in the country (goals worth two points, assists worth one point).
• Gabi Stoian of ARIZONA leads the league in assists with eight on the year. Her total is tied for 40th in the country.
• National recognition continues to pour in for student-athletes from the Conference. Kyra Carusa of Stanford earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer DI Team of the Week. Morgan Andrews of USC earned honorable mention honors.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)
|Teams||Points||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)
|Thursday, Nov. 27||TV/Live Stream||Time|
|#20 Duke at #3 STANFORD||Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
PAC12/PACAZ/PACBA/PACLA/PACMT/PACOR/PACWA - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.
• The 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District™ Women’s Soccer Teams were released on Oct. 29 to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Seven student-athletes from the Pac-12 were named to the District 8 first-team and seven were named to the second-team as well. To see the full list of honorees, click here. On Nov. 24, the CoSIDA Academic All-America™ teams were announced. Megan Kufeld of Washington and Sheaffer Skadsen of Arizona earned first team honors. For the list of honorees, click here.
• 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.
• ARIZONA STATE's Cali Farquharson was named one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award®, announced on Oct. 26. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December.
• 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.
PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
2015 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
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
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
Oct. 12-18 - M Samantha Witteman, CAL; F Nikki Faris, OSU, Indigo Gibson, CAL (honorable mention)
Oct. 19-25 - D Alana Cook, STAN; M Mandy Freeman
Oct. 26 - Nov. 1 - F Arielle Ship, CAL (honorable mention)
Nov. 2-8 - M Morgan Andrews, USC
Nov. 9-15 - M Morgan Andrews, USC; D Sheaffer Skadsen, ARIZ
Nov. 16-22 - F Kyra Carusa, STAN; M Morgan Andrews, USC (honorable mention)
IN THE PRESEASON
- Arizona Women's Soccer
- Arizona State Women's Soccer
- California Women's Soccer
- Colorado Women's Soccer
- Oregon Women's Soccer
- Oregon State Women's Soccer
- Stanford Women's Soccer
- UCLA Women's Soccer
- USC Women's Soccer
- Utah Women's Soccer
- Washington Women's Soccer
- Washington State Women's Soccer
- Arizona State
- Oregon State
- Washington State
- Women's Soccer
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