This week in Pac-12 women's soccer
• Conference play continues with six games on Thursday, Sep. 29, including the matchup between WASHINGTON STATE at STANFORD for #ThursdayGoals on Pac-12 Network. Five of six games on Thursday appear on the Conference Network regional or national programming.
• The Conference goalies continue to prove their worth with three teams appearing in the top-15 in the nation for shutout percentage: USC is fifth (0.778), CALIFORNIA is 11th (0.700), and UTAH is 14th (0.667). California’s Emily Boyd sits at fourth in the nation for shutouts (7), USC’s Sammy Jo Prudhomme is ninth (6), and UCLA’s Teagan Micah is 20th (5).
• After the first week of Conference play, Stanford sits atop the Conference standings with California trailing closely behind. Stanford and California both won their first Conference games to rack up eight wins thus far in the season. The Cardinal continues to go unbeaten with just one tie to supplement its wins.
• The Pac-12 Conference has continually had three or more teams in the NSCAA top-25 with Stanford making a strong presence at first or second each week this season. Pac-12 teams continue to reign victorious over ranked teams, proving their worth, including multiple upsets and notable wins over the season thus far. Most notably, an upset by then-unranked USC over then-No. 8 North Carolina on Sept. 11 and UCLA beating reigning national champion Penn State on Sept. 2.
• NSCAA rankings features four Pac-12 teams this week with Stanford at the helm for the third week in a row (No. 1), USC moving up one place to No. 9, UCLA again at No. 11, and California moving up three places to No. 17. COLORADO and Washington State also received votes.
• NCAA RPI rankings has five Pac-12 teams in the top-30 with Stanford at No.1, UCLA is No. 11, USC is No. 16, OREGON is No. 24, and California is No. 27.
• Ten games appear on the Pac-12 Network this week: WASHINGTON at California, USC at Oregon, Utah at ARIZONA STATE, Colorado at ARIZONA, and Washington State at Stanford on Friday. Washington State at California, Utah at Arizona, USC at OREGON STATE, Washington at Stanford, and Colorado at Arizona State at Sunday.
• UCLA’s Jessie Fleming claimed Offensive Player of the Week, USC’s Mandy Freeman claimed Defensive Player of the Week, and Colorado’s Jalen Tompkins claimed her second weekly honor for Goalkeeper of the Week this season.
• TopDrawerSoccer.com features four Pac-12 schools in the top-25 with Stanford coming in at No. 1, USC is No. 5, UCLA is No. 7, and California is No. 20.
• The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year, Arielle Ship, returns for the Golden Bears this season, as well as USC's Kayla Mills, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Stanford's Jane Campbell, the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year. Six members of the All-Pac-12 first team and eight members of the All-Pac-12 second team are returning for the coming season.
• Twenty-eight players from NCAA Division I schools around the country have been marked as potential contenders for the 2016 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 five representatives on the list: Stanford’s senior Jane Campbell and junior Andi Sullivan, USC’s seniors Kayla Mills and Morgan Andres, along with California’s senior Arielle Ship.
• The countdown of Pac12 Networks’ 850 live event telecasts begin on the pitch with a 68-game women’s soccer schedule. Each Pac-12 team appears on the Network at least six times (home or away) in 2016.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)
|Teams||Points||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)
|Thursday, Sep. 29|
|WASHINGTON at #17 CALIFORNIA||P12N||4:30 p.m. PT|
|#9 USC at OREGON||P12N||4:30 p.m. PT|
|UTAH at ARIZONA STATE||P12N||4:30 p.m. PT|
|COLORADO at ARIZONA||P12N||7 p.m. PT|
|#11 UCLA at OREGON STATE||7 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON STATE at #1 STANFORD||P12N||7 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Oct. 2|
|WASHINGTON STATE at #17 CALIFORNIA||P12N||11 a.m. PT|
|UTAH at ARIZONA||P12N||1 p.m. PT|
|#9 USC at OREGON STATE||P12N||1 p.m. PT|
|#11 UCLA at OREGON||Live Stream||1 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON at #1 STANFORD||P12N||2 p.m. PT|
|COLORADO at ARIZONA STATE||P12N||3 p.m. PT|
P12N/P12A/P12BA/P12LA/P12M/P12O/P12W - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Network. MWN - Indicates live broadcast on Mountain West Network.
PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive: Jessie Fleming, Fr., UCLA
Defensive: Mandy Freeman, Sr., USC
Goalkeeper: Jalen Tompkins, Fr., COLO
Offensive: Mia Corbin, CAL; Taylor Kernieck, COLO; Averie Collins, STAN; Katie Johnson, USC.
Defensive: Kahlia Hogg, COLO; Tegan McGrady, STAN; Zoey Goralski, UCLA.
Goalkeeper: Emily Boyd, CAL; Jalen Tompkins, COLO: Bella Geist, OSU; Jane Campbell, STAN; Teagan Micah, UCLA; Sammy Jo Prudhomme, USC; Carly Nelson, UTAH.
2016 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Jane Campbell, Stanford; Andi Sullivan, Stanford; Kayla Mills, USC; Morgan Andres, USC; Arielle Ship, California
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