Six Pac-12 women's soccer teams ranked as Conference play ends
The regular season ends this week as each school plays one final game. All teams make one final bid for postseason play. Three top-25 matches appear on the schedule: No. 23 UTAH at No. 22 COLORADO, No. 3 STANFORD at No. 21 CALIFORNIA, and No. 18 UCLA at No. 5 USC.
#THURSDAYGOALS… All six games this week air on Pac-12 Network regional or national programming, including the matchup between WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE for #ThursdayGoals on Pac-12 Network on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. PT.
On Monday Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET, the NCAA Women's Soccer Selection Committee will announce its NCAA Tournament selections. The selection show will be broadcast at NCAA.com. The DI Women’s Soccer College Cup will be held at Avaya Stadium in San Jose on Dec. 2 and 4. Find out more about tickets here.
NCAA STATS… Conference goalies continue to prove their worth with three teams appearing in the top-25 in the nation in shutout percentage: USC is fifth (0.667), CALIFORNIA is 19th (0.579), and UTAH is 22nd (0.556). Four teams are also ranked in the top-30 in save percentage: USC is fifth (0.908), California is 20th (0.855), Utah is 25th (0.850), and Colorado is 27th (0.848).
USC’s Sammy Jo Prudhomme is fifth (0.906) in the nation in save percentage with Colorado’s Jalen Tompkins at 25th (0.859). California’s Emily Boyd is tied with Prudhomme for fifth in the nation in shutouts (11).
Three Pac-12 players appear in the top-15 in the nation in game-winning goals. Utah’s Hailey Skolmoski is fourth (7), Colorado’s Taylor Kornieck is eighth (6), and UCLA’s Darian Jenkins is 15th (5). All three players are dominant offensive forces on their respective teams, having each won at least one Pac-12 weekly honor this season.
Three teams appear in the top-20 in the nation in goals-against average. USC is eighth (0.437), California is 14th (0.598), and Utah is 18th (0.635).
Although Stanford has suffered one tough loss and a tie this season, the Cardinal still rank second in the nation in won-lost-tied percentage (0.917). Three other teams also rank in the top-35 of the category: USC is 13th (0.806), and California and Colorado are tied for 32nd (0.737).
CONFERENCE LEADERS… Stanford sits atop the Conference standings with an impressive 9-1 record. USC (8-1-1) and Colorado (8-2) closely follow. Stanford leads the Conference with 16 wins this season, and USC and Colorado both have 14.
NSCAA RANKINGS… The Pac-12 Conference has continuously had three or more teams in the NSCAA top-25 poll with Stanford having a strong presence in the top three each week this season, including coming in on top four weeks in a row from Sept. 13-Oct. 4.
For the first time this season, NSCAA rankings features six Pac-12 teams, the most this season, with Stanford leading the Conference staying at No. 3. After starting the season unranked, USC is No. 5, UCLA's No. 18, California is No. 21, Colorado stays at No. 22, and Utah enters the rankings at No. 23.
NCAA RPI… NCAA RPI rankings has six Pac-12 teams in the top-35 with Stanford at No. 1, USC is No. 4, UCLA is No. 16, Utah is No. 21, Colorado is No. 29, and California is No. 32.
UPSETS… Pac-12 teams reigned victorious over ranked teams in non-conference play, proving their worth, including multiple upsets and notable wins. 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.
Upsets continue to fill the Conference schedule with then- No. 7 USC beating Stanford on Thursday, Oct. 13, but then-No.14 California bounced back from a tie at then-No. 10 UCLA and beat then- No.7 USC on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Then-No. 22 Colorado upset California on Sunday, Oct 23 and the Buffs look to do the same with two top-25 matches on the schedule this week.
For the first time in five seasons, Utah beat a ranked team on Sunday, Oct. 30. After coming off of a tie (1-1) with then-No. 4 USC on Thursday, Oct. 27, Utah came back to beat then-No. 9 UCLA 2-0.
PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK… Stanford’s Andi Sullivan claimed Offensive Player of the Week, Utah’s Katie Rogers claimed Defensive Player of the Week, and Stanford’s Jane Campbell claimed Goalkeeper of the Week.
COMPLETE STUDENT-ATHLETES... Colorado's Jalen Tompkins became the Buff’s starting goalkeeper as a redshirt freshman, but also stands out in the classroom. She has a 3.789 GPA and is majoring in integrative physiology with hopes of becoming a pediatric oncologist.
Arizona's Lexe Selman Richards battled cancer just after accepting her offer from the University of Arizona. She had Acute myeloid leukemia, but was able to beat it and come back to play for the Wildcats.
California's Elliott Gentille organized a Be The Match Bone Marrow campaign on campus last year. She teamed up with Be The Match to assist her family friend, who was battling Leukemia, in finding a bone marrow match. Elliott was responsible for many people signing up to be on the bone marrow registry.
Arizona State's Annie Warren is currently co-president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the second straight year.
Bella Geist led the Oregon State women’s soccer team with first-team Academic All-Pac-12 honors last season after recording a 3.95 GPA as a biology major.
UCLA's Gabbi Miranda is a co-chair of the UCLA Student-Athlete Mentor (SAMS) program. The purpose of SAMS is to provide each team with a representative that will be trained and able to serve as a role model and resource to his or her teammates and other student-athletes.
During the summer of 2016, Stanford's Jaye Boissiere volunteered in South Africa for three weeks with the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program - a service program for Stanford and Duke student-athletes.
RETURNING PLAYERS OF THE YEAR… 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.
MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST… 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, Nov. 3|
|WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE||P12N||7 p.m. PT|
|Friday, Nov. 4|
|#23 UTAH at #22 COLORADO||P12M||2 p.m. PT|
|#3 STANFORD at #21 CALIFORNIA||P12N||3 p.m. PT|
|OREGON STATE at OREGON||P12O||3 p.m. PT|
|ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE||P12A||3 p.m. PT|
|#18 UCLA at #5 USC||P12LA||7 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
2016 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive: Andi Sullivan, Jr. Stanford
Defensive: Katie Rogers, Sr., Utah
Goalkeeper: Jane Campbell, Sr., Stanford
Offensive: Kelly Fitzgerald, CAL; Alex Anthony, USC; Becca Schoales, WASH; Kaitlyn Johnson, WSU.
Defensive: Tegan McGrady, STAN; Mandy Freeman, USC; Dominiq Bond-Flasza, WASH.
Goalkeeper: Emily Boyd, CAL; Sammy Jo Prudhomme, USC; July Mathias, 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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