USC women's soccer punches ticket to the Women's College Cup
USC has punched its ticket to the NCAA Women's College Cup. For the second time in program history, the No. 2 seeded-Trojans have proven to be among the top-four women’s soccer teams in the nation. The team matches up against No.2 seeded-Georgetown on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. PT in San Jose, Calif. at Avaya Stadium on ESPNU. Ticketing information for the match can be found here.
No. 1 seed-West Virginia play No. 2 seed-North Carolina on Friday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. The winners of both games meet Sunday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. PT for the championship game. All three games are in San Jose, Calif. at Avaya Stadium and appear on ESPNU.
NCAA TOURNAMENT… Pac-12 teams hold an all-time record of 174-118-25 (.588) in the NCAA Tournament, with three national championships and five second-place finishes. The Pac-12 was tied for the third-most conference selections in the tournament this year with six. View the 2016 NCAA women's soccer bracket here.
CALIFORNIA was the first Pac-12 team to be eliminated from the tournament, losing in the first round to Pepperdine in penalty kicks on Nov. 12. COLORADO lost in the second round to South Carolina on Nov. 17 on a score of 0-1. No. 1-seeded STANFORD was also eliminated in the second round in double overtime by Santa Clara (0-1) on Nov. 18. UCLA lost to West Virginia in penalty kicks on Nov. 20 during the the third round, as well as Utah losing to USC.
MAC HERMANN TROPHY… The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Tuesday 15 women’s semifinalists in consideration for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy, based on voting by NCAA Division I soccer coaches. USC's senior midfielder Morgan Andrews is among the 15 semifinalists, as well as Stanford senior defender Maddie Bauer and junior midfielder Andi Sullivan. Sullivan was also a semifinalist for the award in 2015.
Twenty-eight players from NCAA Division I schools around the country were 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 had five representatives on the preseason watchlist: Stanford’s senior Jane Campbell and junior Andi Sullivan, USC’s seniors Kayla Mills and Morgan Andrews, along with California’s senior Arielle Ship.
Three men’s finalists and three women’s finalists will be named on December 14 at the conclusion of voting by NCAA Division I soccer coaches. The 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy banquet will be held at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on January 6, 2017 to formally announce this year’s winners.
COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAM… Stanford senior Maddie Bauer was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America third team with a 3.56 GPA as an international relations major. Bauer was apart of the Conference-winning Cardinal squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
STANFORD WINS CONFERENCE TITLE… Stanford was crowned the 2016 Pac-12 Champion going 10-1-0 in the league. Led by 2016 Pac-12 Coach of the Year Paul Ratcliffe, the Cardinal earned its sixth Pac-12 title in the last eight years. Stanford also earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship for the third-straight year.
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.
After the end of the regular season and for the second week in a row, NSCAA rankings featured six Pac-12 teams, the most this season, with Stanford leading the Conference at No. 2. After starting the season unranked, USC is No. 7, UCLA is No. 18, Colorado is No. 20, Utah is No. 23, and California is No. 24.
NCAA STATS… Conference goalies continue to prove their worth with two teams appearing in the top-30 in the nation in shutout percentage: USC is eighth (0.652) and California is 27th (0.524). Three teams are also ranked in the top-30 in save percentage: USC is fifth (0.907), Utah is 15th (0.858), and Colorado is 25th (0.847).
USC’s Sammy Jo Prudhomme is sixth (0.906) in the nation in save percentage with Utah’s July Mathias at 22nd (0.857) and Colorado’s Jalen Tompkins at 26th (0.855). Prudhomme is third in the nation in shutouts (14) and California’s Emily Boyd is ninth (11).
Three Pac-12 players appear in the top-25 in the nation in game-winning goals. Utah’s Hailey Skolmoski is seventh (7), Colorado’s Taylor Kornieck is ninth (6), and UCLA’s Darian Jenkins is 25th (5). All three players are dominant offensive forces on their respective teams, having each won at least one Pac-12 weekly honor this season.
Two teams appear in the top-30 in the nation in goals-against average. USC is eighth (0.4425), Utah is 17th (0.647), and California is 29th (0.759).
Although Stanford has suffered two tough losses and a tie over the season, the Cardinal still rank third in the nation in won-lost-tied percentage (0.881). Two other teams also rank in the top-25 of the category: USC is 12th (0.783) and UCLA is 24th (0.727).
NCAA RPI… NCAA RPI rankings had six Pac-12 teams in the top-35 after the regular season with Stanford at No. 1, USC is No. 6, UCLA is No. 11, 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.
UCLA ended its regular season beating then-No. 5 USC on Friday, Nov. 4.
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.
PAC-12 POSTSEASON HONORS… The All-Pac-12 honors for the 2016 season were announced at the conclusion of the regular season, as determined by a polling of the Conference coaches. Stanford’s Andi Sullivan was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year, while USC's Mandy Freeman was tabbed Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Colorado’s Taylor Kornieck was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year while USC’s Sammy Jo Prudhomme was voted Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year. For the seventh time in the last nine years, Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The All-Pac-12 and All-Freshman teams were also announced. The full release can be seen here.
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|
* Pac-12 Champion; ^ NCAA Participant
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)
|Friday, Dec. 2|
|#2 North Carolina vs. #1 West Virginia||ESPNU||5 p.m. PT|
|#2 Georgetown vs. #2 USC (semifinal)||ESPNU||7:30 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Dec. 4|
|Georgetown/USC vs. North Carolina/West Virginia||ESPNU||6 p.m. PT|
PAC-12 ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Andi Sullivan, Stanford
PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mandy Freeman, USC
PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Taylor Kornieck, Colorado
PAC-12 GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR: Sammy Jo Prudhomme, USC
PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR: Paul Ratcliffe, Stanford
The full release can be found here.
2016 PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Jane Campbell, Stanford; Andi Sullivan, Stanford; Kayla Mills, USC; Morgan Andrews, USC; Arielle Ship, California
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