Pac-12 women's soccer has new leader with No. 1 Stanford
• Pac-12 women’s soccer maintains the top-two spots in the country for the sixth-consecutive week, except with a new national leader as No. 1 STANFORD now sits atop the NCAA as well as the Pac-12 standings and UCLA ranks No. 2.
• In the United Soccer Coaches poll, Stanford (12-1-0, 5-0-0) rose to the No. 1 ranking in the country with a pair of 3-0 victories against COLORADO and UTAH last week. No. 2 UCLA (11-0-2, 4-0-1) falls from its five-week reign after going 1-0-1 last week, tying ARIZONA (2-2) and beating ARIZONA STATE (3-0). The Bruins remain one of only three teams in NCAA Division I without a loss this season (Texas, Milwaukee).
• No. 6 USC (10-1-1, 4-0-1) holds its place in the top 10 after beating Arizona, 1-0, and Arizona State, 2-1. No. 18 CALIFORNIA climbs two spots in the national poll after posting a pair of shutouts, blanking Colorado, 1-0, and Utah, 2-0.
• This week starts with Pac-12 Networks’ Thursday Goals as the No. 2 Bruins host Utah on Pac-12 Network. Of the six matches scheduled this week, four will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks including a Friday tripleheader with Colorado at No. 6 USC, Arizona State at Oregon, and Washington at No. 1 Stanford.
• Teams to watch this week are Arizona and Washington as both received top-25 votes in the latest national poll. The Wildcats visit Oregon State on Friday with an opportunity to move into the top half of the Conference standings after moving into sixth with a tie against No. 2 UCLA last week. Washington has been on the verge of breaking into the rankings throughout the season and has a major matchup against the No. 1 Cardinal this week.
• Newly crowned No. 1 Stanford continues to top the national stats in eight categories including scoring offense (4.15), total points (155), and total assists (47), and is featured in the top five of an additional four categories. The Bruins appear in five categories including second in won-lost-tied percentage (0.923) and total assists (41).
• In the net, Husky goalkeeper Sarah Shimer is tied for second nationally with 10 shutouts, eighth in goals against average with 0.411 and 14th in save percentage at 0.878 this season.
• UCLA’s Hailie Mace is tied for fifth in the country and first in the Conference in total points (27) and total goals (12). Mace earned back-to-back Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring three goals two weeks in a row and has now claimed three Pac-12 weekly awards so far this year.
• Oregon State’s Allison Pantuso earned her first Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week nod helping the Beavers to two shutouts last week defeating Washington State, 1-0, and tying Washington, 0-0. California’s Emily Boyd picks up her second Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honor and her second of the season after she led the Golden Bears to wins over Colorado, 1-0, and Utah, 2-0, last week. Boyd moved into sixth place in Conference history with 33 career shutouts.
• Three Pac-12 student-athletes were honored for their outstanding individual performances this week earning a spot on TopDrawerSoccer’s Best IX weekly team. Goalkeeper Emily Boyd made a combined 14 saves over two matches for the Golden Bears, earning two shutouts against Utah and Colorado. Stanford also alternated games in Utah and Colorado as defender Alana Cook helped lead the Cardinal to two more shutouts and conceded just one shot on goal. USC midfielder Nicole Molen contributed in a pair of wins over Arizona and Arizona State, setting up the game-winning goal in the Trojans’ win over the Sun Devils.
• Three Pac-12 student-athletes appear on the 2017 Senior CLASS Award candidate list: Andi Sullivan, Stanford; Zoey Goralski, UCLA; and Alex Anthony, USC. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season to determine an official ballot and the winner will be announced during the College Cup in December.
• The Pac-12 has the most representatives on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List with seven student-athletes, the most from the Conference since seven in 2010. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer, presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The Conference is represented by Jemma Purfield, Arizona State; Taylor Kornieck, COLORADO; Andi Sullivan and Tierna Davidson, Stanford; Jessie Fleming, UCLA; Ally Prisock, USC; and Hailey Skolmoski, Utah
• On TopDrawerSoccer 2017 Preseason Women’s DI Best XI teams, the Pac-12 tied for the most selections with seven student-athletes and had the most of any league with five on the Freshmen Best XI. UCLA’s First Team selection: Jessie Fleming, UCLA and Andi Sullivan, Stanford. Second Team: Jemma Purfield, ASU; Tierna Davidson, Stanford; Taylor Kornieck, Colorado.Third Team: Emily Boyd, California; Ally Prisock, USC. Freshmen: Emily Smith, California; Kennedy Faulnor, UCLA; Savannah DeMelo, USC; Ashley Sanchez, UCLA; Catarina Macario, Stanford.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)
|Teams||Points||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)
|Thursday, Oct. 12|
|Utah at UCLA||P12N||8 p.m. PT|
|Friday, Oct. 13|
|Colorado at USC||P12N||4 p.m. PT|
|Arizona State at Oregon||P12N||4 p.m. PT|
|Arizona at Oregon State||7 p.m. PT|
|Washington at Stanford||P12N||8 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Oct. 14|
|Washington State at California||2 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 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive: Hailie Mace, UCLA
Defensive: Allison Pantuso, Oregon State
Goalkeeper: Emily Boyd, California
Offensive: Amanda Porter, ARIZ Luca Deza, CAL; Emma Jones, OSU; Michelle Xiao, STAN; Tara McKeown, USC; Kimberly Keever,WASH.
Defensive: Morgan McGarry, ARIZ; Haley Lukas, CAL; Allison Pantuso, OSU; Tegan McGrady, STAN; Ally Prisock, USC; Taylor Sekyra, WASH.
Goalkeeper: Lainey Burdett, ARIZ; Bella Geist, ASU; Alison Jahansouz, STAN; Kaylie Collins, USC; Sarah Shimer, WASH.
2017 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
2017 Senior CLASS Award
Andi Sullivan, STAN; Zoey Goralski, UCLA; Alex Anthony, USC
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