Defending Champs, No. 1 Seed and Seven Pac-12 Women’s Soccer teams Start NCAA tournament action
• Pac-12 women’s soccer wrapped up the 2017 regular season last week and seven teams earned berths into the 2017 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship with six teams selected as the host school. The Pac-12 finished with five teams ranked in the top-25 RPI, which is the second-most teams of any conference.
• STANFORD earned a No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year and is joined in the field by No. 2-seeded UCLA, No. 3-seeded USC, ARIZONA, COLORADO, CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON STATE. A potential Pac-12 clash come between the Cardinal and the Wildcats in the round of 16.
• The Pac-12 Conference announced today the women’s soccer All-Pac-12 honors for the 2017 season, as determined by a polling of the Conference coaches. STANFORD’s Catarina Macario was voted Pac-12 Forward of the Year and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Andi Sullivan was named Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, and Tierna Davidson tabbed Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. California’s Emily Boyd was voted Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year, and for the eighth time in the last 10 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 Pac-12 currently holds an all-time record of 184-121-27 (.595) in the NCAA Women’s College Cup, with four national championships and five second-place finishes. It has the third-most conference representatives in the field with seven teams and posted back-to-back years with three teams seeded in the top four.
• The NCAA Tournament first round starts on Friday, Nov. 10 with No. 1 overall seed Stanford (18-1-0, 11-0-0) hosting WAC Champion Utah Valley. No. 2 seed UCLA (15-2-2, 8-2-1) hosts Mountain West Champion San Diego State (12-7-2), and Arizona (10-4-4, 7-2-2) hosts the TCU Horned Frogs (12-6-3).
• On Saturday, Nov. 11, Defending NCAA Champion USC (14-3-1, 8-2-1) hosts Big Sky Conference champion Eastern Washington (16-5-1) and Washington State (9-7-3, 4-6-1) travel across the country to face Central Florida (13-1-3). California (13-5-1, 6-4-1) hosts WCC Champion Santa Clara (13-6-1), which is a rematch from earlier this season with the Bears coming out on top, 2-1, on Aug. 20.
• Stanford captured its third-straight Pac-12 crown with an undefeated league record 11-0-0 for the program’s 12th all-time Conference title. The Cardinal (18-1-0) are the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the team’s 27th postseason appearance. The Cardinal enters the postseason with the country’s best record and best offense, averaging 3.68 goals per game on 25 shots, both of which lead the nation. The squad is on a 16-game win streak, dating back to Aug. 25, and look to continue that momentum into the tournament, which starts this week.
• UCLA defeated USC, 3-2, in overtime last week in a battle for second place in the Conference standings resulting in tie between the two teams, both finishing with a 8-2-1 league record. The No. 2 seed Bruins hold a 57-16-5 all-time NCAA Tournament record and have advanced to at least the round of 16 in four of the last five seasons. Defending National Champion USC is a No. 3 seed and has posted a 20-13-2 all-time record in the postseason with two NCAA title runs, two third-round appearances and six second-round finishes in 16 bids
• Washington State (9-7-3, 4-6-1) earned its 11th NCAA Tournament berth with an at-large bid and its third appearance in the last four years. The Cougars travel across the country to face Central Florida (13-1-3) on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Cougars finished seventh in the Pac-12 Conference and went 3-3-1 against ranked opponents, knocking off No. 1 UCLA and No. 14 Nebraska this season.
• Arizona was the surprise competitor this year, finishing fourth in the Conference with a 7-2-2 record, posting 14-3-1 overall as the Wildcats were selected to finish ninth in the Pac-12 coaches preseason poll. Arizona is undefeated in the last seven matches for the second-longest streak in Arizona history and most Conference wins with seven. The Wildcats are back in the field of 64 after a one-year absence for the program’s fifth all-time trip to the postseason.
• California rounded out the top five in the standings finishing the regular season at 19 points (6-4-1, 13-5-1). The Bears ended with a 25 RPI and went 2-2 against top-25 opponents this year. With the program’s 25th overall postseason berth, Cal is tied for the fifth most NCAA Tournament appearances by any Division I women's soccer team.
• Colorado (11-5-4, 5-4-2) earned its 10th NCAA Tournament all-time berth and is selected to host in-state opponent and Summit Champion Denver (11-8-1) on Sunday, Nov. 12. Colorado is currently on a five-match winning streak, including three straight on the road, to close out the regular season.
• UCLA’s Anika Rodriguez, earned her first Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor this week after recording a goal and an assist in the Bruins’ 3-2 win over No. 6 USC. Stanfords Tierna Davidson picked up her second-career Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award while starting in the Cardinals backline to shutout California, 1-0, last week. Fellow Bruin Ashley Sanchez also received recognition for her individual performance last week, earning TopDrawerSoccer Best IX weekly team honorable mention.
• COLORADO’S Jalen Tompkins records her third-straight Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honor and fifth of her career after blanking Utah, 2-0, last week. Tompkins and the Buffs finished the season in sixth place in the Pac-12 (11-5-4, 5-4-2)
• 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|
|Friday, Nov. 10|
|Utah Valley at STANFORD||10 p.m ET|
|TCU at ARIZONA||9 p.m ET|
|San Diego State at UCLA||10 p.m ET|
|Saturday, Nov. 11|
|WASHINGTON STATE at UCF||7 p.m ET|
|Santa Clara at CALIFORNIA||1:30 p.m ET|
|Eastern Washington at USC||3 p.m ET|
|Sunday, Nov. 12|
|Denver at COLORADO||2 p.m ET|
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: Anika Rodriguez, UCLA
Defensive: Tierna Davidson, Stanford
Goalkeeper: Jalen Tompkins, Colorado
Offensive: Gabi Stoian, ARIZ; Megan Massey, COLO; Emma Jones, OSU; Catarina Macario, STAN; Nicole Molen, USC.
Defensive: Sabrina Enciso, ARIZ; Indigo Gibson, CAL; Hannah Cardenas, COLO; Allison Pantuso, OSU; Kaiya McCullough, UCLA; Grace Hancock, WSU.
Goalkeeper: Lainey Burdett, ARIZ; Emily Boyd, CAL; Lizzy Coryell, OSU; Alison Jahansouz, STAN; Teagan Micah, UCLA; Ella Dederick, WSU.
2017 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PAC-12 ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS
Pac-12 Forward of the Year: Catarina Macario, Stanford
Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year: Andi Sullivan, Stanford
Pac-12 Defensive player of the Year: Tierna Davidson, Stanford
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Catarina Macario, Stanford
Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year: Emily Boyd, California
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Paul Ratcliffe, Stanford
2017 Senior CLASS Award
Andi Sullivan, STAN; Zoey Goralski, UCLA; Alex Anthony, USC