Pac-12 women's soccer holds on to top two spots in the nation
• Four teams remain ranked in the United Soccer Coaches poll after one week of play, with STANFORD and UCLA keeping their spots at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. USC moved up from No. 12 in the preseason to No. 8 this week after a close 1-0 road victory over UC Irvine and No. 22 WASHINGTON STATE remains in the top-25 after going 2-0 on the weekend.
• This week’s top-25 matchups start on Friday, Aug. 24 as both OREGON STATE and OREGON travel to Nebraska this weekend to play against Nebraska and No. 18 Kansas. No. 2 UCLA has a tough road matchup against No. 3 Penn State on Saturday, Aug. 25 and will be broadcast on ESPNU at 1 p.m. PT. Pac-12 Networks will broadcast three games this weekend, including No. 1 Stanford’s first home match against the University of San Francisco on Friday, Aug. 24.
• The first week of the women's soccer season was highlighted by the exceptional play of a handful of MAC Hermann Trophy watch list selections. No. 1 Stanford's Tierna Davidson and Alana Cook each scored a goal in a 5-0 victory against UC Davis. No. 2 UCLA's Hailie Mace debuted the new Wallis Annenberg Stadium in thrilling fashion as she scored a game-winning goal with only two seconds left in regulation to put UCLA over Long Beach State 1-0. COLORADO's Taylor Korniek also put on a performance this weekend, scoring a goal and assisting on another in a 3-0 victory against Air Force.
• Oregon started off its season on a high note, starting the season 2-0 for the first time since 2011. It is also the first time in program history the Ducks opened the season with back-to-back wins over NCAA Tournament teams. Forward Marissa Everett scored a goal in a 2-1 win over Stony Brook and a 1-0 win over Clemson on only two shots for the weekend.
• Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Hailie Mace came off the bench and scored a game-winning goal in the 90th minute for UCLA's first victory of the season, marking her 16th career goal and fifth game-winning goal.
• Washington State senior Maddy Haro secured her second-career Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week as the Cougars allowed just one goal in two games and just two shots at Grand Canyon University, the second-lowest shots ever given up in program history.
• WASHINGTON’s junior goalkeeper Siena Ruelas made her collegiate debut in impressive fashion, recording seven saves in a -1 loss against No. 7 Florida and earning the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week.
• The Pac-12 has the most representatives on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List with 12 student-athletes, the most from the Conference since eight were named in 2009. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer, presented annually to one male and one female student-athlete. The watch list is headlined by last year’s MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Jessie Fleming of UCLA, and semifinalists Stanford’s Tierna Davidson and Catarina Macario, and UCLA’s Hailie Mace. Stanford leads the nation with five student-athletes on the 2018 watch list, including Davidson, Macario, Alana Cook, Tegan McGrady and Jaye Boissiere. The Conference is also represented by Taylor Korniek, Colorado; Savannah DeMelo and Ally Prisock, USC; Kaiya McCullough and Ashley Sanchez, UCLA.
• Last season, seven Pac-12 teams made the NCAA Tournament with Stanford earning a No. 1-overall seed for the fourth-straight year and was joined in the field by No. 2-seeded UCLA, No. 3-seeded USC, ARIZONA, Colorado, CALIFORNIA and Washington State. Six teams advanced to the second round and three made the Round of 16. Stanford was crowned the 2017 NCAA Champion for the second time in program history in the first-ever all-Pac-12 final against UCLA.
• The incoming Pac-12 freshman class had the most selections of any conference on the Top Drawer Soccerpreseason Best XI Freshman team. Sophia Smith of Stanford, Summer Yates of WASHINGTON, Maricarmen Reyes of UCLA and Eva Van Deursen of ARIZONA STATE look to make their mark in their first season.
• Pac-12 Networks coverage begins on the pitch with a 66-game women’s soccer schedule. Coverage commences on Friday, Aug. 17 with four home openers. All Pac-12 universities appear on the Networks at least seven times in 2018.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)
|Teams||Points||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)
|Thursday, Aug. 23||TV/Stream||Time|
|ARIZONA at UC Irvine||7 p.m. PT|
|ARIZONA STATE vs. Montana||Live Stream||4 p.m. HT|
|Friday, Aug. 24||TV/Stream||Time|
|#22 WASHINGTON STATE vs. Iowa||4 p.m. CT|
|OREGON STATE vs. #18 Kansas||4 p.m. CT|
|Harvard at CALIFORNIA||2:30 p.m. PT|
|Cal Poly at #8 USC||Live Stream||3 p.m. PT|
|UTAH at Utah State||4 p.m. MT|
|Cal State Fullerton at WASHINGTON||P12W||5 p.m. PT|
|OREGON at Nebraska||7 p.m. CT|
|San Francisco at #1 STANFORD||P12N||8 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Aug. 25||TV/Stream||Time|
|Missouri at COLORADO||P12N||1 p.m. MT|
|#2 UCLA at #3 Penn State||ESPNU||4 p.m. ET|
|Sunday, Aug. 26||TV/Stream||Time|
|ARIZONA STATE at Hawaii||Live Stream||TBD|
|OREGON vs. #18 Kansas||10 a.m. CT|
|OREGON STATE at Nebraska||1 p.m. CT|
|#22 WASHINGTON STATE at Minnesota||1 p.m. CT|
|#8 USC at Pepperdine||1 p.m. PT|
|UTAH at UC Irvine||1 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON at Portland||5 p.m. PT|
|Houston Baptist at ARIZONA||6 p.m. MT|
P12N/P12A/P12BA/P12LA/P12M/P12O/P12W - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Network. MWN - Indicates live broadcast on Mountain West Network.
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