Pac-12 women’s soccer kicks off conference play
SAN FRANCISCO - Five Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top-25 this week, the most ranked teams for the Conference this season. STANFORD, USC, COLORADO and WASHINGTON STATE finished non-conference play undefeated, the first time this has been achieved in program history for USC and Colorado. Through non-conference play, the Pac-12 has a 73.4 win percentage (65-21-8) and 10 of 12 teams have a record over .500.
• Pac-12 Conference play begins this Friday, Sept. 21 with three league games broadcast on Pac-12 Networks, including a top-15 faceoff between No. 14 Washington State and No. 8 UCLA and No. 1 ranked Stanford hosting ARIZONA. The action continues on Saturday Sept. 22 with WASHINGTON on the road against No. 3 USC.
IN THE RANKINGS:
• Five Pac-12 teams earned a spot in the United Soccer Coaches poll, the most ranked teams for the Conference this season. With Stanford maintaining the No. 1 spot for a sixth-straight week and USC at No. 3, the Pac-12 is the only conference in the nation to have two teams ranked in the top-five every week this season. The Cardinal extended its program-record unbeaten streak to 30 games after defeating then-No. 7 Santa Clara. Stanford has not lost a game since Aug. 25, 2017, the 10th-longest run in Division I history and the longest since UCLA went 44 games unbeaten from 2013-14.
• UCLA stayed at No. 8 and Washington State, one of only six teams in the country with a perfect record, moved up two spots to No. 14, the Cougars highest ranking since 1993. Colorado enters the rankings for the first time this season at No. 23 after posting its first undefeated non-conference record in program history. Arizona and OREGON are receiving votes.
NATIONAL STATS LEADERS:
• The Pac-12 has some of the best offensive teams in the country this season with four teams ranked in the top-10 in points per game, the most of any conference. Colorado ranks third with 9.5 ppg, USC is seventh with 8.5 ppg, Stanford is eighth with 8.38 ppg and Arizona comes in ninth with 8.25 ppg.
• Some of the biggest offensive contributors have been Maddy Haro of Washington State who leads the country in total assists with eight. Colorado’s Taylor Korniek is not far behind with six assists this season, sixth best nationally. CU’s Tatum Barton has also been impressive with nine total goals this season, ranked third in the country.
• Pac-12 teams have paired efficient offense with strong defense and goalie play, as three teams rank in the top-15 nationally in goals-against average, including sixth-ranked Colorado (.325), ninth-ranked USC (.365) and 11th-ranked Arizona (.375). Arizona’s Lainey Burdett and USC’s Kaylie Collins have notched five shutouts already this season, which ranks 11th best in the country.
MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST:
• UCLA’s Jessie Fleming and Hailie Mace led the way offensively in UCLA’s weekend victories over LMU (3-0) and San Diego State (3-0). Fleming, playing in her first game since the win over Penn State on Aug. 25, scored her first goal of the season and 18th of her career against LMU. Mace set up the other two goals against LMU and contributed her second goal and fourth assist of the season against SDSU.
• USC senior Ally Prisock impressed in the backfield on Senior Day in a 3-0 win over Long Beach State, helping USC earn its sixth shutout in eight games. Prisock has played every minute for a Trojan defense that has outscored opponents 23-3 this season on the way to the first undefeated non-conference record in program history.
• 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.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
• Oregon’s Marissa Everett earns her first-career Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor after notching three goals in a 2-1 win over Portland and a 2-0 victory over Idaho. Her excellent offensive play helped the Ducks break their winless streak against Portland and extend their current win streak to four heading into Conference play.
• Karina Rodriguez of UCLA was dominant in the backfield in a pair of shutout victories over LMU and San Diego State, holding both opponents to zero shots on goal. She also scored her first-career goal against SDSU to notch her first-career Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honor.
• Colorado’s Jalen Tompkins earned her sixth-career Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week nod with six saves in victories over Utah Valley, 3-0, and Denver, 2-1. Boasting the second-best save percentage in the Pac-12 (.917), Tompkins has been instrumental to the Buffs’ first unbeaten record in non-conference play in program history.
2017 IN REVIEW:
• 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.
PROMISING FRESHMAN CLASS:
• The incoming Pac-12 freshman class had the most selections of any conference on the Top Drawer Soccer preseason 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 WOMEN’S SOCCER BROADCASTS:
• Pac- 12 Networks coverage on the pitch features a 66-game women’s soccer schedule. 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)
|Friday, Sept. 21||TV/Stream||Time|
|#23 Colorado at Oregon State*||
|4 p.m. PT|
|Utah at Oregon*||
7 p.m. PT
|Arizona at #1 Stanford*||P12N||8 p.m. PT|
|#14 Washington State at #8 UCLA*||P12N||8 p.m. PT|
Saturday, Sept. 22
|Washington at #3 USC*||
12 p.m. PT
Arizona State at California
1 p.m. PT
P12N/P12A/P12BA/P12LA/P12M/P12O/P12W - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Network.
PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ALSO NOMINATED FOR 9/18:
Offensive: Jada Talley, ARIZ; Nicole Douglas, ASU; Paige Metayer, CAL; Jorian Baucom, COLO; McKenzie Weinert, OSU; Madison Haley, STAN; Hailie Mace, UCLA; Leah Pruitt, USC; Pascale Dumesnil, WASH; Mak Gomera-Stevens, WSU.
Defensive: Hallie Pearson, ARIZ; Madison Wolf, ASU; Kayleigh Webb, COLO; Hannah Taylor, ORE; Allison Pantuso, OSU; Alana Cook, STAN; Ally Prisock, USC; Laura Roberts, WASH; Maddy Haro, WSU.
Goalkeeper: Lainey Burdett, ARIZ; Sydney Day, ASU; Halla Hinriksdottir, ORE; Bridgette Skiba, OSU; Alison Jahansouz, STAN; Kaylie Collins, USC.
MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Alana Cook, Stanford; Tierna Davidson, Stanford; Tegan McGrady, Stanford; Jaye Boissiere, Stanford; Catarina Macario, Stanford; Hailie Mace, UCLA; Jessie Fleming, UCLA; Kaiya McCullough, UCLA; Ashley Sanchez, UCLA; Savannah DeMelo, USC; Ally Prisock, USC; Taylor Kornieck, Colorado