Pac-12 women's soccer holds on to top two national spots

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SAN FRANCISCO - With STANFORD and USC holding on to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the United Soccer Coaches poll respectively this week, Pac-12 women’s soccer has claimed the top-two spots in the nation for six out of nine weeks this season. Altogether, five Pac-12 teams are nationally ranked, including three in the top 10, the most teams in the top 10 of any other conference. This week is highlighted by a top-20 showdown between No. 2 USC and No. 19 WASHINGTON STATE on Saturday night.
• Washington State looks to bounce back after suffering its first two losses of the season with a powerful offensive attack at home against USC. The Trojans have used a dominant defense and strong goalie play to notch a No. 2 ranking for a third week in a row. WSU’s offensive duo of Morgan Weaver, who ranks ninth in the country with 5.08 shots per game, and Maddy Haro, who has the second-most assists in the country with 10, will be put to the test against USC’s backfield led by Ally Prisock and goalie Kaylie Collins. The Trojans have held opponents to .375 goals against average this season, best in the Pac-12 and sixth best in the nation, while Collins has the most shutouts in the league with seven, 13th-most nationally.
• Pac-12 Networks broadcasts two games this week, including UCLA visiting WASHINGTON on Friday and ARIZONA hosting CALIFORNIA on Saturday.

IN THE RANKINGS:
• For the fourth-straight week, five Pac-12 soccer teams are nationally ranked. No. 1 Stanford has now held the top spot in the national poll for a full calendar year after earning the No. 1 ranking on Oct. 10, 2017. USC nabbed the No. 2 spot for a third-straight week, giving the Conference the top-two spots in the nation for the sixth time this season. The Pac-12 is the only conference to claim the top-two spots this season and is the only conference to have two teams ranked in the top-five every week of the season.
• Rounding out the top-20 is No. 10 UCLA who moved up five spots, No. 16 Colorado who moved up four spots and No. 19 Washington State.

NOTABLES: 
• Stanford (12-0-1) and Colorado (11-0-3) are two of only three teams in the nation without a loss this season.
• Stanford’s program-record 34 game unbeaten streak is the eighth-longest in Division I history and the longest since UCLA went 44 games unbeaten from 2013-14. The Cardinal has not lost since Aug. 25, 2017.
• The Cardinal's 23-game Pac-12 win streak is tied for the 14th-longest in Division I history. Stanford has won every Conference contest since Oct. 6, 2016.
• Now with 10 wins, USC has its fifth consecutive double-digit-win season, all under head coach Keidane McAlpine.
• Colorado’s victory over previously undefeated and then-No. 7 WSU was the highest ranked team the Buffs have beaten since the team’s overtime win over No. 5 Texas A&M in 2010.
• CU’s Jalen Tompkins notched her 35th career win this weekend and now ranks second all-time for the Buffs in the category.
• WSU’s Maddy Haro picked up her Pac-12-best 10th assist of the season, second-most in the nation and one off the WSU all-time single season record. Her 17-career assists moves her into a tie for third all-time, six short of the all-time Cougar record.
• Three Pac-12 players were named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week, including Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Jorian Baucom, who was also named the Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Week. Stanford’s Tegan McGrady and UCLA’s Viviana Villacorta also earned a spot on the Team of the Week.

NATIONAL STATS LEADERS:
• The Cardinal (.962), Buffs (.893) and Trojans (.885) are ranked in the top-10 in win-loss-tied percentage, the most teams ranked in the top-10 of any other conference.
Pac-12 players know how to get the ball in the net when it matters most as five players are tied for 15th in game-winning goals in the country with four a piece, including Colorado’s Jorian Baucom, Stanford’s Catarina Macario, USC’s Leah Pruitt, Arizona’s Jada Talley and Washington’s Olivia Van Der Jagt.
• Colorado was able to take down previously undefeated Washington State with its dominant offense, which ranks first in the country in assists per game (3.21) and total points (123) and rank second in total goals with 39. More than half of those goals have come from the dynamic duo of Tatum Barton and Jorian Baucom who are both tied for ninth-most goals in the country with 11 a piece.

MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST:
• Stanford’s Catarina Macario continued her dominant season with a stunning free kick in overtime to lift the Cardinal to a 1-0 victory over Oregon, earning a team-leading seventh goal and fourth game-winning goal of the season. Macario also added to her season point total with an assist in the 3-0 win over OREGON STATE, notching a team-best 19 points. Teammate Tegan McGrady scored on a free kick in the win over the Beavers for her first goal of the season.
• USC’s Ally Prisock, who has led a dominant Trojan backfield this season, notched her first goal of the season and made it a game-winner in the 2-0 win over Arizona. Savannah DeMelo recorded her fifth-goal of the season in a 3-1 win over ARIZONA STATE with a show-stopping goal from the far-left touchline that slid across the frame and into the far post.
• UCLA’s Ashley Sanchez netted a goal in a 3-1 win over ASU and contributed an assist to notch her ninth point of the season in a 2-0 win over Arizona.
Taylor Kornieck of Colorado has been on an offensive tear this season and scored another goal in a huge upset victory over WSU to earn her 17th point, fifth-best in the league.
• 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:
CU’s Jorian Baucom’s three goals and two-game winners this week to defeat previously unbeaten and then-No. 7 WSU and Washington earned the Pac-12 points leader her first-career Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week nod. Also tied with teammate Tatum Barton for the most goals in the Conference with 11, Baucom earned the second-straight Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Week honor for the Pac-12.
Kaiya McCullough of UCLA played every minute on defense against ASU and Arizona and helped notch the Bruins seventh shutout of the season to earn her second-career Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honor. 
• Utah’s Carly Nelson came up big behind the net to nab a shutout overtime victory against previously undefeated WSU. She also notched a shutout against Washington to collect her third-straight shutout and fifth of the season, tied for second-most in the Conference, and earn her second-career Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week nod.

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
Stanford 15 5-0-0 12-0-1
USC 12 4-1-0 11-1-1
Colorado 11 3-0-2 11-0-3
Washington State 9 3-2-0 10-2-0
UCLA 9 3-2-0 8-3-1
Utah 9 3-2-0 6-6-1
Washington 6 2-3-0 7-5-1
Arizona 4 1-3-1 8-4-1
Arizona State 4 1-3-1 6-5-1
Oregon 3 1-4-0 7-5-1
California 3 1-4-0 5-7-1
Oregon State 3 1-4-0 2-11-0

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)

Friday, Oct. 12 TV/Stream Time
#10 UCLA at Washington* P12N 6 p.m. PT
Saturday, Oct. 13
   
Oregon State at Utah*
Live Stream
1 p.m. MT
Oregon at #16 Colorado*
Live Stream
1 p.m. MT
California at Arizona* P12A 5:30 p.m. MT
#1 Stanford at Arizona State* Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
#2 USC at #19 Washington State* Live Stream 7 p.m. PT

P12N/P12A/P12BA/P12LA/P12M/P12O/P12W - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Network. 
* Pac-12 match


PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

THIS WEEK: 
Offensive:
Jorian Baucom, COLO
Defensive: Kaiya McCullough, UCLA
Goalkeeper: Carly Nelson, UTAH

ALSO NOMINATED THIS WEEK:
Offensive:
Emma Westin, CAL; Sydney Struder, OSU; Catarina Macario, STAN; Viviana Villacorta, UCLA; Savannah DeMelo, USC; Ireland Dunn, UTAH.
Defensive: Erin Greening, COLO; Emery Wallerich, OSU; Tegan McGrady, STAN; Ally Prisock, USC; Holly Daugirda, UTAH; Kaylene Pang, WASH. 
Goalkeeper: Olivia Sekany, CAL; Jalen Tompkins, COLO; Lindsay Lamont, OSU; Lauren Rood, STAN; Tegan Micah, UCLA; Kaylie Collins, USC.

PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Offensive

Defensive

Goalkeeper

Aug. 21

Hailie Mace, UCLA

Maddy Haro, WSU

Siena Ruelas, WASH 

Aug. 28 Tatum Barton, COLO Mykiaa Minniss, WSU Teagan Micah, UCLA 
 
Sep. 4 Emma Eddy, ORE Sam Hiatt, STAN Kaylie Collins, USC
Sep. 11 Tatum Barton, COLO Kelsey Aaknes, COLO Alison Jahansouz, STAN
Sep. 18 Marissa Everett, ORE Karina Rodriguez, UCLA Jalen Tompkins, COLO
Sep. 25 Morgan Weaver, WSU Aaqila McLyn, WSU Rachel Thompson, WSU
Oct. 2 Sophia Smith, STAN Maegan O'Neill, WSU Alison Jahansouz, STAN
Oct. 9 Jorian Baucom, COLO Kaiya McCullough, UCLA Carly Nelson, UTAH

NATIONAL HONORS

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

Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Week
Oct. 2: Sophia Smith, Stanford
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ct. 9: Jorian Baucom, Colorado

Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week
Aug. 28: Teagan Micah, UCLA; Grace Hancock, Washington State; Savannah DeMelo, USC
Sept. 4: Ally Prisock, USC
Sept. 11: Emily Knous, Arizona; Catarina Macario, Stanford
Sept. 25: Mykiaa Minniss, Washington State
Oct. 2: Maddy Haro, Washington State; Sophia Smith, Stanford
Oct. 9: Tegan McGrady, Stanford; Viviana Villacorta, UCLA; Jorian Baucom, Colorado
 

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