Stanford claims a spot in NCAA women's College Cup

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Al Chang


SAN FRANCISCO - Defending NCAA Champion Stanford punched its ticket to its ninth all-time NCAA Women’s College Cup and faces Florida State in the semifinals at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. this Friday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPNU.

Five Pac-12 teams earned NCAA Tournament berths, all five advancing to the second round, the first time since 2007 that Pac-12 teams went undefeated in the first round. With USC, UCLA and Stanford in the third round, three Conference teams were among the final 16 teams in the tournament for a third-straight year. This is also the third-straight year at least one Pac-12 team earned a spot in the College Cup.

The Cardinal advanced to its eighth College Cup in 11 seasons after defeating No. 10 Tennessee in the quarterfinals. Stanford previously defeated Wisconsin (1-0) in the third round, Mississippi (4-1) in the second round and Seattle (3-0) in the opening round. Stanford extended its program-record 45-game unbeaten streak into the postseason, the fifth-longest such streak in NCAA history and longest since 1988.

Before Stanford’s matchup with Florida State in the semifinals on Friday, North Carolina and Georgetown face off for a spot in the NCAA Women’s College Cup final. The championship game will be played on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. PT on ESPNU.

The MAC Hermann Trophy named five Pac-12 student-athletes as semifinalists including last year’s semifinalist Stanford’s Catarina Macario. Stanford had the most semifinalists of any school with three, as Macario was joined by teammates Alana Cook and Jordan DiBiasi. Additionally, USC’s Ally Prisock and UCLA’s Ashley Sanchez were named. The Pac-12 had 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.


Friday, Nov. 30 TV/Stream Time
#1 North Carolina vs. #1 Georgetown ESPNU 2 p.m. 
#1 STANFORD vs. #1 Florida State ESPNU 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2 TV/Stream Time
National Championship Game (TBD vs. TBD) ESPNU 10 a.m.

• The Pac-12 currently holds an all-time record of 186-125-29 (.590) in the NCAA Tournament.
• The Pac-12 has won the NCAA title in four of the last seven seasons and five of the last 11 years (USC ’07, STAN ’11, UCLA ’13, USC ’16, STAN ’17).
• Stanford and UCLA made history in a first-ever all-Pac-12 NCAA final when they met for the 2017 crown. The ACC and WCC are the only other conferences besides the Pac-12 to have an all-conference NCAA final, with the ACC having done so twice and the WCC once.
• Stanford’s NCAA title marked the fifth women’s soccer crown for the Pac-12, the second most NCAA titles of any other conference.
• The Pac-12 is one of three leagues to capture consecutive NCAA women’s soccer national titles (ACC, WCC) with USC claiming the 2016 championship.
• The Pac-12 earned 33 NCAA Tournament berths over the last five years (nine in 2014, six in 2015, six in 2016 and seven in 2017 and five in 2018). This is the third most tournament berths of any conference in that time span.
• In 2017, Stanford became the first school in NCAA history to win both the women’s and men’s soccer titles in the same season.

• ARIZONA (13-6-2, 5-4-2) lost a heartbreaker in the second round of the NCAA Tournament but head coach Tony Amato has raised this program to new heights. The Wildcats reached the postseason in four of the last six seasons, a feat no other Arizona coach has accomplished, and finished sixth in the Conference. Arizona reached the second round of the tournament for a second-straight season after knocking out Denver with a 3-0 victory in the first round. The senior class became the winningest class in team history while Kennedy Kieneker became the winningest player in program history. Third team All-Pac-12 honoree senior keeper Lainey Burdett made her mark in her final season as well, leading the Pac-12 in minutes played while having the third-most wins and shutouts. This squad has the potential to extend the team’s success with sophomores Jada Talley and Amanda Porter, who earned All-Pac-12 third team honors, and Pac-12 All-Freshman team recipient Emily Knous.
• ARIZONA STATE (10-7-1, 5-5-1) reached double-digit wins for the first time since winning 12 matches in 2014. The Sun Devils finished eighth in the league and notched five wins in Conference play, marking the highest win total in the Pac-12 since 2015, including a win over then-No. 22 Washington State.  ASU found success between its two promising freshmen forwards Nicole Douglas and Marleen Schimmer, who both landed a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. Douglas led the team with nine goals and three game-winning goals, seventh-most in the Conference. Schimmer contributed five goals, four of which came in the Sun Devils’ Conference wins.
• CALIFORNIA (5-12-2, 1-9-1) started the season 4-3-1 and finished 11th in the Conference, highlighted by back-to-back road wins over Oregon (RPI 57) and a tie against Arizona (RPI 29). The Golden Bears ranked fourth in the Conference with a .124 shot percentage and sixth in shot-on-goal percentage (.435). Leading the way was forward and third team All-Pac-12 selection junior Abi Kim who led the team with six goals, 13 points and 36 shots. In the classroom, three Bears were selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, tied with Stanford for most players.
• COLORADO (13-4-2, 5-4-2) had one of its best seasons in program history behind a record-setting offense. After recording its first unbeaten non-conference season in program history, the Buffs continued to impress with a big win over then-No. 7 and undefeated Washington State on Oct. 4. An impressive offensive front set a single-season program record for goals with 47 and assists with 52, while they finished the season with the most assists in the country. CU also finished with the fourth most total points (146) and ranked 14th in total goals nationally. In net, third team All-Pac-12 selection Jalen Tompkins is now tied for the school’s lead with 37 career wins, and is the all-time leader in save percentage (.862) and goals against average (.79).
• OREGON (9-9-1, 3-8-0) started non-conference play on a hot streak with a record of 6-1-1 and finished ninth in the Conference. The Ducks broke a nine-year losing streak as the last Oregon team to post a .500 record was the 2008 squad that went 9-2-2. Senior goalie Halla Hinriksdottir made her mark on the UO record book in her final season. She is tied for first on the school’s single-season wins list, tied for second in career shutouts (16) and fifth in career saves (141). The Ducks shut out a handful of impressive teams this season and seven of their nine wins were shutouts.
• OREGON STATE (2-17-0, 1-10-0) finished the season 12th in the Conference, but its young squad showed a lot of promise, specifically freshman keeper Bridgette Skiba. Despite only playing in 13 games, Skiba finished with 78 saves for third most in the league and ranked 24th in the nation with 6.0 saves per game. The freshmen led the way on offense as well as three of five of the Beavers goal scorers played in their first season. Additionally, senior Kate Evans was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for her accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.
• UCLA (17-3-2, 9-2-0) fell in PKs to North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, but the Bruins put forth a historic postseason performance. The Bruins started the tournament with a decisive 5-0 victory over San Jose State and earned a spot in the round of 16 with another 5-0 win over Minnesota. They notched another 5-0 result in the third round by knocking out NC State. The Bruins scored 17 goals in four rounds, moving the team into first place in the nation for points (184) and goals (61). Sophomore Ashley Sanchez tied the school record for single-season assists with 15 and broke the record for most assists in the postseason with seven. To top it off, she also broke the record for longest point-scoring streak for a Bruin in their final 13 games. Sanchez’s efforts earned her All-Pac-12 first team honors along with teammate junior Jessie Fleming. The Bruins finished in second place in the Conference and had seven student-athletes on an All-Pac-12 team, as well as two on the Pac-12 All-Freshman team.
• USC (17-2-3, 8-2-1) was also knocked out in PKs in the third round by Florida State, but the Trojans finished the year with the third-most wins in program history and second-most shutouts. USC made its way to the third round with a 2-0 win over LSU. In the opening round, USC defeated Long Beach State 6-0, its largest postseason margin of victory in team history. Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Penelope Hocking scored 14 goals this season, tied for the second-most in a season in school history. Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year sophomore Kaylie Collins also had an impressive campaign, ending the season with the ninth-best goals-against average in the nation (0.506) and the 11-most shutouts (10). With head coach Keidane McAlpine at the helm, the Trojans have never missed the postseason and recorded their fifth-consecutive double-digit win season. This also marks the fourth-straight 15-win season under McAlpine and the eighth 15-win season overall for the program.
• UTAH (9-8-2, 6-4-1) started non-conference play 4-4-1 and finished fourth in the Conference. One year after finishing without a Conference win, the Utes had its second-best finish since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. It notched some significant program firsts as well, including its first win at ASU, its first win ever vs. Cal and its first win at Colorado. The win at CU was Utah’s first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2007. Offensively, senior Paola van der Veen led the league with three game-winning goals and led the team in goals (7) and points (16). Goalkeeper Carly Nelson also had an impressive season, twice being named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the week after finishing the regular season atop the Conference charts with 92 saves.
• WASHINGTON (8-10-1, 3-8-0) finished 10th in the Conference, but this young Huskies squad showed a lot of promise this season. UW scored its most goals since 2015. It was an all-around effort as 11 Huskies tallied at least one, including seven that had multiple goals. Sophomore Olivia Van der Jagt led the team with six goals and had a five-game point streak, the third-longest in Washington history and longest since 2008. First-time starter Siena Ruelas had an impressive season in goal, recording five shutouts and earning a Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honor.
• WASHINGTON STATE (13-6-1, 5-5-1) had an unforgettable season, starting the year 10-0-0 as the final undefeated team in the nation and advancing to the second round of the tournament for a second-straight year. WSU made it out of the first round in back-to-back seasons for the second time in program history.  The Cougs fell just short of earning a spot in the third round as top-seeded Georgetown (19-0-3) defeated the Cougars in the second round. WSU previously beat Montana 5-1 in the opening round. WSU finished the season tied for the fifth-most wins in program history and The Cougs were fueled offensively by All-Pac-12 recipients junior Morgan Weaver and senior Maddy Haro. With a career-high 30 points, Weaver scored or assisted on 41 percent of WSU’s goals and her 13 tallies tied for fourth all-time in a season in school history. Haro now holds the program’s single-season assist record (15) and was just one shy of setting the all-time career record for assists.

• 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 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 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 31 10-0-1 21-0-2
UCLA 27 9-2-0 17-3-2
USC 25 8-2-1 17-2-3
Utah 19 6-4-1 9-8-2
Colorado 17 5-4-2 13-4-3
Arizona 17 5-4-2 13-6-2
Washington State 16 5-5-1 13-6-1
Arizona State 16 5-5-1 10-7-1
Oregon 9 3-8-0 9-9-1
Washington 9 3-8-0 8-10-1
California 4 1-9-1 5-12-2
Oregon State 3 1-10-0 2-17-0






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
Oct. 16 Leah Pruitt, USC Delanie Sheehan, UCLA Teagan Micah, UCLA
Oct. 23 Penelope Hocking, USC Kiara Pickett, STAN Lainey Burdett, ARIZ
Oct. 30 Morgan Weaver, WSU Karina Rodriguez, UCLA Rachel Thompson, WSU
Nov. 6 Morgan Weaver, WSU Kaiya McCullough, UCLA Carly Nelson, UTAH


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

MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists: 
Alana Cook, STAN
Jordan DiBiasi, STAN
Catarina Macario, STAN
Ally Prisock, USC
Ashley Sanchez, UCLA

United Soccer Coaches DI All-Pacific Region
First Team
Kaylie Collins, K, USC
Alana Cook, D, STAN
Tegan McGrady, D, STAN
Ally Prisock, D, USC
Savannah DeMelo, M, USC
Jordan DiBiasi, M, STAN
Taylor Kornick, M, COLO
Catarina Macario, F, STAN
Ashley Sanchez, F, UCLA
Leah Pruitt, F, USC
Morgan Weaver, F, WASU

Second Team
Alison Jahansouz, K, STAN
Maddy Haro, D, WSU
Hailie Mace, D, UCLA
Karina Rodriguez, D, UCLA
Jessie Fleming, M, UCLA
Paola van der Veen, M, UTAH
Jorian Baucom, F, COLO
Penelope Hocking, F, USC

Third Team
Jemma Purfield, D, ASU
Hailey Skolmoski, S, UTAH
Nicole Douglas, F, ASU
Abi Kim, F, CAL
Jada Talley, F, ARIZ

ESPNW Player of the Year Watch:
Savannah DeMelo
ready to pounce when opportunity presents itself
Sophia Smith next in long line of stars at spotless Stanford
Buffaloes' Taylor Kornieck bullish on her future in the midfield
More Catarina Macario magic is afoot at Stanford
UCLA's Jessie Fleming and Hailie Mace are gone but not forgotten
Flurry of goals only part of the story for USC freshman Penelope Hocking

Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Week
Oct. 2: Sophia Smith, Stanford
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

Oct. 16: Leah Pruitt, USC
Oct. 23: Ashley Sanchez, UCLA; Penelope Hocking, USC
Oct. 30: Karina Rodriguez, UCLA; Marleen Schimmer, Arizona State; Catarina Macario, Stanford
ov. 6: Jordan DiBasi, Stanford 
Nov. 13: Alea Hyatt, USC; Jessie Fleming, UCLA
Nov. 20: Kaylie Collins, USC; Naomi Girma, Stanford; Jessie Fleming, UCLA; Ashley Sanchez, UCLA

Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Alana Cook, Stanford
Hailie Mace, UCLA

Google Cloud Academic All-District Team (District 8)
First Team:

Catarina Macario, STAN
Jordan DiBiasi, STAN
Alana Cook, STAN
Haley Skolmoski, UTAH
Emily Smith, CAL
Rachel Thompson, WSU

Second Team:
Kayla Fong, CAL
Julia Hernandez, UCLA
Daisy Cleverley, CAL
Sunny Dunphy, UCLA
Kate Evans, OSU
Ashleigh Plumptre, USC

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