Pac-12 women's soccer kicks off 2019 season

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SAN FRANCISCO - Pac-12 women’s soccer is back on the pitch on Thursday, Aug. 22 to kick off the 2019 season. Eight Conference teams make their season debut on Thursday, while the remaining squads fill out the weekend with matches on Friday, Aug. 23, Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25th.

• Three Pac-12 teams were selected to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches preseason top 25. Reigning Conference champ STANFORD earned the No. 3 spot, while UCLA and USC earned No. 4 and No. 5 ranks, respectively. All three teams finished the 2018 season ranked in the top 10 in the final national poll. 

• The Missouri Athletic Club named nine Pac-12 student-athletes to the 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. This is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer and is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female players of the year. The watch list is headlined by 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Caterina Macario of Stanford. The Cardinal is further represented by sophomore forward Sophia Smith. The Bruins lead the Conference with three student-athletes on the list: 2018 semifinalist Ashley Sanchez, 2017 finalist Jessie Fleming, and junior defender Lucy Parker. Adding to the list of honorees are USC’s Kaylie Collins and Savannah DeMelo, COLORADO’s Taylor Kornieck; and WASHINGTON STATE’s Morgan Weaver.

• Last season, five Pac-12 teams earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Stanford entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, UCLA at No. 2, and USC at No. 4, while Washington State and ARIZONA clinched at-large bids. The Conference posted an impressive postseason run, as all Pac-12 squads went undefeated in the first round for the first time since 2007. The Cardinal, the Bruins, and the Trojans landed spots in the third round, marking the third-straight year three Conference teams were in the round of 16. 

• Stanford is looking to continue its legacy as it enters the season at the top of the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll. The Cardinal captured its 13th all-time and fourth-consecutive Conference title in 2018 after recording a 10-0-1 league overall record. Washington State’s successful 2018 campaign earned them a No. 4 spot on the preseason coaches poll, the highest pick in program history. The Cougs won their first 10 matches of the 2018 season and were the last undefeated team in the nation. 

• The Conference posted strong offensive results last season as both the Bruins and the Cardinal netted 61 goals, the most in the nation and the league. USC trailed close behind as its 57 goals were tied for the third-most in the country. Stanford also led the Pac-12 in shots (535) and shots per game (22.3) last season, while UCLA took the lead in assists (62) and points (184). 

• Arizona went 13-6-2 last season, producing the winningest senior class in program history under head coach Tony Amato. The Wildcats return eight starters, including All-Pac-12 third team junior forward Jada Talley and Pac-12 All-Freshman Emily Knous. Similarly, WASHINGTON brings back eight of its top players, including the full defensive line and goalkeeper that started every match last fall. 

• OREGON’S 2018 season proved to the best in a decade, as the Ducks’ 9-9-2 record secured the program’s most wins since 2008. UTAH had its second-best finish since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, after going 9-8-2 and recording the program’s first wins against ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, and Colorado. 

• Pac-12 2018 Goalkeeper keeper of the Year Kaylie Collins will take the pitch this season for the Trojans after leading the Conference in wins (17) and save percentage (.861) last fall. Other returning goalies include Colorado’s Jalen Tompkins and OREGON STATE’s Bridgette Skiba. All-Pac-12 selection Tompkins finished last season 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). Skiba, despite only playing in 13 games, finished with 78 saves for third most in the league and ranked 24th in the nation with 6.0 saves per game. 

• Five Pac-12 teams are slated to add notable new players to their roster this fall. UCLA is set to bring in TopDrawerSoccer’s second-best recruiting class in the country, while USC’s ranks third.  California’s newcomers rank No. 10, Stanford’s No. 13, Oregon’s No. 17, and ASU’S No. 23. TopDrawerSoccer also named Maya Doms of Stanford and Angelina Anderson of California to its 2019 Preseason Freshman Best XI.

• 70 women’s soccer contests will be televised on Pac-12 networks this fall, beginning with Long Beach State at Arizona on Thursday, Aug. 22, followed by Iowa State at UCLA and Portland at Washington on Friday, Aug. 23. 


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)

Thursday, Aug. 22 TV/Stream Time
Drake at COLORADO Live Stream 5 p.m. MT
UTAH at Clemson TV 7 p.m. ET
Webster at CALIFORNIA   4 p.m. PT
Long Beach State at ARIZONA P12N 6:30 p.m. MT
#5 USC at Hawai'i   3:30 p.m. HT
ASU at Cal State Fullerton   7 p.m. PT
OREGON at Fresno TV 7 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE at Seattle   7 p.m. PT
Friday, Aug. 23    
#3 STANFORD at #6 Penn State   7 p.m. ET
Iowa State at #4 UCLA P12N 7 p.m. PT
Portland at WASHINGTON P12W 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, Aug. 24    
OREGON STATE at Portland State   1 p.m. PT
USF vs. #5 USC   3:30 HT
Sunday, Aug. 25    
#11 West Virginia at #3 STANFORD   9 a.m. PT
Boston University at COLORADO Live Stream 12 p.m. MT
UTAH at Alabama TV 1 p.m. CT
OREGON at #13 Santa Clara TV 1 p.m. PT
Central Arkansas at ASU Live Stream 6 p.m. MT
#4 UCLA at Long Beach State   6 p.m. PT
Monday, Aug. 26    
Seattle at WASHINGTON P12N 7 p.m. PT

P12N/P12A/P12BA/P12LA/P12M/P12O/P12W - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Network. MWN - Indicates live broadcast on Mountain West Network. 


NATIONAL HONORS

MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List: Taylor Kornieck, Colorado; Caterina Macario, Stanford; Sophia Smith, Stanford; Jessie Fleming, UCLA; Lucky Parker, UCLA; Ashley Sanchez, UCLA; Kaylie Collins, USC; Savannah DeMelo, USC; Morgan Weaver, Washington State. 

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