Five Pac-12 women's soccer teams ranked in week four
SAN FRANCISCO - Pac-12 women’s soccer continues to dominate in week three of non-conference play. The league went 16-3-1 on the week bringing its combined record to 52-7-4 and continuing to boast the highest winning percentage in the country (.857).
This week, Pac-12 teams continue to be tested as they take on ranked opponents. No. 24 COLORADO travels to No. 6 Florida State (Thursday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m. PT, ESPN), No. 5 UCLA takes on No. 22 Wisconsin (Saturday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. PT), and WASHINGTON faces No.17 TCU on the road (Sunday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. PT, HFTV).
• Seven Pac-12 teams remain undefeated in non-conference play, including ARIZONA (4-0-0), CALIFORNIA (5-0-0), Colorado (6-0-0), OREGON STATE (5-0-0), STANFORD (5-0-0), USC (6-0-0), and WASHINGTON STATE (4-0-0).
• Arizona and California are the last two teams in the country that have not allowed a goal this season. The Wildcats extended their four-game winning streak last week after a pair of victories over Oklahoma (2-0) and UC Irvine (4-0). The Bears remain unbeaten this season after taking down San Diego (3-0) and Montana (1-0)
IN THE RANKINGS:
• Five Pac-12 teams appear in United Soccer Coaches top 25 this week, the second-most of any conference.
• Stanford’s hard work has paid off as it climbs to the No. 2 spot after earning its third road win of the season defeating San Francisco State (9-0) last weekend.
• USC moves up one spot to No. 3 after keeping a clean sheet last weekend topping both Northern Arizona (3-0) and Nebraska (2-0). UCLA lands at No. 5 after a tough loss at Santa Clara (0-2).
• Washington State claims the No. 13 spot, moving up four places from last week after posting a win over Gonzaga (1-0).
• Colorado joins the rankings this week at No. 24 after back-to-back wins over Austin Peay (2-0) and Baylor (1-0).
MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST:
• Catarina Macario netted three goals and recorded one assist in Stanford’s victory over San Francisco (9-0) last Sunday. The junior forward’s first-career hat trick marks her fourth multi-goal match in her five appearances this season. Macario’s nine goals on the season leads the Conference and is the second-most in the country.
• Taylor Kornieck posted an assist last weekend that would aid Colorado’s Roo Yarnell-Williams in the Buffs’ notable shutout victory over Baylor (1-0).
• Nine Pac-12 student-athletes were named to the 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, 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 Catarina 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.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
• Washington State’s Averie Collins scored her fourth goal of the season to help then-No. 17 Washington State earn an overtime win over Gonzaga (1-0). The senior midfielder netted her second-straight game-winning goal in the first nine seconds of extra time against the Bulldogs. Collins earned her second-career player of the week honor, Washington State’s 28th all-time. She earned her first player of the week honor in 2016 while a member of the Stanford team.
• California’s Emily Smith helped California remain one of the last two teams in the nation with only clean sheets defeating both San Diego (3-0) and Montana (1-0). The Bears’ five-game shutout streak to start the season marks the third time in program history and is their longest streak since the 2017 season. Smith led a backline that extended the Bears’ five-game winning streak and held the Toreros to their first scoreless match of the season. California’s defense has only allowed four shots on goal this season, the fewest of any D1 team so far this season. The junior defender earns her first defensive player of the week honor, California’s 45th all-time.
• USC’s Anna Smith notched a pair of shutout wins last week as the Trojans remain unbeaten this season after taking down Northern Arizona (3-0) and Nebraska (2-0). The sophomore defender competed in all 180 minutes of play this weekend, posting seven saves, including a career-high six against Nebraska. Smith earns her first player of the week honor, USC’s 46th all-time
2018 IN REVIEW
• 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.
PAC-12 WOMEN’S SOCCER BROADCAST
• 73 women’s soccer contests will be televised on Pac-12 Networks throughout the season. Three matches will broadcast this weekend including Michigan at Washington State and Portland at Oregon (P12O) at 7 p.m. PT Friday, Sept. 13th, and Santa Clara at California at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, Sept. 15th
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)
|Thursday, Sept. 12||TV/Stream||Time|
|Arizona State at UCF||6 p.m. ET|
|#24 COLORADO at #6 Florida State||ESPN||7 p.m. ET|
|OREGON STATE at Houston||7 p.m. CT|
|Friday, Sept. 13|
|ARIZONA at Santa Clara||7:30 p.m. PT|
|CALIFORNIA at UC Irvine||5 p.m. PT|
|Portland at OREGON||P12O||7 p.m. PT|
|#2 STANFORD at Pepperdine||3 p.m. PT|
|#3 USC at Seattle||WAC Digital Network||7 p.m. PT|
|UTAH at Nevada||6:30 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON at Texas||LHN||7 p.m. CT|
|Michigan at #13 WASHINGTON STATE||P12N||7 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Sept. 14|
|#22 Wisconsin at #5 UCLA||6 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Sept. 15|
|ARIZONA at San Jose State||12 p.m. PT|
|Arizona State at LSU||12 p.m. CT|
|Santa Clara at CALIFORNIA||P12N||3 p.m. PT|
|OREGON STATE at Rice||7 p.m. CT|
|#2 STANFORD at UCSB||1 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON at #17 TCU||Live Stream||1 p.m. CT|
|LMU at WASHINGTON STATE||Live Stream||1 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.
Offensive: Averie Collins, WSU
Defensive: Emily Smith, CAL
Goalkeeper: Anna Smith, USC
2019 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|Aug. 27||Catarina Macario, STAN||Brianna Alger, WSU||Teagan Micah, UCLA|
|Sept. 3||Tara McKeown, USC||Delanie Sheehan, UCLA||Teagan Micah, UCLA|
|Sept. 10||Averie Collins, WSU||Emily Smith, CAL||Anna Smith, USC|
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