Pac-12 women's soccer enters non-conference finale atop NCAA

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SAN FRANCISCO - Pac-12 women’s soccer enters its final week of non-conference play with a trio of top five teams and a top-25 debut by undefeated CALIFORNIA . The league went 13-5-1 on the week bringing its combined non-conference record to 64-13-5 continuing to boast the highest winning percentage in the country for the third week in a row (.810).

Six Conference teams will hit the road this weekend to finish out their non-conference campaigns. Hawai’i will host a pair of Pac-12 sides taking on No. 24 WASHINGTON STATE (Thursday, Sept. 19, 10 p.m. PT) and No. 5 UCLA (Sunday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. PT). The Bruins and Cougs will also face Pepperdine (Thursday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m. PT) while in Honolulu.

WASHINGTON visits Cal Poly (Thursday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. PT, BWTV) and No. 2 USC travels to take on Baylor (Friday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m. PT, ESPNU). COLORADO will make a short trip to Denver (Saturday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. PT) and No. 3 STANFORD will finish the weekend at Santa Clara (Sunday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m. PT).

• Three Pac-12 teams remain undefeated so far this season including California (7-0-0), USC (7-0-0), and OREGON STATE (7-0-0).
• California picked up a pair of wins last weekend taking down UC Irvine (1-0) and a tough Santa Clara side (2-1) which upset UCLA a week prior. The Bears recorded their sixth-consecutive shutout against the Anteaters and were the last team in the country to allow a goal.
• The Trojans earned their seventh win of the season thanks to an overtime goal from junior midfielder Arlie Jones, propelling USC to its best start to a season in program history.
• Oregon State extended its winning streak to seven by defeating both Houston (5-0) and Rice (2-1), to mark the best season start in Beaver history.

IN THE RANKINGS:
• Five Pac-12 teams appear in this week’s United Soccer Coaches poll including three teams in the top five.
• USC’s undefeated weekend pushed the Trojans up to the No. 2 spot, their highest rank since ranking at No 2 for six-consecutive weeks late in the 2018 season.
• Stanford comes in at No. 3 after going 1-1 on the week. The Cardinal rebounded from a narrow 1-0 loss against Pepperdine by topping UC Santa Barbara (1-0).
• California joins the rankings at No. 21 marking the Bears first time in the top-25 since the 2017 season.
• Washington State rounds out this week’s poll at No. 24. Despite a loss against Michigan (1-2), the Cougs bounced back with a win against LMU (2-1) to remain in the rankings.
 

MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST:
• Stanford’s Sophia Smith netted the game-winning goal in the 79th minute to defeat UCSB (1-0). This marks Smith’s second goal in just three contests she has competed in so far this season.
• Taylor Kornieck scored both Colorado goals last weekend, but weren’t enough as the Buffaloes fell to No. 6 Florida State (2-3). Kornieck put in her seventh-career penalty kick which set a new CU record, and her four goals on the season lead the Buffs and bring her career total to 31 all-time, the third-most in program history.
• Nine Pac-12 student-athletes were named 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.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
• Oregon State’s Brianna McReynolds earned her first weekly honors after helping extend Oregon State’s unbeaten streak to 7-0, to mark the best start in program history, defeating Houston (5-0) and Rice (2-1). The freshman forward earned her first-career hat trick and notched one assist, earning seven points against the Cougars. This is the most goals scored and the most points earned in a single match by a Beaver since 2011. McReynolds also netted the game-winning goal in OSU’s victory over the Owls.
• Emily Smith helped the Bears continue their best start to a season since 2000 as they are now 7-0 after topping both UC Irvine (1-0) and Santa Clara (2-1) last week. Smith led a backline that produced California’s second-longest shutout streak (6) in program history as the Bears were the last team in the nation to concede a goal this season. The junior defender helped limit Santa Clara to just one goal as the Broncos entered the match averaging 2.8 goals per game on the season and were held to one goal for just the second time this fall. She earns her second-consecutive defensive player of the week honor, and with Angelina Anderson’s goalkeeper of the week award, it marks California’s 47th all-time.
• California’s Angelina Anderson posted six saves on the weekend including an impressive diving save in the 80th minute of California’s win over Santa Clara (2-1), denying a close-range header to secure the Bears’ seventh-consecutive win. Anderson recorded her fifth-consecutive clean sheet against the Anteaters (1-0) as the Bears were the last team in the country to allow a goal. The freshman goalkeeper held the Broncos to just one goal, only the second time this season Santa Clara has failed to score multiple goals. She was named goalkeeper of the week for the first time this season, and with Emily Smith’s defensive player of the week honors, it marks California’s 47th 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. Four matches will broadcast this weekend including Northern Colorado at Colorado at 3 p.m. PT on Thursday Sept. 19, Butler at Utah at 4 p.m. PT (P12M) and Cal State Northridge at Arizona State on Friday, Sept. 20, and Portland at California at 12 p.m. PT on Sunday, Sept. 22. 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)

Thursday, Sept. 19 TV/Stream Time
Northern Colorado at COLORADO P12N 4 p.m. MT
Idaho at OREGON STATE   4 p.m. PT
#5 UCLA vs. Pepperdine   4:30 p.m. HT
WASHINGTON at Cal Poly BWTV 5 p.m. PT
#24 WASHINGTON STATE at Hawai'i   7 p.m. HT
Friday, Sept. 20    
CSUN at ASU P12N 6 p.m. MT
UC Riverside at #21 CALIFORNIA   2 p.m. PT
#2 USC at Baylor ESPNU 6 p.m. CT
Butler at UTAH P12M 5 p.m. MT
Saturday, Sept. 21    
TCU at Arizona Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
COLORADO at Denver   7:30 p.m. MT
Sunday, Sept. 22    
Portland at #21 CALIFORNIA P12N 12 p.m. PT
Buffalo at OREGON Live Stream 5 p.m. PT
#3 STANFORD at Santa Clara   7 p.m. PT
#5 UCLA at Hawai'i   3:30 HT
San Diego at UTAH Live Stream 1 p.m. MT
#24 WASHINGTON STATE vs. Pepperdine   1 p.m. HT

P12N/P12A/P12BA/P12LA/P12M/P12O/P12W - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Network. BWTV- Indicates live broadcast on Big West TV

PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
THIS WEEK: 
Offensive: Brianna McReynolds, OSU
Defensive: Emily Smith, CAL
Goalkeeper: Angelina Anderson, CAL

ALSO NOMINATED:
Offensive: Jill Aguilera, ARIZ; Emma Westin, CAL; Taylor Kornieck, COLO; Sophia Smith, STAN; Kennedy Faulknor, UCLA; Natalie Jacobs, USC; Summer Yates, WASH; Morgan Weaver, WSU.
Defensive: Samantha Falasco, ARIZ; Gabbi Chapa, COLO; Alyssa Hinojosa, ORE; Sydney Studer, OSU; Naomi Girma, STAN; Kaiya McCullough, UCLA; Julia Bingham, USC.
Goalkeeper: Kendyll Humphreys, ARIZ; Jalen Tompkins, COLO; Bridgette Skiba, OSU; Katie Meyer, STAN; Teagan Micah, UCLA; Anna Smith, USC.

2019 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK

  Offensive Defensive Goalkeeper
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
Sept. 17 Brianna McReynolds, OSU Emily Smith, CAL Angelina Anderson, CAL

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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