Washington latest top-25 team as Pac-12 women's soccer hits midpoint

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly halfway through Conference play, STANFORD sits atop the league’s standings as the only team with a perfect Pac-12 record (5-0-0). No. 4 USC (4-1-0) and No. 25 WASHINGTON (4-1-0) are tied for second as the Huskies enter this week’s national top-25 for the first time since 2015. 

This week, Pac-12 Networks will broadcast three league contests including a top-25 matchup.

No. 16 UCLA is looking to continue its three-game win streak as it heads north to face the second-ranked Cardinal, who have not lost a match in league play since Oct. 6, 2016. No. 4 USC will also travel to the Bay Area to take on CALIFORNIA on Friday, Oct. 18 (4 p.m. PT, P12N).

No. 25 Washington looks to continue its success in Oregon as it faces OREGON STATE on Friday, Oct. 18 (7 p.m .PT). The newly Huskies side entered the top 25 this week after defeating both ARIZONA STATE (1-0) and then-25 ARIZONA (3-2).

OREGON is looking to record its first Conference win of the season hosting WASHINGTON STATE on Saturday, Oct. 19 (7 p.m. PT). For the first time in seven weeks the Cougs are unranked after falling to Arizona (1-0) and tying with Arizona State (0-0).

The Mountain schools will both take on an Arizona side this week as the Wildcats will face UTAH (Friday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. PT) and Arizona State meets COLORADO (Saturday, Oct. 19, 12 p.m. PT). Arizona split the weekend in Washington last week, topping then-No. 15 Washington State (1-0) for its second top-25 win this season before falling to Washington (3-2). The Sun Devils are looking to bounce back from a loss against the Huskies (1-0) and a draw with the Cougs (0-0).

IN THE RANKINGS:
• Four Pac-12 women’s soccer teams are ranked in this week’s United Soccer Coaches top 25.
• Stanford remains at No. 2 for the fourth week in a row after maintaining its unbeaten Conference run defeating Oregon State (2-0) and Oregon (5-0).
• USC stays at No. 4 after an undefeated homestand during which it took down Utah (2-1) and Colorado (2-1).
• UCLA rebounded six spots to No. 16 after two shutout wins over the Buffs (3-0) and Utes (2-0). 
• Washington enters rankings for the first time since 2015 after hard-fought wins over Arizona State (1-0) and Arizona (3-2).
• Washington’s top-25 entry marks the eighth different Pac-12 program to make an appearance in the national rankings so far this season. Additionally, 11-of-12 league programs have received votes for the poll so far this year.
• The Pac-12 is the only Conference with all schools in the top-100 of the most recent RPI rankings. 11 teams are inside the top 52, including Stanford at No. 1. 

MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST:
• Stanford’s Catarina Macario and Sophia Smith continue to be a dominant force for the Cardinal up top. Macario maintained her national and Conference lead in goals (16) as she netted three last week including two against Oregon, good for her seventh multi-goal match of the season. Smith has earned a tally in seven of the nine matches she has competed in this fall after scoring a goal in both matches against the two Oregon sides. The sophomore forward has already met her career-high with seven goals and 17 points so far this season.
• UCLA’s Ashely Sanchez and Lucy Parker recorded matching stats last week to help the Bruins extend their three-game win streak. Parker netted the game-opening and game-winning goal against the Buffs and assisted Sanchez in her 83rd-minute half-volley and fifth goal of the season. Sanchez posted an assist to help freshman forward Mia Fishel open the scoring in the Bruins’ shutout win over the Utes.
• 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 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:
• USC’s Tara Mckeown earned her second offensive player of the week honor this season after netting three goals last week including the game-winning tallies in both weekend victories for the Trojans as the dropped Utah (2-1) and Colorado (2-1).
Lucy Parker helped then-No.22 UCLA record a pair of shutout wins over Colorado (3-0) and Utah (2-0) last week. Parker recorded the game-winning goal plus an assist against the Buffs, earning her first points as a Bruin. She also led a defensive line that limited the Buffs to a season-low two shots and the Utes to just seven shots. The junior defender collects her first-career defensive player of the week award and UCLA’s 82nd all-time.
• California’s Angelina Anderson was named goalkeeper of the week for the second time this season after she allowed only one goal in the 220 minutes of play this weekend. The freshman goalkeeper posted a .923 save percentage to help the Bears remain unbeaten on the road, drawing with Oregon (1-1) and Oregon State (0-0). Here Conference-leading seventh solo shutout against the Beavs is tied for the most by any freshman in Division I soccer this season.

NON-CONFERENCE NOTABLES:
• Pac-12 women’s soccer boasted the highest winning percentage for the last four weeks of non-conference play (.875, .857, .811), finishing with a combined record of 76-14-9 with a .813 percentage, including 6-3 against ranked sides.
• Oregon State and USC finished their non-conference slates undefeated, two of just seven Division I teams to not record a loss in non-conference play.
• The league continues to post impressive offensive results as they currently have the third-most assists (281), fourth-most goals (301), and fourth-most shots (2,318) in the country. 

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
• 70 women’s soccer contests will be televised on Pac-12 Networks throughout the season. Three Conference matchups will broadcast this week including No. 4 USC at California (Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m. PT) and Arizona at Utah (Friday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m. PT) and No. 16 ULCA at No. 2 Stanford (Saturday, Oct. 19., 7 p.m. PT).


CONFERENCE STANDINGS 

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

 UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)

Friday, Oct. 18 TV/Stream Time
Arizona at Utah P12M 7 p.m. MT
#4 USC at California P12BA, P12LA 4 p.m. PT
#25 Washington at Oregon State   7 p.m. PT
Saturday, Oct. 19    
Arizona State at Colorado Live Stream 1 p.m. MT
#16 UCLA at #2 Stanford P12N 7 p.m. PT
Washington State at Oregon Live Stream 7 p.m. PT

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


PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

THIS WEEK: 
Offensive: Tara McKeown, USC
Defensive: Lucy Parker, UCLA
Goalkeeper: Angelina Anderson, CAL

 ALSO NOMINATED:
Offensive: Kelcey Cavarra, ARIZ; Catarina Macario, STAN; Mia Fishel, UCLA; Ameera Hussen, WASH.
Defensive: Samantha Falasco, ARIZ; Lieske Carleer, ASU; Emily Smith, CAL; Madison Ellsworth, OSU; Naomi Girma, STAN.
Goalkeeper: Hope Hisey, ARIZ; Giulia Cascapera, ASU; Bridgette Skiba, OSU; Katie Meyer, STAN; Teagan Micah, UCLA; Ella Dederick, WSU.

2019 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS 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
Sept. 24 Taylor Kornieck, COLO Brianna Alger, WSU Carly Nelson, UTAH
Oct. 1 Catarina Macario, STAN Emily Smith, CAL Jalen Tompkins, COLO
Oct. 8 Catarina Macario, STAN Kaylin Martin, USC Anna Smith, USC
Oct. 15 Tara McKeown, USC Lucy Parker, UCLA 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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