Washington, LA schools chasing Stanford in Pac-12 women’s soccer race

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SAN FRANCISCO — With three weeks of Pac-12 women’s soccer Conference play remaining, league unbeaten STANFORD tops the standings as it continues its quest for Conference history. The Cardinal, sole winner of the last four Pac-12 titles, is seeking to become the first program to capture five-straight outright Conference championships - UCLA shared the 2004 crown with Arizona during its record stretch of six consecutive titles from 2003-08.

Stanford (6-0-0, 18 pts.), which visits the Mountain schools, has an opportunity to distance itself atop the standings this week as the teams currently second through fifth - WASHINGTON (5-1-0, 15), USC (4-2-0, 12), WASHINGTON STATE (3-2-1, 10) and UCLA (3-3-0, 9) - will battle in Los Angeles.

After the No. 2 Cardinal topped the then-No. 16 Bruins last week, this week will be highlighted by two more top-20 matchups as No. 19 Washington State takes on No. 7 USC (Thursday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m., P12N) and No. 18 UCLA (Sunday, Oct. 27, 12 p.m., P12N).

The Pac-12 saw its fourth upset of the Conference season when CALIFORNIA took down then-No. 4 USC (3-0) last week. The Bears look to continue their success this week as they travel to the Mountain schools to take on UTAH (Thursday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m.) and COLORADO (Sunday, Oct. 27, 12 p.m.).

IN THE RANKINGS:
• Four Pac-12 women’s soccer teams are ranked in this week’s United Soccer Coaches top 25.
• Stanford continues its season-long top-5 run remaining at No. 2 for the fifth week in a row after topping UCLA (1-0) last week.
• USC drops out of the top-5 for the first time this season, coming in a No. 7 this week after being upset by California (3-0).
• UCLA moves down two spots to No. 18 this week following its narrow loss to the Cardinal.
• Washington State is back in the rankings this week as the Cougs return at No. 19.
• The Pac-12 is the only Conference with all schools in the top-100 of the most recent RPI rankings. Ten teams are inside the top 50, including five in the top 20, led by Stanford at No. 1.

MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST:
Stanford’s Catarina Macario continues to be an offensive standout in the Conference. The junior forward leads the nation in goals (18), goals per game (1.29), points (46), points per game (3.29), and shots per game (5.86). Macario’s offensive results also lead the league with the addition of assists (10), shots (82), and shots on goal (42).
• Washington State’s Morgan Weaver notched her third assist of the season last week to help teammate Elyse Bennett score the game-winner in the 67th minute to secure the win over the Ducks (1-0). Weaver has been an offensive threat for the Cougs this season as she leads the team in goals (5), points (13), shots (73), and shots on goal (31).
• 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:
California’s Luca Deza scored the game-winning goal and assisted another as Cal upset No. 4 USC (3-0), registering its second top-10 win of the season and completing its first season sweep of USC and UCLA since 1996. Deza was named offensive player of the week for the first time this season, and with Angelina Anderson’s goalkeeper of the week award, California’s 51st all-time women’s soccer weekly nod.
Stanford’s Naomi Girma helped the second-ranked Cardinal extend its eight-game win streak with a victory over No. 16 UCLA (1-0) last week. Girma led a defensive line that limited the Bruins to their second-fewest shots of the season (9) while not allowing a shot on target the entire match. She collects her first-career player of the week award, and the 74th all-time women’s soccer weekly award for the Cardinal.
• Angelina Anderson helped California become the first team this season to shutout the fourth-ranked Trojans (3-0). The freshman goalkeeper made six saves on the week to record her Conference-leading eighth solo shutout this season, tied for the most by any freshman in Division I. She also leads the league in save percentage (.857). Anderson earned her second-consecutive and third-career goalkeeper of the week honor, and with Luca Deza’s player of the week award, California’s 51st all-time women’s soccer weekly honor.

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 (306), fourth-most goals (327), and sixth-most shots (2,666) 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. Seven Conference matchups will be broadcasted this week starting with No. 2 Stanford at Colorado (2 p.m. PT, P12BA, P12M), No. 19 Washington State at No. 7 USC (3 p.m. PT, P12N), Oregon State at Arizona State (5 p.m. PT, P12A, P12O), and Oregon at Arizona (7 p.m. PT, P12A, P12O) on Thursday, Oct. 24. On Sunday, Oct. 27, Networks will air No. 2 Stanford at Utah (11 a.m. PT, P12N) and No. 19 Washington State at No. 18 UCLA (12 p.m. PT, P12W).


CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Teams Points Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Stanford 18 6-0-0 13-1-0
Washington 15 5-1-0 9-3-2
USC 12 4-2-0 11-2-1
Washington State 10 3-2-1 10-3-1
UCLA 9 3-3-0 9-4-1
California 8 2-2-2 10-3-2
Colorado 7 2-3-1 10-4-1
Arizona 7 2-3-1 8-4-1
Utah 6 1-2-3 6-5-4
Oregon State 5 1-3-2 9-3-2
Arizona State 2 0-4-2 6-6-3
Oregon 2 0-4-2 4-5-5

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Times local to site)

Thursday, Oct. 24 TV/Stream Time
California at Utah Live Stream 7 p.m. MT
Oregon at Arizona P12A, P12O 7 p.m. MT
Oregon State at Arizona State P12A, P12O 5 p.m. MT
#2 Stanford at Colorado P12BA, P12M 3 p.m. MT
Washington at #18 UCLA P12N 8 p.m. PT
#19 Washington State at #7 USC P12N 3 p.m. PT
Sunday, Oct. 27    
California at Colorado Live Stream 1 p.m. MT
Oregon at Arizona State Live Stream 12 p.m. MT
Oregon State at Arizona Live Stream 1 p.m. MT
#2 Stanford at Utah P12N 12 p.m. MT
Washington at #7 USC Live Stream 1 p.m. PT
#19 Washington State at #18 UCLA P12W 1 p.m. PT

PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEKP12N/P12A/P12BA/P12LA/P12M/P12O/P12W - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

THIS WEEK: 
Offensive: Luca Deza, CAL
Defensive: Naomi Girma, STAN
Goalkeeper: Angelina Anderson, CAL

ALSO NOMINATED:
Offensive: Tessa Barton, COLO; Maya Doms, STAN; Elyse Bennett, WSU.
Defensive: Samantha Falasco, ARIZ; Sydney Collins, CAL; Gabbi Chapa, COLO; Brianna Alger, WSU.
Goalkeeper: Hope Hisey, ARIZ; Jalen Tompkins, COLO; Teagan Micah, UCLA; Carly Nelson, UTAH.

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
Oct. 21 Luca Deza, CAL Naomi Girma, STAN 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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