Seven Pac-12 women’s soccer teams advance to NCAA Tournament Second Round

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SAN FRANCISCO — Seven Pac-12 women’s soccer teams have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in Conference history. ARIZONA, COLORADO, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON, and WASHINGTON STATE have all extended their time in postseason play.

No. 1-seeded Stanford hosts Hofstra (7 p.m. PT, P12BA) and Arizona travels to Stanford, Calif. to take on Penn State (4 p.m. PT, P12A) on Friday, Nov. 22. Winners of these two matches will meet on Sunday, Nov. 24 for the Third Round.

No. 2 seed UCLA hosts Clemson (8 p.m. PT), and the winner of this game will face either Duke or Wisconsin on Sunday. Fellow No. 2 Seed USC hosts Texas A&M (1:30 p.m. PT) with the champion of this match taking on either Santa Clara or Oklahoma State Sunday.

Colorado, Washington, and Washington State all head to the east coasts for their second-round matchups. The Buffs visit Chapel Hill to take on top seeded-North Carolina (3 p.m. PT), and the winner of this match will take on either Texas Tech or Michigan in the Third Round. The fourth-seeded Huskies meet South Florida in Tallahassee (11 a.m. PT, ESPN3). The winner of this game will either face No. 1 seed Florida State or Brown Sunday. The Cougs meet top-seeded Virginia on Friday (4 p.m. PT), with the winner of the match taking on either West Virginia or Central Connecticut State on Sunday.

Second-Round Highlights
• Seven Pac-12 Teams have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014, and the second time in Conference history. 
• The league’s seven teams in the second round of the tournament are the second-most of any conference (ACC-8).
• Two Conference teams have previously faced their upcoming opponent in NCAA Second Round. USC tied with Texas A&M in second-round action in but advanced on pks (4-3) in 2016, while Washington State fell to Virginia (3-0) in 2011.
• Three Pac-12 teams have first-time opponents this week as Arizona and Penn State, Hofstra and Stanford, and Washington State and South Florida meet for the first time in each programs history.
Colorado and Washington State will both face No. 1 seeds this week as the Buffs meet the Tar Heels and the Cougs face the Cavaliers on Friday, Nov. 22.

First Round Recap:
• Stanford set a program and NCAA postseason record with 15 goals in its win over Prairie View A&M (15-0) last week. Forward Catarina Macario notched four goals and five assists, totaling 13 points, a single-match Conference and program record. Her season total to 27, the most by any Cardinal and the second-most in Pac-12 single-season history.
Penelope Hocking netted four goals and posted one assist in USC’s win over Cal State Fullerton (5-1). Here nine points are the most in a match by a Trojan and are tied for the fourth-most in a match in league history.
• Macario and Hocking’s four-goal performances are third in Pac-12 single-game history.
• Colorado scored a season-high six goals to top Northern Colorado (6-0) last week.
• Arizona took down TCU (1-0) to record its 10th shutout this season, the most for the Wildcats since 2016.
• The Conference leads all other leagues in goals (33) in postseason play.

PAC-12 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT:
• Nine Pac-12 teams earned a trip to the 2019 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament, tied for the most of any conference.
• The league has nine teams in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014 and just the second time in Conference history. 
• The Pac-12 currently holds an all-time record of 197-130-29 (.594) in the NCAA Tournament, owns five national championships and six-second place finishes.
• The Pac-12 has won an NCAA title in four of the last seven seasons, and five of the last 11 years (USC ’07, STAN ’11, UCLA ’13, USC ’16, STAN ’17).
• Stanford and UCLA made history in a first-ever all-Pac-12 NCAA final when they met for the 2017 crown. The ACC and WCC are the only other conferences besides the Pac-12 to have an all-conference national championship game, with the ACC having done so twice and the WCC once.

PAC-12 WOMEN’S SOCCER HONORS:
• The Pac-12 Conference announced the All-Pac-12 women’s soccer honors for the 2019 season, as determined by a polling of the Conference coaches.
USC’s Tara McKeown was voted Pac-12 Forward of the Year and is the first Trojan to earn the honor. • Stanford’s Catarina Macario was tabbed Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, her third annual in three seasons, and fellow Cardinal Naomi Girma was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
• California’s Angelina Anderson was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper and Freshman of the Year and is the first player in Conference history to earn both honors.
Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore was voted the Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
• For the full list of the All-Pac-12 and All-Freshman teams, click here.

MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST:
Stanford’s Catarina Macario made history this week after scoring four goals and posting five assists in the Cardinal’s record-breaking 15-0 win over Prairie View A&M. The junior midfielder notched 13 points last week, good for the most in a single match in Conference and program history. Macario’s four goals bring her season total to a nation-leading 27, a Cardinal single-season record and the second-most in Pac-12 history. Fellow Cardinal Sophia Smith recorded her first-career hat trick along with two assists against the Panthers.
• 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.

NON-CONFERENCE NOTABLES:
• The Pac-12 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 for an .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 posted strong impressive offensive results this fall finishing regular season play with the third-most assists (382), fourth-most goals (414), and third-most shots (3,488) 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.

CONFERENCE STANDINGS 

Teams Points Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Stanford 33 11-0-0 19-1-0
UCLA 24 8-3-0 15-4-1
USC 21 7-4-0 15-4-1
Washington 21 7-4-0 12-6-2
California 18 5-3-3 13-5-3
Washington State 16 5-5-1 13-6-1
Arizona 16 5-5-1 12-6-1
Utah 12 3-5-3 8-9-4
Oregon State 11 3-6-2 11-6-2
Colorado 11 3-6-2 11-7-2
Oregon 5 1-8-2 5-9-5
Arizona State 2 0-9-2 6-11-3

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific)

Friday, Nov. 22  TV/Live Stream Time
Arizona vs. Penn State P12AZ 4 p.m. PT
Colorado at #1 North Carolina   3 p.m. PT
Hofstra at #1 Stanford  P12BA 7 p.m. PT
Clemson at #2 UCLA Live Stream 8 p.m. PT
Texas A&M at #2 USC    1:30 p.m. PT
#4 Washington vs. South Florida  ESPN3 11:00 a.m. PT
Washington State at #1 Virginia   4 p.m. PT

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

2019 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Date 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
Oct. 29 Jada Talley, ARIZ Sam Hiatt, STAN Siena Ruelas, WASH
Nov. 5  Morgan Weaver, WSU Lucy Parker, UCLA Angelina Anderson, CAL
Nov. 12 Ashley Sanchez, UCLA Tavia Leachman, UTAH Bridgette Skiba, OSU

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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