Pac-12 Women’s Soccer makes league history with four teams in NCAA Quarterfinals

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SAN FRANCISCO — Four Pac-12 Women's Soccer teams have advanced to the 2019 NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the first time in Conference history as STANFORD, UCLA, USC and WASHINGTON STATE comprise half of the remaining eight teams in the field.

Each of the four Pac-12 teams has the opportunity to advance to next week's NCAA College Cup, creating the possibility for one league to have four semifinalists for the first time in event history. Only the ACC has previously advanced three teams to the College Cup (2011, 2013), while the Pac-12 has advanced two teams to the semifinals on four prior occasions (2007, 2008, 2009, 2017).

Top-seeded Stanford (21-1) an NCAA Quarterfinal match for the third-straight season as it welcomes No. 2 seed BYU on Friday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. PT.  The winner will advance to the semifinals on Friday, Dec. 6 to face either Florida State or UCLA.

No. 2 seed UCLA (17-4-1) makes its third-consecutive Elite Eight appearance this week in Tallahassee, Fla. against defending NCAA champion Florida State on Friday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. PT. The advancing teams will take on either Stanford or BYU.

Second-seeded USC (17-4-1) heads to Chapel Hill, N.C., to compete in its third-ever NCAA Quarterfinal against No. 1 seed North Carolina on Friday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. PT. The champion of this match will face either Washington State or South Carolina a semifinal match Friday, Dec. 6.

Washington State (15-6-1) is looking to continue its historic run this Friday as it travels to Columbia, S.C., to take on No. 2 seed South Carolina in the Cougs’ first-ever NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal at 3 p.m. PT. The winner will advance to the semifinals and take on either USC or North Carolina on Friday, Dec. 6.

Quarterfinal Quick Facts:
• Four Pac-12 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the first time in league history.
• The league’s four teams in the Elite Eight lead all other conferences (ACC- 2, SEC -1, WCC - 1).
• Three Pac-12 teams have recorded wins in the most recent meetings versus their quarterfinal opponents. Stanford defeated BYU (2-0) to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009, USC took down North Carolina (3-0) in 2016 and UCLA defeated the then-No. 1 Seminoles in Los Angeles earlier this season (2-1).
• Washington State continues to make program history as the Cougs will compete in their first-ever NCAA Quarterfinal match this week as the only unranked team remaining in the tournament. WSU has also amassed a 15-6-1 overall record this fall, setting a program record for wins.
• Stanford looks to extend its 16-game win streak while making its 11th all-time quarterfinal appearance. The Cardinal has been an offensive and defensive powerhouse this season setting a program record in goals (93) and outscoring opponents 93-10 while allowing two or less shots in 16 of its 22 matches this season.
• UCLA looks to extend its time in the postseason this week appears in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third-straight year, and 16th time 23 NCAA berths.
• USC competes in its third NCAA Quarterfinal in program history this week, with its previous quarterfinal appearances resulting in NCAA Championship titles (2007, 2016).

NCAA Tournament Notables:
• USC topped Santa Clara (1-0) becoming the first team to shutout the Broncos this season.
• USC, UCLA, and Stanford have all recorded season-high goal totals during the tournament as USC defeated Cal State Fullerton (5-1), Stanford dropped Prairie View A&M (15-0) and UCLA took down Clemson (5-0).
• Stanford’s Catarina Macario scored three goals last week to maintain her national lead in goals (30). The junior’s 30 goals this season are tied for the most-ever in Pac-12 history, while her season point total (83) and assist total (23) have set new Conference records
• UCLA’s Mia Fishel netted three goals over the weekend to help the Trojans advance as the freshman paces the team with 12 goals on the season.
• The league’s seven teams in the second round of the tournament were the second-most of any conference (ACC-8).
• Stanford set a program and NCAA postseason record with 15 goals in its win over Prairie View A&M (15-0). Forward Catarina Macario notched four goals and five assists against Prairie A&M, totaling 13 points, a single-match Conference and program record.
Penelope Hocking netted four goals and posted one assist in USC’s win over Cal State Fullerton (5-1). Her 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.

PAC-12 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT:
• Four Pac-12 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament Third Round and Quarterfinals for the first time in Conference history. The Pac-12 now leads all other leagues in the Tournament.
• Seven Pac-12 teams advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014, and the second time in Conference history.
• Nine Pac-12 teams earned a trip to the 2019 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament, tied for the most of any conference.
• The league had 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 212-134-29 (.604) 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.

MAC HERMANN TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS:
• Four Pac-12 student-athletes were named 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists, tied for the most of any conference.
• UCLA’s Jessie Fleming, USC’s Tara McKeown, and Stanford’s Catarina Macario and Naomi Girma were selected to a 15 student-athlete list based on voting by NCAA Division I women’s soccer coaches.
• Three finalists will be named for the award on Friday, Dec. 6 in conjunction with the Women’s College Cup in San Jose, Calif.  

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 TROPHY WATCH LIST:
• Stanford’s Catarina Macario netted three goals last week to continue her reign as the nation's leading scorer with 30 goals on the season. After breaking the Pac-12 record for points in a single match (13) and a single season (77) last week, the junior is now tied for the most goals scored in a single season in Conference history (30) as she is the fifth player in women’s Division I soccer history to attain this since 2000, and the only Cardinal to ever do so. Macario also leads the country in goals per game (1.36)
• Washington State’s Morgan Weaver scored three goals and notched an assist last week to help the Cougs top No. 1 seeded-Virginia (3-2) and West Virginia (3-0) and make history as WSU heads to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the first time in program history. Weaver’s ninth multi-goal performance this season and 42 goal career-total are the second most in Cougar history.

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 21-1-0
UCLA 24 8-3-0 17-4-1
USC 21 7-4-0 17-4-1
Washington 21 7-4-0 12-7-2
California 18 5-3-3 13-5-3
Washington State 16 5-5-1 15
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. 26 TV/Stream Time
#2 BYU at  #1 Stanford   3 p.m. PT
#2 UCLA at #1 Florida State   11 p.m. PT
#2 USC at #1 North Carolina ACC Network 3 p.m. PT
Washington State at #2 South Carolina   3 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

  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

NATIONAL HONORS

MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists
Jessie Fleming, UCLA; Naomi Girma, Stanford; Catarina Macario, Stanford, Tara McKeown, 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


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