Pac-12 Women’s Soccer continues historic postseason with three teams in NCAA College Cup
SAN FRANCISCO — Three Pac-12 Women’s Soccer teams will compete in this week’s 2019 NCAA College Cup for the first time in league history, marking just third time in tournament history one league will have three semifinalists. STANFORD, UCLA, and WASHINGTON STATE all have opportunity to be crowned the 2019 NCAA Champion this weekend with the possibility for an All-Pac-12 final for the second time in Conference history.
Top-seeded Stanford (22-1) makes its third-straight appearance in the College Cup on Friday, Dec. 6 (6:30 p.m. PT, ESPNU) facing UCLA, marking the first time two Pac-12 teams compete in a semifinal match. The Cardinal were in the Final Four the last two seasons including 2017 when it won its second-ever NCAA Championship.
No. 2 seed UCLA (18-4-1) advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the 11th time in program history and second time in the last three years. The Bruins look to bring momentum from their quarterfinal win over No. 1 seed and defending NCAA Champion Florida State (4-0) last week. The winner of this match will advance to face either Washington State or North Carolina.
Washington State (16-6-1) continues to make school history as the Cougs make their first-ever College Cup appearance. WSU has had a remarkable postseason run topping two top-2 seeded teams including second-seeded South Carolina last week (1-0) to get to the semifinal. WSU faces No. 1 seed North Carolina on Friday, Dec. 6 (4 p.m. PT, ESPNU). The champion of this game will compete in the final on Sunday, Dec. 8 against either Stanford or UCLA.
PAC-12 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT:
• The Pac-12 advanced three teams to the College Cup for the first time in league history and only the third time in NCAA history (ACC -2011, 2013).
• The Pac-12 currently holds an all-time record of 215-135-29 (.606) 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.
• Four Pac-12 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament Third Round and Quarterfinals for the first time in Conference history. The league’s four teams in the Elite Eight led all other conferences (ACC- 2, SEC -1, WCC - 1).
• 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.
• Two Pac-12 teams have combined for four during the NCAA Tournament as #7 UCLA defeated #6 Florida State (4-0) and Washington State took down #14 Memphis (1-0), #3 Virginia (3-2) and #5 South Carolina (1-0).
• Stanford leads the nation in nearly every offensive category: goals (98), assists (98), points (294), shots per game (26.70) and shots on goal per game (12.04).
• Cardinal forward Catarina Macario has now notched the most goals (32), assists (23) and points (87) in school and Pac-12 single-season history after her performance in last week’s win over BYU (4-1). Macario's 32 goals this season are the eighth-most in NCAA history, while her 87 points are tied for the third-most in NCAA history behind Mia Hamm (97) and Christine Sinclair (88).
• UCLA earned its way to the semifinals after defeating defending champion and top-seeded Florida State in the quarterfinals (4-0). The shutout victory marked the Bruins' third-straight in the NCAA Tournament, where they are outscoring opponents, 15-1.
• Washington State continues its historic run this week competing in its first College Cup in school history. The Cougs have taken down the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in their region, and will face top-seeded North Carolina for the second time in WSU history, first time since 2003.
NCAA Tournament Notables:
• Washington State continues to make program history as the Cougs competed in their first-ever NCAA Quarterfinal match last 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.
• 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 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.
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 two goals to help top BYU (5-1), bringing her career goal total to 32, the eighth-most in NCAA history and are the most scored since 2005. Macarios 32 goals this season lead the nation along with her total assists (23), total points (87), game-winning goals (11), goals per game (1.39), points per game (3.78), and shots per game (6.48).
• 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.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific)
|Friday, Nov. 26||TV/Stream||Time|
|Washington State vs. #1 North Carolina||ESPNU||4 p.m. PT|
|#1 Stanford vs. #2 UCLA||ESPNU||6:30 p.m. PT|
2019 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
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