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Pac-12 Women's Soccer Weekly Release - Aug. 23, 2022

Aug 23, 2022
Brent DePaepe/CU Athletics

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Week One In Review

  • The first week of match play saw wins from nine programs with five (Arizona, Colorado, Stanford, UCLA, Washington) going unbeaten. 
  • Arizona, Colorado and Washington each earned a pair of wins, with the Wildcats, picked 12th in the preseason coaches’ poll, pulled out two impressive victories against Iowa State (2-1) and Texas Tech (1-0). Quincy Bonds and Megan Chelf were the weekend's goal scorers, with Chelf picking up a game winner at Texas Tech. Arizona and Ohio State were the only women's soccer programs in the country to record two wins against Power 5 opponents during the opening weekend of the season.
  • Washington had two clean sheets against Fresno State (3-0) and Air Force (5-0), with six Huskies contributing to their eight goals (Hailey Still, Karlee Stueckle, Tatum Thomason, Kala McDaniel, Kyla Ferry, Helena Reischling). 
  • UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, Oregon, Utah and USC all recorded single wins over the opening weekend. Oregon keeper Leah Freeman impressed in goal with a Conference-best of 14 saves, earning a clean sheet against New Mexico State (2-0) and a 1-1 draw against San Francisco. 
  • Both California and Stanford held exhibition matches against the Chinese National Team. The Bears pulled out a 2-2 draw, while the Cardinal was victorious in a 1-0 shutout thanks to Maya Doms' 84th-minute goal. 

Week One Performers

  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Shyra James (Colorado) ended the weekend at the top of the leaderboard after posting three goals, including one brace, and six points. Her weekend performances make her the first in program history to score in six consecutive matches dating back to 2021. James is one of just two players in all of Division I women's soccer with an active streak of goals in six consecutive games (Amanda West, Pitt).
  • Four other players (Civana Kuhlmann, COLO; McKenna Martinez, OSU; Samantha Williams, STAN; Taliana Kaufusi, UTAH) recorded braces as well, with all four contributing to wins or ties for their respective teams. 
  • Arizona senior Hope Hisey was awarded Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week after going 2-0 in the goal and earning her 15th career shutout in the victory over Texas Tech. 
  • Two standout defenders were Madison Goerlinger (ARIZ) and Hannah Sharts (COLO). Goelringer played a collective 180 minutes holding the high-scoring Texas Tech attack to just six shots on goal out of 17 total shots (.352 SOG%). Sharts had her first career multi-point game (3) against San Diego with one goal and one assist that led to the Buffs' 5-1 win. 

Going for Goals 

  • The Pac-12 saw a combined 43 goals on opening weekend from a collective 34 players. Colorado leads the Conference with 10 goals, scoring five in both of its matches. Washington is close behind with eight goals scored in its two wins. 

Looking Ahead 

  • Week two of Pac-12 Women’s Soccer will see 20 matches spanned across five days with a number of premier matchups throughout the weekend. UCLA and Santa Clara, which was ranked 5th in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, will face off on Sunday, August 28 at 1 p.m. PT. 
  • After being one of two teams in the country to earn back-to-back victories over Power 5 opponents in week one, Arizona will head to Nebraska on Thursday, August 25 at 5 p.m. PT/MST.
  • On Monday, August 29 at 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT, No. 25 Colorado will take on No. 9 BYU in Provo. 

In The Rankings 

  • In the first week of the regular season United Soccer Coaches national poll, two of the preseason ranked teams have solidified their spot in the top-25 and a new one has moved into the ranks. UCLA continues to lead the Conference at No. 6, moving up from No. 13 in the preseason. Stanford, which began at No. 21 moved to No. 13 after beating Sacramento State and Colorado, previously unranked, finds itself at No. 25. Washington State and Washington are currently receiving votes.
  • Top Drawer Soccer came out with its second poll of the season and three Pac-12 schools are in the top 25. Coming off 1-0 weekends, UCLA sits at No. 6 and Stanford sits at No. 18. After going 1-1 USC comes in right behind the Cardinal at No. 20. 
  • Top Drawer Soccer released its Preseason Women’s National Top 100 list and 11 Pac-12 women were included, the third-highest total in the country behind the 14-team ACC (21) and 14-team SEC (12). USC’s Croix Bethune, the reigning Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, is ranked No. 1 and Stanford’s Maya Doms was third. Bethune’s teammate Brandi Peterson came in at No. 11 and Arizona State’s Nicole Douglas rounded out the Pac-12’s top-25 honorees at No. 23. 

Hermann Trophy Watch List

  • Last Monday, the Hermann Trophy Watch List was announced and a NCAA-best nine Pac-12 women were included from seven different Pac-12 programs. Among the 60 were, Lauren Brzycky, UCLA; Nadia Cooper, WSU; Leah Freeman, ORE; Mykiaa Minnis, WSU; Lilly Reale, UCLA; Croix Bethune, USC; Maya Doms, STAN; Nicole Douglas, ASU; and Summer Yates, WASH. 

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