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Pac-12 women's soccer teams secure three top-10 wins on a thrilling Thursday

Sep 1, 2022
The Bruins celebrate at Duke
Photo via UCLA Athletics (courtesy of Duke Athletics)

Pac-12 women's soccer showcased its strength Thursday, collecting three wins over top-10 teams.

USC kicked off the day with a 3-0 rout of No. 6 TCU, the reigning Big 12 champions.

No. 3 UCLA followed it up with a 2-1 road win at No. 2 Duke, and No. 12 Stanford capped the night with a dominant 2-0 victory over No. 8 Penn State.

Altogether, the Pac-12 went 8-2-2 on Thursday to improve to 33-5-13 on the season as a conference.

For the Trojans (2-1), it was the dynamic duo of Simone Jackson and Croix Bethune that haunted the Horned Frogs.

Jackson scored in the fourth minute and Bethune found the back of the net in the 45th and 79th minutes to secure a surprisingly lopsided victory. TCU had only conceded one goal all season entering the match. 

Across the country, the Bruins (4-0) squeaked out a one-goal win over the Blue Devils, thanks to timely goals from Jayden Perry and Reilyn Turner, as well as a career night from goalkeeper Lauren Bryzkcy.

Perry slotted a corner kick and Turner gave the Bruins the lead with a rocket in the 62nd minute after Duke leveled the match late in the first half.

It was the only shot the Blue Devils could sneak past Bryzcky, who matched her career high with nine saves.

The fun is only beginning for the Bruins, who next will face No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday in Chapel Hill.

Out on The Farm, the Cardinal (3-0) left no doubt that they were superior to the Nittany Lions, outshooting them 20-9 in the 2-0 win.

It was a night to remember for freshman Allie Montoya, who scored both goals, which were the first of her career.

Other highlights from a thrilling Thursday...

Nicole Douglas' brace against UAB accounted for the 50th and 51st goals of her career, breaking ASU's all-time scoring record.

Jenna Studer knocked in a loose ball in the 90th minute to give Washington State (2-1-1) a 2-1 road win over Seattle U.

McKenna Martinez recorded her second brace of the season, scoring both goals in Oregon State's 2-0 win over Boise State. It was the fifth brace of the sophomore's career, pulling her into a tie for the fifth-most multi-goal games in OSU history. The Beavers (3-0-2) are still unbeaten.

Keely Roy came up clutch again, bouncing in a long shot to help Cal (2-1-1) secure a 1-1 tie against San Francisco.

Colorado (4-0-1) continued its high-scoring ways, cruising past Texas A&M-Commerce 6-0. Shyra James netted two more goals, extending her scoring streak to a program-record nine games.

Vanessa Millsaps scored in the 68th minute to give Washington (4-0-1) a 1-0 win over Texas Tech.

Jordan Snyder's first career goal secured a draw for Oregon (1-0-3) vs. Texas.