Pac-12 Women's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Sept. 28, 2022
Sep 28, 2022
First Week of Conference Play Review
- The start of Pac-12 Conference play last Friday was highlighted by six matches featuring two shutouts and four finishes decided by a single goal.
- With its 4-2 victory over CALIFORNIA (5-2-3, 0-1-0), No. 1 UCLA (9-0-0, 1-0-0) remained the only undefeated team in the country. Now 9-0 overall, UCLA has also won 17 consecutive Conference games dating back to March 2020.
- OREGON (3-2-4, 1-0-0) posted an upset over then-No. 15 WASHINGTON (6-1-2, 0-1-0), shutting out the Huskies, 2-0. It was one of two ranked upsets of the weekend, as No. 20 USC (5-1-1, 1-0-0) started Conference play with a thrilling, 2-1 finish that landed them a victory over then-No. 19 STANFORD (7-2-1, 0-1-0).
- No. 15 WASHINGTON STATE (7-1-1, 1-0-0) and head coach Todd Schulenberger made program history with a 1-0 shutout at OREGON STATE (4-3-2, 0-1-0). A single goal from Sydney Studer helped Schulenberger record his 88th career win, tying the school’s all-time record. The shutout also marked the Cougars' seventh-straight victory, the fourth time in program history they have won that many consecutive matches (1990, 2015, 2018). Only three wins separate WSU from the school's all-time win streak record set in 2018.
- In the second-highest scoring match of the weekend, ARIZONA STATE (5-0-2, 1-0-0) and COLORADO (6-2-2, 0-1-0) played a tight game, with the Sun Devils' prevailing, 3-2, on a goal with three seconds remaining.
Week 6’s Top Performers
- Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Nicole Payne earned a spot on Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week after bringing USC back from a 1-0 deficit against STANFORD, scoring a brace to earn the victory for the Trojans. Teammate Brooklyn Courtnall supported Payne and the Trojans as the leader of a backline that kept the Cardinal scoreless for the final 70 minutes of the match.
- ARIZONA STATE’s Eva van Deursen brought a dramatic finish to the Sun Devils' 3-2 win at COLORADO, scoring the game winner with three seconds remaining. Van Deursen also scored in the 59th minutes, her brace adding to the Sun Devils' growing tally of 23 goals in seven matches this season (3.29 goals per game), an average that is second in the Pac-12 (Colorado, 3.30) and sixth nationally. The Sun Devils are also in the top 5 in the NCAA in assists per game (3.57, 2nd) and points per game (10.14, 4th).
- Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week Leah Freeman made a career-high 14 saves to lead OREGON to a 2-0 shutout of WASHINGTON. Freeman leads the Pac-12 in both total saves (64) and saves per game (7.11) and is sixth and eighth nationally in those categories, respectively.
- Shyra James (COLORADO) and Nicole Douglas (ARIZONA STATE) continue to top the NCAA offensive leaderboard in multiple categories. Douglas is second in goals per game (1.29), third in points per game (2.86) and sixth in total goals (9). James is third in total goals (10), fifth in goals per game (1.00) and sixth in total points (21).
Continuing Pac-12 Action
- This week’s Conference action will feature 12 total matches, two for each team. Nine of the 12 will be televised on various Pac-12 Networks - Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Washington, Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Insider. Visit Pac-12.com for more details on networks and scheduling.
- Two of the Conference's top goalkeepers, UCLA’s Lauren Brzykcy and OREGON’s Leah Freeman, will meet in Eugene on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. PT in a match carried on Pac-12 Insider.
- COLORADO, which currently leads the Pac-12 and is fourth in the country averaging 3.30 goals per game, will be at No. 15 WASHINGTON STATE on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Washington.
- Back in the national rankings following its upset of the Cardinal, No. 20 USC will start its weekend at OREGON STATE on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Los Angeles.
- In the second week of the NCAA’s Women’s Soccer RPI report, the Pac-12 continues to be the only conference with all of its programs ranked in the top 90.
- UCLA leads the nation in RPI for the second consecutive week, while ARIZONA STATE (17) and WASHINGTON STATE (25) are also in the top 25. UTAH (33), USC (39), OREGON (40) and CAL (50) all moved into the top 50 following last week's wins.
- UCLA is spending their fourth week at No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches rankings.
- WASHINGTON STATE moved up to No. 15, its highest positioning of the season.
- USC is back in the rankings after taking down STANFORD. The Trojans started the season at No. 15, but fell out after a season-opening 3-0 loss at Purdue. Since then, USC is unbeaten at 5-0-1 and has wins over two ranked opponents (then-No. 6 TCU, then-No. 19 Stanford).
- The Huskies and Cardinal are among nine teams receiving votes.
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