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Pac-12 Women's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Oct. 5, 2022

Oct 5, 2022
Percy Anderson

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Reviewing Week Two of Conference Play

  • The second week of Conference play featured six shutouts, six high-scoring matches and the continuation of two undefeated and unbeaten streaks.
  • After scoring the second-most goals of the weekend in its 3-1 win over OREGON (3-4-4, 1-2-0) and 5-0 victory over OREGON STATE (4-5-2, 0-3-0), No. 1 UCLA (11-0-0, 3-0-0) remains the only undefeated team in the country for the third consecutive week. It's the Bruins' longest consecutive win streak to start a season and the program's third-longest overall (13 wins, 2014; 12 wins, 2009; 12 wins, 1997; 11 wins, 2001). 
  • No. 14 STANFORD (9-2-1, 2-1-0) recorded a double shutout this weekend, with Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week Ryan Campbell stopping every opportunity ARIZONA (3-5-2, 0-3-0) and ARIZONA STATE (6-1-2, 2-1-0) fired her way. By way of its back-to-back 2-0 victories, the Cardinal also handed the Sun Devils their first goalless match of the year.
  • No. 21 WASHINGTON STATE (8-1-2, 2-0-1) went unbeaten, finishing in a 1-1 draw against COLORADO (6-3-3, 0-2-1) and a 1-0 clean sheet over UTAH (5-4-2, 1-2-0). The Cougars have tied their longest unbeaten streak in program history (10 games - 2018).
  • No. 8 USC (7-1-1, 3-0-0) scored a total of nine goals while picking up two weekend wins at home against OREGON and OREGON STATE. The Trojans' had the second-highest goal differential of the weekend, putting five goals on the board in a 5-1 win over OREGON and four in a shutout against the Beavers. 

Week 7’s Top Performers

  • USC’s Croix Bethune stood out in the Trojans' weekend against OREGON STATE and OREGON. The senior had a hand in six of the team's nine goals, banking three goals and three assists. Bethune was the weekend’s leading offensive contributor, assisting the Trojans in scoring the most goals of the weekend. 
  • UCLA’s Reilyn Turner was a force to be reckoned with in the Bruins' weekend wins, banking a hat trick in just 20 minutes of play, in addition to a single assist, to secure a win against OREGON STATE. Her game winner pushed her to fourth nationally in game winning goals (4) and helped push the Bruins into fourth in points per game (9.00) and scoring offense (3.18), fifth in total goals (35) and eighth in total points (99).
  • WASHINGTON (8-1-2, 2-1-0) forward Summer Yates scored her third-career brace in the Huskies' 3-2 victory over Utah and bagged an unassisted match-winning goal against COLORADO (4-1). Her weekend performance kept the Huskies within close distance of the Top 25. The Huskies are tied for third among teams receiving votes.
  • Against ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA’S (6-3-3, 1-2-0) Karli Lema scored a late game winner (her only shot of the match), giving the Bears a win in Tucson (1-0). Lema duplicated the same feat one year prior, scoring a late game-winner on Oct. 21, 2021 to give CALIFORNIA the 1-0 shutout. 
  • Defensive asset Bridget Rieken and goalkeeper Nadia Cooper were key players in WASHINGTON STATE’s unbeaten weekend. Riekin scored the 35-yard equalizer against Colorado that kept the Cougars' unbeaten streak intact. Cooper was equally as crucial, making six saves, allowing only a single goal, and completing a 1-0 shutout against UTAH. The weekend pushed Cooper into sixth in program history for total wins (18) and clean sheets (11) in only two seasons on the pitch.

Continuing Conference Duels 

  • Pac-12 Conference play continues this week with each team playing twice, totaling 12 matches across the weekend. Nine of the 12 will be carried across Pac-12 Networks and Pac-12 Insider.
  • The last time No. 1 UCLA lost a conference match was March 26, 2020 when ARIZONA STATE tipped the scales and earned a late victory in overtime (2-1). ARIZONA STATE looks to repeat history as the Sun Devils visit the Bruins for the first time since that loss. The match is Thursday Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. PT and is will be broadcast on Pac-12 Insider. 
  • No. 21 WASHINGTON STATE and WASHINGTON will travel to the Bay Area to face CALIFORNIA and No. 14 STANFORD. The Cougars will kick the weekend off against Cal on Thursday at 2 p.m. PT while WASHINGTON will start their weekend against No. 14 STANFORD later that evening. The pair will switch opponents on Sunday, Oct. 9. 
  • No. 8 USC will take on the pair of Arizona programs at home on Pac-12 Networks - ARIZONA (Thursday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. PT) and ARIZONA STATE (Sunday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. PT.)

RPI Watch

  • Twelve of the Conference's 13 programs are spending another week in the NCAA’s Women’s Soccer RPI Report Top-90, with all but two programs seeing the top-75. 
  • UCLA continues to top the nation for the third consecutive week, with ARIZONA STATE (19), WASHINGTON STATE (23) and SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (24) sitting within the Top 25. Rounding out the top-50 are STANFORD (34), OREGON (35), and WASHINGTON (37).

Four Programs in the Rankings

  • UCLA is No.1 for the fifth consecutive week in the United Soccer Coaches rankings
  • USC enters the Top 10 for the first time this season, sitting at No. 8.  
  • STANFORD moved back into the Top 25 at No. 14 this week after being one of two Pac-12 programs to receive votes last week. 
  • Following another unbeaten weekend, WASHINGTON STATE sits at No. 21.