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Pac-12 Women's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Oct. 19, 2022

Oct 19, 2022
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Reviewing Week 4 of Conference Play

  • The results of the fourth week of league play in Pac-12 Women's Soccer left a three-way tie atop the standings with STANFORD (12-2-1, 5-1-0), UCLA (13-1-0, 5-1-0) and USC (9-2-1, 5-1-0) all on 15 points.
  • The biggest result of the week and possibly season came on The Farm on Friday as then-No. 9 STANFORD shut out previously perfect No. 1 UCLA, 1-0. The Cardinal halted the Bruins’ 13-match unbeaten streak and UCLA’s best start in program history (13-0-0), becoming the first program to earn a Conference victory over the Bruins in 21 consecutive Pac-12 matches (ARIZONA STATE, March 26, 2020). 
  • In the other ranked matchup of the weekend, then-No. 18 USC earned a 2-0 shutout victory over then-No. 19 CALIFORNIA behind a pair of goals scored in the opening 18 minutes.
  • ARIZONA recorded a 2-0 shutout of COLORADO, which entered the weekend with the 10th-best scoring offense in the country. It marked the Wildcats' first win over the Buffaloes since 2013 as they became the first team to blank CU since Oct. 3, 2021. 
  • The three remaining Pac-12 matches ended in draws. WASHINGTON erased a 2-0 deficit for a 2-2 tie with OREGON STATE, while OREGON and WASHINGTON STATE finished 1-1, and ARIZONA STATE and UTAH ended scoreless despite a combined 14 on-goal chances.

Week 9’s Top Performers

  • STANFORD’s Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week Elise Evans and Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week Ryan Campbell were crucial performers in its 1-0 upset over No. 1 UCLA. Evans bagged the winner in the first half and led a back line that limited the Bruins to their fewest shots on goal this season, a performance that earned her a spot on Top Drawer Soccer’s National Team of the Week.
  • In the Cardinal goal, Campbell became the first goalkeeper in the country to shut out the No. 1 ranked team, moving her to second in the Conference in goals-against average (0.659) and third in goals allowed (9). The Cardinal now sit in the top-10 nationally in total goals (8th - 38) and total points (9th - 104).
  • ARIZONA’s Nicole Dallin built on last week's effort that saw her score the game-winner in the Wildcats' upset over USC, opening the scoring with the eventual deciding goal in UA's first win over CU in nine seasons. After sophomore Olivia Briede added an insurance tally, goalkeeper Hope Hisey completed her fourth shutout of the season, keeping the Buffs scoreless for the first time in 22 matches. Her three saves moved her to third in the Conference in total saves (49).
  • In only her third start of the season, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Kayla Colbert led USC to a 2-0 victory over California, providing the game-winning goal in the third minute and an assist in the 15th. It marked her third goal and fourth assist in just five appearances this season, and earned her honorable mention on Top Drawer Soccer’s National Team of the Week.
  • Despite drawing with Oregon State, WASHINGTON’s McKenzie Weinert was crucial in the comeback that saw Beavers ahead by two goals inside 30 minutes. Weinert registered her first brace of the season, and third career multi-goal game, to bring the Huskies back for the 2-2 tie.

Dozen Conference Duels

  • The league returns to a full slate of 12 matches across Thursday and Sunday this week, with eight set for broadcast on either Pac-12 Networks or Pac-12 Insider.
  • To kick off the weekend, the Conference’s top-2 offenses, UCLA and COLORADO, will go head-to-head on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. PT in Boulder. Colorado’s top scorers Shyra James and Civana Kuhlmann will face UCLA's record-setting goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy, along with Bruin attackers Sunshine Fontes and Reilyn Turner, on Pac-12 Insider.
  • UTAH's home matches with the SoCal sides will air on the national Pac-12 Network with the Utes hosting No. 15 USC on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. PT followed by No. 1 UCLA on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. PT.
  • The Arizona and Bay Area schools will head north to the Washington and Oregon schools, respectively.

RPI Watch

  • With its first loss of the season, UCLA relinquished the top spot and fell to No. 2 in the latest NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI Report, trailing Alabama but just .0006 in Adjusted RPI Value.
  • Thanks to its weekend upset of the Bruins, STANFORD climbed 13 spots to it highest ranking of the season at No. 11. 
  • ARIZONA STATE (18), USC (26), CALIFORNIA (36), WASHINGTON STATE (40), OREGON (41) and WASHINGTON (49) all rank inside the top 50, while ARIZONA, which saw a significant jump from 110 to 67 last week, is now just outside the top 50 at No. 52.
  • With Utah at No. 60 and Colorado at No. 70, the Pac-12 is 1-of-2 leagues with 11 teams inside the RPI Top 70 (SEC).

Rankings 

  • Despite its first loss of the campaign, UCLA remained the unanimous No. 1 team in the United Soccer Coaches rankings for a seventh consecutive week.
  • Stanford, meanwhile, improved two spots to No. 7, and USC moved up three spots to No. 15.
  • California held on to the poll at No. 25, while Washington State is 1-of-7 teams receiving votes.