Pac-12 Women's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Nov. 9, 2022
Nov 9, 2022
Capping off the Regular Season
- STANFORD secured the outright Pac-12 Championship title and automatic NCAA Tournament bid after a 1-1 standoff at CALIFORNIA. This marks the Cardinal’s 15th Pac-12 Championship title and sixth in the last eight years.
- USC spoiled UCLA’s chance at an outright Pac-12 Championship bid, becoming only the second team this season to pull out a shutout victory over the Bruins. In a major 2-0 upset, the Trojans were able to secure their first win against the No.1 school in six matches and end the regular season on a seven-game unbeaten streak.
- In a Tempe Town showdown, the ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils posted a huge 3-2 win over ARIZONA, marking their first victory over the ‘Cats since 2015. Thanks to three Devils’ resilience, ARIZONA STATE was able to come back from ARIZONA’s 1-1 equalizer to score the most goals on the Wildcats in the last eight meetings between the rivals.
- Despite weather complications, WASHINGTON finished its ‘22 season with a win at WASHINGTON STATE for the first time since 1996. The Huskies got a 3-2 leg up on their in-state rival resulting in a monumental victory, with the last in Pullman dating back to before any members of the current squad were born.
- The remaining rivalry games - UTAH at COLORADO and OREGON STATE at OREGON resulted in a pair of 2-2 draws to finish out the season for the four squads. Both UTAH and OREGON were able to get early leads but their competitors met them with back-to-back goals to even it up before the final whistle.
NCAA Tournament Berths
- Five Pac-12 programs earned bids to compete for the 2022 NCAA Division I Championships, with STANFORD, UCLA, USC, CAL, and ARIZONA STATE joining the 64-team field.
- 2022 Pac-12 Champion and the Conference’s automatic qualifier STANFORD, making its 31st all-time NCAA appearance, enters as the No. 3 seed and hosts Mountain West Champion San Jose State on Friday, Nov. 11 (7 pm PT).
- Pac-12 runner-up UCLA clinched its fifth all-time No. 1 seed and is set to host Big Sky Champion Northern Arizona on Friday, Nov. 11 (6 pm PT). This is the Bruins seventh consecutive tournament appearance.
- Holding the Conference’s longest NCAA postseason streak is USC, who earned its ninth consecutive bid this season. The No. 4 seeded Trojans will host UC Irvine on Saturday, Nov. 12 (1 pm PT).
- CAL and ARIZONA STATE received the final Pac-12 bids and will be traveling for their first round matchups. CAL will play at No. 8 Santa Clara on Saturday Nov. 12 (1 pm PT) while ARIZONA STATE will take the pitch at No. 8 Portland on Saturday (7 pm PT).
Week 11’s Top Performers
- STANFORD’s Samantha Williams scored a lone goal in the 59th minute to lead the Cardinal to an eventual Pac-12 Championship title. Already second on the team in goals scored, her performance against the Golden Bears added another score to her tally (7) and sent the Cardinal to the NCAA Tournament.
- Anna Smith, USC’s veteran keeper, posted her sixth shutout of the season, and 16th of her career, when she became the first Trojan keeper to shutout the Bruins since Nov. 6, 2015 (Sammy Jo Prudhomme). Her career numbers place her fifth in Trojan history in shutouts, while .829 save percentage and 58 total saves this season rank second and fifth in the Pac-12, respectively. in second in the Conference in save percentage (.829) and fifth in total saves (58).
- ARIZONA STATE had three key goal scorers in their 3-2 win over ARIZONA. Keri Matthews, Eva van Deursen and Lucy Johnson all scored one-off goals to take down the Wildcats at home for the first time in eight years.
- CAL’s Karlie Lema created an opportunity for the Bears to spoil the outright Championship win for STANFORD when she tied things up in the 73rd minute. Her late goal was followed by five more attempts to tip the scales, but instead the Bears came away with a 1-1 draw, denying the Cardinal a win to end the regular season.
- Three Pac-12 players were named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week:
- USC’s Zoe Burns increased the Trojan’s lead over UCLA, scoring the second goal off a penalty and securing the 2-0 win.
- Kaylin Martin, Burn’s teammate and this week's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, earned an honorable mention after she scored the game-winning goal against the Bruins. Playing a full 90 on the backline, she was able to assist her team in being the first Trojan squad to beat the Bruins since 2015.
- WASHINGTON’s McKenzie Weinert was also given an honorable mention after scoring an equalizing goal and assist that led to WASHGINTON’s historic win in Pullman.
2022 Women’s Soccer Postseason Awards
- 2022 Postseason Awards were announced this week, including five players of the year, one coach of the year, three all-league teams and one all-freshman team.
- The five players of the year and coach of the year included:
- Forward of the Year: Nicole Douglas, ARIZONA STATE
- Midfielder of the Year: Croix Bethune, USC
- Defender of the Year: Lilly Reale, UCLA
- Goalkeeper of the Year: Leah Freeman, OREGON
- Freshman of the Year: Elise Evans, STANFORD
- Coach of the Year: Margueritte Aozasa, UCLA
- All-Pac-12 and All-Freshman teams were made up of 12 players each, as voted on by the leagues head coaches.
Final RPI Report
- The Pac-12 finished the regular season with 11 of its 12 programs inside the top 100 of the NCAA Women's RPI Report, with 10 inside the top 70.
- UCLA spent seven total weeks in the No. 1 spot, the most of any NCAA program this season.
- For over half of the Conference season, the Pac-12 was tied for the most schools in the top 70 (11;SEC, ACC).
- Four Conference programs broke the top 20 multiple times, with UCLA and STANFORD breaking the top 10.
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