Pac-12 Women's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Sept. 20, 2023
Week Five in Review:
- With just a single loss in the final week of non-conference play, Pac-12 women’s soccer went a combined 9-1-4 (.786) in week five. An overall record of 55-22-19 (.672) ranks the league third among Power 5 conferences in non-conference win percentage.
- STANFORD (7-0-1) will head into conference play off the back of its second ranked win of the season, scoring an early goal and holding No. 12 Santa Clara to a 1-0 shutout.
- ASU (5-1-3), UCLA (6-1-0) and USC (4-2-0) all picked up multi-goal shutouts against their weekend opponents. The Sun Devils can thank a goal in the 5th minute for the start of their 3-0 run against Colorado College while UCLA credits their 2-0 win against Pepperdine to two second-half scores. The Trojans joined the multi-goal crew with their 3-0 shutout over New Mexico State.
- COLORADO (8-1-0) will bring a seven-game win streak into the conference season after taking down Denver, 3-1. For the first time since October 2018, the Buffs converted two penalty kicks, with one being the eventual game winner, with a routine goal from standout senior Shyra James to secure the victory.
- Rivals WASHINGTON (5-1-2) and WASHINGTON STATE (7-1-0) are back in the winning circle after a pair of weekend wins against their respective opponents.
- UTAH (4-2-3) and CALIFORNIA (3-3-2) were the final two programs to pick up wins on the weekend, after splitting one win and one tie each.
Power 5 Conferences by Win% (non conference thru 9/12/23)
Big 10 - 66-18-22 (.726)
SEC - 66-17-23 (.731)
Pac-12 - 55-22-19 (.672)
ACC - 53-25-25 (.636)
Big 12 - 60-33-17 (.583)
Week Five Performers:
- Trojan freshman Maribel Flores earned her first Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award after recording the first two assists of her career and her third career goal all against New Mexico State. The forward is one of two Trojans with eight points on the season and has the most of any freshman in the conference.
- Stanford forward Andrea Kitahata and Goalkeeper of the Week Ryan Campbell worked hand in hand to secure the Cardinal’s ranked weekend victory. Kitahata, who has now scored in three of the last four matches, banked the sole goal and game winner, taking five shots total in the process. With the game winner secured, keeper Ryan Campbell went the distance, making five saves and ensuring the Broncos stayed off the board.
- Defender of the Week, Quincy McMahon, scored the Bruins' game-winner against Pepperdine while leading a defense that held the waves to just two shots overall, resulting in their fifth shutout of the season.
- Washington State’s Bridget Rieken's game-winner came by way of her third goal this season, with all three being headers.
- Senior Buffs Shyra James and Rachel Rosen teamed up to provide Colorado with its victory over in-state rival, Denver. Rosen scored the game winner off a PK and later assisted James’ final goal of the match.
- Colorado’s Ava Priest became the youngest DI player to score a goal this season at 17 years and 65 days thanks to her performance against last week’s opponent, New Mexico.
Transitioning into Conference Play
- The opening week of conference play will feature a single match between all six teams on Friday, Sept. 22 with three of the six being televised across Pac-12 Networks.
- Kicking off the conference season is one of the most anticipated matches of the weekend as No. 5 UCLA travels to take on No. 20 Colorado in Boulder. With a historical record of 13-2 favoring the Bruins, the two teams will face off on Friday at 6 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks.
- Capping the weekend will be No. 2 Stanford against No. 24 Washington State in Pullman. The pair will face off on Friday at 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Insider.
- The final televised match of the weekend will be against OREGON (0-6-2) and Arizona in Tucson, televised on Pac-12 Arizona. The desert dual is set to begin at 7 p.m. PT.
Undefeated, Unbeaten and one a Hot Streak:
- The Buffaloes upped their win count to seven, having not lost since opening weekend. With the longest streak in the conference, the Buffs have matched its longest since 2018 when the program went on an eight-game streak.
- Washington State paved the way to their best non-conference record (7-1) since 2019, matching their non-conference win record (7-0).
- The Stanford Cardinal remains unbeaten in its last 20 matches (17-0-3), posting 10 shutouts in the last 16 with just under half coming this season (4).
- After their loss to BYU, the UCLA Bruins are back on the rise with their third consecutive clean sheet. Their shutout streak has consisted of nine goals total and a defense that has allowed four shots or less in each match with a total of eight across the three matches.
In the Rankings:
- Stanford has reclaimed the No. 2 spot in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 after falling to No. 3 in the previous week. The Cardinal is seeing the top 2 for the second time this season.
- No. 5 UCLA and No. 24 Washington State are standing strong in their respective spots for the second consecutive week.
- Colorado continues to climb the charts checking in at No. 20, two spots up from last week.
Climbing up the Record Books:
- Colorado’s Shyra James banked her 32nd career goal, tipping her into the third spot in Buff's history. The senior is just seven goals from cracking the top-2 and currently sits in third among active NCAA DI goal scorers.
- Arizona Wildcat goalkeeper Hope Hisey topped the week with 315 career saves, holding sole possession of second place in the Wildcat record book and fourth among active NCAA DI goalkeepers. With an average of 72 saves over her last four seasons, the 5th year veteran is in line to take the top spot in Wildcat history alongside claiming a spot in the conference record book.
- Amongst active NCAA D1 athletes, Arizona State 5th year transfer student Suzuka Yosue ranks second in career assists (38), just three assists shy of cracking the conference's top-3.
NCAA DI Career Saves
1. Kerry Eagleston, App State - 372
2. Chiara Gottinger, St. Bonaventure - 326
3. Jillian Hall, VMI - 322
4. Hope Hisey, Arizona - 315
NCAA DI Career Assists
1. Lexi Missimo, Texas - 46
2. Suzuka Yosue, Arizona St. - 38
Colorado Career Goals
1. Nikki Marshall (2006-09) - 42
2. Taylor Kornieck (2016-19) - 39
3. Shyra James (2020-) - 32
National Teams of the Week:
College Soccer News National Team of the Week:
Aug. 22 - Pauline Nelles, ASU; Grayson Lynch, WSU
Aug. 28 - Ally Clark, Colorado; Jasmine Aikey, Stanford; Ally Cook, UCLA; Bridget Rieken, WSU
Sept. 3 - Kennedy Wesley, Stanford
Sept. 11 - Ava Priest, Colorado
Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week
Aug. 21 - Ally Cook, UCLA
Aug. 28 - Jordan Nytes, Colorado; Elise Evans, Stanford;
Sept. 19 - Maribel Flores, USC
Notable Preseason Watchlists
- The 2023 MAC Hermann Trophy Watchlist featured eight Pac-12 student athletes in, Kayla Duran (USC), Elise Evans (Stanford), Lilly Reale (UCLA), Kennedy Wesley (Stanford), Jasmine Aikey (Stanford), Maya Doms (Stanford), Simone Jackson (USC), and Reilyn Turner (UCLA).
- United Soccer Coaches released positional lists of 2023 NCAA Division I Players to Watch and 13 from the Conference were named.
- 17 Pac-12 members were recognized in the TopDrawerSoccer Preseason National Top-100, including five returners in the top-25 with Lilly Reale (UCLA) the highest rated at No. 4 (Maya Doms - 11; Sunshine Fontes - 12; Reilyn Turner - 20; Elise Evans - 22).
Notes and Nuggets
- Pac-12 programs have combined for seven national championships, all since 2007 (Stanford 2011, 2017, 2019; USC 2007 & 2016; UCLA 2013, 2023) – tying for the most of any conference over that span (ACC - 7).
- A Pac-12 program has reached the NCAA Women’s College Cup final in 12 of the last 23 years and have combined for 28 all-time College Cup appearances, including 24 since 2000.
- Stanford and UCLA made history in the first-ever all-Pac-12 NCAA final in 2017. The ACC and WCC are the only other conferences besides the Pac-12 to have an all-conference NCAA final, with the ACC having done so three times (2018, 2014, 1992) and the WCC once (2002).
- The Pac-12 has earned 41 NCAA Tournament berths over the last seven years, the third-most of any conference in that span (ACC 58; SEC 50).
- A Pac-12 student-athlete has won the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy six times (all by Stanford), all since 2009 – tying for the most for any conference over that span (ACC 6).
- Since 2016, 47 Pac-12 student-athletes have earned All-America honors, the third-most nationally (ACC - 63, SEC - 49). The Pac-12 also has 21 first-team All-Americans in that span, the second most of any conference (ACC - 23).
- Over the past seven NWSL Drafts, a national-best 72 Pac-12 student-athletes have been selected. Since the NWSL Draft began in 2013, 94 Pac-12 student-athletes have been drafted.
- Three of the top 50 winningest active coaches by percentage in NCAA Division I are in the Pac-12 (Paul Ratcliffe - 2nd, .871; Danny Sanchez - 24th, .680; Todd Shulenberger - 47th, .627).