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Pac-12 Women's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Oct. 4, 2023

Oct 4, 2023
Scott Chandler

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Conference Play: Week Two in Review:

  • Four programs topped off week two of conference play with a perfect 2-0 record, with four multi-goal shutouts across the 12-game weekend.  
  • The No. 3 STANFORD Cardinal (10-0-1, 3-0-0) welcomed the Arizona programs to NorCal where both fell to the still unbeaten Cardinal. With ARIZONA STATE (6-2-4, 1-1-1) falling 2-1 and ARIZONA (4-4-3, 1-2-0) falling 3-0, Stanford has now allowed one goal or less in 23 straight matches, dating back to Sept. 2022. The shutout marked their sixth of the season and 12th in the last 19 matches.
  • No. 5 UCLA (9-1-0, 3-0-0) and No. 15 USC (7-2-0, 3-0-0) had nearly identical weekends against the Washington programs, both going undefeated with a single shutout. The Bruins stunned against the then-ranked Cougars, handing them just their third shutout loss of the season, coming off a 3-2 win against WASHINGTON (5-4-2, 0-3-0) earlier in the week. The Trojans similarly won 2-1 against WASHINGTON STATE (7-4-0, 0-3-0) and 3-0 against Washington to solidify their winning weekend.
  • Both Southern California programs remain undefeated in Pac-12 play with UCLA on a six-game win streak and USC on a four-game win streak.
  • The No. 25 COLORADO Buffaloes (10-2-0, 2-1-0) had a winning weekend after their conference opening loss to UCLA, taking down OREGON (0-9-2, 0-3-0) 3-1 and OREGON STATE (3-4-4, 0-2-1) 2-1. The Buffs win over the Beavers signified their 10th of the season, the most since their 12 wins in 2019. 
  • UTAH (5-3-4, 1-1-1) and CALIFORNIA (5-3-3, 2-0-1) rounded out the weekend with the programs picking up one win each. The Bears blanked Arizona 2-0 at home while the Utes took down Oregon 4-2 on the road. 

Week 7 Performers:

  • Utah’s Katie O’Kane scored her first career hat trick against Oregon, becoming just the second Pac-12 athlete to do so this season (Sunshine Fontes, UCLA) and first Ute in over six years. Her unstoppable presentation led her to become the first Ute to receive a Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week nod since 2016 alongside a place on College Soccer News’s National Team of the Week and an honorable mention on Top Drawer Soccer’s.  
  • Stanford’s Ryan Cambell and UCLA’s Quincy McMahon weekend performances earned themselves a place in Pac-12 history. McMahon became the first defensive player to win three consecutive Defender of the Week nods while Campbell became just the second goalkeeper to achieve the feat. The monument has now only been achieved three times in Pac-12 Women’s Soccer history. 
  • USC’s sophomore keeper Hannah Dickinson remains undefeated on the season (4-0-0) after helping the Trojans to their second ranked win and fifth shutout of the season. With three crucial saves over then-No 23. Washington State and one against Washington, the sophomore was able to keep the Trojans on their 4-game win streak. 
  • Colorado’s Shyra James owns the top spot in the Conference in points (22) and goals (10) after her two-goal weekend tipped her into the top spot. Amongst the NCAA, the senior ranks 15th in points and 10th in goals this season. 
  • Cardinals Elise Evans and Maryn Wolf saw their first looks at the goal against Arizona, with Wolf banking an insurance goal and Evans scoring the game’s closer in the 79th minute to seal the Cardinal's fate against the Wildcats. With their additions, 13 different Cardinal athletes have scored this season.  

Continuing Conference Duals:

  • Pac-12 Women’s Soccer play will continue with 12 matchups on Thursday Oct. 5 and Sunday Oct. 8, with Eight matches being televised across Pac-12 Networks.
  • The most anticipated match of the weekend will take place at No. 25 Colorado as the Buffs welcome the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT for the only ranked matchup of the weekend. The match will be available to watch on Pac-12 Mountain. Colorado will go on to host California on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday while Stanford travels to Utah at 12 p.m. PT.
  • No. 5 UCLA and No. 15 USC will welcome the Oregon schools to Los Angeles, where they will face off across various Pac-12 Networks. The Trojans will begin their weekend against Oregon on Thursday at 3 p.m. PT while UCLA faces off with Oregon State at 7 p.m. PT. The pair will swap opponents on Sunday where USC will wrap up against OSU at 12 p.m. PT and UCLA will face Oregon at 1 p.m. PT. 
  • To close off the week three, Arizona and Arizona State will welcome the Washington schools to the Grand Canyon state for a pair of unranked face offs on Pac-12 Arizona and Pac-12 Insider.

RPI Watch: 

  • 10 of the League’s 12 programs spent another week in the NCAA’s Women’s Soccer RPI Report Top-100, with nine falling in the Top-80. The Conference is now just one of two with three programs in the Top-10 (SEC).
  • Stanford spends a third week at No. 4, the highest spot in the conference, with UCLA moving up three spots to fall just below the Cardinal at No. 5.
  • USC (10) rounds out the Top-10 after moving up 12 spots from the previous two weeks.
  • Rounding out the Top-70 was Washington State (41), Arizona State (42), California (51), Colorado (59) and Arizona (67). 

In the Rankings: 

  • The United Soccer Coaches Top-25 poll stayed strong in their rankings of No. 3 Stanford and No. 5 UCLA. The Cardinal has now had a place in the Top-3 for six consecutive weeks while UCLA has claimed the No. 5 spot for the 4th week in a row. 
  • USC's weekend wins helped the Trojans climb four spots into No. 15, their highest rank of the 2023 season.
  • Colorado found their way back into the polls after a brief one week stint of receiving votes. Their 2-0 weekend helped to break the Top-25, falling into the final spot. 

Climbing up the Record Books:

  • After earning her 39th career assist against Stanford, Arizona State 5th-year transfer student Suzuka Yosue Amongst active NCAA D1 athletes ranks second in career assists Arizona State, now just two assists shy of cracking the conference's top-3.
  • Colorado’s Shyra James banked her 34th and 35rd career goals against Oregon and Oregon State, putting her just four goals outside of second in the Buffs record book and seven out of first.
  • With an overall record of 7-0-1 on the season and a total of just three goals allowed, Stanford keeper Ryan Campbell ranks first in career goals-against-average among NCAA DI athletes, and third among all NCAA athletes. The senior has allowed just 14 goals over 36 total games giving her an average of .460.
  • For the fourth consecutive week, Arizona keeper Hope Hisey finds herself in the NCAA DI career Top-4 in total saves. Her 326 saves keeps her in 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. 

NCAA DI Career Goals-Against-Average
1. Ryan Campbell, Stanford - .49

NCAA Career Goals-Against-Average
1. Raegan Williams, Mary Hardin-Baylor - .30
2. Kalex Dodge, Calvin - .37
3. Ryan Campbell, Stanford - .46

NCAA DI Career Saves
1. Kerry Eagleston, App State - 383
2. Jillian Hall, VMI - 350
3. Chiara Gottinger, St. Bonaventure - 344
4. Hope Hisey, Arizona - 326

NCAA DI Career Assists
1. Lexi Missimo, Texas - 47
2. Suzuka Yosue, Arizona St. - 39

Colorado Career Goals
1. Nikki Marshall (2006-09) - 42
2. Taylor Kornieck (2016-19) - 39
3. Shyra James (2020-) - 33

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
Sept. 25 - Ally Cook, UCLA; Zoe Burns, USC
Oct. 3 - Katie O’Kane, Utah

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
Sept. 25 - Ally Cook, UCLA; Enasia Colon, ASU (Honorable Mention)
Oct. 3 - Isabel Kimberly, USC; Elise Evans, Stanford (Honorable Mention); Katie O’Kane, Utah (Honorable Mention)

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).