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

Oct 12, 2023
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Conference Play: Week Three in Review: 

  • Week three of Pac-12 Women’s Soccer saw four perfect weekends from the conference’s top-4 programs in ARIZONA STATE (8-2-4, 3-1-1), STANFORD (12-0-1, 5-0-0), UCLA (11-1-0, 5-0-0) and USC (9-2-0, 5-0-0), all of whom lead the league with points in the double digits. 
  • Three of four California programs remain undefeated in Pac-12 play with Stanford, UCLA and USC filling those top-3 spots. 
  • Arizona State had its first undefeated pair of Pac-12 games on the Sun Devils' home turf. Against WASHINGTON (6-5-2, 1-4-0), ASU pulled out their first win over the Huskies since 2018 with a 2-1 final. When WASHINGTON STATE (8-5-0, 1-4-0) made its way to Tempe, the Sun Devils scored their most goals of the season in a 5-1 takedown of the Cougars to continue their undefeated Pac-12 play at home.
  • No. 2 Stanford began their 2-0 weekend with a victory over then-No. 25 COLORADO (10-3-1, 2-2-1). The Buffs were able to put a single goal on the board but ultimately the Cardinal came out victorious with a 3-1 finish. The UTAH Utes (5-4-5, 1-2-2) were harder to take down with Stanford only able to put up a single goal against the unranked team, just the fourth time this season they have scored only a single goal. 
  • No. 13 USC and No. 5 UCLA had almost identical weekends, taking down the Oregon schools in multi-goal shutouts. The Bruins put up their most goals since October of 2022 (6-0 v Colorado) against OREGON STATE (3-6-4, 0-4-1), scoring six goals off two penaly kicks and four additional scores to take the shutout win. With their eighth shutout of the season, the Bruins went on to take down OREGON (0-11-2, 0-5-0) 4-0 thanks to a hat trick from Reilyn Turner.
  • The Trojans finished their weekend with their third and fourth shutouts in the last five matches. Beginning with Oregon, the Trojans dominated with a shot differential of 23-6 that led to a 3-0 victory. Four different athletes helped USC to their 4-0 win over Oregon State with a similarly impressive shot differential of 24-7, proving the domination of the Trojan defense over the weekend. 
  • Washington and Washington State both picked up a single win on the weekend, handing the ARIZONA Wildcats (4-6-3, 1-4-0) their first losses at home. 

Week Seven Performers: 

  • Trojans Angeles Escobar and Hannah Dickinson earned career-first Pac-12 Defensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Week nods after their 2-0 weekend performance. After spending the last three years as a forward, Escobar has started all but one game on the back line helping limit opponents to just 9.4 shots per game, including 13 total against her weekend opponents. The senior also found her way onto the College Soccer News Team of the Week for the first time this season. 
  • Dickinson has been a master keeper, and was so this weekend, making five saves and shutting out her opponents. With Dickinson in the goal, the Trojans have won six straight and shutout five of her last six opponents, outscoring the teams 17-1.  
  • UCLA Bruin Reilyn Turner scored her third career hat trick becoming just one of three conference members to do so this season (Sunshine Fontes; Katie O’Kane). This performance earned her a Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week nod, a spot on Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week and the United Soccer Coaches Player of the Week title. Defensive asset Lilly Reale accompanied Turner in playing a crucial part in the weekend wins, holding Oregon State to two shots and Oregon to an opponent-low one shot. 
  • Three Sun Devils stood out as Pauline Nelles, Ella Opkvitne and Enasia Colon worked to pull out their two wins. Nelles made seven saves against the Huskies, her most of the conference season and second most overall, while continuing to lead the conference with a .869 save percentage. Colon moved into second in the conference in goals (8) and points (20) after scoring the game-winner against Washington and registering a single assist against Washington State. Opkvitne scored a goal in consecutive games for the first time in her career going on to assist Colon’s game-winner. Her seven shots against the Huskies were a career high and a Sun Devil season high. 

Continuing the Conference Duals:

  • The Pac-12 will continue conference play this week with a shift in schedule. For the first time in the Pac-12 season, teams will face off once between Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14, with just a single match being televised on Pac-12 Networks. 
  • No. 5 UCLA will welcome Utah to Los Angeles for the sole Pac-12 Networks match of the weekend. In a matchup that historically favors the Bruins 9-2, the pair will meet on Friday at 6 p.m. PT. 
  • No. 13 USC will take on the previously ranked Colorado at home as one of two Saturday matches. The Trojans have won two straight over the Buffs in the series. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. PT. 
  • The remainder of the Friday matches will consist of Washington State at CALIFORNIA (5-3-5, 2-0-3), Arizona State at Oregon and Arizona at Oregon State. 
  • The final Saturday match will see Stanford take on Washington at home. 

RPI Watch: 

  • 10 of the Conference’s 12 programs found their way into the NCAA’s Women’s Soccer RPI Report Top-100, with seven falling within the Top-60. 
  • Stanford holds the league’s top spot for the fourth week in a row, sitting at No. 4.
  • Despite undefeated weekends, the UCLA Bruins dropped down to No. 10 alongside USC dropping to No. 18. 
  • Rounding out the Top-60 is Arizona State (27), Washington State (43), California (51) and Colorado (57).

In the Rankings:

  • The still unbeaten Stanford Cardinal took over the No. 2 spot in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25, claiming a spot in the Top-2 for the third time this season.
  • For the fifth week in a row the UCLA Bruins came in at the No. 5 spot, while the USC Trojans saw a three spot bump into No. 13 rounding out the conference’s ranked programs. 

Climbing Up the Record Books: 

  • After earning her 40th career assist against Washington State, Arizona State 5th-year transfer student Suzuka Yosue ranks second amongst active NCAA D1 athletes and second in career assists at Arizona State, now just one assist shy of cracking the conference's top-3. 
  • Colorado’s Shyra James banked her 36th career goal against Stanford, putting her just three goals outside of second in the Buffs record book and six out of first.
  • With an overall record of 9-0-1 on the season and a total of just four goals allowed, Stanford keeper Ryan Campbell ranks first in career goals-against-average among NCAA DI athletes, and fourth among all NCAA athletes. The senior has allowed just 15 goals over 38 total games giving her an average of .470.
  • For the fourth consecutive week, Arizona keeper Hope Hisey finds herself in the NCAA DI career Top-5 in total saves. Her 332 saves keeps her in sole possession of second place in the Wildcat record book and fifth amongst 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, sitting just 13 saves outside the top spot in Wildcat history. 

NCAA DI Career Assists
1. Lexi Missimo, Texas - 47
2. Suzuka Yosue, Arizona St. - 40

Colorado Career Goals
1. Nikki Marshall (2006-09) - 42
2. Taylor Kornieck (2016-19) - 39
3. Shyra James (2020-) - 36

NCAA DI Career Goals-Against-Average
1. Ryan Campbell, Stanford - .47

NCAA Career Goals-Against-Average
1. Raegan Williams, Mary Hardin-Baylor - .30
2. Calista Burke, Rowan - .31
3. Kalex Dodge, Calvin - .34
4. Ryan Campbell, Stanford - .47

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

Arizona Career Saves
1. Jen Weibel - 345
2. Hope Hisey - 332

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. 9 - Angeles Escobar, USC

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. 9 - Reilyn Turner, UCLA

United Soccer Coaches College Player of the Week
Oct. 9 - Reilyn Turner, UCLA

Top Drawer Soccer Women’s Midseason Top-100 Freshman
5. Shae Harvey, Stanford
6. Faith Leyba, Colorado
12. Maribel Flores, USC
13. Mia Bhuta, Stanford
23. Megan Santa Cruz, Washington State
29. Ava Priest, Colorado
41. Reagan Kotschau, Washington State
47. Val Vargas, UCLA
56. Joelle Jung, Stanford
60. Erica Grillone, Stanford
75. Naomi Clark, Washington State
84. Hope Leyba, Colorado 
85. Florianne Jourde, USC
89. Alyssa Gonzalez, 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).