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Pac-12 Women's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Oct. 18, 2023

Oct 18, 2023
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Conference Play: Week Four in Review: 

  • Week Four of Conference play saw two shutout wins and four draws across the league's 12 programs.
  • No. 2 UCLA (12-1-0, 6-0-0) took over the No. 1 spot in the league as the last program without a loss or tie in conference action. The Bruins' latest win, a 4-0 finish against UTAH (5-5-5, 1-3-2), earned them their fourth consecutive shutout and a league-leading ninth this season. The quad of goals came thanks to four separate Bruins in Ally Lemos, Reilyn Turner, Lexi Wright and Megan Edelman. The Bruins are on a nine-game win streak with just one loss on the season. The loss for the Utes marked their fourth shutout of the season and third of conference play.
  • WASHINGTON (6-5-3, 1-4-1) gave the unbeaten then-No. 2 STANFORD Cardinal (12-0-2, 5-0-1) a run for their money in the Huskies' first point bearing ranked result of the season. With a Husky goal scored in the 5th minute, Washington was able to hold the Cardinal off for 42 minutes despite allowing 13 total attempts at the goal in that time. Stanford was able to put a goal on the board to even the match that eventually ended in a 1-1 draw. The tie snapped a 19-match Husky losing streak and against the Cardinal, dating all the way back to 2004, and is only their fifth non-loss result in history in the series.
  • The then-unranked ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils (9-2-4, 4-1-1) pulled out the final win of the week against OREGON (0-12-2, 0-6-0), who is still winless on the season. Two late second half goals in the 81st and 84th minute put the Devils on the board and launched them into the 2-0 shutout, their eighth of the season. Despite the shutout, the Ducks played hard taking 12 overall shots, tying for their highest of the season, with freshman keeper Leah Parsons adding five saves to her growing tally. With just four games under her belt, the newcomer already sits in the conference’s top-10 in total saves (27). 
  • Despite being unranked, the COLORADO Buffaloes (10-3-2, 2-2-2) put up a fight at then-No. 13 USC (9-2-1, 5-0-1). Both programs notched early goals within the first 10 minutes and fought tirelessly to tip the scales for the remaining 80. Despite the Trojans taking 19 total shots to the Buffs' 9, Colorado’s accuracy was on point as both took only six shots on goal. In the end neither could put another point on the board and they ended in a 1-1 draw, USC’s first of the season and Colorado’s second. 
  • CALIFORNIA (5-3-6, 2-0-4) and WASHINGTON STATE (8-5-1, 1-4-1) finished their duel with a similar 1-1 result while ARIZONA (4-6-4, 1-4-1) and OREGON STATE (3-6-5, 0-4-2) saw zero goals on the night with a nil-nil finish. 

Week Eight Performers:

  • For the fourth time this season, and fifth time overall, UCLA’s Quincy McMahon was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Bruins to a multi-goal shutout over Utah. Making two assists on the weekend and leading a Bruin defense that allowed just three Ute shots, McMahon became the most decorated Defensive Player of the Week and the only one to achieve the feat four times in a single season. 
  • Washington’s goalkeeper Olivia Juarez and forward Kelsey Branson helped the Huskies to their biggest finish against Stanford since 2004 earning them both Player of the Week nods. Branson led the charge, scoring the lone goal, just five minutes into match play to start the duel. The goal marked her third in as many games and her second career lone goal against the Cardinal. 
  • Juarez held the Cardinal off for 47 minutes despite seeing 15 total shots in that timespan. While she conceded the equalizer, the junior keeper deflected all other Cardinal attempts at the goal, doubling her previous record with a career-high total of 12 saves off of 31 total shots coming her way. Juarez is Washington's first Goalkeeper of the Week since March 2021 (Olivia Sekany).
  • Shyra James, Colorado’s senior forward, scored the equalizer against the Trojans in just the 9th minute off her first career penalty kick. The goal marked her 12th of the season, setting a new career high for the Buff. James has now scored in all but four games with her longest streak spanning seven consecutive games. 
  • Colorado's goalkeeper Jordan Nytes was just as instrumental in the Buffs' ranked draw, making five saves and protecting the goal for 87 consecutive minutes after the Trojans' early match opener. Nytes led the Buffs to their first non-loss ranked result of the season. 
  • Arizona State’s goalkeeper, Pauline Nelles, was equally impressive in the Sun Devil goal as she tied the school’s single-season shutout record with her eighth of the season against Oregon. In just her second season, she has tallied 58 saves on the season, including 5 against the Ducks, putting her fourth in the conference this season. 

Continuing the Conference Duels:

  • Pac-12 Women’s Soccer will resume their 12-game weekend schedule with each program playing two opponents between Thursday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 22, with all but three being televised on various Pac-12 Networks. 
  • The weekend's only ranked matchups will come against the Southern California programs and No. 24 Arizona State. No. 11 USC will meet the Sun Devils in Tempe on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT for a duel on Pac-12 Arizona, while No. 5 UCLA will go head-to-head in Sun Devil Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Insider. The matches will mark Arizona State’s second and third ranked matchups of the season and will see the first and second place teams in the conference standings take on the fourth-place team. 
  • No. 2 Stanford will welcome the Oregon schools to Laird Q. Cagan Stadium to take on Oregon State on Pac-12 Insider (Thursday; 7 p.m.) and Oregon on Pac-12 Networks (Sunday; 12 p.m).
  • The Colorado Buffs and Utah Utes will see weekend match play against Washington and Washington State with all but one match being televised on the Pac-12 Networks. 
  • Rounding out the Thursday matches will be Oregon at California and UCLA at Arizona. 

RPI Watch: 

  • For the third week in a row 10 of the Conference’s 12 programs remained in the NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI Report Top-100, with seven claiming spots in the Top-50.
  • Stanford spends its fifth consecutive week leading the Pac despite falling two spots to No. 6 in the weekly rating, while UCLA moved back up into the Top 10 at No. 9. 
  • USC (22) dropped out of the top-20 after their single-goal draw against Colorado (48) who moved up nine spots after holding off the ranked Trojans. 
  • Arizona State (31), Washington State (41) and California (49) take the remaining spots in the top-50. 

In the Rankings:

  • Sitting at No. 1 in the conference standings, UCLA takes over the No. 2 spot in the United Soccer Coaches Women’s Soccer Top-25
  • Stanford’s draw against Washington bumped them down into their lowest spot since week one, coming in at No. 5. 
  • On the other hand, USC’s draw against Colorado pushed them to right outside the top-10 at No. 11, after spending last week at No. 13. The Trojans have been on a steady uprise for four consecutive weeks, after re-entering the top-25 on Sept. 26. 
  • The Arizona State Sun Devils received their first invitation into the rankings with a place in the 24 spot as they work through the conference season with just a single loss. 
  • Colorado is the only other program to be receiving votes. 

Climbing Up the Record Books: 

  • After earning her 40th career assist against Washington State (Oct. 8, 2023) Arizona State 5th-year transfer student Suzuka Yosue ranks second amongst active all NCAA 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 37th career goal against USC (Oct. 14, 2023), putting her just two goals outside of second in the Buffs record book and five out of first. Her 12 goals on the season tie her for second in Buffs program history and her 80 career points makes her just the fourth CU athlete to achieve those numbers.
  • With an overall record of 9-0-2 on the season and a total of just five 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 16 goals over 39 total games giving her an average of .480.
  • Arizona keeper Hope Hisey continues to find herself in the NCAA DI career Top-5 in total saves. Her 335 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 10 saves outside the top spot in Wildcat history. 

NCAA Career Assists
1. Lexi Missimo, Texas - 49
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-) - 37

NCAA DI Career Goals-Against-Average
1. Ryan Campbell, Stanford - .48

NCAA Career Goals-Against-Average
1. Raegan Williams, Mary Hardin-Baylor - .29
2. Calista Burke, Rowan - .30
3. Kalex Dodge, Calvin - .33
4. Ryan Campbell, Stanford - .48

NCAA DI Career Saves
1. Kerry Eagleston, App State - 392
2. Jillian Hall, VMI - 375
3. Chiara Gottinger, St. Bonaventure - 359
4. Elyssa Kipperman, Sacred Heart - 343
4. Hope Hisey, Arizona - 335

Arizona Career Saves
1. Jen Weibel - 345
2. Hope Hisey - 335

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
Oct. 16 - Olivia Juarez, Washington; Quincy McMahon (Honorable Mention)

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).