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Pac-12 Women's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Oct. 25, 2023

Oct 25, 2023
Rob Edwards/klcfotos

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Conference Play: Week Five in Review: 

  • UCLA remains perfect in Pac-12 play after taking down ARIZONA (4-7-5, 1-5-2), 4-1, and ARIZONA STATE (10-3-4, 5-2-1), 1-0, extending the Bruins' win streak to 11 games. While UCLA dominated the Wildcats in the three-goal win, Arizona became one of just four programs to score on the Bruins this season.
  • Despite going 1-1 on the weekend, the Arizona State Sun Devils had a momentous weekend, beginning with a 1-0 upset over then-No. 11 USC (9-3-2, 5-1-2). The shutout marked the Sun Devils' first ranked win since Sept. 2021 and was just the second shutout for the Trojans this season. The Devils went on to hold UCLA (14-1-0, 8-0-0) to just one goal, becoming the second team to limit the Bruins to a single score this season. Arizona State is now just one win away from tying its all-time Pac-12 win record of six wins (2003; 2012).
  • STANFORD (14-0-2, 7-0-1) and CALIFORNIA (7-3-6, 7-0-1) both took down the Oregon programs for perfect weekends. The Cardinal won 3-1 against OREGON STATE (3-8-5, 0-6-2) and 2-0 against OREGON (0-14-2, 0-8-0) to continue their unbeaten season. The Golden Bears netted an 11-1 scoring differential against Oregon (8-1) and Oregon State (3-0) for the highest goal differential in the conference this season. The Bear's eight goals against the Ducks marked their highest goal total since Sept. 2010 (8-1 v Hawaii). 
  • ARIZONA’s sole point of the weekend came by way of a 1-1 tie with then-No. 11 USC. The draw marked the second of the season for the Trojans and the fourth for the 'Cats with it being Arizona's first point-bearing ranked result since Oct. 2022 (1-0 v No. 8 USC).
  • The Washington programs rounded out the conference's winning weekend with both going 1-0-1. WASHINGTON (7-5-4, 2-4-2) was able to complete a 3-1 win over UTAH (5-6-6, 1-4-3), going on to tie with COLORADO (10-4-3, 2-3-3) for their second draw of the conference season. WASHINGTON STATE (9-5-2, 2-4-2) had a flipped weekend, blanking the Buffaloes 1-0 and finishing in a 1-1 draw with the Utes. 

Week Nine Performers: 

  • Arizona State’s Pauline Nelles had an award worthy weekend that led her to a Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week nod. After keeping the Trojans scoreless and helping the Sun Devils to the upset, Nelles made a career-high tying nine saves against the Bruins to hold them to just a single goal for only the second time this season. The sophomore currently leads the conference in shutouts (9) and save percentage (.885), which ranks ninth in the NCAA.
  • In her senior day matchup, Arizona’s Hope Hisey tied the program’s career saves record, one that had not been rivaled since it was set in 1996 by Jen Weibel. With 345 career saves under her belt and three matches left in the regular season, Hisey is set to take sole possession of the record before her final match at Arizona. 
  • Wildcat Gianna Christiansen spoiled UCLA’s four-game shutout streak with her goal in the 39th minute, the first the Bruins had allowed in 434 consecutive minutes. Christiansen became just the seventh athlete to score on the Bruins this season and the third in Pac-12 play.
  • Nine different Golden Bears contributed to California’s 11-1 goal differential on the weekend. Between four midfielders, four forwards and one defender, the Bears snagged the league's most goals in a single game this season (8-1) and the most goals in one weekend (11). Anysa Gray, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, and forward Ari Manrique were the two Bears to score multiple goals.
  • Stanford defensive standout Kennedy Welsey and offensive standout Jasmine Aikey had strong hands in the Cardinal’s weekend wins. The pair earned two goals and two assists between them, including the Oregon game-winner from Aikey. Wesley's performance earned her her second College Soccer News Team of the Week spot.
  • No stranger to the highlights, UCLA’s Reilyn Turner had a remarkable weekend, scoring both second half game-winners against Arizona and Arizona State, giving her the most points (16) and goals (7) in Pac-12 play this season. Her defensive counterpart Lilly Reale was awarded Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after limiting both opponents to single-digit shots for the 14th time in 15 matches, helping lower the teams goals against average to .52.

Pac-12 Championship Clinch

  • With the regular season coming to a close, Thursday's matchups will determine the possibility of a Pac-12 Champion being crowned this weekend. Come Sunday, either UCLA or Stanford could have the possibility of walking away with the outright Pac-12 Championship. 

Continuing Conference Duels:

  • In the final week of non-rivalry conference play, all Thursday, Oct. 26 matches and two Sunday, Oct. 29 matches will be televised on various Pac-12 Networks. 
  • The weekend will be highlighted by the top-two teams in the conference, No. 2 UCLA and No. 4 Stanford, going head-to-head in Los Angeles for a potential crowning of a Pac-12 Champion. The matchup will take place on Sunday at 12 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks. 
  • No. 2 UCLA will begin the weekend taking on California at home on Thursday at 4 p.m. PT while No. 4 Stanford will face off against No. 23 USC at 2 p.m. PT with both being televised on Pac-12 Networks. These matches will help determine the likelihood of a Championship clinch on Sunday.
  • Pac-12 Networks coverage of No. 4 Stanford traveling to No. 23 USC will see a matchup that is historically in favor of the Cardinal, 16-5-2. Despite the history, the Trojans are on a two-year win streak against the Cardinal with both games being multi-goal wins. 
  • No. 18 Arizona State will spend their final non-rivalry matchups on the road at Utah on Thursday at 5 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Arizona) and Colorado on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT. 
  • The remaining televised matchups, and all scheduled games, can be found at Pac-12.com. 

RPI Watch:

  • After claiming and holding the top spot in the Conference for the last two weeks, UCLA sees its highest spot in the NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI Report Top-100 at No. 6.
  • The No. 2 and 3 programs in the conference, Stanford (8) and USC (33) both fell after their weekend performances. Despite the fall, Stanford continues to be the only Pac-12 program to spend all six weeks in the Top-10.
  • Arizona State (22), Washington State (37) and Washington (63) all saw their highest RPI rating of the season with the Sun Devils jumping nine spots after their performance against their ranked opponents. 
  • Four remaining programs fell into the top-90 with California (52), Colorado (68), Arizona (83) and Utah (86) claiming those spots.

In the Rankings: 

  • UCLA (2) has held onto its runner-up spot in the United Soccer Coaches Women’s Soccer Top-25 for the second week in a row. 
  • Both Stanford (4) and Arizona State (18) saw a jump in the polls with Arizona State seeing their highest rank of the season.
  • USC saw a considerable drop from No. 11 to No. 23 however they continue to represent the conference and hold onto a spot in the Top-25. 

Notables:

  • The No. 2 UCLA Bruins are currently one of four NCAA DI programs to have a perfect conference season.
  • No. 4 Stanford is unbeaten in 24 straight home matches at Cagan Stadium dating back to October 3, 2021 (22-0-1). The Cardinal has allowed one goal or fewer in 28 straight matches dating back to Sept. 29, 2022 (1-2 v USC)
  • Stanford is the reigning Pac-12 Champion, claiming 10 of the last 14 Pac-12 Championships and 15 in league history.
  • UCLA has been the league's only other champion in the last 14 years, claiming back-to-back titles in 2013-14 and 2020-21. The Bruins have 13 total titles under their belts.
  • The remaining programs to have seen outright or co-championships are Arizona (2004), California (1998) and Washington (2000).

Climbing Up the Record Books: 

  • After collecting six saves against the Trojans, Arizona keeper Hope Hisey has tied the Arizona program career saves record of 345, and with three matches still to come, the graduate student is on her way to setting a new school record. The graduate student’s accomplishment moved her up a notch to tie for fourth in NCAA DI career saves and solidified her spot in the conference record book, tying for ninth in Pac-12 history. 
  • 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 10-0-2 on the season and a total of just six goals allowed, Stanford keeper Ryan Campbell ranks first in career goals-against-average among NCAA DI athletes. The senior has allowed just 17 goals over 40 total games giving her an average of .500.

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

NCAA DI Career Saves
1. Kerry Eagleston, App State - 400
2. Jillian Hall, VMI - 380
3. Chiara Gottinger, St. Bonaventure - 365
4. Elyssa Kipperman, Sacred Heart - 345
    Hope Hisey, Arizona - 345

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 - .50

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
Oct. 22 - Kennedy Wesley, Stanford

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).