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Pac-12 Women's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Nov. 1, 2023

Nov 1, 2023
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Conference Play: Week Six in Review: 

  • The No. 2 UCLA Bruins (15-1-1, 9-0-1) claimed their 14th Pac-12 Championship title after their 1-1 draw against No. 3 STANFORD (14-0-4, 7-0-3) on Sunday. The clinch was set up nicely by the Bruins' 11th shutout of the season over CALIFORNIA (7-5-6, 4-2-4) (2-0), requiring UCLA to win or draw to claim the title. 
  • Despite losing the opportunity for the title, the Cardinal put up a strong fight against the Bruins, spoiling UCLA’s 12-game win streak and perfect conference season. The Cardinal are now guaranteed second place in the conference after an early-week 0-0 tie against No. 22 USC gave them a point towards their overall tally. Stanford also remains one of just four unbeaten NCAA DI teams on the season.
  • COLORADO (12-4-3, 4-3-3) was the only program to go undefeated on the weekend, raising the Buffs to 12 overall wins to tie for their most since 2019. Against ARIZONA (5-8-5, 2-6-2), Colorado got out to an early lead, securing the game in the 19th minute and finalizing it in the 46th for a 2-0 shutout. The Buffs went on to capture their highest goal differential and most goals scored since Sept. 2022 (5-0 v Omaha) against a ranked ARIZONA STATE (10-5-4, 5-4-1). The victory came by way of four late, second-half goals as Colorado tallied its seventh shutout on the season. 
  • UTAH (6-7-6, 2-5-3) went 1-0-1 on the weekend, picking up its second Pac-12 win of the season. Thanks to an early stunner in the 8th minute, the Utes' 2-0 finish against then-No. 18 Arizona State represented their first win over a ranked opponent since April 2021 (v ASU) and just their second home win of the season.
  • The USC Trojans (10-3-3, 6-1-3) added two more shutouts to their tally after going head-to-head with Stanford and California. The Trojans' 0-0 finish against Stanford marked the first time they've held a ranked opponent to zero goals this season. USC's 2-0 shutout over the Golden Bears solidified a third-place Pac-12 finish. 

Week 10 Performers: 

  • UCLA’s Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week Ayo Oke and Sofia Cook were crucial in the weekend wins that led to the Bruins' Pac-12 Championship. Oke, a junior defender, made her mark on the weekend by having a hand in both goals against California, scoring the game-winner and assisting on the insurance goal. Against Stanford, Sofia Cook scored the lone-goal, her first of the season, off a double assist from Oke and forward Reilyn Turner to secure the Pac-12 title. Oke and the Bruins defense have held its opponents to single-digit shots in 16 of the last 17 matches and the same could be said against their Bay Area opponents.
  • Across the pitch from the Bruins in the championship-clinching game were key Cardinals, Maya DomsJasmine Aikey and Ryan Campbell. Less than one minute after Cook’s go-ahead goal in the 67th minute, Doms came back with a goal of her own, thanks to the help of an Aikey free-kick that placed the ball perfectly for the Cardinal senior. Keeper Ryan Campbell put up a fight against both weekend opponents, collecting 10 saves overall and allowing just one goal. She becomes just the third keeper this season to limit the Bruins to one goal. 
  • Trojan keeper Hannah Dickinson, along with defensive leader Kayla Duran and the Trojan defense, helped USC to become the first team since Sept. 2022 (0-1 v Northwestern) to not allow a single Cardinal goal. Against the Golden Bears, Izzy Kimberly had a standout performance guaranteeing the 2-0 win with a single goal and assist. 
  • Colorado’s six-goal weekend came thanks to five different Buffs. Hope LeybaAlly Clark and Claire Curzan were responsible for the Buffs' late second-half win against Arizona State, scoring all three within 10 minutes of one another. Against Arizona, Shyra James scored her 38th career goal and Faith Leyba's goal secured her a spot on Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week.
  • Buff keeper Jordan Nytes earned herself her season-first Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week nod after picking up her 11th and 12th shutouts and defeating her second ranked team of the season. Her shutout tally is good for second in the conference and seventh in Buffs history.
  • Forward Kelly Bullock and keeper Ryann Cull ensured Utah’s two-goal shutout over a ranked Arizona State. Bullock fired one off in the 8th minute to secure the game-winner against the Sun Devils, going on to assist the insurance tally from Taliana Kaufusi. Cull faced 13 total shots, making four saves to keep her opponents scoreless. Overall the Utes took 29 shots on the weekend with 16 on goal. 
  • Arizona’s Hope Hisey had a record breaking weekend as she claimed the number one spot in Wildcat history in career saves, adding 16 saves to her growing tally, giving her 361 with just one match left in the regular season.
  • OREGON STATE’s (3-8-7, 0-6-4) Hailey Coll made a whopping 21 saves, allowing just two goals in the Beavers' ties against WASHINGTON STATE (9-5-4, 2-4-4) (2-2) and Washington (8-5-5, 3-4-3) (0-0). Her back-to-back double-digit saves earned her the Beaver’s first Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week nod. 

Pac-12 Championship:

  • For the 14th time in Conference history the UCLA Bruins claimed the Pac-12 Championship title. 
  • In Pac-12 history, the Bruins:
    • Have won three of the last four and 12 of the last 23.
    • Have the second-most Conference Championships in Pac-12 history. 
    • Are one of five conference programs to earn a title (Stanford (15), Arizona (2004), California (1998) and Washington (2000).

Closing out the Regular Season:

  • The final day of the regular season will see six rivalry matchups take place across the Conference on Friday, Nov. 3. All matches will be televised on various Pac-12 Networks and all but one will begin at 7 p.m. PT.
  • Utah and Colorado will kick off the final day of the regular season with an early 1 p.m. PT match in Salt Lake City on Pac-12 Networks.
  • The league’s No. 1 and No. 3 teams, UCLA and USC, will meet up on Bruin turf for the sole ranked v ranked matchup of the day. The pair will face off on Pac-12 Los Angeles at 7 p.m. PT. in a matchup that is historically in favor of the Bruins (27-7-3). 
  • The Cardinal will welcome California to Stanford in hopes of continuing their 24-game unbeaten streak at home. The 7 p.m. match will be available to watch on the Pac-12 Bay Area. 
  • The stage will be set on Pac-12 Arizona for Tucson's Duel in the Desert, a matchup between Arizona and Arizona State beginning at 7 p.m.
  • The remaining matches, OREGON (0-15-3, 0-9-1) at Oregon State (Pac-12 Oregon) and Washington State at Washington (Pac-12 Washington) will help close out the 2023 season.

NCAA Tournament Selection Show:

  • The 2023 NCAA Selection show will take place on Monday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. PT after the conclusion of the regular season. The selection show will be live streamed on NCAA.com and will reveal the tournament's field of 64 teams, with 31 automatic bids for conference champions and 33 at-large bids.

RPI Watch: 

  • For the third week in a row, the UCLA Bruins claimed the Pac-12' highest spot in the NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI Report this season, coming in at season-high No. 4.
  • The Stanford Cardinal remains the league’s only program to see the top-10 for the entirety of the season, moving up a spot into No. 7.  
  • USC (27), Colorado (55) and Arizona (80) all saw bumps in their ratings after weekend wins, with the Buffaloes jumping a weekly-high of 13 spots.
  • Five remaining programs fell within the Top-100 with Arizona State (33), Washington State (58), California (69), Utah (87) and Washington (93) filling up those spaces.

In the Rankings: 

  • In the second to last United Soccer Coaches Poll of the regular season, three Pac-12 program found their way into the top-25.
  • For the third consecutive week, the No. 2 UCLA Bruins hold onto their runner-up spot, just eight points out of first.
  • Stanford and USC are both up spot coming in at No. 3 and No. 22 respectively.
  • Arizona State is the only program to be receiving votes with 3.

Climbing Up the Record Books: 

  • Arizona keeper Hope Hisey set a new Arizona program record in career saves after tying the previous record against USC (Oct. 22). As it stands, Hisey holds the spot with 361 saves with one match still to be played. The graduate student’s accomplishment keeps her in the top-5 of NCAA DI career saves and solidified her spot in the conference record book, moving into 8th in Pac-12 history. 
  • Colorado’s Shyra James banked her 38th career goal against Arizona (Oct. 26, 2023), putting her just one goal outside of second in the Buffs record book and four out of first. Her 13 goals on the season give her sole possession of second in Buffs program history and her 82 career points makes her just the fourth CU athlete to achieve those numbers.
  • With an overall record of 10-0-4 on the season and a total of just seven goals allowed, Stanford keeper Ryan Campbell ranks first in career goals-against-average among NCAA DI athletes. The senior has allowed just 18 goals over 42 total games giving her an average of .500.
  • 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. 

Arizona Career Saves
1. Hope Hisey (2019-) - 361

NCAA DI Career Saves
1. Kerry Eagleston, App State - 404
2. Jillian Hall, VMI - 387
3. Chiara Gottinger, St. Bonaventure - 365
4. Ashley Maribo, Delaware St. - 362
5. Hope Hisey, Arizona - 361

Colorado Career Goals
1. Nikki Marshall (2006-09) - 42
2. Taylor Kornieck (2016-19) - 39
3. Shyra James (2020-) - 38

Colorado Season Goals
1. Nikki Marshall (2006) - 17
2. Shyra James (2020-) - 13

NCAA DI Career Goals-Against-Average
1. Ryan Campbell, Stanford - .50

NCAA Career Assists
1. Lexi Missimo, Texas - 49
2. Suzuka Yosue, Arizona St. - 40

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)
Oct. 31 - Faith Leyba, Colorado; Hailey Coll, Oregon State;

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).