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Pac-12 Women's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Nov. 9, 2023

Nov 9, 2023

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Postseason Bound: 

  • The Monday afternoon NCAA selection show launched five Pac-12 programs into the 2023 NCAA Tournament for the 24th time in program history with UCLA, Stanford, USC, Arizona State and Colorado set to join the 64-team field for a chance at the National Championship. 
  • The reigning National Champion, UCLA, earned its 27th career bid and second consecutive No. 1 seed, after finishing the season with a 10-0-1 league mark. The Bruins have now seen all but two NCAA Tournaments since their first appearance in 1995 (1996; 2015)
  • Stanford’s No. 2 seed, and 32nd tournament berth, makes them the second most decorated Power 5 program in NCAA Tournament bids. The Cardinal hope to continue their 25-match undefeated home streak as they host round one.  
  • No. 8-seeded USC earns the conference's final seeding spot and hosting duties, increasing their conference-leading 10 consecutive NCAA tournament bids. 
  • The Arizona State Sun Devils become the eighth Pac-12 program to hit double-digit tournament appearances, participating in just their 10th postseason. 
  • The Colorado Buffaloes will take their first trip to the postseason since 2020 after tying for their most wins since 2018 (13) and receiving their 13th overall bid.
  • For information on the Conference’s postseason programs and round one matchups click here

NCAA Tournament: Round One:

  • Four of the weekend’s five NCAA round one matchups will take place on Friday Nov. 10 with one taking place on Saturday, Nov. 11. 
  • No. 8-seeded USC will kick things off on Friday by welcoming WAC Champion, Grand Canyon to Soni McAlister field at 2 p.m. PT.
  • The Colorado Buffaloes will meet their first round-one foe on the road in College Station as they are set to take on the No. 8 seeded Texas A&M at 5 p.m. PT on Friday
  • Just an hour later, No. 2 -seeded Stanford and No. 1-seeded UCLA will welcome their round-one opponents to California. The Cardinal will go head-to-head with WCC runner-up Pepperdine while UCLA will take on Big West Champion UC Irvine with both beginning at 6 p.m. PT on Friday. Both matches will be available to watch on ESPN+.
  • In the conference’s sole Saturday matchup, the Arizona State Sun Devils will travel to two-time-National Champion Santa Clara for an early afternoon 1 p.m PT match.  

Conference Play: Rivalry Week in Review: 

  • Rivalry weekend capped off the regular season with three shutouts and six multi-goal matches. 
  • STANFORD (15-4-0, 8-0-3) blanked CALIFORNIA (7-6-6, 4-3-4) with a final score of 4-0, tying for the most goals scored by the Cardinal this season. The win came thanks to a single goal and a hat trick, adding a bit of flare to the final match of the season.
  • OREGON STATE (4-8-7, 1-6-4) and WASHINGTON (9-5-5, 4-4-3) both completed 2-0 shutouts over their in-state rivals, OREGON (0-16-3, 0-10-1) and WASHINGTON STATE (9-6-4, 2-5-4). The Huskies are now on a two-game win streak in the Apple Cup while the Beavers picked up their first rivalry win since 2019.
  • USC (10-4-3, 6-2-3) was able to put two goals up against Pac-12 Champion UCLA (16-1-1, 10-0-1) before falling in a 4-2 finish to keep the Bruins unbeaten in conference play. The Trojans finished the season as one of just seven programs to score on UCLA this season. 
  • ARIZONA (6-8-5, 3-6-2) reclaimed its Duel in the Desert title after ARIZONA STATE (10-6-4, 5-5-1) cut off their seven-game win streak in 2022. The 'Cats finished their season with the 2-1 rivalry win. 
  • In the closest match of the weekend, COLORADO (13-4-3, 5-3-3) skied past UTAH (6-8-6, 2-6-3) in a close 3-2 finish in favor of the Buffaloes. 

Week 11 Performers: 

  • Stanford's Jasmine Aikey became the fourth conference player to score a hat trick, securing the Cardinal's unbeaten season with a win over California. The sophomore's six point weekend earned her a Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week nod, a College Soccer News Team of the Week spot and an honorable mention on the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week. Her fellow Cardinal, Ryan Campbell, made six saves to secure the shutout victory, decreasing her GAA to .450.
  • Trojans’ Kayla Duran and Simone Jackson were responsible for putting up the fight against their in-state rival UCLA. After the Bruins scored two back-to-back goals early in the first half, Duran answered with her first goal of the season, a header to cut into the Bruins’ lead. After conceding two more goals, Jackson scored a late goal off an assist from Duran to end the match 4-2 in favor of UCLA.  
  • Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week Megin Turi of Oregon State and Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week Olivia Juarez from Washington both added northwestern accomplishments to their belts. As a part of a back line that held the Ducks to just eight shots, Turi scored just her second goal of the season in the 10th minute to win the match for the Beavers. 
  • Husky keeper, Olivia Juarez, stopped six shots to help UW to its 2-0 shutout of the Cougars, her fourth of the season and third consecutive clean sheet. She, along with her fellow Huskies, became just the second non-ranked Pac-12 opponent to shut Washington State out. 
  • After trailing the Utes by two scores in the second half, Lawson Willis and Shyra James stepped up to the plate, with Lawson getting the first look at the goal. Down just one goal, James went back-to-back scoring the equalizer and the game-winner, her fourth of the season.
  • Arizona's Nicole Dallin had a hand in both Wildcat goals against Arizona State. Just after half the senior assisted Gianna Christiansen in scoring the opening goal, going on to score the game winner off a converted penalty kick. 

Postseason Awards: 

  • Pac-12 Women’s Soccer postseason awards were released on Tuesday with three teams of 12 players, a 12 man all-freshman team and six individual awards. 
  • Forward of the Year - Reilyn Turner, UCLA
  • Midfielder of the Year - Jasmine Aikey, Stanford
  • Defender of the Year - Lilly Reale, UCLA
  • Goalkeeper of the Year - Ryan Campbell, Stanford
  • Freshman of the Year - Maribel Flores, USC
  • Coach of the Year - Margueritte Aozasa, UCLA

RPI Watch: 

  • In the final Women’s Soccer RPI rating of the regular season, 10 programs once again found themselves within the Top-100.
  • UCLA, the conference’s highest rated program for four weeks now, earned their highest rating of the season, coming in at No. 3. 
  • Right behind the Bruins, came Stanford at No. 6, continuing the Cardinal’s season-long streak in the top-10 of the RPI ratings.
  • The remaining NCAA competing programs, USC (29), Arizona State (47) and Colorado (55) all fell into the Top-60. 

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). After a win against Arizona State to end their season, Hisey’s, and the new Arizona program, record is 366 career saves. The graduate student’s accomplishment gives her sole possession herein the top-3 of NCAA DI career saves and solidified her spot in the conference record book, taking the 7th place spot in Pac-12 history. 
  • Colorado’s Shyra James banked her 40th career goal against Utah (Nov. 3, 2023), bumping her into the second place spot in program history, just three goals from setting a new program record. Her 15 goals on the season keeps her in sole possession of second in Buffs program history and her 86 career points makes her just the third CU athlete to achieve those numbers.
  • With an overall record of 11-0-4 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 43 total games giving her an average of .480.
  • 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-) - 366

NCAA DI Career Saves
1. Kerry Eagleston, App State - 413
2. Jillian Hall, VMI - 387
3. Hope Hisey, Arizona - 366

Colorado Career Goals
1. Nikki Marshall (2006-09) - 42
3. Shyra James (2020-) - 40

Colorado Season Goals
1. Nikki Marshall (2006) - 17
2. Shyra James (2020-) - 15

NCAA DI Career Goals-Against-Average
1. Ryan Campbell, Stanford - .480

NCAA Career Assists
1. Lexi Missimo, Texas - 50
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
Nov. 6 - Jasmine Aikey, 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;
Nov. 6 - Jasmine Aikey, Stanford (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).