Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Weekly Recap – September 6, 2022

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Week 3 review

  • The Pac-12 women’s soccer programs combined for a 13-4-5 record, including a 5-0-2 mark against power conference opponents, in the third week of action in regular season. Colorado, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State all went 2-0-0 while Arizona State and USC both went 1-0-0.
  • Of the league’s 13 wins last week, there were four against top 10 opponents, including just three on Friday as UCLA won at the time. 2 Duke (2-1), USC shut out then-No. 6 TCU (3-0) and Stanford shut out then-No. 8 Penn State (2-0) that night.
  • UCLA (5-0-0) claimed their position as the best team in the country by crossing the country and then beating No. 2 Duke (2-1) and then-No. 1 North Carolina (2-1).

Performers of week 3

  • Two Pac-12 Players of the Week played crucial roles in the Bruins’ wins. Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Reilyn Turner scored the game-winning goals in both games and was named College Soccer News Women’s National Player of the Week for her weekend performance.
  • Pac-12 Goalie of the Week Lauren Brzykcy had 13 saves over the weekend, tying his career high against Duke (9). The weekend propelled her into the UCLA all-time top 5 in career saves with 179.
  • Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week Elise Evans helped extend Stanford’s season-opening five-game winning streak after scoring the game-winner against Cal Poly and a goal against No. 8 Penn State.
  • Arizona State Nicole Douglas became the program’s career leading scorer (51) after scoring a brace in the Sun Devils’ 6-2 win over UAB in their only game of the weekend. She also tied for first place in program history (Stacey Tullock) with her 16th career winner.
  • from colorado Shyra James extended his scoring streak to a program record 10 games after notching his second brace of the season against Texas A&M-Commerce and a single goal against Omaha. In games Sept. 5, James is tied for NCAA Division I with eight goals and 16 points, while as a team, Colorado leads the nation in offense (4.33 goals per game), assists per game (4.00) and points per game. (12.67).

In the non-conference

  • Stanford and UCLA both remain perfect at 5-0-0. They are two of 10 NCAA Division I teams with unblemished records so far this season (Brown, Harvard, Lamar, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Virginia).
  • Besides the Cardinal and the Bruins, Colorado (5-0-1), Washington (5-0-1) and Arizona State (2-0-2) have yet to lose a game this season.
  • The Pac-12 programs have combined for a 38-7-16 record so far in non-conference play, a .754 winning percentage that ranks second nationally behind only the ACC (.842).

Bruins back on top

  • With victories at Duke and North Carolina, UCLA climbed to No. 1 in the latest national United Soccer Coaches poll. It’s the first time the Bruins have held the No. 1 spot in a six-week streak that ended Oct. 3, 2017.
  • UCLA is the first Pac-12 program to hold the No. 1 ranking since Stanford held the spot in the final poll after winning the 2019 NCAA national title.
  • It ends a streak of 17 consecutive polls in which an ACC program held the No. 1 spot in the rankings.
  • The 2-1 victory against then-No. 1 UNC was the UCLA program’s second win against a No. 1-ranked team (Florida State, 08/29/19).

The rest of the classification

  • After a monumental weekend, the UCLA Bruins claimed first place in the Top Drawer Soccer Rankingafter spending last week at No. 4. Stanford continues to climb as it climbs to No. 11 and Colorado crossed the TDS rankings for the first time this season at No. 23.
  • UCLA is the first Pac-12 program this season to reach No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches poll. Stanford jumped from No. 12 to No. 6, its highest ranking of the season. Colorado returned to the national rankings at No. 19 and Washington, which was receiving votes in week two, moved into the top 25 at No. 24.

Road tests

  • Despite being the lightest week yet in terms of game count, this week’s Pac-12 17-game slate will prove crucial and challenging as 11 competitions will be played on the road.
  • Five of the 11 road contests will be against Power Conference opponents, including four against the Big Ten. Colorado will visit Michigan on Thursday and Michigan State on Sunday, Stanford will be on the road against Northwestern on Thursday and USC will complete Big Ten games at Nebraska on Sunday.
  • Oregon State will visit Virginia No. 5 on Thursday, followed by a trip to James Madison on Sunday.
  • Arizona is set to host No. 10 Pepperdine, the current undefeated WCC co-leader, on Sunday.

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