Battle For The Pac-12 Title Begins This Weekend
Sept. 18, 2012
SEATTLE - After a spectacular start to the 2012 season, the Washington women's soccer team will begin Pac-12 play on Friday at USC. The 2 p.m. game will be the UW's Pac-12 Networks debut and air live.
Washington enters the USC game with a 7-1-1 record and is receiving votes in the NSCAA top 25 poll this week after going 0-1-1 last week on the road at Utah State and BYU to end nonconference play.
For the second-straight year the Pac-12 women's soccer coaches picked the Huskies to finish fifth in conference play in 2012 with a total of 75 points.
The UW was picked fifth in 2011 and ended up seventh at the end of the season with a 7-8-5 overall record and a 3-5-3 conference mark.
Stanford, the 2011 National Champion, is the favorite again with 10 first-place votes and 120 total. UCLA came in second with two first-place votes. Cal and Oregon State were selected third and fourth, just ahead of Washington, rounding out the top five. Arizona State was sixth, followed by USC, Utah, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona.
USC is 3-4-1 on the year and 1-4 at home. Last week, the Women of Troy won a 3-2 match at San Diego and fell by the same score against No. 19 Portland.
USC won 1-0 in Seattle last year. The Women of Troy hold a 9-5-2 advantage all-time against the Huskies. Washington's last and only win at USC was a 3-0 victory in 2001.
Jordan Marada, Samantha Johnson and Katie Johnson have three goals each to lead USC. Marada has 10 points on the year with four assists as well. Caroline Stanley has played the majority of the minute in goal. USC has not posted a shutout this season.