This week in women's college soccer

Three Pac-12 teams begin play this week among the top seven teams in Soccer America's Top 25 rankings. No. 1 Stanford and No. 7 UCLA have been among the elite of women's soccer for several decades.

Led by Amy Rodriguez, USC won its first and only national title in 2007 but later fell out of the spotlight. They Trojans have rebounded under Coach Keidane McAlpine, who led them to the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2015 after they endured losing seasons the three previous years.

No. 6 USC enters Thursday's match against Stanford at McAlister Field with a nine-game winning streak, tying a school record, after opening losses to Santa Clara and Long Beach State to start the season.

A seven-game shutout streak ended a week ago with an Oregon goal in the 76th minute of USC's 3-1 win. Morgan Andrews, who transferred from Notre Dame a year ago, scored two goals at Oregon to give her five goals in 11 games. USC followed up that win with a 3-1 victory at Oregon State thanks to Katie Johnson's hat trick.

UPDATE: Three collegians -- Jane Campbell and Andi Sullivan from Stanford and BYU's Ashley Hatch, the leading NCAA Division I women's scorer -- were called up for the USA's international matches against Switzerland.


RPI REPORT -- The top 64 teams in the NCAA Women's Soccer RPI won't all make the 64-team NCAA Tournament -- conference champions below the top 64 should account at least 10 spots -- but they give a good sense of who's who among the nation's conferences.

Thirteen of the 27 NCAA Division I women's conferences are represented in this week's top 64. They include 12 of 14 ACC teams -- all but Pittsburgh and Syracuse --  and 10 of 12 Pac-12 teams -- all but Washington and Arizona State.

Women's RPI, Top 64:
12 ACC
10 Pac-12
8 SEC
7 Big Ten
6 Big 12
5 WCC
4 AAC
3 Big East
3 Mid-American
2 Big West
2 Ivy League
1 Atlantic-10
1 Sun Belt

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THIS WEEK'S SOCCER AMERICA TOP 25 -- Stanford remained No. 1 in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 weekly rankings, while Florida State, Georgetown and West Virginia again follow at 2-3-4. Unbeaten South Carolina moved up one spot to No. 5. Top 25: bit.ly/2d4Uj0u

Week 8, Top 25 Matchups:
Thursday:
6 USC vs. 1 Stanford
7 UCLA vs. 20 California
14 Notre Dame vs. 15 Clemson
Sunday:
6 USC vs. 1 Stanford
5 South Carolina vs. 9 Arkansas
7 UCLA vs. 20 California
24 N.C. State vs. 12 Duke
21 Louisville vs. 15 Clemson

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MORE CAROLINA HB2 FALLOUT -- The ACC has moved its women's soccer championship to MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of its decision to move eight championships out of North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year, citing the state's controversial bathroom law.

The ACC Women’s Tournament, which consists of two semifinals and the final, will be played Nov. 4 and 6. It was previous scheduled to be played in Cary. The NCAA also moved the Women's College Cup out of Cary.

VIDEO PICK -- Florida State freshman Deyna Castellanos scored one of the most stunning goals ever at a FIFA tournament when she scored the winner for Venezuela off the kickoff following Cameroon's equalizer late in stoppage time at the Under-17 Women's World Cup.

LEADER BOARD -- A pair of UConn seniors, Stephanie Ribeiro and Rachel Hill, have burst into the top 10 among women's scorers. Ribeiro, a third-team NSCAA All-American in 2015, scored two goals in each of the Huskies' wins last week to give her 12 goals. Hill, a 2015 first-team All-American, has scored 12 goals.
 
Leading Scorers
PLAYER, TEAM G
1. Ashley Hatch, BYU 15
2. Stephanie Ribeiro, UConn 12
3. Alexis Pelafas, Central Michigan 11
3. Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina 11
3. Evelyne Viens, South Florida 11
6. Kendall Ham, Bucknell 10
6. Rachel Hill, UConn 10
6. Lauren Koehl, Illinois State 10
6. Kirstin Robertson, Austin Peay 10
6. Tabitha Tindell, FGCU 10
Through Oct. 4.

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