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BYU surges into first place in WCC standings

Sept. 12, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- No. 17 BYU has climbed into first place atop the WCC standings after a strong week with home victories over both Texas and then-No. 7 Penn State. This weekend, the Cougars welcome Cal Poly and No. 23 Washington to Provo.

WCC QUICK HITS

  • Three West Coast Conference teams are ranked in this week's NSCAA Top 25 poll: BYU (17), Pepperdine (18) and Portland (19). WCC preseason favorite Santa Clara is also receiving votes.

  • BYU freshman Michele Murphy helped propel the Cougars into the Top 25, scoring two goals in a 5-0 blanking of Texas, and adding another score in a 3-1 triumph over then-No.7 Penn State.

  • Loyola Marymount goalkeeper Brittany Jagger is the WCC Player of the Week. Jagger registered six saves as the Lions battled to a 1-1 draw with then-No. 1 UCLA. Two days later, she recorded five saves in notching her third shutout of the season.

  • A record 15 WCC women's soccer matches will be televised nationally this season, including a pair of tilts this week on Pac-12 Networks. On Friday, Gonzaga plays at Oregon State, and No. 3 UCLA hosts No. 18 Pepperdine Sunday under the lights. Also this week, BYU hosts Cal Poly on BYUtv.

  • In the latest NCAA statistics (released 9/10), Portland ranks eighth nationally with a .321 goals against average.

  • West Coast Conference members have made 65 NCAA Tournament appearances, 19 Final Four appearances, and have won three national titles (Santa Clara in 2001, Portland in 2002, 2005).

    View the PDF above for complete notes and updated stats.