To commemorate the centennial, the conference is announcing teams and players ‘of the century’ in various sports.
As we reported earlier, Julie Foudy of Stanford, the two-time World Cup winner and National Soccer Hall of Fame member, was the Pac-12 women’s soccer player of the century.
She was one of five Stanford players named to the Pac-12 women’s soccer team of the century.
That means that more than 45 percent of the spots on the best team the conference has produced were filled by players from the prestigious Palo Alto university.
Only two schools, Cal and UCLA, placed even two players on the celebrated squad.
The Pac-12 All-Time Best XI:
Forwards: Lauren Cheney Holiday (UCLA), Christen Press (Stanford), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford)
Midfielders: Julie Foudy (Stanford), Joy Fawcett (California), Teresa Noyola (Stanford)
Defenders: Amy LePeilbet (Arizona State), Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke (Stanford), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA ), Lesle Gallimore (California)
Goalkeeper: Hope Solo (Washington)
All in all, that’s a stout team.
Especially when you consider the “bench,” the honorable mentions who didn’t make the first XI: Alex Morgan (California), Sydney Leroux (UCLA,), Sam Mewis (UCLA) and Amy Rodriguez (USC), among others.