This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Nov. 12, 2002

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It's a race down to the wire this weekend, as UCLA (12-3-2 overall, 7-2-0 Pac-10) and CALIFORNIA (13-3-2, 6-1-1) continue to battle for the Pac-10's top spot when all is said and done... In addition to the Pac-10 title, also at stake is the Conference's automatic NCAA Championship berth, the league's first in its third season of sponsoring men's soccer... Any combination of wins or ties which produces a tie between UCLA and California (in total points) would result in a co-championship... The league's tie-breaker would come into play to determine the NCAA automatic qualifier (see page 4 of this release for the tie-breaker)... With one Pac-10 game remaining on their schedule, the Bruins travel to FRESNO STATE (5-10-4, 2-6-1) on Sunday... The Golden Bears have two Pac-10 games remaining and would win the Pac-10 title outright with two wins... The Bruins and Bears split in head-to-head competition this year... STANFORD (12-4-2, 3-3-2) and OREGON STATE (12-6-0, 3-5-0) continue to jockey for the Pac-10's third-place spot... The Cardinal and Beavers meet in Corvallis, Ore., on Friday, and both have another game on Sunday... Just two points separate Stanford and OSU in the Pac-10 standings, and the race for third place would have bearing on the NCAA automatic berth if a co-championship exists between UCLA and California.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thu., Nov. 14
San Francisco at UCLA, 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 15
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 17
CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.
UCLA at FRESNO STATE, 2 p.m.

All times are local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Fri., Nov. 8
CALIFORNIA 1, UCLA 0 (2OT)
STANFORD 2, FRESNO STATE 0

Sun., Nov. 10
CALIFORNIA 1, FRESNO STATE 0
OREGON STATE 6, WASHINGTON 3
UCLA 1, STANFORD 0

2002 HAT TRICKS
Tim Pierce, Sr F, UCLA, 9-29-02
Alan Gordon, Jr F, OSU, 11-10-02

GORDON NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
OREGON STATE junior forward Alan Gordon has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Nov. 4-10.

Gordon, from Gilbert, Ariz., recorded a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in Oregon State's 6-3 win over Washington on Nov. 10. The win marked the Beavers' second straight over the Huskies, the second this season and is just the second in the 19-game all-time series with UW. With the victory, OSU equaled its highest win total (12) in school history, while the six goals are the most ever by the Beavers in a Pac-10 game. The Conference began sponsoring men's soccer in 2000. Gordon leads the Conference in scoring with 32 points (14 goals, 4 assists) and has nine more points than any other Pac-10 player.

Oregon State is 12-6-0 overall, 3-5-0 in Pac-10 play, and sits in fourth place in the Conference entering the final week of regular season action. The Beavers host Stanford on Friday and California on Sunday. Both games begin at 1 p.m. PST.

This is the second weekly honor for Gordon, his second this season and the fifth all-time Player of the Week honor for Oregon State.

2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 3- Adolfo Gregorio, Jr MF, UCLA; Sept. 10-Roger Levesque, Sr F STAN; Sept. 17- Peter Billmeyer, Jr GK, OSU; Sept. 24- Alan Gordon, Jr F, OSU; Oct. 1- Tim Pierce, Sr F, UCLA; Oct. 8- Zach Wells, Jr GK, UCLA; Oct. 15- Taylor Graham, Sr D, STAN; Oct. 22- Jimmy Frazelle, Sr MF, UCLA; Oct. 29- Troy Roberts, So, D, CAL/Zach Wells, Jr, GK, UCLA; Nov. 5- Marvin Sorto, Fr F, FS; Nov. 12- Alan Gordon, Jr F, OSU.

CALIFORNIA: Junior Mike Hickman fired in the game-winning goal in the 102nd minute to lead Cal to a 1-0 double-overtime win over UCLA Nov. 8 in Berkeley. Earlier this season, UCLA snapped Cal's school-record nine-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory in Los Angeles. Cal also held Fresno State scoreless in a 1-0 win Nov. 10. The Bears swept the Bulldogs this season, and the win marked Cal's first back-to-back wins over Fresno State in the all-time series. Senior GK Josh Saunders collected four saves on the weekend, with three coming against the Bulldogs.

FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs' 2-0 loss to Stanford snapped a two match win streak. The 1-0 loss to Cal dropped FS to 0-7-2 on the road this season. Senior GK Jeremy Proud recorded three saves against the Bears. Fresno State wraps up its first season of Pac-10 play Sunday, when it hosts UCLA at 2 p.m.

OREGON STATE: With their 6-3 victory over Washington, OSU equaled its highest win total in school history (12). The Beavers also matched a Lorenz Field record with 18 points, bolstered by junior F Alan Gordon's hat trick. The win also qualified as OSU's second straight over UW, second this season over the Huskies and just the second in the 19-game all-time series. Oregon State's six goals are the second-most scored by a Pac-10 team in Conference play, just one shy of the single-game record. With 32 points, Gordon paces the Conference in scoring and has nine more points than any other Pac-10 player.

STANFORD: The Cardinal ended a four-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory over Fresno State Nov. 8 at Maloney Field. Stanford had gone 13 straight periods (including five overtime stanzas) without scoring a goal. In the 20th minute, sophomore F/MF Darren Fernandez netted the goal to end the drought. The shutout was the seventh of the year for sophomore GK Robby Fulton. Stanford fell 1-0 to No. 5 UCLA on Nov. 10, taking 10 shots to the Bruins' six.

UCLA: The Bruins split on the road with Stanford and Cal last week, falling to the Bears 1-0 in double overtime. The win over Stanford extended UCLA's unbeaten streak against the Cardinal to five games. Junior F Cliff McKinley scored the game-winner (his fourth goal of the season) in the second half. UCLA. Junior GK Zach Wells notched four saves in the loss at Cal. The Bruins lead the Pac-10 standings with 21 points and have one Conference game remaining.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies fell to Oregon State for the second time this season by a 6-3 score in Corvallis. It marked just the second loss to OSU in the all-time series (19 games). Sophomore F Brett Wiesner netted two of UW's goals, while freshman F Gavin Hobbs scored the other. UW freshman GK Chris Eylander made six saves. The six goals were the most scored against the Huskies since a 7-1 loss to Portland in 1994.

SOCCER AMERICA TEAM OF THE WEEK
Sept. 2- Adolfo Gregorio, Jr MF, UCLA; Sept. 16- Peter Billmeyer, Jr GK, OSU; Tony Lawson, Jr D, UCLA.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
SOCCER AMERICA
Scot Thompson, Sr D, UCLA
Roger Levesque, Sr F, STAN

CHAMPIONSHIP TIE-BREAKER
In the event of a point tie between two teams for the Conference championship, if one team was the winner of the Conference match against the other team, it shall represent the Conference as its automatic qualifier in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. If the teams tied in head-to-head Conference competition, the team having won the most matches in Conference play shall be declared the automatic qualifier. If a tie still exists, each team's record shall be compared against the team occupying the highest position in the final regular-season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage. When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group's own tie-breaking procedure)shall be used, rather than the performance against individual tied teams. If a tie still exists, the team having the highest goal differential (goals for minus goals against)in all Conference matches shall be declared the automatic qualifier. If a tie still exists,the team having the highest number of goals for in all Conference matches shall be declared the automatic qualifier. If a tie still exists,the team having the lowest number of goals against in all Conference matches shall be declared the automatic qualifier. If a tie still exists,the winner of a coin toss by the Commissioner shall be declared the automatic qualifier.

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