This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Aug. 26, 2003
Five of six Pac-10 teams open the regular season this weekend, as the league's fourth season sponsoring men's soccer kicks off... Three Pac-10 teams are ranked among the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Top-25: the top-rated Bruins, No. 3 STANFORD and No. 17 CALIFORNIA... Defending NCAA Champion UCLA opens the slate against No. 16 Penn State at the Cal State Fullerton Tournament... The Golden Bears travel to the Adidas Indiana Tournament where they face the No. 7 Hoosiers Friday night and Notre Dame on Saturday... OREGON STATE, which made the school's first-ever NCAA Championship appearance last year, opens at San Diego State, while FRESNO STATE meets up with UC Irvine in the Anteaters home tournament.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Aug. 29
CALIFORNIA at Indiana, 7:30 p.m. (1)
OREGON STATE at San Diego State, 1 p.m.
UCLA vs. Penn State, 5 p.m. (2)
Sat., Aug 30
CALIFORNIA vs. Notre Dame, 5 p.m. (2)
WASHINGTON vs. UNLV, 12 p.m. (3)
FRESNO STATE at UC Irvine, 7:30 p.m. (4)
Sun., Aug. 31
OREGON STATE at San Diego, 2 p.m.
UCLA vs. Ohio State, 5 p.m. (2)
Mon., Sept. 1
FRESNO STATE vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 a.m. (4)
WASHINGTON vs. Oakland Univ., 12 p.m.(3)
(1) Adidas Indiana Tournament, Bloomington, Ind.
(2) Cal State Fullerton Tournament, Fullerton, Calif.
(3) Portland, Ore.
(4) UC Irvine Tournament, Irvine, Calif.
All times are local to game sites.
NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Thurs., Sept. 4
OREGON STATE at Sacramento State, 5 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 5
CALIFORNIA vs. Old Dominion, 2 p.m. (5)
UCLA at Maryland, 5 p.m. (6)
STANFORD vs. Cal State Fullerton, 11:30 a.m. (7)
WASHINGTON vs. Portland, 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 7
CALIFORNIA vs. Cal State Fullerton, 2 p.m. (5)
OREGON STATE at Portland, 2:15 p.m.UCLA vs. Virginia, 9 a.m. (6)
STANFORD vs. Old Dominion, 11:30 a.m. (7)
FRESNO STATE vs. Alumni, 5 p.m. (8)
(5) Adidas Cal Legacy Classic, Berkeley, Calif.
(6) Maryland Tournament, College Park, Md.
(7) Cal Tournament, Berkeley, Calif.(8) Exhibition
All times are local to game sites.
PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER NOTES
CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears return four senior and nine juniors from a squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen last season. Back are JR MF Mike Munoz and JR F Carl Acosta, who tied for the team lead with eight goals in 2002. Munoz, an All-Pac-10 First Team pick, paced the team with 19 points last year, while Acosta was second with 17 points.
FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs are coming off their first season in the Pac-10, after posting a 5-11-4 overall record and a 2-7-1 mark in league play to finish sixth. Fresno State will play eight of its first 10 regular season matches on the road. SO Marvin Sorto is the leading point returner with eight points in 2002 and highlights a group of returners that accounted for 27 of Fresno State's 47 points in 2002.
OREGON STATE: OSU opens the season with four road games, beginning Aug. 29 at San Diego State. The Beavers also square off against San Diego and Sacramento State before facing Portland. Oregon State advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history in 2002, recording a school-record 13 wins along the way. JR F Alan Gordon returns after leading the Pac-10 in points (34), goals (15) and shots (73) last year. SR GK Peter Billmeyer led the Pac-10 in saves for the second consecutive season in 2002, totaling 97 in the regular season and 100 overall. He was fourth in the league with six shutouts.
STANFORD: The 2002 national runner-up, Stanford has strung together back-to-back trips to the College Cup as it enters this season. Eight starters and a total of 16 letterwinners return to The Farm. Lone seniors M/D Abe Geiger and M/D Mike Wilson each started 25 games apiece last season. JR GK Robby Fulton led the nation and posted a Stanford single-season record with a 0.43 goals against average in 2002.
UCLA: The defending NCAA champion Bruins have been ranked No. 1 in both the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Rankings and the Pac-10 Coaches Poll. UCLA, which won its first Pac-10 crown last year with an 8-2 conference record, will be led by five seniors who were key components of the NCAA title run: MF Adolfo Gregorio, D Leonard Griffin, team captain D Tony Lawson, leading scorer F Matt Taylor and GK Zach Wells. UCLA will face eight other NSCAA/adidas Top-25 teams this season, including No. 2 Maryland on the road on Sept. 5, and No. 3 Stanford on Oct. 19 and 24.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies return 13 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's squad that went 6-10-3 overall, and finished fifth in Pac-10 play with a 3-7 record. The 2003 squad features returning All-Pac-10 selections JR MF C.J. Klaas (first-team), JR F Brett Wiesner (second-team) and SR D Seth Marsh (honorable mention). Klaas was an NSCAA All-Far West Region second-team pick last season. Wiesner returns as the Huskies' leading scorer from a year ago, after notching a team-high seven goals in 2002.
PRESEASON PAC-10 COACHES' POLL
UCLA, which won its first Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer title and fourth NCAA championship in 2002, has been picked by the league's coaches to defend its Conference crown this season.
UCLA received 24 points, edging out last year's NCAA runner up, STANFORD (22 points). The Bruins received four first-place votes while the Cardinal collected the other two. Rounding out the poll was CALIFORNIA in third place, followed by WASHINGTON, OREGON STATE, and FRESNO STATE.
UCLA won the 2002 Pac-10 Championship with a record of 8-2 in Conference games. California finished second with a Pac-10 record of 6-3-1. Stanford was third followed by Oregon State, Washington, and Fresno State, respectively. The Bruins and the Cardinal reached the College Cup, soccer's version of the Final Four, where UCLA claimed the national title by defeating Stanford 1-0.
Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses):
1. UCLA(4) 24 2. Stanford(2) 22 3. California 16 4. Washington 12 5. Oregon State 11 6. Fresno State 5
SOCCER AMERICA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
SO D Chad Marshall, STAN
SR MF Adolfo Gregorio, UCLA
JR MF C.J. Klaas, WASH
RETURNING ALL-PAC-10 PERFORMERS
First TeamAlan Gordon, OSU F Sr.Aldolfo Gregorio, UCLA MF Sr.C.J. Klaas, WASH MF Jr.Michael Munoz, CAL MF Jr.
Second Team Pos. Yr.Calen Carr, CAL F Jr.Tony Lawson, UCLA D Sr.Chad Marshall, STAN D So.Troy Roberts, CAL D Jr.Tyson Wahl, UCLA D So.Brett Wiesner, WASH F Jr.Zach Wells, UCLA GK Sr.