This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer

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Sept. 30, 2003

Conference action kicks off this weekend in the Pac-10 men's soccer, highlighted by a match pitting the league's two ranked teams - No. 2 UCLA and No. 13 WASHINGTON - Sunday in Seattle... The Huskies vaulted from 22nd to 13th in this week's NSCAA/Adidas Poll, following their 3-0 upset over No. 11 South Carolina last week... UW is unbeaten through seven games this year, its best start since reeling off seven straight wins to open the 1998 season... The Huskies were tabbed to finish fourth this year in the preseason Pac-10 coaches' poll... The defending NCAA Champion Bruins have won four in a row - all shutout victories - heading into their Pac-10 opening match at OREGON STATE on Friday... Pac-10 teams have posted a .600 winning percentage (26-17-2) in non-conference action... Five of the six teams have non-conference tilts remaining on the schedule, Oregon State being the exception.

Here's how Pac-10 teams fare in the national rankings this week... NSCAA/Adidas: No. 2 UCLA, No. 13 WASHINGTON; Soccer America: No. 2 UCLA, No. 12 WASHINGTON, No. 25 CALIFORNIA.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thurs., Oct. 2
STANFORD at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3
OREGON STATE at UCLA, 3 p.m.
FRESNO STATE at WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 5
FRESNO STATE at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
UCLA at WASHINGTON, 2:30 p.m.

All times are local to game sites.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Wed., Sept. 24
OREGON STATE 3, Holy Cross 1

Fri., Sept. 26
Saint Mary's 2, FRESNO STATE 1
UC Irvine 1, CALIFORNIA 0
WASHINGTON 2, Kentucky 1
Fairleigh Dickinson 3, STANFORD 1

Sat., Sept. 27
UCLA 2, Loyola Marymount 0

Sun., Sept. 28
CALIFORNIA 2, Fairleigh Dickinson 0
WASHINGTON 3, South Carolina 0
FRESNO STATE 3, San Francisco 2
STANFORD 4, UC Irvine 1

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WASHINGTON sophomore midfielder Leo Totev has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 23-29.

Totev, from Kristiansund, Norway, scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead No. 22 Washington to a 3-0 upset of 11th-ranked South Carolina Sept. 28, as UW claimed the Husky Fever Classic tournament title. The Huskies defeated Kentucky 2-1 in the first round of the tournament.

Totev, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player, got Washington on the board in the 25th minute against the Gamecocks. He also had a hand in both second-half Husky goals, scored within two minutes of each other. Totev's corner kick found the head of junior Casey Armstrong, who scored UW's second goal in the 54th minute. Totev added another goal in the 56th minute. Against Kentucky, Totev recorded three shots. He now leads the team with five goals and two assists on the season.

Unbeaten through seven games, Washington (6-0-1 overall) has won all three tournaments it has played in this year and is off to its best start since a 7-0 record to open the 1998 season. The Huskies open the Pac-10 slate by hosting Fresno State on Friday and UCLA on Sunday.

This is the first weekly honor for Totev and the seventh all-time Player of the Week honor for Washington.

ALSO NOMINATED: Carl Acosta, Jr F, CAL; Alan Gordon, Sr F, OSU; Matt Janusz, Jr F, STAN; Kiel McClung, Fr D, UCLA.

PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER NOTES

CALIFORNIA: JR F Carl Acosta scored his sixth goal of the season in the Bears' 2-0 victory over No. 24 Fairleigh Dickinson on Sept. 28... In Cal's 1-0 loss to UC Irvine on Sept. 26, JR MF Mike Munoz registered a season-high six shots... Acosta leads the team in points (12), goals (6) and game-winning goals (2)... The Bears open Pac-10 play on Sunday, hosting rival Stanford at 2 p.m.

FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs went 1-1 at the Saint Mary's Invitational, falling 2-1 to the host Gaels and defeating San Francisco 3-2... Fresno State out-shot Saint Mary's 20-9, including a 10-6 edge in shots on goal... The 20 shots and 10 shots on goal were both season highs for the Bulldogs... SR F Mat Herold notched the game-winner in the 74th minute against USF, the first game-winner of his career... The three goals against the Dons is a season-high for Fresno State... The Bulldogs open Pac-10 play at Washington on Friday, then travel to Oregon State for a Sunday matchup.

OREGON STATE: SR F Alan Gordon scored all three goals for the Beavers in a 3-1 win at Holy Cross on Sept. 24... The hat trick was the second of Gordon's career, and he has scored five goals in his last two games... Gordon paces the squad in points (16), with seven goals and two assists on the season... Oregon State opens Pac-10 play by hosting defending NCAA Champion UCLA on Friday and Fresno State on Sunday.

STANFORD: The Cardinal went 1-1 on the weekend, falling 3-1 to No. 24 Fairleigh Dickinson and defeating UC Irvine 4-1 in the Stanford/Nike Invitational... JR F Matt Janusz scored two goals and added an assist - all in the second half - as Stanford downed the Anteaters on Sept. 28... The win gave the Cardinal the tournament title, based on 'goals for,' the third tie-breaker, and snapped Stanford's six-game winless streak... Janusz paced the team in points (7) and goals (3) on the season.

UCLA: The Bruins recorded their fifth shutout victory of the season, and fourth consecutive, with a 2-0 win over Loyola Marymount on Sept. 27... UCLA has not allowed a goal in its last 393 consecutive minutes and has allowed just one goal (on a penalty kick) since the first game of the season... FR D Kiel McClung scored the game-winner in the 21st minute against LMU, the Bruins' third first-half goal on the season... UCLA opens Pac-10 play at Oregon State on Friday and is at Washington on Sunday.

WASHINGTON: SO MF Leo Totev scored two goals and assisted on a third in Washington's 3-0 upset victory of No. 11 South Carolina, as UW claimed the Husky Fever Classic tournament title... The Huskies defeated Kentucky 2-1 in the first round of the tournament... Unbeaten through seven games this season, Washington has won all three tournaments it has played in on the season and is off to its best start since a 7-0 record to open the 1998 season... UW opens the Pac-10 slate by hosting Fresno State on Friday and UCLA on Sunday.

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