This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Nov. 4, 2003

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The defending NCAA and Conference Champion UCLA Bruins (15-1-0 overall, 7-0-0 Pac-10) can clinch their second straight Pac-10 men's soccer title with two victories this weekend... WASHINGTON (10-3-2, 3-3-1) and OREGON STATE (12-4-0, 6-1-0) visit Westwood, with OSU still very much in the hunt for its first ever Conference Crown... Winners of a school-record six straight Pac-10 matches, the Beavers can nab at least a share of the Pac-10 championship if they win their final three contests.... [Pac-10 Tie-breaker: If UCLA and Oregon State were to tie for the Pac-10 title, splitting their head-to-head matches, the NCAA Tournament automatic qualifier would be determined by comparing their records 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.]

With games remaining against UCLA and Oregon State, the Huskies could finish as high as second in the Pac-10 race if they were to win out... UW is gunning for its third NCAA Tournament trip in the last four years... Oregon State plays its final three matches of the season on the road, beginning with FRESNO STATE (5-10-0, 2-5-0) Friday night... Both CALIFORNIA and STANFORD take a break from league action this week with matches against San Jose State... The Bears and Cardinal conclude the regular season when they play each other Nov. 15 in Palo Alto... In its fourth season sponsoring men's soccer, the Pacific-10 Conference landed four teams in the 2001 and 2002 NCAA championships, while three teams made the field in the 2000 tournament.

Here's how Pac-10 teams fare in the national rankings this week... NSCAA/Adidas: No. 1 UCLA, No. 11 OREGON STATE, No. 15 WASHINGTON; Soccer America: No. 1 UCLA, No. 15 OREGON STATE.

Pac-10 Team Champions
2000 - Washington
2001 - Stanford
2002 - UCLA

Pac-10 NCAA Participants
2000 - 3 (Stanford, UCLA, Washington)
2001 - 4 (California, Stanford, UCLA, Washington
2002 - 4 (UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Oregon State)

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., Nov 4
FRESNO STATE at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

Thur., Nov. 6
STANFORD at San Jose State, 2 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7
OREGON STATE at FRESNO STATE, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at UCLA, 7 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 9
OREGON STATE at UCLA, 1 p.m.
San Jose State at CALIFORNIA , 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON at FRESNO STATE, 2 p.m.

All times are local to game sites.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Fri., Oct. 31
OREGON STATE 3, CALIFORNIA 1
UCLA 2, Rutgers 0
WASHINGTON 3, STANFORD 1

Sun., Nov. 2
CALIFORNIA 1, WASHINGTON 0
OREGON STATE 3, STANFORD 2 (OT)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oregon State freshman forward Robbie Findley has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 28-Nov. 3.

Findley, from Phoenix, Ariz., was instrumental in Oregon State's victories over California and Stanford last week. Findley scored both game-winning goals in the Beavers' wins over the Bears (Oct. 31) and the Cardinal (Nov. 2). Findley's goal in the sixth minute of overtime lifted Oregon State to a 3-2 victory over Stanford, and he notched the team's second and third goals in the 3-1 win over California.

Oregon State enters the week riding a six-game Pac-10 and overall winning streak, its longest Conference winning streak in program history. The Beavers face Fresno State and UCLA this week. With a pair of victories and a win at Washington on Nov. 16, the Beavers could earn at least a share of the Pac-10 title.

Findley, who has battled injuries all season, ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 20 points on the season (9 goals/2 assists). This is his first weekly honor and the eighth all-time for Oregon State.

Also Nominated: Zach Wells, Sr., G K, UCLA; Troy Ready, Sr., MF, WASH.

PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER NOTES

CALIFORNIA: Coming off a 1-1 split on the road, the Golden Bears host San Jose State in non-conference action on Sunday before finishing up Pac-10 play at Stanford on Nov. 15... Cal fell 3-1 at Oregon State and defeated Washington 1-0 in Seattle... The victory over the Huskies marked the Bears' third shutout win in their last four games and their fifth shutout this season... SO MF Tyson Wahl scored off a corner kick for the lone goal of the match in the win over UW... SO MF Nick Hatzke contributed two assists on the weekend.

FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs were idle last week and travel to Cal State Fullerton Tuesday night for their final non-conference tilt of the season... The match with the Titans caps a string of three straight road matches for Fresno State, which returns home to host Oregon State Friday night and Washington on Sunday... The Bulldogs will honor their four seniors - D Nino Rivas, F Mat Herold, MF Ernie Vega and D Jeremiah LeRoy prior to Sunday's game against the Huskies.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers enter the week riding a six-game Pac-10 and overall winning streak, the longest Conference winning streak in program history... The six league wins also mark the most for OSU since the Conference began sponsoring men's soccer in 2000... FR F Robbie Findley tallied three goals on the weekend, including both game-winners, as OSU defeated California (3-1) and Stanford (3-2 OT)... Findley's goal in the sixth minute of overtime lifted the Beavers to victory on The Farm, and he notched the team's second and third goals against the Golden Bears... Findley ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 20 points (9 goals/2 assists)... SO F Ryan Johnson, who has 13 assists on the season, scored his first goal of the year in the eighth minute against Cal.

STANFORD: Stanford has lost a season-high nine straight matches, dating back to an Oct. 5 loss at Cal... Despite striking first in both contests, the Cardinal lost 3-2 in overtime to Oregon State and fell 3-1 to Washington... Against the Huskies, JR F/MF Darren Fernandez scored in the ninth minute to snap a six-game scoreless streak... The Cardinal takes a break from Pac-10 play, making a short trip to San Jose State on Thursday... Stanford concludes the season by hosting Cal on Nov. 15.

UCLA: Two wins this weekend would clinch a second straight Pac-10 title for the Bruins, who enter the week with a perfect 7-0-0 Conference record... UCLA has won 13 in a row and posted its 12th shutout of the 2003 season last week against Rutgers... The 13 consecutive wins is just three shy of tying the school record of 16, set during the 1970 season... SR GK Zach Wells is on pace to break the school single-season record for goals against average... Wells has a 0.34 GAA with just five goals allowed and nine solo shutouts in 1325 minutes of action... The UCLA record of 0.53 was set by Anton Nistl in 1986 and 1989.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies split with the Bay Area schools at home last week, defeating Stanford 3-1 and falling to Cal 1-0... SR MF Troy Ready scored two goals in the won over the Cardinal, including the game-winner... It marked the first two-goal performance for Ready, the team's co-leader in goals (5) along with SO MF Leo Totev... The Huskies rank second in the Pac-10 in goals allowed (13) and goals against average (0.84).

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