This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Nov. 11, 2003
The top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins (17-1-0 overall, 9-0-0 Pac-10) clinched their second consecutive Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer title with a win over OREGON STATE (13-5-0, 7-2-0) last week... UCLA concludes the regular season with a non-conference tilt at San Diego Friday night, then hosts FRESNO STATE (5-12-0, 2-6-0) on Saturday... The second-place Beavers, who have won seven of their last eight matches, close out the regular season at WASHINGTON (11-4-2, 4-4-1) on Sunday... OSU looks to make its second straight NCAA Championship appearance when invitations are extended on Nov. 17... In soccer's version of the Big Game, CALIFORNIA (9-8-2, 5-4-1) and STANFORD (3-14-2, 0-9-0) square off Saturday in Palo Alto, the Cardinal taking a final shot at collecting its first Pac-10 win of the season... Four Pac-10 teams have been invited to the 48-team NCAA men's soccer championship in each of the last two seasons, while three teams made the field in 2000... The Conference had five men's soccer-playing members in 2000 and 2001, then expanded to a six-team league in 2002 with the addition of Fresno State... Pac-10 teams enter the week having posted a 31-18-3 record (.625) against non-conference competition this season.
Here's how Pac-10 teams fare in the national rankings this week... NSCAA/Adidas: No. 1 UCLA, No. 13 OREGON STATE, No. 16 WASHINGTON; Soccer America: No. 1 UCLA, No. 16 OREGON STATE.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Thur., Nov 13
UCLA at San Diego, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 15
CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 7 p.m
FRESNO STATE at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 16
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.
All times are local to game sites.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tues., Nov 4
Cal State Fullerton 3, FRESNO STATE 1
Thur., Nov. 6
STANFORD 5, San Jose State 1
Fri., Nov. 7
OREGON STATE 2, FRESNO STATE 1 (OT)
UCLA 1, WASHINGTON 0
Sun., Nov. 9
UCLA 5, OREGON STATE 0
CALIFORNIA 2, San Jose State 1 (OT)
WASHINGTON 3, FRESNO STATE 1
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
UCLA junior defensive midfielder Aaron Lopezhas been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Nov. 4-10.
Lopez, from Santa Barbara, Calif., helped the Bruins clinch the Pac-10 title with two solid games. Against Washington (Nov. 7), Lopez scored his first goal of the season and the game-winning goal in a 1-0 shutout of the Huskies. Two days later, in the title-clinching match against Oregon State, Lopez assisted on the Bruins' second goal of the game.
Lopez helped the Bruins earn their fifth and sixth consecutive shutouts over the weekend, their 13th and 14th overall on the season. With the two shutout victories, UCLA lowered its goals against average to 0.33. The Bruins, winners of 15 straight, wrap up the regular season at home against Fresno State on Saturday.
This is Lopez's first weekly honor, and the 17th all -time Player of the Week for the Bruins.
Also Nominated: Yohei Fukuda, Jr. D/MF, CAL; Darren Fernandez, Jr. F/MF, STAN; Casey Armstrong, Jr. F, WASH.
PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER NOTES
CALIFORNIA: JR D/MF Yohei Fukuda scored the golden goal in the 94th minute in Cal's 2-1 overtime win over San Jose State... The Bears improved to 9-8-2 overall heading into their final regular-season match Saturday at rival Stanford... Cal logged a 3-1 win over the Cardinal in their previous meeting, Oct 5 in Berkeley... JR F Carl Acosta leads the team and is tied fourth in the Pac-10 with eight goals on the season.
FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs conclude the regular season at top-ranked UCLA Saturday night, looking to snap a three-game losing skid... In just its second season competing in the Pac-10 Conference, Fresno State has matched its overall (5) and Conference (2) win totals from a year ago... However, the Bulldogs' 13 losses is a school record... SO GK Eric Kronbergleads the Pac-10 in saves (100) and saves per game, averaging 5.56.
OREGON STATE: FR F Robbie Findley netted the game-winner in Oregon State's 2-1 win over Fresno State... It marked Findley's second straight game in which he scored the game-winning goal and ran the Beavers' winning streak to seven games, matching the school record that was set last season... OSU's 5-0 loss to top-ranked UCLA snapped the two-day old record winning streak, however... Three Beavers are ranked among the Pac-10's top five in points - SR F Alan Gordon ranks second with 25 points, Findley is fourth with 22 and SO F Ryan Johnson is fifth with 19 points... OSU concludes the regular season Sunday at Washington
STANFORD: JR F/MF Darren Fernandez registered a career-high three assists and scored the game-winner in helping the Cardinal to a 5-1 victory over San Jose State... He assisted on the game-tying goal en route to leading Stanford to its best offensive output (5 goals) on the season... The Cardinal hosts rival California Saturday night to close out the regular season.
UCLA: The Conference Champion Bruins conclude the regular season with a non-conference tilt at San Diego and a home match against Fresno State... A win over the Toreros would give the Bruins their 16th consecutive win, tying a school record set in 1970... Nine UCLA seniors will be honored prior to Saturday night's game with Fresno State... Between them, the seniors have earned 13 All-Pac-10 honors, won back-to-back Pac-10 titles (2002, 2003) and the 2002 NCAA Championship... SR GK Zach Wells is on pace to break the school single-season goals against average record, with a current mark of 0.31 (5 goals, 10 shutouts, 1,472 minutes).
WASHINGTON: JR F Casey Armstrong scored twice in two minutes to lead Washington in the 3-1 win over Fresno State... The Huskies fell 1-0 to top-ranked UCLA, holding a Bruin squad that came in to the match averaging 2.5 goals per game to one score on the night... SR GK Danny Waltman recorded seven saves on 17 shots... The Huskies return home for their regular-season finale Sunday with Oregon State.
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