This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Nov. 25, 2003
Three Pac-10 teams remain alive in the 2003 NCAA Men's College Cup, with second round play beginning Wednesday... Two-time Pac-10 Champion and defending NCAA Champion UCLA (18-1-1, 10-0-0 Pac-10) is one of two Conference teams extended byes in the first round of play... The Bruins begin defense of their NCAA title when they host Tulsa (13-5-2)... The two teams have met once before, resulting in a 6-0 UCLA win during the 1993 season... The WASHINGTON Huskies (12-4-2, 5-4-1) also received a bye and host Northwest rival Portland (10-8-1)... UW defeated Portland during the regular season, winning 1-0 at home on Sept. 5.... The CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (11-8-2, 5-4-1) advanced to the NCAA second round for the second consecutive year, defeating San Jose State 2-1 in opening round action last week.... Cal travels south to take on 11th-seeded UC Santa Barbara, the same team it ousted in the second round of last year's tournament.
Washington has been among the tournament field in eight of the last nine seasons, while Cal is making its third straight NCAA Championship appearance... UCLA is making its 21st consecutive NCAA appearance and 31st overall.
Four Pac-10 teams have been invited to the NCAA men's soccer championship in each of the last three seasons, while three teams comprised the field in 2000... The Conference had five men's soccer-playing members in 2000 and 2001, before expanding to a six-team league in 2002 with the addition of Fresno State... Pac-10 teams posted a 31-18-4 record (.623) record against Division I non-conference competition in the 2003 regular season.
THIS WEEK'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
NCAA SECOND ROUND
Wed., Nov. 26
Tulsa (13-5-2) at UCLA, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA AT UC Santa Barbara (15-4-1), 7 p.m.
Portland (10-8-1) at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
NCAA THIRD ROUND (Sweet Sixteen)
Sat., Nov. 29 or Sun., Nov. 30
Portland-WASHINGTON winner vs. St. Louis-Binghamton winner, TBA
Tulsa-UCLA winner vs. Florida International-Cal State Northridge winner, 1 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 29
CALIFORNNIA-UC Santa Barbara winner vs. Connecticut-S. John's winner, TBA
All times are local to game sites.
2003 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sept. 2- Matt Taylor, Sr F, UCLA
Sept. 9- Casey Armstrong, Jr F, WASH
Sept. 16- Alan Gordon, Sr F, OSU
Sept. 23- Eric Kronberg, So GK, FSU
Sept. 30- Leo Totev, So MF, WASH
Oct. 7- Mike Munoz, Jr F, CAL
Oct. 14- Carlos Cornejo, Fr MF, OSU
Oct. 21- Matt Taylor, Sr F, UCLA
Oct. 28- Brett Wiesner, Jr F, WASH
Nov. 4- Robbie Findley, Fr F, OSU
Nov. 11- Aaron Lopez, Jr D/MF, UCLA
Nov. 18- Ty Harden Fr D, WASH
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
NCAA FIRST ROUND
Fri., Nov. 21
CALIFORNIA 2, San Jose State 0
Sat., Nov. 22
Portland 4, OREGON STATE 1
PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER NOTES
CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears are making their third straight NCAA appearance and 10th overall, travel to 11th-seeded UC Santa Barbara for a second-round game, Wednesday at 7 p.m.... Cal hosted an NCAA Tournament first round game this season for the first time since 1981, defeating San Josse State 2-1... The Bears, winners of four in a row and six of their last eight, will meet the Gauchos for the first time since last year's NCAA second round matchup... Cal downed UCSB 2-1 in Berkeley in that meeting... Last year, Cal advanced to the NCAA's Round of 16 for the first time in school history, but was eliminated by eventual national champion UCLA, 3-2... Cal is 0-8 in postseason road games.
UCLA: The No. 1 seed in the 2003 NCAA Championship, UCLA will host Tulsa (13-5-2), who defeated Oakland 3-2 in opening round action... The Bruins received an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship after capturing their second straight Pac-10 championship... UCLA's No. 1-seeding is the programs first since the NCAA began seeding the tournament in 1994... The Bruins have advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the last 21 years... UCLA has met Tulsa just once before, defeating the Golden Hurricane 6-0 in 1993... UCLA's NCAA appearance is its 21st in a row and 31st overall... The Bruins' NCAA streak is the second-longest in the nation, while its 31 total appearances are second to only St. Louis' 42... The Bruins have captured NCAA titles in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002, while their all-time NCAA record stands at 52-27 (.658).
WASHINGTON: The No. 10 seed in the NCAA Championship, Washington received a first-round bye and hosts Portland (10-8-1), which defeated Oregon State 3-2 in first round play... The Huskies make their return to postseason play and their 15th NCAA berth overall following a one-year absence... This year's berth is the eighth in the last nine seasons for Washington... UW defeated Portland 1-0 at home on Sept. 5... Washington has an all-time record of 5-15 in NCAA Tournament play, advancing as far as the second round six times... The Huskies' last postseason appearance in 2001 saw UW also receive a first-round bye before hosting Portland in the second-round and falling to the Pilots, 1-0... A win over Portland would mark the Huskies' first-ever trip to NCAA third-round play.
2003 PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER HONORS
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: MATT TAYLOR, SR F, UCLA
A senior forward from Irvine, Calif., Taylor is the leading scorer on a balanced UCLA squad that claimed its second straight Pac-10 Championship with a perfect 10-0-0 league record. The No. 1-ranked Bruins (18-1-1 overall) begin defense of their NCAA title Wednesday. Taylor paces the Conference in goals, with 13 in 19 games this year, and also ranks first in the league in points (33) and game-winning goals (6). He averages 1.74 points per game, tied for 17th in the nation, to lead a high-powered offense that has scored 26 goals in its last 10 matches. His three career hat tricks, including two this season, set the new UCLA record. Taylor also tied the school record for most multliple-goal games in a season, with four on the year. A two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection entering this season, Taylor was twice named Pac-10 Player of the Week this season (Sept. 2, Oct. 21) and the College Soccer News National Player of the Week (Oct. 19). He was a three-time Soccer America Team of the Week honoree in 2003.
PAC-10 CO-FRESHMEN/NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR:
ROBBIE FINDLEY, FR F, OREGON STATE & CHAD BARRETT, FR F UCLA
Findley, a freshman forward from Phoenix, Ariz., helped lead the Beavers to a 13-7-0 overall record, a second-place finish in the Pac-10 (7-3-0) and Oregon State's second straight NCAA Championship berth. Emerging asone of the Pac-10's top scoring threats in just his rookie season, Findley finished second on the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 10 goals to lead all freshmen. His 0.53 goals per game average is also tops among Pac-10 freshmen and ranks third overall in the Conference. Findley ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in points (22) and points per game (1.16 avg). From Oct. 31 to Nov. 7, he put together a streak of four goals in three games. Findley received Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Nov. 2, and was also named to the College Soccer News and Soccer America teams of the week for Nov. 2.
Barrett, a freshman forward from Beaverton, Ore., has started 15 of 20 games for the Bruins and teams with Pac-10 Player of the Year Matt Taylor to lead the league's most potent offense. Barrett ranks second on the squad in goals (9), points (26) and assists (8), a key component on a UCLA scoring offense that ranks fourth in the nation (2.45 gpg). Barrett leads the Pac-10 in shots (58) and shots per game (2.90 avg), while his 1.30 points per game average is the league's second-best mark. His 26 points are the most for a Bruin freshman in 13 years, since Joe-Max Moore amassed 32 in 1990. He has one three-assist, one-goal game (vs. Penn State in his collegiate debut) and one three-assist, two-goal game (vs Cal State Fullerton) to his credit. Barrett was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week for Sept. 8-14 and made the College Soccer News Team of the Week for Sept. 14.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR - TOM FITZGERALD, UCLA
In Fitzgerald's second year leading the UCLA program, the Bruins captured their second straight Pac-10 title and are the favorite (No. 1 seed) to repeat as national champions in the NCAA College Cup. Fitzgerald's 2003 squad became the first Pac-10 men's soccer team to run the table (10-0-0) in Conference play. The Bruins dominated the Pac-10, as they lead the league eight of nine statistical categories, including goals (49), points (155), assists (57), goals allowed (8) and goals against average (0.40). UCLA is also the nation's co-leader in shutout percentage, with 15 shutouts in 20 games (0.75) this season. Under his watch, the Bruins put together a 15-game winning streak from Sept. 7 to Nov. 9, and are unbeaten in their last 17 matches. His top-ranked Bruins also received the NCAA Tournament's No.1 seed for the first time since the organization began seeding the field in 1994. The former head coach at the University of Tampa (1987-96), Fitzgerald served as head coach of the Columbus Crew of the MLS from 1996-2001). He guided Tampa to the 1994 Division II NCAA Championship. His career record stands at 168-36-15 (.801), while his two-year UCLA record is 36-4-4 (.864).
2003 ALL-PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER TEAM
FIRST TEAMName Pos. Yr. SchoolCarl Acosta F Jr. CALAlan Gordon* F Sr. OSUAdolfo Gregorio** MF Sr. UCLALeonard Griffin D Sr. UCLACJ Klaas** MF Jr. WASHChad Marshall* D So. STANMike Munoz** MF Jr. CALBrandon Owens D F UCLATroy Roberts* D Jr. CALMatt Taylor F Sr. UCLAZach Wells** GK Sr. UCLA
SECOND TEAMName Pos. Yr. SchoolChad Barrett F Fr. UCLABrian Farber F Sr. OSURobbie Findley F Fr. OSUTy Harden D Fr. WASHRyan Johnson F So. OSUAaron Lopez D/MF Jr. UCLATy Maurin MF Sr. UCLANoah Merl D/MF Jr. CALTroy Ready MF Sr. WASHDaniel Waltman GK Sr. WASHMike Wilson MF/D Sr. STAN
*two-time All-pac-10 honoree
**three-time All-pac-10 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (received votes): Peter Billmeyer (Sr, GK, OSU); Michael Chabala (So, MF, WASH); Darren Fernandez (Jr, F/M, TAN); Robbie Fulton (Jr, GK, STAN); Abe Geiger (Sr, MF/D, STAN); Giudice (Sr, F, WASH); Andrew Gregorio (Fr, MF, FSU); Nick Hatzke (So, M, CAL); Dru Hoshimiya (Sr, M, UCLA); Matt Janusz (Jr, F, WSU); Even McNeley (Jr, D, OSU); Kurt Ness (Sr, B, OSU); Mike Oseguera (So, GK, CAL); Steve Purdy (Fr, D/MF, CAL); Nino Rivas (Sr, D, FSU); Corey Sipos (Fr, D, FSU); Leo Totev (So, MF, WASH); James Twellman (Jr, F/D, STAN); Christian vanBlommestein (Sr, MF/B, OSU); Ernie Vega (Sr, MF, FSU); Tyson Wahl (So, M, CAL); Brett Wiesner (Jr, F, WASH).
2003 PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC MEN'S SOCCER TEAM
First TeamName (School) Yr. GPA MajorPieter Berger, CAL So. 3.66 UndeclaredPeter Billmeyer, OSU** Sr. 3.43 Business AdministrationJoe Birklid, WASH* Jr. 3.67 EnglishRobby Fulton, STAN* Jr. 3.54 EconomicsDru Hoshimiya, UCLA Sr. 3.46 SociologyTodd Leber, STAN* Jr. 3.62 International RelationsJeff Margarian, FS So. 3.90 UndeclaredNino Rivas, FS* Sr. 3.98 Exercise ScienceJames Twellman, STAN Jr. 3.73 International RelationsSean Whalen, STAN Jr. 3.67 Mechanical EngineeringZach Wells, UCLA** Sr. 3.22 English
Second TeamName (School) Yr. GPA MajorCasey Armstrong, WASH* Jr. 3.25 Business AdministrationYohei Fukuda, CAL* Jr. 3.37 UndeclaredAbe Geiger, STAN* Sr. 3.31 Political ScienceAndrew Gregorio, FS So. 3.34 UndeclaredMat Herold, FS* Sr. 3.27 Exercise ScienceMatt Janusz, STAN Jr. 3.12 PsychologyAlex Martinez, CAL* Jr. 3.39 Business AdministrationGarrett Terracciano, CAL So. 3.64 UndeclaredTyson Wahl, CAL So. 3.46 UndeclaredDaniel Waltman, WASH* Sr. 3.35 Business AdministrationMike Wilson, STAN* Sr. 3.27 International Relations
* - two-time all-academic selection
** - three-time all-academic selection
HONORABLE MENTION: Mike Chabala, So., WASH; Nick Donaldson, Sr., OSU; Ross Duncan, Sr., OSU; Brian Farber, Sr., OSU; Andrew Felder, RS Fr., CAL; Nick Hatzke, So., CAL; Jeff Hoover, So., WASH; Aaron Maines, Jr., STAN; Chad Marshall, So., STAN; Bronson McDonald, So., STAN; Noah Merl, Jr., CAL; Kurt Ness, Sr., OSU; Matt Taylor, Sr., UCLA; Ryan Valdez, So., UCLA; Brian Walker, Sr., CAL; Brett Wiesner, Jr., WASH.