Pac-10 Adds San Diego State In Men's Soccer
Oct. 7, 2004
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The Pac-10 has added San Diego State University as an affiliate member in the sport of men's soccer beginning with the 2005 season, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. The Conference began sponsoring the sport in 2000 and has five current members that field men's soccer teams.
The Pac-10 head men's soccer coaches had recommended adding the Aztecs and the change was approved by the Conference's Council at league meetings earlier this week.
'The Pacific-10 Conference is very pleased that San Diego State University men's soccer program will become affiliated with the Conference,' Hansen said. 'It has a fine men's soccer program, and we look forward to having it compete with our members which sponsor men's soccer.'
During the 2000 and 2001 seasons, the Pac-10 fielded five men's soccer teams: California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington. Fresno State University was added as an affiliate member in 2002 and 2003, however, its men's soccer program was placed on a one-year hiatus in January as its administration attempts to secure more funding.
Since the inception of Pac-10 men's soccer, the league has compiled a 22-14 record (.611) in NCAA postseason competition. Four teams have competed in the NCAA men's soccer championship in each of the last three seasons, while three teams made the field in 2000. The league has placed teams in the NCAA semifinals three times, with two reaching the national championship game -- UCLA and Stanford in 2002.
Four Pac-10 teams are ranked among the Top-25 in the Oct. 4 Soccer America poll: No. 3 California, No. 7 Stanford, No. 14 Washington and No. 19 UCLA.