Men's Soccer Year-In-Review
December 9, 2005
The UCLA Bruins captured their fourth straight Pac-10 title in 2005, thus extending their streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament berths to 23 years. The Bruins earned a first-round bye and the No. 5 seed in the quest for the College Cup, but were upset in the second round by SMU, 3-0.
The CALIFORNIA Golden Bears finished second in the Pac-10 and made their first Elite Eight appearance in program history on Fri., Dec. 2. The team was edged, 1-0, in overtime by then No. 2-seed New Mexico on the Lobos' home field. SAN DIEGO STATE, in its inaugural season in the Pac-10, earned an NCAA Tournament bid, but fell in the first round to UC Santa Barbara by a score of 2-0. OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON barely missed the NCAA Tournament, as both teams had successful seasons in 2005. STANFORD returns the majority of its roster next season, as only three seniors concluded their collegiate careers.
Three Pac-10 teams comprised the NCAA field for the second consecutive season. The league posted a 32-13-8 (.679) record against Division I non-conference competition during the 2005 season, including postseason action.
CALIFORNIA senior forward Calen Carr was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, UCLA midfielder/forward Sal Zizzo was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and California head coach Kevin Grimes was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
2005 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
NCAA FIRST ROUND
Sat., Nov. 19
UC Santa Barbara 2, SAN DIEGO STATE 0
NCAA SECOND ROUND
Tues., Nov. 22
SMU 3, UCLA 0
CALIFORNIA 0, Santa Clara 0 (5-4)
NCAA THIRD ROUND
Sat., Nov. 26
CALIFORNIA 3, Wake Forest 2 (2OT)
Fri., Dec 2
New Mexico 1, CALIFORNIA 0 (OT)