This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Aug. 23, 2005

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Tues., Aug. 30

Thurs., Sept. 1
OREGON STATE at UC Davis, 5 p.m.
STANFORD at San Jose State, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 2
WASHINGTON at Cal Poly, 4:30 p.m. (2)
UCLA vs. Santa Clara, 5 p.m. (3)
CALIFORNIA vs. UC Santa Barbara, 7:30 p.m. (4)
SAN DIEGO STATE vs. Rutgers, 8 p.m. (5)

Sat., Sept. 3
OREGON STATE at St. Mary's, 1 p.m.
SAN DIEGO STATE vs. St. John's, 5:30 p.m. (5)

Sun., Sept. 4
WASHINGTON vs. Creighton, 12 p.m.
STANFORD at UC Davis, 1 p.m.
Maryland at UCLA, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. UC Riverside, 2 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 5
OREGON STATE at Sacramento State, 2 p.m.

All times are local to game sites.

(1) IPFW Soccer Showcase Exhibition, Fort Wayne, Ind.
(2) Nike Invitational, Portland, Ore.
(3) Fullerton Diadora Classic, Fullerton, Calif.
(4) USB adidas Classic, Santa Barbara, Calif.
(5) Philips/adidas Classic, Piscataway, N.J.


  • The Pac-10 Conference men's soccer program is coming off a season in which it sent three of its five members to NCAA Tournament play and posted a 33-10-8 record against Division I non-conference opponents, good enough for a .725 clip.

  • Both UCLA and CALIFORNIA come into the 2005 season in the preseason rankings, as the Bruins placed second in the Soccer America poll and ninth in the NSCAA/adidas poll ... The Bears are ranked at No. 23 (SA) and No. 20 (NSCAA).

  • SAN DIEGO STATE men's soccer joins the Pac-10 as an affiliate member, having played in the MPSF prior to the 2005 season ... The Aztecs are led by veteran coach, Lev Kirshner, who played in three NCAA College Cups as a student-athlete at Rutgers University.

  • Seven first team All-Pac-10 honorees, as well as six second team All-Pac-10 selections, will take to the field this season ... UCLA's co-Player of the Year, Patrick Ianni will look to anchor the Bruin defense once again this season ... Ianni and company limited opponents to single digit shots 12 times during the 2004 season.

  • WASHINGTON head coach Dean Wurzberger, literally the 'dean' of Pac-10 men's soccer coaches, owns a 164-69-25 (.684) lifetime record at UW ... In his 14th year at the helm of the program, Wurzberger has 110 more wins than any other current league coach.

  • The Pac-10 will once again field a tough non-conference portion of the schedule as top matches include California vs. Cal State Northridge, OREGON STATE vs. Indiana,STANFORD vs. Santa Clara and San Diego State vs. St. John's.

  • The 2005 season officially kicks off Thurs., Sept. 1 as Oregon State is at UC Davis and Stanford plays South Bay rival, San Jose State ... The remaining four teams play on Fri., Sept. 2 as Washington is at Cal Poly, UCLA faces Santa Clara, California takes on UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State faces Rutgers.


  • CALIFORNIA Golden BearsFollowing a 13-4-3, 4-3-1 record and a tie for second place in the Conference, California looks to build on last season's momentum ... The Bears earned their program-record fourth-straight NCAA Tournament berth and advanced as far as the second round for the third year in a row ... Senior Nick Hatzke will be forced to redshirt this season after tearing his ACL last April ... The Bears tied for first in the league in shutouts with 10, good enough to finish the season at No. 11 in the country ... Seniors Calen Carr, Eric Kronberg and Tyson Wahl, each 2004 All-Pac-10 selections in their own right, look to guide Cal to its fifth winning season in as many years.

  • OREGON STATE BeaversOregon State finished one win shy of an even .500 mark last season, notching an 8-10-1, 2-6 record and fifth place finish in the Pac-10 ... The Beavers will look to build off their three-match win streak, as they defeated then-ranked No. 2 UCLA (1-0), No. 20 Washington (3-2) and Humboldt State to finish off their 2004 campaign ... Junior Robbie Findley and senior Ryan Johnson, both of whom were named first team All-Pac-10 members, will play significant roles on this year's squad ... Findley tied for third in the Pac-10 in goals (8), was fifth in points (19) and second in points per game (1.12) ... Oregon State also paced the league in goals (41) and ranked second in points (109) ... OSU's scoring offense was potent enough to place them at No. 17 in the nation in the final rankings (2.16 gpg).

  • SAN DIEGO STATE AztecsThe San Diego State men's soccer program begins its inaugural season as an affiliate member of the Pac-10 Conference ... In 2004, SDSU competed in the MPSF and finished with a 4-13-2, 4-7-1 record and fifth place finish due in part to numerous injuries ... The Aztecs are much healthier and led by seniors and co-captains, Heath Creager and Matt Couch ... Couch is the top returning points leader (6) and goal scorer (2) from 2004, while Creager led the Aztecs in goals (7) and points (16) in 2003 ... Also expected to make contributions will be junior and co-captain, Raul Bautista, who did not play at all last year due to a preseason injury ... San Diego State officially kicks off the season Fri., Sept. 2 against Rutgers, and follows up with a Sat., Sept. 3 match against St. John's.

  • STANFORD CardinalDespite starting off the 2004 season with a flourish that included five straight shutouts, the most by a Stanford team since 2000, the Cardinal finished out the year with a 7-6-5, 2-4-2 record and fourth place finish in the Pac-10 ... Stanford will endure a tough schedule, in which six of its 13 opponents reached NCAA Tournament play in 2004 ... Junior Cooper McKee, a second team All-Pac-10 selection, headlines the list of returners ... Stanford will look to build on its solid defensive play in 2004, having finished second in the Pac-10 in goals allowed (18) and third in goals against average (0.94) ... Head coach Bret Simon will also look to Bronson McDonald and K.C. Coyne to provide leadership ... McDonald has played in over 45 games in his career, while Coyne tallied an assist in all 14 games played in 2004.

  • UCLA BruinsThree-time defending champion, UCLA, is coming off of a 14-4-2, 6-2 season in 2004, having extended its streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament berths to 22 years ... The Bruins earned a first-round bye and the No. 6 seed in their quest for the College Cup, defeating Loyola Marymount, before falling to St. John's, 2-1, in the third round ... UCLA is ranked second and ninth in the Soccer America and NSCAA/adidas polls, respectively ... In a vote of the league coaches, the Bruins were picked to claim the Conference crown for the fourth straight year ... UCLA has two All-Pac-10 selections returning in Patrick Ianni, first team, and Brandon Owens, a second team selection ... The Bruins will face 13th-ranked Santa Clara in their season opener, Fri., Sept. 2 in Fullerton, Calif.

  • WASHINGTON HuskiesWashington wrapped up its 2004 season with a 11-7-2, 4-3-1 record, a tie for second place in the Pac-10 and its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 10 years ... The Huskies paced the league in shots (304) and saves (79) in 2004 ... Goalkeeper Chris Eylander, who was responsible for all 79 saves and led the Pac-10 in shutouts (10), returns for his senior season ... Last year's Freshman of the Year, Ely Allen, who played in all 20 games, including 18 starts, will be expected to come up big in the forward position ... Head coach Dean Wurzberger will also rely on the services of Kevin Forrest, Mike Chabala and Ty Harden ... UW will play its first five games on the road, including the Nike Invitational in Portland, Ore., against Cal Poly on Fri., Sept. 2 and nationally-ranked Creighton on Sun., Sept. 4.


    WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- UCLA, coming off its third consecutive Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer title in 2004, was picked to win a fourth straight Conference crown by a vote of the league's coaches. The Bruins, who made their 22nd consecutive NCAA tournament appearance last season, received five first-place votes, while WASHINGTON received one.

    UCLA received 25 total points, followed by Washington's 19. The Huskies edged out CALIFORNIA, picked third with 18 points. STANFORD, who began the 2004 season with five straight shutouts, tallied 13 points to place fourth, followed by OREGON STATE (10). In its first season in the Conference, SAN DIEGO STATE was picked to finish sixth (5).

    Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses):

    1. UCLA (5) 25
    2. Washington (1) 19
    3. California 18
    4. Stanford 13
    5. Oregon State 10
    6. San Diego State 5


    Year      Chmp.        Pre. Pick2004      UCLA         UCLA2003      UCLA         UCLA2002      UCLA         STAN2001      STAN         WASH2000      WASH         UCLA


    1. UCLA%-NCAA	6-2 (.750), 14-4-2 (.750)2. California-NCAA	4-3-1 (.563), 13-4-3 (.725)	Washington-NCAA	4-3-1 (.563), 11-7-2 (.600)4. Stanford		2-4-2 (.375), 7-6-5 (.528)5. Oregon State	2-6 (.250), 8-10-1 (.447)% Conference Champion
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