This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Nov. 23, 2005

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

47th ANNUAL DIVISION I MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

NCAA THIRD ROUND -- Sat.-Sun., Nov. 26-27

Berkeley, Calif., California host
(7) CALIFORNIA vs. Wake Forest - Sat., Nov. 26, 1:30 p.m.

NCAA QUARTERFINALS -- Fri.-Sun., Dec. 2-4
Campus Sites TBD

NCAA COLLEGE CUP -- Fri. and Sun., Dec. 9 and 11
SAS Soccer Stadium
Cary, N.C.
Hosts: North Carolina State University and Capital Area Soccer League

All times are local to game sites.

NEWS AND NOTES

  • Three Pac-10 teams were selected to participate in the 2005 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship, and after two rounds, only CALIFORNIA remains in the hunt for a national title ... In a dramatic match at Edwards Stadium on Tues., Nov. 22, the Golden Bears went head-to-head with Bay Area-foe, Santa Clara, holding a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtime periods, only to win 5-4 on penalty kicks.

  • In one of the biggest surprises of the tournament, No. 5 seed UCLA was upset, 3-0, on its home field by SMU on Tues., Nov. 22 ... The Bruins, who had held opponents scoreless at Drake Stadium this season, conclude the year with a 12-5-3 overall record and a 7-1-2 mark in Conference play to claim the league crown.

  • SAN DIEGO STATE earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 16 years, but ended its run sooner than it had hoped, losing to UC Santa Barbara by a score of 2-0 in the first round ... The Aztecs conclude the year with a 9-4-6 overall record and a 2-3-5 mark in the Pac-10, good enough for a fourth-place finish.

  • Finalists have been announced for the MAC Hermann Trophy, college soccer's version of the Heisman Trophy ... Pac-10 contenders include: UCLA junior midfielder Patrick Ianni and teammate, sophomore defender Marvell Wynne.

    TEAM NOTES

  • CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (6-3-1, 13-3-3)
    Going down to the wire, No. 7 seed California and Santa Clara left everything on the field in their second round match of the 2005 NCAA Tournament on Tues., Nov. 22 ... Following a scoreless tie through regulation and double overtime, the victory was decided in penalty kicks, as the Bears got the best of the Broncos, 5-4 ... Cal will play Wake Forest in the third round on Sat., Nov. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley ... It will be the first Sweet 16 appearance for the Bears since the 2002 season, and only the second time in school history that a team has advanced that far ... Cal went 5-for-5 on penalty kicks, while Santa Clara scored on its first four attempts, missing its last, wide left ... Scoring in those attempts were: Tyson Wahl, Andrew Felder, Steve Purdy, Pieter Berger and Mike Oseguera ... Senior goalkeeper Eric Kronberg recorded nine saves in the match ... Senior forward Calen Carr was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year for his 2005 regular season performance ... Head coach Kevin Grimes was also named the Conference Coach of the Year.

  • SAN DIEGO STATE Aztecs (2-3-5, 9-4-6)
    San Diego State earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time under head coach Lev Kirshner, and the first time in 16 years ... The Aztecs ended their run sooner than they had hoped, losing to UC Santa Barbara by a score of 2-0 in the first round ... SDSU concludes the year with a 9-4-6 overall record and a 2-3-5 mark in the Pac-10, good enough for a fourth-place finish ... Junior goalkeeper Tally Hall, a first team All-Pac-10 selection, was credited with four saves, holding UCSB scoreless in the first half, a trend he maintained all season ... The team was also forced to play a man down when junior forward Raul Bautista received two yellow cards for physical play ... Playing in their first season in the Pac-10, the Aztecs made it a memorable one, posting a nine-match unbeaten streak, while being ranked as high as No. 14 by Soccer America on Oct. 4 ... Sophomore midfielder Kraig Chiles and senior defender Matt Couch were both named second team All-Pac-10 members ... Hall was also named a second team All-Pac-10 All-Academic selection.

  • UCLA Bruins (7-1-2, 12-5-3)
    In perhaps the biggest upset thus far of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, No. 5 seed UCLA was defeated, 3-0, on its home field by SMU on Tues., Nov. 22 ... The Bruins, who had held opponents scoreless at Drake Stadium this season, conclude the year with a 12-5-3 overall record and a 7-1-2 mark in Conference play to claim the league crown ... UCLA outshot SMU, 17-8, but only had three shots on goal, as compared to the Mustangs' five ... Freshman midfielder/forward Sal Zizzo was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year for his performance this season ... Zizzo scored a goal and two assists in his first collegiate start in UCLA's 4-0 upset victory over then-No. 2 Maryland on Sun., Sept. 4 ... Two Bruins have been named finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, including junior midfielder Patrick Ianni and sophomore defender Marvell Wynne.
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