Pac-10 Men's Soccer 2006 Season Kicks Off Friday
Aug. 23, 2006
Fri., Aug. 25
CALIFORNIA vs. San Francisco, 2:30 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. UC Riverside. 7 p.m. (2)SAN DIEGO STATE vs. Albany, 4 p.m. (3)STANFORD vs. Santa Clara, 7 p.m. (1)WASHINGTON vs. UC Davis, 7 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 26
OREGON STATE vs. Sacramento State, 7 p.m. (2)UCLA vs. Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 27
CALIFORNIA vs. Santa Clara, 7 p.m. (1)SAN DIEGO STATE vs. Rutgers, 2 p.m. (3)STANFORD vs. San Francisco, 7 p.m. (1)
All times are local to game sites.
(1) Bay Area Classic - Berkeley, Calif.(2) OSU Diadora Classic - Corvallis, Ore.(3) San Diego State Soccer Classic - San Diego, Calif.
Tues., Aug. 15
OREGON STATE 3, Simon Fraser 0 (OT) (exh)
Fri., Aug. 18
OREGON STATE 5, Trinity Western 1 (exh)
Sat., Aug. 19
STANFORD 1, Cal Poly 1 (OT) (exh)
Sun, Aug. 20
UCLA 3, Loyola Marymount 3 (OT) (exh)
The Pac-10 Conference men's soccer program is coming off a season in which it sent three of its six members to NCAA Tournament play and posted a 32-13-8 record against Division I non-conference opponents, good enough for a .679 clip.
UCLA, CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON all come into the 2006 season ranked in the preseason polls, as the Bruins top the charts at No. 5 on the Soccer America poll ... UCLA is also a preseason No. 10 and No. 8, according to NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times, respectively ... The Golden Bears are ranked as follows: No. 11 (NSCAA), No. 20 (SA) and No. 13 (ST), while the Huskies are ranked 25th by NSCAA. Online soccer source, Top Drawer Soccer, put out its preseason rankings only to place UCLA at a preseason No. 1, followed closely by Cal at No. 4.
Five first team All-Pac-10 honorees, as well as five second team All-Pac-10 selections, will take to the field this season ... Last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, UCLA's Sal Zizzo, will look to improve upon his first collegiate campaign ... Look for SAN DIEGO STATE's Tally Hall (0.491) and UCLA's Eric Reed (0.598) to put on a clinic in goal, as the duo ranked second and sixth in the nation, respectively, in goals against average.
The Pac-10 will once again field a tough non-conference portion of the schedule as top matches include UCLA vs. Maryland (Sept. 1), California vs. SMU (Sept. 2), OREGON STATE vs. Creighton (Sept. 15) and STANFORD vs. San Francisco (Aug. 27).
The 2006 season officially kicks off Fri., Aug. 25 as five teams collide in non-conference play ... Cal and Stanford will compete in the Bay Area Classic, taking on San Francisco and Santa Clara, respectively, while Oregon State hosts its own Diadora Classic in Corvallis, playing UC Riverside ... San Diego State will face off with Albany in its SDSU Soccer Classic and Washington hosts UC Davis at Husky Soccer Field.
CALIFORNIA Golden Bears
Having wrapped up its most successful season in school history, California is looking to build on last year's momentum that saw the team finish second in the league (6-3-1), with a 14-4-3 overall record and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Cal will have to find a replacement for graduated senior and Pac-10 Player of the Year, Calen Carr. Carr paced the league in shots, shots per game, points, points per game, goals, goals per game and game winning goals in 2005.
Fourteen letterwinners return for head coach Kevin Grimes, including SR MF Nick Hatzke who sat out last season due to injury, having led the team in scoring in 2004 (22 points).
JR MF Andrew Jacobson, a first team All-Pac-10 selection, returns as the leading scorer from 2005 (4 g, 7 a, 15 points).
OREGON STATE Beavers
Oregon State finished in third place last season with a 9-7-4 mark (5-5-0, Pac-10), just shy of what would have been its third NCAA postseason bid in four years.
The Beavers return eight starters, 17 letterwinners and five redshirts from last year's team, while five true freshmen will also don the orange and black in 2006.
SR F Robbie Findley, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, returns as the leader for this young OSU squad.
The Beavers led the Conference in assists (32), assists per game (1.60) and saves (98) last season, but are without the services of graduated senior Ryan Johnson, a passing specialist.
SAN DIEGO STATE Aztecs
San Diego State had a breakout year in its first season in the Pac-10, finishing at 9-4-6 (2-3-5, Pac-10), earning an NCAA postseason bid for the first time under head coach Lev Kirshner.
All-American SR GK Tally Hall leads the way as seven starters return from the 2005 squad that boasted the school's best season in 14 years. Hall paced the league in goals against average (0.49) and led the nation in save percentage (.889).
The Aztecs are solid at midfield as JR Kraig Chiles, a second team All-Pac-10 selection in 2005, heads up a strong group. Look for Kirshner to utilize SR MF Raul Bautista more on the defensive side of the ball this season, capitalizing on the 6-1 product's power and strength.
Stanford looks to improve upon its 4-11-3 (1-7-2, Pac-10) season in 2005, finishing in sixth place in the Conference.
Seventeen letterwinners, as well as nine starters return for head coach Bret Simon. In addition, the team will welcome six newcomers, bolstering the squad's depth and talent.
The Cardinal has scheduled tough as they will face six 2005 NCAA Tournament teams in UCLA, California, Santa Clara, USF, Dartmouth and San Diego State.
Leadership abounds at midfield as Stanford boasts three seniors in MF/D Galen Thompson, MF Bret Shimizu and MF Michael Brown. The trio combined for 48 games played in 2005.
Four-time defending Pac-10 champion, UCLA, is coming off a 12-5-3 (7-1-2, Pac-10) season, but the team is looking to make up for an early exit in the second round of 2005 NCAA Tournament play.
The Bruins bring in 13 newcomers to the 26-man squad, including one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, highlighted by seven current or former U.S. Youth National Team players and eight Youth or High School All-Americans.
UCLA is led by the experienced services of SR GK Eric Reed, SO MF/F Sal Zizzo, SR D Brandon Owens and SO D Brad Rusin.
The Bruins, ranked as high as a preseason No. 1 by Top Drawer Soccer, have a demanding schedule as they open with Cal State Northridge on Sat., Aug. 26, followed by a Fri., Sept. 1 date with Maryland (ranked No. 1 by both NSCAA and Soccer Times).
Washington wrapped up its 2005 season with a 10-7-2 (3-5-2, Pac-10) record and a fifth-place finish in the Conference. Last season marked only the second time in 11 years that the Huskies failed to make the NCAA Tournament and head coach Dean Wurzberger is ready to bounce back into the postseason.
The Huskies are led by the services of SR D Ty Harden, a first team All-Pac-10 selection last year and JR F Ely Allen, who garnered a 2005 second team All-Pac-10 nod.
Washington will look to improve its offense as it ranked fourth in the Conference in goals per game (1.21) last season, having been shut out seven times all year. JR F Kevin Forrest is a welcome return, having sat out last year due to injury. Forrest led the team in scoring in 2004.
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