This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Aug. 29, 2006
**Through matches of Sun., Aug. 27**
Oregon State, 2-0-0
San Diego State, 2-0-0
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Sept. 1 CALIFORNIA vs. Florida International, 5 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. Denver, 4:30 p.m. (2)STANFORD at Princeton, 7 p.m.UCLA at Maryland, 8 p.m.WASHINGTON vs. Air Force, 4:30 p.m. (3)
Sat., Sept. 2CALIFORNIA vs. SMU, 7:30 p.m. (1)SAN DIEGO STATE at UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 3OREGON STATE vs. UNLV, 4:30 p.m. (2)STANFORD at Army, 6 p.m.UCLA at Virginia, 7 p.m.WASHINGTON vs. Vermont, 12 p.m. (3)
All times are local to game sites.
Tournaments/Locations(1) SMU Radisson Invitational - Dallas, Texas(2) UNLV adidas Invitational - Las Vegas, Nev.(3) Nike Invitational - Portland, Ore.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Aug. 25San Francisco 1, CALIFORNIA 0OREGON STATE 2, UC Riverside 1SAN DIEGO STATE 3, Albany 2Santa Clara 1, STANFORD 0WASHINGTON 5, UC Davis 0
Sat., Aug. 26OREGON STATE 2, Sacramento State 1SAN DIEGO STATE 1, Rutgers 0 (OT)UCLA 1, Cal State Northridge 1 (2OT)
Sun., Aug. 27CALIFORNIA 1, Santa Clara 1 (2OT)San Francisco 2, STANFORD 0
NEWS AND NOTES
The Pac-10 Conference posted a 5-3-2 record over its opening weekend of play, good enough for a .600 clip. Four of the league's six teams remain unbeaten: OREGON STATE (2-0), SAN DIEGO STATE (2-0), UCLA (0-0-1) and WASHINGTON (1-0).
The Beavers picked up their own OSU Diadora Classic title, defeating UC Riverside and Sacramento State by identical 2-1 scores, while the Aztecs claimed their SDSU Soccer Classic with a 3-2 defeat of Albany on Friday, followed by a 1-0 overtime win against Rutgers on Saturday.
CALIFORNIA freshman forward Chris Cortez and UCLA JR MF Greg Folk both scored the first collegiate goals of their careers over the weekend. Cortez picked up the score in a 1-1 double overtime tie against Santa Clara on Sunday, while Folk notched the Bruins' lone goal against Cal State Northridge on Saturday.
If there was any question about the strength of Washington's offense heading into the 2006 season, the Huskies looked to quiet critics right from the start with a 5-0 blanking of UC Davis in their season opener on Friday. JR MF Ely Allen scored two goals and logged one assist to put UW in the win column.
This week's schedule is highlighted by big-time matches for the Conference. Sixth-ranked UCLA heads east to take on No. 1 Maryland on Fri., Sept. 1, (CSTV), before playing third-ranked Virginia on Sun., Sept. 3. California heads to the SMU Radisson Invitational to face No. 2 SMU on Sat., Sept. 2, while San Diego State will take on No. 9 UC Santa Barbara the same day.
CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (0-1-1, 0-0-0)
California opened its 2006 season with a tough 1-0 loss at the hands of 17th-ranked San Francisco, but rebounded to grit out a 1-1 double overtime tie against No. 20 Santa Clara, earning a 0-1-1 record in the Bay Area Classic.
FR F Chris Cortez made his collegiate weekend debut a memorable one, scoring his first goal and Cal's only, in the 39th minute against the Broncos on Sunday.
FR GK Stefan Frei recorded nine saves, as Santa Clara totaled 14 shot attempts.
The 11th-ranked Bears have a big week ahead of them as they take to the road to face Florida International on Fri., Sept. 1 and No. 2 SMU on Sat., Sept. 2 in the SMU Radisson Invitational.
OREGON STATE Beavers (2-0-0, 0-0-0)
Oregon State claimed its own OSU Diadora Classic title by virtue of 2-1 identical wins over UC Riverside and Sacramento State last Friday and Saturday, respectively. The wins marked OSU's first 2-0 record since 2002.
JR F Nick Webb came off the bench to score both of OSU's goals in the win over SSU, helping to avenge a 2-1 loss to the Hornets in 2005. The Bellingham, Wash., product picked up four points, as well as the game-winning goal.
Oregon State hits the road this week to play in the UNLV adidas Invitational, taking on Denver on Fri., Sept. 1, as well as UNLV on Sun., Sept. 3.
SAN DIEGO STATE Aztecs (2-0-0, 0-0-0)
San Diego State picked up two wins to open its season, claiming the SDSU Soccer Classic with a 3-2 defeat of Albany on Friday, followed by a 1-0 overtime win over Rugters on Saturday.
All-American SR GK Tally Hall picked up the shutout over perennial national power Rutgers on Sunday. Hall made four saves against the Scarlet Knights and was named The Soccer Post/Aztec Classic Co-Most Valuable Player.
SR F Andrew DiCicco took a pass from SO F Omar Persad and tucked the ball into the lower-right corner of the net to give the Aztecs the overtime win. Persad has two assists on the year to lead the team.
Coming up for SDSU, the team will take on ninth-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Sat., Sept. 2, followed with a mid-week match next week against UC Riverside on Wed., Sept. 6.
STANFORD Cardinal (0-2-0, 0-0-0)
Stanford dropped two close matches over the weekend in the Bay Area Classic, losing 1-0 to No. 20 Santa Clara on Friday and 2-0 to No. 17 San Francisco on Sunday.
SR MF Galen Thompson led the Cardinal with three shots against the Dons, including one on goal in the 31st minute of the first half. Thompson also had two shot attempts against the Broncos on Friday, while SO F T.J. Novak also tallied one attempt.
FR GK Brent Stewart made his season debut in goal on Friday, picking up two saves against SCU.
The Cardinal will head east to take on Princeton on Fri., Sept. 1 and Army on Sun., Sept. 3.
UCLA Bruins (0-0-1, 0-0-0)
The fifth-ranked UCLA squad kept its unbeaten streak against Cal State Northridge alive by taking the Matadors to a 1-1 double overtime tie on Saturday, improving its record to 12-0-2 all-time against CSUN. The Bruins are one of four teams in the Conference to remain unbeaten in 2006.
JR MF Greg Folk scored his first career goal and earned his first career points as a Bruin in the season opener, scoring in the 26th minute to tie up the game after Northridge had taken a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.
SO MF/F Sal Zizzo picked up his first assist on the season.
UCLA has two huge matches this weekend taking on No. 1 Maryland on Fri., Sept. 1 and No. 3 Virginia on Sun., Sept. 3.
WASHINGTON Huskies (1-0-0, 0-0-0)
Washington certainly had questions about its offense coming into the 2006 season, having been shutout seven times last year, but the Huskies looked to quickly quiet the critics, notching a 5-0 defeat of UC Davis on Friday.
JR F Ely Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his two goal, one assist performance in the shutout. Allen led the Huskies with four goals and three assists on 45 shots last year.
With the 5-0 blanking, head coach Dean Wurzberger picked up his 175th win at the helm of the Washington program, bringing his overall winning percentage to a stellar .678.
Washington will next compete in the Nike Invitational, taking on Air Force on Fri., Sept. 1, as well as Vermont, Sun., Sept. 3. Both teams are unranked, while the Huskies were tabbed 25th in the NSCAA preseason poll and received votes in the Soccer Times and College Soccer News poll.
WASHINGTON'S ELY ALLEN NAMED PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- WASHINGTON junior forward Ely Allen has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Aug. 21-27, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Allen, from Kent, Wash., scored two goals and logged one assist during Washington's 5-0 victory over UC Davis on Friday. With just 1:13 before the end of the half, Allen slotted the ball past the keeper during a penalty kick to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead.
In the 62nd minute of the game, Allen converted a breakaway goal after a 40-yard dash down the middle of the field. He scooted past the keeper and pushed the ball into the lower right corner of the goal to make the score 4-0.
Last season, Allen was named to the All-Pac-10 second team after leading the Huskies with four goals and three assists on 45 shots last year.
This is Allen's first weekly honor and the 14th all-time player of the week honor for the Huskies.
Also Nominated: Chris Cortez, Fr., F, CAL; Nick Webb, Jr., F, OSU; Tally Hall, Sr., GK, SDSU; Greg Folk, Jr., MF, UCLA.
2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 29- Ely Allen, Jr., F, WASH.