This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Sept. 12, 2006
**Through all matches of Sun., Sept. 10**
1. Washington, 5-0-0, 1.000
2. Oregon State, 4-2-0, .667
3. San Diego State, 3-2-0, .600
4. California, 3-2-1, .583
5. UCLA, 2-2-1, .500
6. Stanford, 1-3-2, .333
Wed., Sept. 6
UC Riverside 3, San Diego State 2
Fri., Sept. 8
CALIFORNIA 1, Cal State Fullerton 0
OREGON STATE 3, UC Davis 0
San Jose State 2, STANFORD 1
UCLA 2, New Mexico 0
WASHINGTON 2, Wisconsin 1
Sat., Sept. 9
Gonzaga 4, OREGON STATE 1
SAN DIEGO STATE 4, UNLV 2
Sun., Sept. 10
CALIFORNIA 2, San Jose State 0
STANFORD 1, Cal State Fullerton 1 (2OT)
UCLA 4, Oakland 1
WASHINGTON 2, UW-Milwaukee 1 (OT)
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Sept. 15
CALIFORNIA vs. Dartmouth, 2:30 p.m. (1)
OREGON STATE vs. Creighton, 7 p.m. (2)
SAN DIEGO STATE vs. Rider, 2 p.m. (3)
STANFORD vs. Sacramento State, 12 p.m. (1)UCLA vs. Santa Clara, 8 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Northern Illinois, 7 p.m. (4)
Sun., Sept. 17
CALIFORNIA vs. Sacramento State, 2:30 p.m. (1)
OREGON STATE vs. Drake, 11 a.m. (2)
SAN DIEGO STATE vs. Long Island, 2 p.m. (3)
STANFORD vs. Dartmouth, 12 p.m. (1)
UCLA vs. San Francisco, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Marshall, 1:30 p.m. (4)
All times are local to game sites.
(1) adidas Cal Legacy Classic - Berkeley, Calif.
(2) Diadora Challenge - Omaha, Neb.
(3) San Diego Soccer Classic - San Diego, Calif.
(4) Husky Fever Classic - Seattle, Wash.
NEWS AND NOTES
Pac-10 men's soccer posted an 8-3-1 (.708) record over the weekend, and in those eight victories, Conference teams outscored their opponents, 24-6.
WASHINGTON (5-0-0) is the lone unbeaten team in the Conference. The Huskies picked up two wins over the weekend to claim the Wisconsin Invitational title, scoring three goals to Creighton's two, which also posted a 2-0 weekend record.
UCLA (2-2-1) picked up its first two wins on the season, breaking out to score six goals on the weekend, including a four-goal game against Oakland on Sunday. SO F Maxwell Griffin put two goals on the board in a 2-0 blanking of 15th-ranked New Mexico on Friday to record his first career multiple-goal game.
STANFORD (1-3-2) JR F Evan Morgan notched two goals on the weekend, putting up his first since Sept. 5, 2004 in the San Jose State match on Friday, followed with score against Cal State Fullerton on Sunday.
This week's schedule is highlighted with Bruin matches against ranked opponents, No. 6 Santa Clara and No. 8 San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (3-2-1, 0-0-0)
California secured back-to-back wins with a 1-0 blanking of Cal State Fullerton on Friday, followed by a 2-0 shutout of San Jose State on Sunday to claim the Stanford Nike Invitational title and improve to 3-2-1 on the season ... The Bears are ranked 20th in this week's Soccer Times poll ... California's three wins this season have all been shutouts, as the team has given up just three goals in 2006 ... The Bears lead the league with a 0.50 goals allowed average, as well as a 0.48 goals against average in 560 minutes played ... The Bears are led by goal-keeping tandem SO Stefan Frei and JR Justin Myers who share time in the net ... Frei paces the Pac-10 in save percentage (.875), while Myers sits right behind him with an .857 average ... The duo also rank in goals against average, as Myers is second (0.34) and Frei is third (0.63) ... Next up, Cal will host its own adidas Cal Legacy Classic, facing Dartmouth on Fri., Sept. 15 and Sacramento State on Sun., Sept. 17.
OREGON STATE Beavers (4-2-0, 0-0-0)
Oregon State hosted its Hensor/Zaher Memorial Classic over the weekend, picking up a 3-0 win over UC Davis on Friday, but dropping a 4-1 loss to Gonzaga the following day ... OSU, which had only given up three goals all season prior to the Bulldog showdown, is 4-2-0 on the season ... The Beavers collected four assists in the win over Davis, tying the Pac-10 season high ... SR F Robbie Findley picked up two, while JR D Brett Gardner and JR MF Hiroshi Nishito tallied one apiece ... Findley is tied for ninth in the Conference with a 0.33 assists per game average, while he also ranks second in both shots and shots per game with 24 and 4.00, respectively ... The Beavers rank atop the league in corners, averaging 5.17 per contest, while the team also ranks second in goals (1.83) ... Oregon State will next head to Omaha, Neb., to face Creighton on Fri., Sept. 15 and Drake on Sun., Sept. 17.
SAN DIEGO STATE Aztecs (3-2-0, 0-0-0)
San Diego State bounced back from a 3-2 loss at UC Riverside on Wednesday to record a 4-2 win over UNLV on Saturday, improving its record to 3-2-0 on the season ... JR MF Kraig Chiles played a part in three of SDSU's four goals in its win over the Rebels, scoring on a penalty kick in the 18th minute, tallying a header in the 33rd minute and setting up FR D Nick Cardenas for a goal in the 85th minute ... The header in the 33rd minute proved to be the game-winner ... SO D Dennis Sanchez is tied for first in the league in assists with three, good enough for a 0.60 average ... All-American SR GK Tally Hall has produced 16 saves on the young 2006 season, averaging 3.20 saves per game to pace the Pac-10 ... San Diego State will compete in neighboring San Diego's Soccer Classic, taking on Rider on Fri., Sept. 15 and Long Island on Sun., Sept. 17.
STANFORD Cardinal (1-3-2, 0-0-0)
Stanford dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker with San Jose State on Friday in its Stanford Tournament, but rebounded with a 1-1 double overtime tie with Cal State Fullerton on Sunday ... The Cardinal are 1-3-2 on the season ... JR MF Evan Morgan, in his two starts over the weekend, recorded four shots, two goals and three shots on goal ... Morgan fired off a game-high three shots against the Spartans, notching his first goal of the year and first since Sept. 5, 2004 ... Morgan scored again in the Fullerton game, taking a pass from JR MF Kyle Hency and finding the back of the net in the 14th minute ... The Cardinal ranks third in the league in goals against average, with a 1.09 mark through 580 minutes of play ... Next up, the squad will compete in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic, facing Sacramento State on Fri., Sept. 15 and Dartmouth on Sun., Sept. 17.
UCLA Bruins (2-2-1, 0-0-0)
UCLA put an end to its two-game losing skid, picking up a 2-0 shutout of 15th-ranked New Mexico on Friday and a 4-1 rout of Oakland on Sunday ... The Bruins are 2-2-1 on the year, returning home for two big matches against No. 6 Santa Clara on Fri., Sept. 15 and No. 8 San Francisco on Sun., Sept. 17 ... SO F Maxwell Griffin came off the bench to score both goals against the Lobos, breaking a scoreless tie with a goal in the 57th minute and then scored another a minute and a half later to record his first career multiple-goal game ... Griffin leads UCLA in scoring with three goals and six points ... FR MF Kyle Nakazawa tallied two assists in the Oakland game to tie the Conference season high ... The Bruins recorded 11 points in Sunday's game, good enough to tie for the second-highest Pac-10 team point total this season.
WASHINGTON Huskies (5-0-0, 0-0-0)
Washington graced the Top-5 for the first time this season, moving into the fourth spot of this week's NSCAA/adidas poll, by virtue of a 2-1 win over Wisconsin on Friday and a 2-1 overtime defeat of UW-Milwaukee to claim the Wisconsin Invitational title and a 5-0-0 record ... Four Washington players were named to the all-tournament team, including SO MF George John, SR D Ty Harden, JR F Ely Allen and JR F Kevin Forrest ... John spurred the Huskies to a come-from-behind victory on Friday, scoring two late goals, including the game-winner in the 79th minute of the game ... It marked just his second and third career goals ... Forrest had nine shot attempts in the same match to set a Pac-10 season high, while he was also credited with an assist on John's second goal ... UW continues its offensive dominance, ranking atop the league in points (7.60) and goals (14) ... The Huskies return home to host their own Husky Fever Classic, facing Northern Illinois on Fri., Sept. 15 and Marshall on Sun., Sept. 17.
UCLA SOPHOMORE FORWARD MAXWELL GRIFFIN NAMED PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- UCLA sophomore forward Maxwell Griffin has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 5-11, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Griffin, from Palmdale, Calif., helped UCLA win the Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational at New Mexico after posting a 2-0 record with wins over the host Lobos (2-0) and Oakland (4-1).
In Friday's match, Griffin came off the bench to score both goals against 15th-ranked New Mexico. He broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 57th minute and then scored another a minute and a half later to record his first career multiple-goal game. The win was UCLA's first of the season and came against a team that made the finals of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
In addition to his performance against New Mexico, Griffin started for UCLA against Oakland and helped the Bruins earn a 4-1 victory.
Leading the team with three goals and six points, Griffin is also tied for third in the Conference with a 1.20 points per game average.
Soccer Times' latest poll has UCLA ranked 19th in its Top-25 rankings, with two big matches this week against sixth-ranked Santa Clara on Fri., Sept. 15 and No. 10 San Francisco on Sun., Sept. 17.
This is Griffin's first weekly honor and the 26th all-time award for the Bruins.
Also Nominated: Steve Purdy, Sr., D, CAL; Kraig Chiles, Jr., MF, SDSU; Evan Morgan, Jr., MF, STAN; George John, So., MF, WASH.