This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Oct. 10, 2006

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**Through matches of Sun., Oct. 8**

1. Stanford (10) 3-0-1, .875; 5-4-3, .542
2. UCLA (10) 3-1-1, .700; 8-3-2, .692
3. California (9) 3-1-0, .750; 8-3-1, .708
4. San Diego State (9), 3-2-0, .600; 7-4-1, .625
5. Washington (3) 1-4-0, .200; 8-4-0, .667
6. Oregon State (0) 0-5-0, .000; 5-7-1, .423

The Conference champion is determined by highest number of points (TP); Win= 3 pts, Tie= 1 pt, Loss = 0 pts.

Thurs., Oct. 5
UCLA 3, UC Santa Barbara 1

Fri., Oct. 6
CALIFORNIA 5, OREGON STATE 0
STANFORD 2, WASHINGTON 0

Sun., Oct. 8
CALIFORNIA 2, WASHINGTON 0
STANFORD 2, OREGON STATE 0
UCLA 2, SAN DIEGO STATE 1

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Fri., Oct. 13
OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
2005: 2-0 (CAL); 4-0 (CAL) Last Week: 5-0 (CAL) WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 5 p.m.
2005: 1-0 (WASH); 3-0 (WASH) Last Week: 2-0 (STAN)

Sat., Oct. 14
SAN DIEGO STATE at UC Irvine, 7 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 15
OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 12 noon
2005: 3-1 (OSU); 3-2 (STAN) Last Week: 2-0 (STAN) WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.
2005: 1-0 (WASH); 2-0 (CAL) Last Week: 2-0 (CAL)

All times are local to game sites.

NEWS AND NOTES

  • The Conference season is already halfway through and four teams are battling it out with three Pac-10 wins apiece ... STANFORD (3-0-1, 5-4-3) sits atop the league with 10 points, with UCLA (3-1-1, 8-3-2) nipping at the Cardinal heels ... CALIFORNIA is in third-place (3-1-0, 8-3-1) with nine points, while SAN DIEGO STATE (3-2-0, 7-4-1) sits in fourth ... WASHINGTON (1-4-0, 8-4-0) is in fifth-place, followed up by OREGON STATE (0-5-0, 5-7-1) in sixth.

  • Three Pac-10 schools are ranked among the nation's Top-25, including the Bruins who top both the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times polls at No. 7 in the nation ... The Golden Bears are ranked in all three national polls, as high as No. 14 by Soccer Times ... Meanwhile, the Huskies dropped out of both the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America polls, but are ranked 24th by Soccer Times.

  • This week's schedule feels much like last week as Northwest travel partners pair up for rematches against the Bay Area schools, this time in California ... Oregon State and Washington will head south to take on California and Stanford, while SDSU has one non-conference match against UC Irvine on Sat., Oct. 14 ... UCLA has a bye week.

  • The Cardinal pulled off a road sweep last weekend, including a 2-0 upset of ninth-ranked Washington on Friday ... The two teams will go head-to-head on Fri., Oct. 13 at Maloney Field ... Check your local listings as the 5 p.m. match will be televised on FSC.

  • The push for the postseason has begun and Pac-10 teams intend to figure heavily in the 2006 NCAA College Cup ... Last year, the Conference sent three teams to postseason play, including Cal, which advanced to the quarterfinals ... The Aztecs and Bruins also competed in the NCAAs, playing in the first and second rounds, respectively.

  • With just five non-conference games left on the docket, Pac-10 men's soccer has compiled a 28-12-6 (.674) record.

    TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

    CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (8-3-1, 3-1-0)

  • California picked up two more wins over the weekend, including a 5-0 rout of Oregon State on Friday and a 2-0 shutout over ninth-ranked Washington on Sunday to improve to 8-3-1, 3-1-0 on the season ... The Bears have won seven of their last eight games, five of which were shutouts ... JR MF Andrew Jacobson scored the game-winning goal against the Huskies, connecting on a 35-yard shot, while also netting Cal's third goal against the Beavers in Friday's action ... Jacobson now has three goals and two game-winning goals on the season ... Defensively, Cal has been stellar all season long, ranking among the nation's best in several categories, including goals against average (7th, 0.57), shutout percentage (t22nd, 0.50) and save percentage (17th, 0.841) ... The Bears are also outscoring their opponents by a +1.17 margin (1.75-0.58), which ties for the best in the league ... Next up, Cal will take on Oregon State on Fri., Oct. 13 and Washington on Sun., Oct. 15, both matches being played in Berkeley.

    OREGON STATE Beavers (5-7-1, 0-5-0)

  • Oregon State is still looking for its first Pac-10 win, having suffered a 5-0 loss to California on Friday and a 2-0 loss to Stanford on Sunday ... The Beavers are 5-7-1, 0-5-0 thus far ... The team can bounce back this weekend as it takes to the road for rematches against the Bears on Fri., Oct. 13 and Cardinal on Sun., Oct. 15 ... The last road win for OSU was a 3-0 shutout of UNLV in early September ... SR F Robbie Findley is getting good looks, but hasn't been able to connect with the back of the net in five games ... Still, Findley ranks second in the Pac-10 in shots (54), shots per game (4.15) and points (5) ... Findley is tied for third in the league with two game-winning goals ... In a 2005 road series with the Bay Area schools, OSU came away with a split, taking a 3-1 win over Stanford.

    SAN DIEGO STATE Aztecs (7-4-1, 3-2-0)

  • San Diego State lost a close 2-1 match with UCLA on Sunday to bring its record to 7-4-1, 3-2-0 halfway through the Conference season ... With the loss, the Aztecs fell at home for only the second time in their last 20 home matches ... SDSU is now 6-1-1 at home this season and 15-2-3 over that 20-game stretch ... For the second consecutive match on Sunday, an Aztec was issued a first half red card and SDSU was forced to play a man down ... During the 123:50 of short-handed play the past two games, both against nationally ranked opponents, the Aztecs have outscored their opponents, 2-1, and have a 20-19 edge in shots ... SDSU already has three conference wins in 2006 after recording only two last season (2-3-5) ... SR F Andrew DiCicco scored the team's lone goal in the loss to the 11th-ranked Bruins ... DiCicco put a shot into the left corner from 12 yards out for the score ... He is tied for fifth in the league with four goals ... For the second week in a row, San Diego State will play in just one match, as this week a Sat., Oct. 14 date with UC Irvine awaits the team ... It marks the first of three consecutive games the Aztecs will play on the road.

    STANFORD Cardinal (5-4-3, 3-0-1)

  • After starting off the season with just one win in five games, Stanford is unbeaten in six of its last seven games ... The Cardinal is also on a two-game win streak as it picked up identical 2-0 road shutouts of Washington and Oregon State on Friday and Sunday, respectively ... It was Stanford's first road sweep of the season ... The Cardinal sit atop the league in sole possession of first place with a 3-0-1 Conference record, 5-4-3 overall, a big improvement for a team picked to finish last in the preseason coaches' poll ... SR MF/D Galen Thompson was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his weekend performance, which included two goals and two assists ... Thompson leads the team in shots (21) and shots on goal (12), as well as total points (9) ... Stanford's back-to-back shutouts improved its goals against average to 0.79, good enough to rank second in the Pac-10 ... Next up, the team returns home for two rematches of last week's action, including a Fri., Oct. 13 game versus Washington and a Sun., Oct. 15 contest with Oregon State.

    UCLA Bruins (8-3-2, 3-1-1)

  • UCLA is on a four-match win streak after it posted a 3-1 win over non-conference opponent UC Santa Barbara on Thursday and a 2-1 defeat of San Diego State on Sunday ... The Bruins are 8-3-2, 3-1-1 in the Conference for sole possession of second place ... UCLA is 8-1-1 since starting the season 0-2-1 ... The Bruins have faced seven ranked teams in those 10 games and 10 ranked teams in 13 games overall ... SO MF Sal Zizzo had assists on three of UCLA's five goals last weekend and is now tied for the team lead in scoring with 11 points, and he leads the squad with seven assists ... Zizzo is also tied for 17th in the nation with a 0.54 assist per game average ... The Bruins are back in the Top-10 of two polls, ranking as high as No. 7 by both the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times polls .. The squad has this week off as it prepares for the last half of league play when it takes on the Northwest schools on the road.

    WASHINGTON Huskies (8-4-0, 1-4-0)

  • After starting off the season with an 8-0-0 record to lead the nation, Washington has dropped its last four games, including last week's 2-0 losses to Stanford and California ... UW played without the services of offensive star JR F Kevin Forrest, who is recovering from a knee injury suffered two weeks ago ... The Huskies are looking to bounce back in the win column with a Bay Area trip this weekend, which will see them play the Cardinal on Fri., Oct. 13 and the Bears on Sun., Oct. 15 ... The team is in need of some offensive production as it has produced just one goal in four matches ... Having set the league on fire with 21 goals in its first seven non-conference games, UW has scored just four goals in five Pac-10 games ... Regardless, the team still paces the Conference in shots (197), points (71), goals (25), goals per game (2.08) and is tied for first in assists (21) and assists per game (1.75) ... The Huskies are ranked as the No. 24 team in the nation, according to this week's Soccer Times poll.

    STANFORD MIDFIELDER/DEFENDER GALEN THOMPSON NAMED PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- STANFORD senior midfielder and defender Galen Thompson has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 3-9, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

    Thompson, from Denver, Colo., helped the Cardinal to a road sweep over Conference opponents this weekend, shutting out both No. 9 Washington and Oregon State, 2-0, pushing Stanford's record to an impressive 3-0-1 in Conference play. This marked Stanford's first road sweep of the season.

    Over the weekend, Thompson scored two goals and two assists. Against the Huskies, he provided an assist to Dan Shapiro's goal in the first half, then added an unassisted goal of his own during the second half.

    Thompson followed up that performance with another goal and assist against the Beavers on Sunday. During the 28th minute of play, he went on to score the go-ahead goal to notch his third goal of the season. Thompson later added an assist in the second half on Bret Shimizu's goal.

    Thompson leads the Cardinal in shots (21) and shots on goal (12) as well as total points (9).

    Next up, Stanford takes on WASHINGTON on Fri., Oct. 13, followed by a rematch with Oregon State, Sun., Oct. 15.

    This is Thompson's first weekly honor and the eighth all-time award for the Cardinal.

    Also Nominated: Andrew Jacobson, Jr., MF, CAL; Andrew DiCicco, Sr., F, SDSU; Sal Zizzo, So., MF, UCLA.

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