This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer

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Oct. 31, 2006

**Through matches of Sun., Oct. 29**

1. California (21) 7-2-0, .778; 12-4-1, .735
2. San Diego State (17) 5-2-2, .667; 9-5-3, .618
3. UCLA (14) 4-3-2, .556; 9-5-3, .618
Stanford (14) 4-3-2, .556; 6-7-4, .471
5. Washington (10) 3-5-1, .389; 11-6-1, 639
6.Oregon State (1) 0-8-1, .056; 5-10-2, .353

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

Fri., Oct. 27
WASHINGTON 2, Gonzaga 1

Sun., Oct. 29
Portland 2, WASHINGTON 1


Tues., Oct. 31
OREGON STATE at Cal State Northridge, 1 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 3
2005: 1-0 (CAL); 4-1 (CAL) 2006: 2-0 (CAL)
2005: 1-0 (OSU); 4-1 (OSU) 2006: 3-1 (WASH)
2005: 0-0 (2OT); 1-0 (2OT) (UCLA) 2006: 2-1 (UCLA)

Sun., Nov. 5
San Diego at UCLA, 1 p.m.

All times are local to game sites.


Date		Men's Soccer		Time		TVMon., Nov. 6	DI Selection Show	1 - 2 p.m.	ESPNEWS


  • With a 4-1 road win over UCLA (4-3-2, 9-5-3) on Sunday, CALIFORNIA (7-2-0, 12-4-1) clinched its first-ever Pac-10 Championship, having earned 21 points with one Conference game left ... The Bears' point total makes it mathematically impossible for another team to tie or overtake first place ... The win over UCLA earns Cal a season sweep (2-0) of the four-time defending Pac-10 Champion ... The Bears last won a conference championship when it won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) title in 1996 and also won the Pacific Soccer Conference championship in 1983.

  • In sole possession of fourth place in the Conference coming into the weekend, SAN DIEGO STATE (5-2-2, 9-5-3) made a strong push for postseason play by defeating both California and STANFORD (4-3-2, 6-7-4) to move into second place in the Pac-10 with one game remaining on its schedule ... The Aztecs were first round participants in last year's NCAA College Cup, making their first appearance in NCAA postseason play in 16 seasons.

  • This week's schedule has two non-conference games on the docket including an OREGON STATE (0-8-1, 5-10-2) at Cal State Northridge matchup on Tues., Oct. 31 and a Sun., Nov. 5 match featuring San Diego at UCLA ... In Pac-10 action, travel partners pair up for final regular season competition ... California will play at Stanford, WASHINGTON (3-5-1, 11-6-1) at Oregon State and San Diego State at UCLA.

  • The NCAA Selection Show for the 2006 Division I Men's College Cup will take place on ESPNEWS on Mon., Nov. 6 as a half-hour segment between 1 and 2 p.m. ... The exact time slot has yet to be decided.

  • The Pac-10 does not meet NCAA automatic qualifications because it has not had six teams with core membership competing for two years ... All Conference teams selected to the NCAA College Cup will be considered at-large berths.


    CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (12-4-1, 7-2-0)

  • Sixth-ranked California clinched its first-ever Pac-10 Championship with a 4-1 win over No. 10 UCLA on Sunday ... The Bears dropped a 3-1 decision to San Diego State on Friday, but rebounded in a big way for the victory, doing as much as possible to secure an at-large berth into the 2006 NCAA College Cup ... Cal's Pac-10 title marks the first time since 2001 that a team other than UCLA claimed the Conference crown ... JR F Javier Ayala-Hil scored a hat trick and the game-winning goal in the Golden Bears' title-clinching efforts over the four-time defending Conference champion Bruins ... Ayala-Hil leads the Bears in scoring (20 points), goals (9) and game-winning goals (4) ... Ayala-Hil ranks second in the Conference in points, goals and game-winning goals ... The four scores that Cal put up on Sunday ties the opponent single-game season-high for the Bruins ... California paces the league in goals allowed (13) and goals against average (0.75) ... The team has just one match remaining on its regular season schedule, a Fri., Nov. 3 contest at Stanford ... Cal already claimed a 2-0 win over the Cardinal in action earlier this season.

    OREGON STATE Beavers (5-10-2, 0-8-1)

  • Oregon State had the weekend off, but it returns to action on Tues., Oct. 31 for a Halloween matchup at Cal State Northridge ... The Beavers will conclude the regular season with a Fri., Nov. 3 contest at home versus Washington ... In a meeting earlier this season, OSU was edged in a 3-1 battle with UW ... OSU is 1-4 all-time against Cal State Northridge ... The teams haven't met since 2001, which was a 3-2 Beaver win in Corvallis ... OSU is 0-2 in Northridge ... OSU is 6-19-1 all-time against Washington and 4-7-1 in Corvallis ... However, OSU has won three of the last four and six of the last nine games overall ... SR F Robbie Findley will play in his final collegiate games this week, having made his mark in the OSU record books, in which he is tied for first in game-winning goals (10), third in goals (27), third in points (69) and tied for fourth in assists (15).

    SAN DIEGO STATE Aztecs (9-5-3, 5-2-2)

  • San Diego State had a stellar weekend, proving it is worthy of NCAA postseason consideration ... The Aztecs posted two wins, including a 3-1 upset of sixth-ranked California on Friday and a 1-0 edging of second-place Stanford on Sunday to improve to 5-2-2 in Conference, 9-5-3 overall ... The Aztecs are 3-3 this season against nationally ranked opponents ... SDSU is in sole possession of second in the Pac-10 with one game remaining on its schedule, a Fri., Nov. 3 matchup at UCLA ... The two teams met earlier this season where the Bruins came away with a 2-1 win ... The Aztecs are now 7-3-3 in their last 13 games, including 8-1-1 at home this season while amassing a 17-2-3 record over its last 22 home matches ... FR D Nick Cardenas scored a goal in each game over the weekend, tallying four points to add to his season total (10) ... The Aztecs are 5-0 when Cardenas scores a goal this season and all five of his goals have been headers ... Further, its important for JR MF Kraig Chiles to get in on the scoring/assist action as San Diego State is 7-0-0 this year when Chiles records a point ... SDSU is ranked 22nd in this week's NSCAA/adidas poll.

    STANFORD Cardinal (6-7-4, 4-3-2)

  • Stanford is tied for third place following its 1-1 double overtime tie with No. 10 UCLA on Friday and its 1-0 loss to San Diego State on Sunday, bringing its record to 4-3-2 in Conference and 6-7-4 overall ... The Cardinal have 14 points on the season with one game remaining, a Fri., Nov. 3 matchup with traditional rival California at the Cardinal home field ... JR MF Ryan Oblak scored his second goal of the season in Friday's action off a FR MF/F Alex Kozachenko corner kick ... FR GK John Moore ranks second in the league in goals against average (0.89), saves (54), save percentage (.806) and is third in saves per game (3.86) ... As a team, Stanford ranks second in the Pac-10 in goals against average (0.89) and is tied for third in saves (63), while ranking fourth in shutouts with five through 17 games played.

    UCLA Bruins (9-5-3, 4-3-2)

  • UCLA tied Stanford at 1-all through double overtime on Friday, only to suffer a 4-1 loss to California on Sunday ... The Bruins are tied for third place in the league standings with a 4-3-2 record, 9-5-3 overall ... FR F David Estrada had two goals on the weekend, including the equalizer with less than five minutes left in the game against the Cardinal, while putting in a header off a SR D Kiel McClung cross against the Bears ... Estrada leads the team with 6 goals, 14 points and has scored in five of the last six games ... The Bruins are ranked as high as 16th in this week's Soccer America poll ... The team has two matches remaining on its regular season schedule, including a Fri., Nov. 3 match with No. 22 San Diego State and a Sun., Nov. 5 non-conference game with San Diego ... With a win, UCLA could tie for second place in the Conference standings with the Aztecs ... 2006 marks the first time since 2001 that UCLA did not claim the Conference crown.

    WASHINGTON Huskies (11-6-1, 3-5-1)

  • Washington split its weekend games, claiming a 2-1 edging of Gonzaga on Friday, but dropping a 2-1 decision at Portland two days later ... The Huskies are 11-6-1 overall with one game remaining on their regular season schedule, a Fri., Nov. 3 matchup at Oregon State ... SO MF Raphael Cox and JR F Kevin Forrest each put up a score in the win over the Bulldogs ... In fact, Cox played a role in all three UW scores over the weekend, putting in his first game-winner of the season, while notching additional assists in both contests ... Cox leads the Pac-10 with nine assists and ranks third on the team with 19 points ... Forrest, despite the injury he suffered earlier in the year, leads the Pac-10 in shots (92), shots per game (5.75), points (25), points per game (1.56), goals (12) and goals per game (0.75) ... The Huskies will look to conclude their season with a much-needed win on Friday ... According to its records, UW is 27-6-2 all-time versus the Beavers.


    WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- SAN DIEGO STATE freshman defender Nick Cardenas has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 24-30, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

    Cardenas, from Thornton, Colo., helped catapult the Aztecs up the Conference charts to the No. 2 spot as San Diego State swept the Bay Area schools over the weekend beating No. 6 California, 3-1, and shutting out Stanford, 1-0.

    For the weekend, Cardenas tallied two goals on four shots in two games. On Friday, Cardenas got SDSU's first goal with his head off a cross from the left side. He out-jumped California goalkeeper Justin Myers and knocked the ball in the net which would have been the game-winner, but the Bears received a late penalty shot goal.

    In Sunday's match-up against the Cardinal, Cardenas collided with a teammate inside Stanford's box in the 26th minute of play, cutting his head. He returned to the game with a bandage at 78:34, and less than nine minutes later, he headed in a shot off a corner kick for the game-winning goal.

    Next up, San Diego State takes on UCLA, Fri., Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

    This is Cardenas' first weekly honor and the fourth all-time award for the Aztecs, three of which have come within the last six weeks.

    Also Nominated: Javier Ayala-Hil, Jr., F, CAL; David Estrada, Fr., F, UCLA; Raphael Cox, So., MF, WASH.

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