2006 Men's Soccer Season Wrap-up

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Dec. 8, 2006

**Through matches of Sun., Dec. 3**

1. California (21) 7-3-0, .700; 13-6-1, .675
2. San Diego State (18) 5-2-3, .650; 9-6-4, .579
3. Stanford (17) 5-3-2, .600; 7-7-4, .500
4. UCLA (15) 4-3-3, .550; 14-6-4, .667
5. Washington (13) 4-5-1, .450; 13-7-1, .643
6. Oregon State (1) 0-9-1, .050; 5-12-2, .316


Fri., Nov. 10
WASHINGTON 3, Creighton 0

Sat., Nov. 11
UC Santa Barbara 2, SAN DIEGO STATE 1

Wed., Nov. 15
(13) CALIFORNIA 3, New Mexico 0
(8) UCLA 3, Harvard 0
(10) Santa Clara 3, WASHINGTON 2 (OT)

Sat., Nov. 18
(4) Virginia 2, (13) CALIFORNIA 1

Sun., Nov. 19
(8) UCLA 3, (9) Clemson 0

Sun., Nov. 26
(8) UCLA 3, (1) Duke 2 (OT)

Sat., Dec. 2
(8) UCLA 4, (4) Virginia 0

Sun., Dec. 3
UC Santa Barbara 2, (8) UCLA 1


Kevin Forrest, Washington

Nick Cardenas, San Diego State

Kevin Grimes, California


  • CALIFORNIA captured its first-ever Pac-10 title in 2006 following its 7-3-0 Conference record, 13-6-1 overall. The Bears, who last won a conference championship when they won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) title in 1996 and the Pacific Soccer Conference championship in 1983, earned 21 points on the season.

  • For the first time since the 2003 season, the Pac-10 received four NCAA Tournament berths in men's soccer, as California, SAN DIEGO STATE, UCLA and WASHINGTON all earned their way into the 48-team Tournament.

  • UCLA, despite young players in key roles after a season of injuries, advanced to the NCAA championship finals after its convincing 4-0 defeat of No. 4 Virginia in the national semifinals. The Bruins, who became the first Pac-10 team since 2002 to advance to the men's soccer championship, lost 2-1 to UC Santa Barbara in Sunday's finale.

  • California, after its bye in the first round, advanced to the third round where it was defeated by Virginia, 2-1, while Washington claimed a 3-0 shutout of Creighton in the first round, but could not hang on in a 3-2 overtime defeat at the hands of No. 10 Santa Clara in the second round.

  • After a solid year that saw a second place Pac-10 finish, San Diego State was bounced from the NCAAs by eventual national champion, UCSB, 2-1 in first round play. The Gauchos also ended the Aztecs postseason run last season.

  • The Pac-10 posted a 37-20-6 (.635) record against Division I non-conference opponents during the 2006 season, including postseason action.


    CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (13-6-1, 7-3-0)

  • California advanced to the third round of NCAA Tournament play after it defeated New Mexico in the second round, 3-1 ... The Bears, who were defeated 1-0 in overtime by the Lobos in quarterfinal action last season, used two goals by JR F Javier Ayala-Hil and one by SO F Jacob Wilson to net the win ... The Bears got on the board with their second-fastest goal of the year when Wilson took a cross from FR MF Hector Jimenez, scoring with 1:04 on the clock ... Following the opening round bye and the win over UNM, Cal took on No. 4 Virginia in Charlottesville ... Despite the cold night, Cal got on the board first with an unassisted goal by JR D Jeff Serafini to take the 1-0 lead at halftime ... Virginia then tied the game at 1-1 in the 65th minute and scored the game-winner in the 74th minute to end Cal's postseason run ... Head coach Kevin Grimes made history as he not only led the Golden Bears to their first-ever Pac-10 title, but he became the first men's soccer coach to win Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons ... Cal had four players named to the All-Conference first team, including Ayala-Hil, SR MF Eric Ebert, JR MF Andrew Jacobson and SR D Steve Purdy.

    OREGON STATE Beavers (5-12-2, 0-9-1)

  • Oregon State dropped its final two matches of the season, a 2-1 loss at Cal State Northridge, and a 2-1 overtime loss to Washington ... The Beavers finished at 0-9-1 in Conference play, 5-12-2 overall ... SR F Bryan Jordan scored the equalizer for OSU against the Matadors, while SR F Robbie Findley put in a second half penalty kick against the Huskies to take the lead for much of the final portion of regulation ... Four seniors played in their final collegiate games, including Jordan, Findley, D Matt Bowman and MF Lucas Egenwall ... Oregon State finished the regular season in third place in the Conference in saves (68), good enough for a 3.58 average.

    SAN DIEGO STATE Aztecs (9-6-4, 5-2-3)

  • San Diego State took on UC Santa Barbara in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, falling to the Gauchos, 2-1, to end its season at 9-6-4 overall ... It was the second straight season that SDSU had its postseason run cut short by UCSB ... The Aztecs got on the board with a score by JR F Freddy McDonald in the 55th minute ... SR GK Tally Hall collected nine saves in the game ... Hall finished the season with a 4.44 saves per game average, which ranked atop the league, along with his 80 total saves ... He also finished tied for second with six shutouts and an .800 save percentage ... San Diego State ranked second in the Pac-10 in saves with a total of 83 ... FR D Nick Cardenas was voted Freshman of the Year by the coaches in the Pac-10 ... Cardenas, who was named to the Top Drawer Soccer All-Rookie First Team, tied for the team lead with six goals and was third on the squad with 12 points.

    STANFORD Cardinal (7-7-4, 5-3-2)

  • Stanford had a solid season, finishing at .500 overall with a 7-7-4 record, 5-3-2 in Pac-10 play ... The Cardinal topped off the year with a bang, upsetting No. 10 California, 2-1 in overtime ... SR MF Galen Thompson, who fired three of his team-high four shots on goal, scored the game-winner in overtime, earning him Pac-10 Player of the Week honors ... Thompson got his goal past Cal keeper Justin Myers, who ranked atop the league in goals against average (0.77) ... The Cardinal nearly doubled its win total from last season, finishing in third place, three spots up from a sixth-place finish in 2005 ... Stanford ended the regular season ranked second in the league goals allowed (17) and fourth in shutouts (5) ... Four seniors played in their final collegiate game, including Thompson, MF Michael Brown, GK Andrew Kartunen and MF Bret Shimizu.

    UCLA Bruins (14-6-4, 4-3-3)

  • What a season UCLA had as it advanced to the NCAA championship finals following its convincing 4-0 defeat of No. 4 Virginia in the semifinals last weekend ... Despite the freezing temperatures and a snow delay that forced the games to be played back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday, UCLA earned its way into the championship game for the eighth time in program history ... The Bruins got behind early, however, and couldn't recover in time as UC Santa Barbara claimed the crown with a 2-1 win ... SO MF Tony Beltran, SO MF/F Jason Leopoldo and FR F David Estrada were all named to the College Cup All-Tournament team ... SR GK Eric Reed recorded seven saves in the game ... Leopoldo scored the lone UCLA goal as he took a Beltran pass late in the game to bring the Bruins to within one ... The Bruins concluded the season leading the Pac-10 in points (134), goals (46), assists (42), assists per game (1.75), saves (96) and corners (128) ... The Bruins played 17 games out of its 24 against NCAA Tournament teams, posting a record of 10-6-1 ... SO MF Sal Zizzo earned NSCAA/adidas second-team All-America honors after he concluded the season with seven goals and nine assists for 23 points ... With Zizzo's selection, UCLA has now produced an All-American in each of the last 24 years.

    WASHINGTON Huskies (13-7-1, 4-5-1)

  • Washington put together a solid 3-0 win over Creighton in the first round of NCAA Tournament action, as JR F Kevin Forrest notched his second hat trick of the season ... Forrest, the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year, scored two goals in just over a minute during the first half and added a third in the second half to guide the Huskies to the shutout ... The team then faced 10th-seeded Santa Clara in second round play, where the Broncos secured a 2-0 first half, only to see UW come back and tie it at 2-all to force overtime ... The Huskies scored two unanswered second-half goals by a pair of defenders - Matt Fischer and Steve Mohn - off corner kicks ... Despite the equalizer, UW could not hang on for the win ... The Huskies, making their 10th postseason appearance in 12 seasons, finished the season 13-7-1 overall ... SO MF George John was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII men's soccer team, while John, Forrest and RS FR GK Rylan Hawkins were all named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team.
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