This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Aug. 22, 2007

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Thur., Aug. 23
Denver at STANFORD, 7 p.m. (exh)

Fri., Aug. 24
Trinity Western at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. (exh)

Sat., Aug. 25
Sacramento State at STANFORD, 7 p.m. (exh)
UCLA at North Carolina State, 4 p.m. (exh)

Fri., Aug. 31
OREGON STATE at Michigan State, 2:30 p.m. (1)
SAN DIEGO STATE at Creighton, 7:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
UCLA vs. Notre Dame, 5 p.m. (2)
WASHINGTON vs. New Hampshire, 4:30 p.m. (3)

Sun., Sept. 2
OREGON STATE vs. Wright State, 10:30 a.m. (1)
UCLA at Indiana, 2 p.m. (2)
WASHINGTON vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 12 p.m. (3)

Mon., Sept. 3
UC Riverside at SAN DIEGO STATE, 4 p.m.

all times are local to game site

Tournament Key
(1) Michigan State Tournament; East Lansing, Mich.
(2) adidas/IU Credit Union Classic; Bloomington, Ind.
(3) Nike Portland Invitational; Portland, Ore.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Let the games begin ... The 2007 Pac-10 men's soccer season begins with a bang this week as exhibition play starts Thurs., Aug. 23 when STANFORD plays host to Denver ... On Fri., Aug. 24, OREGON STATE takes on Trinity Western and Sat., Aug. 25 the Cardinal will face Sacramento State and UCLA will play North Carolina State ... Five of the six Pac-10 teams come into the season ranked in at least one poll ... The Bruins are the favorite as they were tabbed as the preseason No. 1 team in the nation by Soccer America, while ranking second and third in the NSCAA/adidas and TopDrawer polls, respecitvely ... Joining UCLA in the TopDrawer poll is CALIFORNIA (No. 9), WASHINGTON (No. 15), SAN DIEGO STATE (No. 21) and Stanford (No. 23) ... The Conference posted a 37-20-6 (.635) record against all Division I non-conference opponents during the 2006 season, including postseason action ... The Golden Bears captured their first-ever Pac-10 title with a 7-3-0 league record to tally 21 points ... The Pac-10 returns four players from its 2006 All-Pac-10 first team, including SR F Kevin Forrest, the Pac-10's 2006 Player of the Year ... He finished his junior campaign leading the league in goals per game (0.84), which ranked eighth in the nation ... SDSU SO D Nick Cardenas returns as last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... Cardenas, who paced the team in shot percentage (.250), totaled six goals and 12 points in his first collegiate season.

UCLA MEN'S SOCCER CHOSEN AS TOP TEAM IN PAC-10 FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT YEAR

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Coming off an appearance in the 2006 national championship game, the UCLA Bruins have been picked to win the Pac-10 men's soccer title by the league's coaches for the sixth consecutive season. The Bruins, who earned their 24th straight NCAA Tournament bid last year, finished as the national runner-up, falling 2-1 to UC Santa Barbara in the final match. The CALIFORNIA Golden Bears, who captured their first-ever Pac-10 title last season, finished in a 2nd-place tie with the WASHINGTON Huskies in the poll, three points behind UCLA.

The Bruins received 23 points, including three first place votes, followed by California and Washington at 20 points. STANFORD garnered 13 points to claim fourth place, while SAN DIEGO STATE earned nine points for fifth. OREGON STATE rounded out the poll, receiving five points.

Last season, the Pac-10 received four NCAA Tournament berths for the first time since 2003, as California, San Diego State, UCLA, and Washington all made their way into the 48-team field. The Conference as a whole posted a 37-20-6 (.635) record against Division I non-conference opponents, including postseason play. This year, UCLA has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by College Soccer News; California, Washington, and San Diego State also finished in the poll's Top 25. Washington returns 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year Kevin Forrest, who has been named to the 2007 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch list, soccer's top collegiate award. The 2007 Pac-10 men's soccer season kicks off on August 23rd, when Stanford plays host to Denver; UCLA and Oregon State begin their seasons the following day.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses):

2007 Pac-10 Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

1. UCLA (3) 23; (t)2. California (1) 20; (t)2. Washington (2) 20;4. Stanford 13; 5. San Diego State 9; 6. Oregon State 5.

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