This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Aug. 29, 2007

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Fri., Aug. 31
(11/15/11/9) CALIFORNIA at San Diego, 3 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Michigan State, 2:30 p.m. (1)
(nr/24/nr/21) SAN DIEGO STATE at (nr/17/17/nr) Creighton, 7:30 p.m.
(1/4/1/4) UC Santa Barbara at (nr/nr/nr/23) STANFORD, 7 p.m.
(2/1/2/3) UCLA vs. (10/9/10/10) Notre Dame, 5 p.m. (2)
(18/14/18/15) WASHINGTON vs. New Hampshire, 4:30 p.m. (3)

Sun., Sept. 2
OREGON STATE vs. Wright State, 10:30 a.m. (1)
(2/1/2/3) UCLA at (7/12/7/12) Indiana, 2 p.m. (2)
(18/14/18/15) WASHINGTON vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 12 p.m. (3)

Mon., Sept. 3
UC Riverside at (nr/24/nr/21) SAN DIEGO STATE, 4 p.m.

all times are local to game site

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

LAST WEEK'S EXHIBITION RESULTS

Thur., Aug. 23
Denver 1, STANFORD 0 (exh)

Fri., Aug. 24
OREGON STATE 3, Trinity Western 2 (exh)
goals: M. Webb, N. Webb, Woodward

Sat., Aug. 25
STANFORD 5, Sacramento State 1 (exh)
goals: Strickland, Bolkan, Warshaw, Bishop, Leon

UCLA 2, North Carolina State 2 (exh)
goals: Leopoldo, McAthy

AROUND THE LEAGUE

All six Conference teams take to the field this Fri., Aug. 31 to begin the 2007 men's soccer season ... Pac-10 teams are opening with a plethora of ranked teams, including the defending national champion ... Three tournaments are on the docket as OREGON STATE is set to compete in the MSU/Radisson Classic against Michigan State and Wright State on Friday and Sun., Sep. 2, respectively ... UCLA will take on (10/9/10/10) Notre Dame in the opening match, followed by a Sunday competition against (7/12/7/12) Indiana ... WASHINGTON will face New Hampshire on Friday and Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday in the Nike Portland Invitational ... CALIFORNIA plays at San Diego on Friday, while STANFORD hosts last year's national champion (1/4/1/4) UC Santa Barbara that same evening ... SAN DIEGO STATE plays at (nr/17/17/nr) Creighton on Friday, followed up with a Mon., Sept. 3 contest at home against UC Riverside ... The league as a whole comes into the season highly decorated, loaded with potential ... The Pac-10 is coming off a year in which it sent four teams to NCAA Tournament play, which marked the first time since the 2003 season that as many squads competed in postseason action ... Further, five of the six Conference teams are ranked in the preseason polls with UCLA leading the way, ranked No. 1 by Soccer America ... The Pac-10 returns the bulk of its offense, including the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Washington SR F Kevin Forrest and 2006 first team All-Pac-10 selection SR F Javier Ayala-Hil of California ... Both Forrest (0.84) and Ayala-Hil (0.60) finished the season ranked eighth and 24th in the nation in goals per game, respectively ... Defensively, the Conference has a crop of solid talent, including last year's Freshman of the Year, SDSU SO D Nick Cardenas ... Cardenas is joined by SR D Mike Zaher of UCLA, a first team All-Pac-10 selection, SR D Scott Bolkan of Stanford, a second team All-Pac-10 honoree in 2006, and OSU's SR D Alex Christensen, an honorable mention pick his junior campaign.

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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