Pac-10 Olympic Spotlight: Soccer

Aug. 11, 2008

For a two-week stretch in August, more than 250 athletes, coaches and managers with current or past ties to the Pacific-10 Conference will compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics ... As Pac-10 athletes compete with the best in the world, be sure to check back every day for a new feature on a Pac-10 Olympic athlete, as well as a current Pac-10 medal count ... Click on the headline for more information ...

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2008 Pac-10 Olympic Accomplishments

  • The Pac-10 has contributed to one-fourth of the United States' medals thus far.
  • The men's 400 freestyle relay team, which included Nathan Adrian of California and Ben Wildman-Tobriner of Stanford, set a then world record in the preliminary round.

PAC-10 ATHLETE: Marvell Wynne
PAC-10 INSTITUTION: UCLA
CURRENT OR FORMER ATHLETE: Former (2004-05)
OLYMPIC EVENT(S): United States Men's Soccer

Team USA opened group play on Thursday with a 1-0 shutout victory over Japan. UCLA alumnus Marvell Wynne set up the game's only goal in the 47th minute, beating his man down the right flank and sending a cross into the box. The cross deflected off a Japanese defender and went right to Stuart Holden, whose shot slipped past goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa and trickled into the back of the net.

After a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands, the U.S. will take on Nigeria on Wednesday and look to qualify into the quarterfinal round. The match will be televised live at 2 a.m. PT Wednesday on USA Network.

Wynne competed at UCLA for two seasons. In 2004, he played in all 20 games with 17 starts. Wynne recorded two assists, including an assist on the game-winner at UC Irvine. He was called up for the first time to the U.S. U-20 National Team for a game against Honduras and made his international debut by starting and playing all 90 minutes in a 2-0 U.S. win.

In 2005, Wynne was a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist and the only underclassman selected to the NSCAA All-America first team. He was also chosen as one of 11 Soccer America Collegiate MVPs.(Courtesy of www.uclabruins.com)

PAC-10 ATHLETE: Ali Riley
PAC-10 INSTITUTION: Stanford
CURRENT OR FORMER ATHLETE: Current (2006-present)
OLYMPIC EVENT(S): New Zealand Women's Soccer

On the first day of group play, New Zealand, with current Stanford junior Ali Riley in the lineup and providing a key assist that got the Kiwi offense rolling, surprised by playing Japan to a 2-2 draw.

Riley started and played the full 90 minutes in New Zealand's gutsy effort in the draw against Japan, assisting on the Football Ferns' opening goal of the contest in the 37th minute.

The sequence started with Riley taking a pass from teammate Amber Hearne along the right flank of the attacking zone, and advancing ahead looking to turn the corner. At the right edge of the penalty area, Riley got around her defender and sent a low cross through the box that skipped past a pair of Japanese defenders and to the right foot of fellow Kiwi Kirsty Yallop at the far post. Yallop finished the sequence with a one-timer from five yards out to give New Zealand the 1-0 lead.

A current Stanford Cardinal, Riley was named the New Zealand International Women's Player of the Year and the Nike International Young Women's Player of the Year in 2006. In her initial season at Stanford, she was a 2006 All-Pac-10 Freshman selection. She appeared in 18 games and made 15 starts for the Cardinal. Riley was fourth on the team in scoring with four goals and two assists.(Courtesy of www.gostanford.com)

*Pac-10 Medal Count relects individual medals as well as medals won as part of a team effort.

Click Here for a complete breakdown of Pac-10 Olympic Medals by sport.

PAC-10 MEDAL COUNT (as of August 11, 2008)
BY MEDAL
GOLD 1
SILVER 1
BRONZE 1
PAC-10 MEDAL COUNT* (as of August 11, 2008)
BY INSTITUTION
CALIFORNIA 3
STANFORD 2
ARIZONA 1
USC 1
ARIZONA STATE 0
OREGON 0
OREGON STATE 0
UCLA 0
WASHINGTON 0
WASHINGTON STATE 0
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