This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Aug. 26, 2008
Wed,. Aug. 27
Seattle Sounders at  WASHINGTON (ex), 7 p.m. PT
Fri., Aug. 29
UC Riverside at [23/14/16] CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE at Oakland, 7 p.m. ET
[8/4/4/4] Maryland vs. [14/11/13/26] UCLA (2, 3), 7 p.m. PT
 WASHINGTON vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (1), 4:30 p.m. PT
Sat., Aug. 30
SAN DIEGO STATE vs. Alumni (ex), 1 p.m. PT
Sun., Aug. 31
[8/4/4/4] Maryland vs. [23/14/16] CALIFORNIA (2), 3 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE at Michigan, 12:30 p.m. ET
STANFORD at San Jose State, 7 p.m. PT
UC Riverside at [14/11/13/26] UCLA, 12:30 p.m. PT
 WASHINGTON vs. [10/20/19/24] Va. Tech (1), 12 Noon PT
(1) - Nike Portland Invitational, Portland, Ore.
(2) - The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
(3) - TV: Fox Soccer Channel
The Golden Bears are coming off back-to-back Pac-10 championships as head coach Kevin Grimes has led his team to seven straight NCAA tournament appearances. Cal returns NSCAA All-American and All-Pac-10 JR GK Stefan Frei, whose 0.77 goals against average ranked among the top 30 in the nation last season, and SO F Andrew Wiedeman, who led the Bears in points (20), goals (7) and assists (6) in 2007.
Despite a sixth-place finish in 2007, the Beavers ended the season on a high note, going undefeated in November (3-0-2). OSU will look to build on that strong finish with several new faces as the 2008 roster includes 17 underclassmen. The Beavers are led by a pair of senior forwards, Josh Cameron, who tied for first in the Conference with seven assists last season and Robby Christner, who had three goals and three assists for nine points a year ago.
SAN DIEGO STATE
The Aztecs, who finished runner-up in the Conference for the second year in a row, will be led by JR D Nick Cardenas, who has been named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. Also returning for SDSU is SO F Khadim Diouf, who posted five goals as a freshman, second on the team and nearly a quarter of the team's total goals for the season. Head coach Lev Kirshner will look to guide his team back to the postseason for the first time since 2006.
The Cardinal return 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year MF/F Bobby Warshaw to a team that has several veteran players on its roster. Warshaw led the team in scoring in 2007 and ranked among the top 10 in the Conference in seven categories, including second in shots (50) and fourth in shots per game (2.78). Stanford will make a run at its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002, when it made it to the championship match.
The Bruins earned their 25th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007 and will look to make it 26 in 2008. UCLA returns six All-Conference players while also adding 12 newcomers to its roster. The Bruins also return 100 percent of the team's scoring from last season, led by SR F Maxwell Griffin who had nine goals a year ago.
Head coach Dean Wurzberger will look to lead the Huskies back to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season, having been there 11 of the past 13 years. Washington returns nine starters from 2007, including All-Pac-10 selections SR MF George John (first team), SR MF Raphael Cox (second team) and JR D Casey Cunningham (honorable mention).