Pac-10 Men's Soccer Closes Out Conference Season Saturday
Nov. 14, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The UCLA Bruins (6-1-2 Pac-10) have secured the Pac-10 title and receive the Conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, their 26th consecutive trip and 36th overall. The Tournament field will be announced live on Monday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. PT on ESPNEWS.
UCLA at San Diego State, 1 p.m. PT
Last Time: The teams opened the Conference season with a 3-3 draw in Los Angeles on Oct. 5. RS-JR Matt McManus scored two goals for the Aztecs in a five-minute span to take a 2-0 halftime lead. JF MF Michael Stephens scored in the 60th minute and then connected on a penalty kick in the 74th minute to even the game 2-2. FR MF Joe Corona put SDSU back on top in the 82nd minute of action before SR F Maxwell Griffin of UCLA tied the game once again in the final three minutes of regulation. The teams combined to take 43 shots and 15 corner kicks.
Head-To-Head: The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Aztecs, 27-4-10; however, San Diego State is unbeaten against UCLA in its last four meetings, going 1-0-3. While the Bruins have clinched the Pac-10 crown, the Aztecs can earn their third consecutive runner-up finish in the Pac-10 with a win and a loss by California at home against Stanford.
Stanford at California, 2 p.m. PT
Last Time: The teams faced each other on Oct. 18 at Stanford in a match that went into overtime before Cal was able to get one past Cardinal goalkeeper John Moore in the second minute of the extra period. SO MF Servando Carrasco scored the game-winner for the Golden Bears after RS-SO MF Hector Jimenez's shot was fumbled by Moore and Carrasco was there to tap it in.
Head-To-Head: Since 1971, Stanford holds a 21-17-8 series lead. For the past 12 years, either Stanford or Cal has advanced to the NCAA tournament. Though they have a combined 24 NCAA appearances, they have never advanced in the same season. The Golden Bears can claim second place in the Conference with a win or a tie on Saturday.
Oregon State at Washington, 7 p.m. PT
Last Time: The teams first met Oct. 10 in Corvallis, Ore., where Washington defeated Oregon State 2-1. FR F Brent Richardsbegan the scoring just after halftime with his shot to the lower right corner of the net in the 47th minute of play. JR MF Jo Jo Katz netted the game-winner for the Huskies off a corner kick. The Beavers avoided the shutout as SR F Robby Christner registered his seventh goal of the season in the 85th minute of play.
Head-To-Head: Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 29-7-3, including a 14-3-0 advantage when playing the Beavers in Seattle. While the top two spots in the Conference are locked in place, the final four are still up for grabs. Washington has a shot for a third place finish with a win over OSU and some help from other Conference teams, while the Beavers can finish anywhere from fourth to sixth.