This Year In Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Dec. 16, 2008

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UCLA WINS FIFTH PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP
Two teams compete in NCAA Tournament

UCLA captured the Pac-10 men's soccer championship for the first time since 2005, as the 2008 Bruin squad compiled a 7-1-2 mark in Conference play to earn 23 points and the program's fifth league title in the last seven years.

California and UCLA were selected to participate in the 2008 NCAA men's soccer championship. The Bears shut out San Francisco in the first round, 3-0, while the Bruins fell to Cal Poly, 1-0 in the opening round of action.

The second round of the NCAA Tournament saw Cal tavel to UC Santa Barbara, where the Bears upset the Gauchos, 3-2, in double overtime. Sophomore forward Andrew Wiedeman scored the game-winning goal in the third minute of the second overtime period to propel Cal into the third round of the tournament.

The Golden Bears faced Maryland in the third round, a team they had defeated 1-0 in the second game of the season. This time the Terrapins got the best of the Bears, as Cal fell to the eventual National Champions, 2-1, to end its season with a 12-4-5 record.

In individual honors, UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second time in his career and the first time outright, as he was co-Coach of the Year in 2004. UCLA's Michael Stephens was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, and OREGON STATE's Danny Mwanga earnd Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.

The Pac-10 posted a 23-23-9 (.500) record against Division I non-conference opponents during the 2008 season, including postseason play.

NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS

FIRST ROUND
No. 11 CALIFORNIA 3, San Francisco 0
Cal Poly 1, No. 13 UCLA 0

SECOND ROUND
No. 11 CALIFORNIA 3, No. 19 UC Santa Barbara 2 (2OT)

THIRD ROUND
No. 3 Maryland 2, No. 11 California 1

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Pac-10 men's soccer ended the season with a 23-23-9 (.500) record in all non-conference games, and had two of its teams selected to participate in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears finished second in the Conference with a 5-2-3 record and made their eighth consecutive postseason appearance... Cal defeated San Francisco and UC Santa Barbara before falling to eventual national champion Maryland in the third round of the NCAA Tournament... So F Andrew Wiedeman, a third team NSCAA All-American, led the Pac-10 in points (29) and goals (12), while tying for first in game-winning goals with four.

OREGON STATE: At 3-5-2, the Beavers, who finished the season unbeaten in three of their last five games, end the year in a tie for fourth place in the Pac-10 with Washington... In Conference only games, OSU led the Pac-10 in saves, averaging 5.3 per contest... Fr F Danny Mwanga was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Sr D Daniel Leach earned second-team honors.

SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs placed third in the Conference with a 3-4-3 record, finishing the season unbeaten in four of their last five games... Jr MF Evan Toft earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors finishing tied for fifth in the Conference in assists (6), tied for 10th in points (12) and ranking fifth in shots per game (2.35).

STANFORD: The Cardinal finished in sixth place in the Pac-10 with a 2-6-2 record... So MF/F Bobby Warshaw tied for fourth in the Conference with two game-winning goals on the season and was named first-team All-Pac-10... A bright spot for the Cardinal was the defense, as they never allowed more than two goals in a single match, the only team in the Pac-10 to accompish that feat.

UCLA: The Bruins captured the Pac-10 title with a 7-1-2 record and earned their 26th consecutive NCAA appearance... Jr MF Michael Stephens was named Pac-10 Player of the Year after finishing the regular season ranked first in points (23) and tied for first in assists with nine... Sr F Maxwell Giffin ended the season tied for first with four game-winning goals and ranked second in goals scored (10) and third in points (22), garnering All-Pac-10 first-team honors.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies finish the season in a tied for fourth place with a 3-5-2 record in the Pac-10... Sr MF Raphael Cox ended the season in a tie for fourth in the Pac-10 in points (20) and a tie for fifth in goals (7) and assists (6), earning him All-Pac-10 first-team honors... Fr F Brent Richards paced the league in shots with 71 (3.94 spg) and finished tied for third in goals with eight and sixth in points with 18.

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