This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Sept. 8, 2009
AROUND THE LEAGUE
CALIFORNIA (1-1, 0-0)
After leading the Conference in game-winning goals last season, junior forward Andrew Wiedeman picked up where he left off last season scoring the game-winning-goal in a 2-0 win at Georgetown to open the season. The Golden Bears went 1-1 in the DC Area Classic, falling to top-ranked Maryland, 2-1 (OT). Sophomore goalkeeper David Bingham is replacing first team All-Pac-10 goalkeeper Stefan Frei and had a solid weekend registering 14 saves, including six in the shutout win over the Hoyas.
OREGON STATE (2-0, 0-0)
In his first season as head coach, Steve Simmons has made an impact as OSU has gotten off to a hot start, scoring seven goals in two matches. Last season, Oregon State scored 19 goals in 19 games. Sophomores John Swenson, Danny Mwanga and Colin Mitchell each have two goals apiece. Not to go unnoticed, OSU's defense has also been solid limiting Cal State Bakersfield to just four shots in a 4-0 OSU victory.
SAN DIEGO STATE (0-2, 0-0)
The Aztecs, playing one of the toughest schedules in program history where they will face four former national champions, scored in the 21st minute in the season opener against Loyola Marymount, but eventaully fell 2-1. Aginast city-rival San Diego, SDSU surrendered a goal in the 15th minute, but was unable to find an equalizer. The Aztecs are creating scoring opportunities as they tallied 15 shots and seven goal kicks in each game.
STANFORD (1-1, 0-0)
Sophomore midfielder/forward Garrett Gunther led the Cardinal to a 1-1 East Coast roadtrip. Gunther scored a goal in each game, including the game-winner against Rutgers. The one thing certain on The Farm for the Cardinal is its stout defense. Dating back to last season, the Cardinal have not allowed more than two goals to a opponent, a span of 20 matches, the only Conference team to achieve this feat.
UCLA (1-1, 0-0)
The Bruins opened the season by upsetting defending national champion Maryland, 2-0, snapping the Terripans'16-match win streak. Pac-10 Player of the Week senior goalkeeper Brian Perk registered a career-high 10 saves in the win and after the weekend has 199 saves for his career, good for fifth on UCLA's all-time saves list. Against Georgetown, UCLA outshot the Hoyas 10-7 and had an 11-2 advantage in corner kicks, but fell 2-0.
WASHINGTON (1-2, 0-0)
Redshirt senior Rylan Hawkins has played every minute and has recorded seven saves for a 1.27 goals against average. At the Nike Portland Invitational, UW lost both matches 2-1, but were competive with plenty of opportunities. Through three matches, UW have a total of 35 shots. Sophomore forward Brent Richards is tied for the team lead in points (2) and leads the team in assists with (2). Senior defender Casey Cunningham, junior forward Matt Van Houten and freshman Ryan Moore each have scored a goal for the Huskies this season.