This Year in Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Dec. 16, 2009
AROUND THE LEAGUE
CALIFORNIA (9-8-1, 3-6-1)
The Golden Bears closed out the regular season by defeating rival Standord, 1-0. RS-SR MF Hector Jimenez finished the regular season as the Conference leader in assists per game (0.50), a mark that ranked 17th in the NCAA, while JR F Andrew Wiedeman finished tied for second in the Pac-10 in goals scored (11) and third in points (26).
OREGON STATE (9-6-3, 5-4-1)
SO F Danny Mwanga became the first ever Oregon State player to be selected an All-American by the NSCAA. A second team selection and 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Mwanga led the Conference in multiple offensive categories including: goals scored (14), points per game (1.67), goal per game (0.78) and game-winning goals (5). He finished second in points (30). His mark in goals per game ranked third in the NCAA.
SAN DIEGO STATE (6-6-6, 3-4-3)
The Aztecs boasted an impressive 3-0-2 record against teams ranked in the top 15. Eleven of SDSU’s 18 matches went into overtime with the Aztecs compiling a 3-2-6 record in extra minutes. JR F Raymundo Reza finished the 2009 campaign tied for fourth in the Conference in goals scored (6) and points (16).
STANFORD (12-6-2, 4-4-2)
The Cardinal finished the 2009 season with eight more victories than in 2008. Stanford fell in the third round of the tournament to overall No. 1 seed Akron, 2-0. The 12 wins are the most since 2002 when it won 17 matches. For the second-consecutive season, Stanford did not allow an opponent to score more than two goals in a match. JR D Bobby Warshaw became the first Cardinal player to earn NSCAA first team All-American honors since 2002. Warshaw scored six goals and recorded an assist to lead Stanford’s balanced offensive attack.
UCLA (12-4-4, 5-1-4)
The winner of back-to-back Pac-10 Championships after capturing the 2009 crown, the Bruins fell in the NCAA quarterfinals to Wake Forest, 2-0. UCLA was the only Pac-10 team to go unbeaten at home this season, boasting a 8-0-2 record at Drake Stadium. SR MF Klye Nakazawa and SR GK Brain Perk became the 40th and 41st Bruins all-time to receive NSCAA All-America honors. Nakazawa earned a first team selection after finishing the season leading the Pac-10 in points (21), and finishing second in goals scored (12) and points per game (1.55). Perk was tabbed a second team selection after leading the Conference in goals against average (0.87). He recorded four shutouts and 53 saves. He was also a nominee for the U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year.
WASHINGTON (5-7-6, 2-3-5)
SR GK Rylan Hawkins wrapped up the season as the Conference leader in saves (73). Hawkins is also one of 10 seniors up for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award. SO F Brent Richards and FR F Ryan Moore provided most of the offense for the Huskies combining for nine goals scored, 23 assists and 41 points.