This Week in Pac-12 Men's Soccer
PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER NOTES
• Oregon State and No. 20/19 Washington make the trip south to face No. 12/10 UCLA and San Diego State this weekend. The Beavers look to win three-straight conference matches for the first time since 2005. UCLA and Washington meet Friday night, and both teams have 15 points in conference play. The Bruins are undefeated at 5-0-0, while UW is 5-2-0.
• SDSU SO F Miles Byass earned his second Bank of the West Player of the Week award of the season after scoring in the ninth minute in the Aztecs 2-1 win over Michigan. The Wolverines, a 2010 NCAA semifinalist, were coming off a 1-0 upset of defending national champion and then-No. 4 Akron on Tuesday. SDSU is now 3-1 against 2010 NCAA Tournament participants. Byass and RS SO F Jordan Ongaro lead the team and are ranked third in the Pac-12 with five goals this season. Byass also has a team-high five assists and 15 points.
• Washington SR F Brent Richards has led the Huskies in scoring since stepping onto campus, but had not scored more than eight goals in a single season. Richards already exceeded that mark on Oct. 16, and became the first Husky since Ely Allen in 2007 to score 10 goals in a season with his game-winning penalty kick in the 1-0 victory over Cal. He ranks second in the conference in goals and points (23). Richards also tallied an assist in the 2-1 win over Stanford.
• Oregon State also went 2-0 against Cal and Stanford over the weekend. JR F Emery Welshman assisted on JR MF Roberto Farfan's goal to put the Beavers up 1-0 over Cal, and then provided the game winner in the 2-1 win. Welshman leads the Pac-12 with seven assists. RS SR GK Steve Spangler made a season-high seven saves on Senior Day as the Beavers defeated Stanford 1-0 in overtime. It was Spangler's first victory over the Cardinal. Spanler now ranks third in OSU history with 11 career shutouts. SO D Josh von Allworden's game-winning goal in extra time was the second of his career.
• UCLA JR F Chandler Hoffman continues to pace the Bruins on offense, scoring both goals in the 3-2 loss to Cal State Northridge. Hoffman is still atop the Pac-12 charts with 13 goals and 28 points in 2011. His 13 goals are the most by a Bruin since Matt Taylor scored 14 in 2003.
• Stanford SR MF/F Taylor Amman scored the team's lone goal against Washington on Friday.
• Cal JR D Steve Birnbaum scored the second goal of his career when he converted a penalty kick against Oregon State.
Friday, October 28
Oregon State at San Diego State, 3 p.m. PT*
No. 20/19 Washington at No. 12/10 UCLA, 7 p.m. PT*
Sunday, October 30
No. 20/19 Washington at San Diego State, 1 p.m. PT*
Oregon State at No. 12/10 UCLA, 2 p.m. PT*
* Pac-12 contest
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