UW takes over the top spot in the Pac-12 standings

By the Pac-12 Conference

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In a close race for the Pac-12 title WASHINGTON stands on top with 13 total points with four weeks left in the season. UCLA is not far behind with just one point separating them from first place. STANFORD and CALIFORNIA are battling out third place for now with seven and six points respectively. Can't count out OREGON STATE and SAN DIEGO STATE as they both have five Conference games remaining and could quickly move up in the standings. Three games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks this week. Thursday, Oct. 18 will feature the Beavers traveling to Stanford at 5 p.m., the Golden Bears host the Huskies on Friday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m., and the weekend wraps up on the Networks with Washington traveling to Stanford on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.

•NATIONAL RECOGNITION
-UCLA MF Ryan Hollingshead and CALIFORNIA MF Seth Casiple were named to TopDrawerSoccer.com midseason top 100 upperclassmen list. Hollingshead was named number 11, while Casiple held the number 25 spot.
-Four Pac-12 freshmen were named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com top 100 freshmen list. UCLA MF Grady Howe was ranked tenth, STANFORD MF Tyler Thompson (16th), OSU F Mikhail Doholis (22nd) and SDSU MF Travis Nicklaw (26th).

•STREAK SNAPPED
-The SDSU Aztecs were able to put an end to their five-game winless streak with an impressive 4-0 victory over Point Loma Nazarene.
-UCLA had their 16-game Pac-12 win streak ended by WASHINGTON in a 2-1 victory by the Huskies. The streak dated back to Oct. 24, 2010.
-OREGON STATE lost their first home game of the season when the Cal Golden Bears visited and won 3-1. The Beavers had not faced a loss at home since Oct. 10 of last season.

•PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UW senior forward Nate Sackeyfio was named the Pac-12 Men's Soccer Player of the Week. Sackeyfio scored his first two goals as a Husky over the weekend when Washington defeated both then-No. 5 UCLA (2-1) and Stanford (2-0).

•RACE TO THE TOP: Just seven points seperate the top four teams in the Conference standings. Leaving the crown for the Pac-12 Champion left wide open with each team having five Pac-12 games left to play.

•UNBEATEN: The Huskies are now the lone team without a loss in Conference play, with a record of 4-0-1. Washington knocked UCLA out of the unbeaten category this week by handing them their first loss in a Pac-12 game in almost two years.

•SEEING DOUBLE: Don't be confused by California's schedule as they repeat the same opponents from last week, facing both Washington and Oregon State again this week. With a 3-1 win over the Beavers, and a 1-0 double overtime loss to the Huskies this past week Cal will face a tough weekend.

•GETTING BETTER: UCLA, Washington, Stanford and Oregon State all have a better overall winning percentage now than they did at this point in the season last year. California, Washington and Stanford have all improved on their Pac-12 standing as well.

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Thursday, October 18
Oregon State at Stanford, P12N, 5 p.m. PT*

Friday, October 19
Washington at California, P12N, 1 p.m. PT*
San Diego State at Clemson, 6 p.m. ET

Sunday, October 21
Oregon State at California, 2:30 p.m. PT*
Washington at Stanford, P12N, 3 p.m. PT*

* indicates Conference game

RECENT RESULTS
Friday, October 12
California at Washington - WASH, 1-0 (2OT)
Stanford at Oregon State - TIED, 2-2 (2OT)
UCLA at San Diego State - UCLA, 4-3

Sunday, October 14
California at Oregon State - CAL, 3-1
Stanford at Washington - WASH, 2-0

Monday, October 15
Point Loma Nazarene at San Diego State - SDSU, 4-0

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