MEN'S SOCCER MOVES UP IN RANKINGS HEADING INTO THIRD WEEK
• WASHINGTON’s senior defender Taylor Peay earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 3-9. Peay recorded four total goals over the course of the week, including a hat trick over Santa Clara. His four goals on the season lead the Conference, as does his points per game average of 2.67, which is also tied for seventh nationally.
• No. 5 CALIFORNIA leapt into the spotlight after a dominating opening weekend, and moved up in the national rankings after a 1-0 victory over San Francisco. Freshman Christian Thierjung scored the lone goal for the Golden Bears with merely 19 seconds left in regulation to secure the victory.
• Led by Peay, No. 10 WASHINGTON put on stellar performances against Santa Clara and Portland, winning both matches 4-1. Four different Huskies netted a goal over the two games, including two goals from redshirt freshman Justin Schmidt.
• OREGON STATE dropped their match versus Michigan State despite six saves from goalkeeper Matt Bersano. But the Beavers bounced back for a resounding 4-1 win over Oakland, where Daniel Van Vleet recorded his first two goals of the season after coming off of the bench.
• Eric Verso scored his first goal of his sophomore campaign to give STANFORD their first victory of the season, a 1-0 win over Santa Clara. The goal is the third for the Cardinal squad thus far this year.
• UCLA dropped their first match of the year in their home opener, losing 3-0 to Cal Poly on Thursday. Goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. recorded three saves in his 90 minutes of play, but it wasn’t enough as the Bruins were outshot 14-9. UCLA dips eight slots in the rankings, moving to 14th in the NSCAA top 25.
• SAN DIEGO STATE posted their second-straight loss in a narrow 1-0 match against UC Irvine. Goalie Blake Hylen allowed the one goal but made seven saves, and the Aztecs posted 11 total shots on goal.
• NATIONAL RECOGNITION... Washington ranks third overall in the nation in points per game (10) and assists per game (4.00), and its nine total goals so far ties for 11th. Oregon State’s save percentage of .917 is 16th nationally, and its 27 total points is 13th. Individually, UW goalkeeper Spencer Richey is 15th in save percentage, coming in at .923.
• PUT ME IN, COACH... So far this season, 25 different Pac-12 student-athletes have recorded a goal, with eight scoring two or more. Teams have distributed the wealth on shot opportunities as well, with 18 players taking at least five shots on goal.
• THE WEEK AHEAD... Washington faces two top-25 ranked teams in No. 3 Connecticut and No. 25 Brown, both on the road. The only other ranked opponent for Pac-12 teams will be No. 7 Akron, who hosts San Diego State on Sunday, Sept. 15. Two SoCal showdowns take place as UCLA hosts UC Santa Barbara and San Diego, with both matches airing on Pac-12 Networks.
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