Men's soccer heads west for week four

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• UCLA’s Leo Stolz earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after helping the Bruins to their two victories on the weekend over UC Santa Barbara and San Diego. Stolz also earned College Soccer News National Team of the Week honors and is leading the Bruins with five points on the year. 

• The Huskies notched a win and a tie against two top-25 teams with a 1-0 win over No. 25 Brown and a scoreless draw against No. 3 Connecticut. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Herman stepped up with four saves against Brown after UW lost senior Spencer Richey for the season due to injury. 

• OREGON STATE moved up in the standings after posting their second- and third-straight wins this past week. The Beavers pulled off an overtime victory over Seattle before blanking Air Force 2-0. Khiry Shelton scored three goals over the two matches, and his four goals on the season tie for 13th nationally. 

• UCLA kept fans on the edge of their seats with two closely-matched contests, earning victories over UC Santa Barbara and San Diego. Junior MF Leo Stolz shone for the Bruins with two goals and one assist. The Bruins continue to take on the West Coast with matches at UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge.

JJ Koval netted his first two goals of the season on four total shots to lead STANFORD to a 2-1 victory over Grand Canyon, where the Cardinal outshot its opponent 25-2. Stanford hosts College of Charleston and Colgate this week. The match versus Colgate will be the first televised match for Stanford, airing on Pac-12 Networks. 

• CALIFORNIA’s schedule mirrors Stanford’s for the second time this season, hosting Colgate on Friday and College of Charleston on Sunday. The Bears played Penn State this past weekend, drawing at a score of 1-1, the only Cal goal coming on Steven Birnbaum’s third goal of the season.

• The only Pac-12 loss came from SAN DIEGO STATE, who held No. 7 Akron to two overtimes but lost 2-1. The Aztecs won their other match of the week, a 2-0 victory over Niagara. SDSU travels to the Rockies to face Air Force and Denver this weekend.

• Five of the league’s 10 contests this weekend went beyond regulation time, including three that went to double overtimes. Two of those matches were against top-25 ranked teams, as Washington held No. 3 Connecticut to two overtimes and San Diego State did the same with No. 7 Akron.  

• Three Pac-12 teams continue to rank in the top 25 nationally for the third-straight week, with California, UCLA and Washington moving up to No. 4, No. 11 and No. 6 respectively. Oregon State and Stanford received votes. 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Thursday, September 19
#11 UCLA at UC Irvine, 7 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE at Portland, 7 p.m. PT

Friday, September 20
Colgate at #4 CALIFORNIA, 4:30 p.m. PT
College of Charleston at STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT
Florida Gulf Coast at #6 WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. PT (P12N)
SAN DIEGO STATE at Air Force, 8 p.m. MT

Sunday, September 22
San Jose State at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m. PT
#11 UCLA at #3 Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m. PT
Georgia State at #6 WASHINGTON, 3 p.m. PT
SAN DIEGO STATE at Denver, 2 p.m. MT
Colgate at STANFORD, 1 p.m. PT (P12N)
College of Charleston at #4 CALIFORNIA, 3:30 p.m. PT

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