This week in Pac-12 men's soccer
This week two of the nation’s top 10 teams will face off in a Pac-12 men’s soccer matchup between No. 6 UCLA and No. 4 WASHINGTON. The Huskies and Bruins are tied for first place in the Pac-12 and will play on Thursday Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. PT in a game that will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks ... Pac-12 men’s soccer will receive extensive television coverage as the Pac-12 Networks will broadcast 33 matches this season. For more information and to view the 2014 television schedule, visit www.pac-12.com.
Around the League
• No. 14 CALIFORNIA’s redshirt senior GK Justin Taillole made a career-high 12 saves to help the Golden Bears earn a 1-1 draw at No. 11 STANFORD. It was the first game in Cal’s last seven that the Golden Bears were held to a single goal, though the Golden Bears remain the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense averaging 2.83 goals per game.
• OREGON STATE, the nation’s No. 2 team in assists per game, was shutout in back-to-back road games, falling to SAN DIEGO STATE, 1-0, and UCLA, 3-0. The Beavers have been shut out in three of their five Conference games.
• SAN DIEGO STATE upset OREGON STATE 1-0, for its first Conference win of the season, and then hung tough with No.4 Washington, losing 3-2. Freshman F David Olsen headed in the game winning goal off a corner against the Beavers. The Aztecs hold a 3-2 home record against ranked opponents this season and they are just one home victory away from matching a program-best eight home wins.
• No. 11 STANFORD drew even with No. 14 CALIFORNIA, 1-1. The Cardinal outshot the Golden Bears 35-16 and put 14 shots on target, but could score only once. Senior F Zach Batteer scored for the third consecutive match and GK Andrew Epstein made a career-high six saves to preserve Stanford’s undefeated record at home, moving to 6-0-2.
• No. 6 UCLA went 2-0 last week, knocking off No. 4 WASHINGTON, 2-1, and OREGON STATE, 3-0. The Bruins were led by freshman F Abu Danladi, who returned from injury to record five points in the two games. Redshirt senior GK Earl Edwards Jr. earned his Conference-leading, seventh shutout of the season. Edwards also leads the Pac-12 in goals against avg (.67).
• No. 4 WASHINGTON’s undefeated streak ended at eight games after it fell to No. 6 UCLA, 2-1. The team rebounded with a 3-2 win over SAN DIEGO STATE. This week the Huskies return home, where they are undefeated in Conference play.