This week in Pac-12 men's soccer
Stanford Wins Pac-12; Five Teams Earn Tournament Bids
The Pac-12 finished the regular season with five of six teams ranked in the nation’s top 25 ... Austin Meyer buried an overtime goal to give STANFORD a 3-2 win over CALIFORNIA and give the Cardinal its first Pac-12 title since 2001... A league-record five Pac-12 men’s soccer teams earned berths to compete in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Four Conference teams earned first round byes and will begin play on Sunday, Nov. 23: No. 2-seed UCLA, No. 6-seed STANFORD, No. 14-seed WASHINGTON and No. 15-seed CALIFORNIA. OREGON STATE will play in the first round as an unseeded team on Thursday, Nov. 20.
Around the League
• California dropped its last game of the season after conceding an overtime goal to STANFORD to lose, 3-2. The Golden Bears wrapped up regular season play as the league’s top ranked offense in total points (138), goals per game 2.59) and Assists per game (2.94). California was seeded at No. 15 after finishing the year 10-6-1. The Golden Bears await the winner of a first round game between SIU Edwardsville and Northwestern in a game that will be played Sunday, Nov. 23.
• Oregon State battled its way into the Tournament after going 2-1 in its last three games of the season with wins over then No. 7 California and No. 9 Washington and finishing the year 11-7-1. The Beavers will go for their first-ever Tournament win when they open in the first round at home against Denver on Thursday, Nov. 20.
• SAN DIEGO STATE fell to UCLA in its final game of the season, 2-1. The loss was the Aztecs sixth in a row. SDSU did finish the year with seven home victories which tied for the most by an Aztec team since 2006.
• Stanford clinched its first Conference title since 2001 after finishing the job in a 3-2 double overtime victory over California. Stanford earned a No. 6 seed after going 13-2-3 this season. The Cardinal will host the winner of UNLV and UC Irvine at Stanford on Nov. 23. Stanford hasn’t lost at home all season.
• UCLA got a win over San Diego State, 2-1, but could not get the Stanford draw/loss it needed to clinch the Pac-12 title. Nonetheless UCLA enters the tournament as the Conference’s highest seeded team (No. 2 seed) after finishing the year with an 11-4-4 overall record. On Nov. 23, the Bruins will host the winner of the first-round matchup between San Diego and CSU Fullerton. The Bruins have now qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 32-straight seasons, carry an all-time Tournament record of 68-37-1 and have won the title four times, most recently in 2002.
• Washington dropped its final regular season game of the year to Oregon State, falling, 0-2, its first home loss in November. Washington snagged a No. 14 seed after being ranked in the top 10 every week of the season entering selections. The Huskies will play the winner of UAB and Furman in Seattle on Nov. 23.
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