This week in Pac-12 men's soccer
UCLA is the last Pac-12 men’s soccer team remaining in the men’s soccer NCAA Tournament. The Bruins reach the quarterfinals after defeating CALIFORNIA 3-2 for the first time in their third matchup this season. Washington battled with the tournament’s No. 3 seed, Michigan State, but were defeated in penalty kicks. UCLA will host North Carolina Saturday Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. PT. The Bruins visited the Tar Heels in the second game of the season this year and defeated them 1-0.
Around the League
• California senior MF Omid Jalali was honord as the Pac-12 men’s soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year. Jalali, a senior from Irvine, Calif., is a three-time first team Pac-12 All-Academic honoree, maintaining a 3.81 GPA in Business Administration, while on a pre-med track. He is one of three Golden Bears co-captains and made 15 appearances for California this season, scoring four goals. Jalali helped the Golden Bears advance to third round of this year’s NCAA Division I men’s soccer tournament. Jalali is a two-time Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District Eight Team member.
• California Senior MF Connor Hallisey, Oregon State F Khiry Shelton earned honors as a Mac Hermann Semifinalist, Stanford sophomore MF Jordan Morris and UCLA senior MF Leo Stolz all earned honors as a MAC Hermann Semifinalists.
• Oregon State’s Khiry Shelton was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year, while Stanford’s Brandon Vincent was tabbed Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Oregon State’s Timmy Mueller was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The All-Pac-12 teams were also announced.
• UCLA makes its fourth Elite Eight appearance in the past six years.
• Washington advanced on penalty kicks last week and went to PKs again this week, but came one PK short, falling to Michigan State, 4-3.