This week in Pac-12 men's soccer
UCLA Advances to NCAA Semifinals
UCLA advanced to its 14th College Cup in school history and its first since 2011. Senior GK Earl Edwards Jr sealed the win for the Bruins over No. 16 North Carolina in the eighth round of penalty kicks to keep UCLA’s title hopes alive. The Bruins move on to matchup with the Providence Friars, a team that knocked off Dartmouth, UC Irvine and Michigan State to reach the semifinals. The game will be played at Wakemed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET and televised live on ESPNU. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Around the League
• UCLA makes its second College Cup appearance in the past four years.
• UCLA is looking for its fifth title after winning in 1985, 1990, 1997, and 2002.
• California senior MF Omid Jalali was honored 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, 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.
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