This year in Pac-12 men's soccer
• 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: No. 2-seed UCLA, No. 6-seed STANFORD, No. 14-seed WASHINGTON and No. 15-seed CALIFORNIA. OREGON STATE also qualified for the Tournament and opened play in the first round.
• UCLA went on a run and advanced all the way to the College Cup finals, facing off with Virginia. Despite dominating possession for most of the game, the Bruins could not manage a goal in regulation, nor either of the two overtime periods. In penalty kicks, UCLA fell after sending two kicks off the crossbar. It was UCLA’s 13th College Cup appearance and its ninth-ever appearance in the finals.
• 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. California senior MF Omid Jalali was honored as the Pac-12 men’s soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year.
• The Pac-12 holds an all-time record of 118-95-10 in the NCAA Tournament, with four national championships and eight second-place finishes.
• The Pac-12 had seven NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I All-America honorees. Stanford D Brandon Vincent, F Jordan Morris and UCLA MF Leo Stolz were named to the first team, while California MF Connor Hallisey and Oregon State F Khiry Shelton earned second team accolades. Washington D Andy Thoma and MF Cristian Roldan were honored on the third team.
• California MF Connor Hallisey, Oregon State F Khiry Shelton, Stanford MF Jordan Morris and UCLA MF Leo Stolz earned honors as MAC Hermann Semifinalists. Stolz was named as one of three finalists for the trophy, the highest individual intercollegiate award administered by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and presented annually at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. This year’s trophy presentation and banquet will take place Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.
• The final NSCAA rankings had four teams ranked in the top 25 with five teams receiving votes overall. UCLA led the charge at No. 2
• CALIFORNIA earned a first-round bye and represented the Pac-12 in the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year, earning its 18th postseason berth. After defeating the SIU Edwardsville, Cal crossed paths with Pac-12 rival UCLA falling in a close game, 2-3. The Golden Bears finished with the nation’s No.1 scoring offense and with a 11-7-1 overall record.
• OREGON STATE earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, knocking off Denver, 1-0. The Beavers fell in a close game with Creighton in the second round. Oregon State finished with a 12-8-1 overall record.
• SAN DIEGO STATE did not qualify for the Tournament, but did manage three wins over ranked opponents, including Tournament teams, then-No. 17 Oregon State, and then-No. 19 Denver. The Aztecs finished with a 7-12-0 overall record.
• STANFORD won its first Pac-12 Championship since 2001. The Cardinal fell in the second round of the Tournament and finished with a 13-3-3 record.
• WASHINGTON advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Michigan State in penalty kicks. The Huskies finished with a 12-5-3 record.
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