Pac-12 men's soccer back on the pitch for 2015
• Pac-12 men's soccer kicks off the 2015 season on Friday, Aug. 28 with all six league teams competing. Pac-12 Network begins its men's soccer broadcast schedule with OREGON STATE hosting Marquette, 5 p.m. PT that day. Four total games will be broadcast live this week.
• The Pac-12 claims the preseason top-ranked team according to the NSCAA with UCLA sitting atop the pack. Two additional teams cracked the top 10, with STANFORD coming in at No. 8 while WASHINGTON is No. 10. CALIFORNIA is 16th overall and OREGON STATE also received votes.
• In a polling of the Conference coaches, UCLA was selected to win the Pac-12 for the sixth-straight year. The Bruins return a trio of attackers in 2015, helping earn the status as the nation’s No. 1 team. Top Drawer Soccer’s Freshman of the Year Abu Danladi netted five goals and added six assists despite playing in only 12 of UCLA’s 24 games last year. Joining him is SO F Seyi Adekoya and SR F Larry Ndjock, who recorded two NCAA College Cup semifinal goals. On the back line, first team All-Pac-12 member and MAC Hermann Award watch lister JR D Michael Amick returns for his junior campaign. Amick keeps adding to his list of preseason accolades, also landing on the inaugural preseason All-Pac-12 team this year.
• CALIFORNIA features eight newcomers and returns six starters. JR F Christian Thierjung racked up seven goals and two assists in 20 games last season, including three of his goals coming as game winners. Joining Thierjung on the frontline is SO F Paul Salcedo, who totaled four goals and four assists in 2014. The duo will look to overtake the production of 2014 Pac-12 leading goal scorer Stefano Bonomo. RS SR GK Alex Mangels notched 17 saves between the posts, and will mentor rookie keepers Jonathan Klinsmann and Noah Texter.
• OREGON STATE seeks a back-to-back showing at the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers will look to Pac-12 Freshman of the Year SO F Timmy Mueller after leading the team with 11 goals. Joining Mueller in the attacking third is SO F Jordan Jones, who netted eight goals in 2014 including the game-winning-goal against Denver in the NCAA Tournament. JR MF Devontae Still who finished last season with four goals and four assists, looks to support the forwards from the midfield.
• SAN DIEGO STATE is a young team as two thirds of its roster features underclassmen. The Aztecs return six players this year, including SR F Rene Reyes, who will be looked upon to lead the team. Reyes posted two goals in eight games last season. On the back line, the Aztecs’ RS JR defender Sergio Enriquez anchors the defense. Enriquez tallied two assists from his defensive position in 2014.
• STANFORD is the reigning Conference champion after totaling its most wins since 2002 (13). The only team in the country to return a pair of first team All-Americans, JR F Jordan Morris and SR D Brandon Vincent look to lead the Cardinal on another deep run in the NCAA postseason. Vincent had a successful switch to left back last season, earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors for his efforts. Morris and Vincent were both named to the MAC Hermann Award Watch List.
• WASHINGTON comes off its third NCAA Tournament quarterfinal trip in program history and second in the head coach Jamie Clark era. The Huskies may have lost a quartet of talent to the MLS, but they look to lean on the experience of SR MF James Moberg, who dished out six assists last season, and JR F Mason Robertson, who tied for UW’s second leading goalscorer last season with seven goals. SR F Josh Heard looks to make an impact on the front line in his final season, building upon the momentum of his seven-goal season from last year.
• The Pac-12 Network will broadcast 35 matches in 2015. UCLA alumnus and former MLS player Cobi Jones will continue to cover all the action on the Networks alongside analysts Christopher Sullivan and Kelly Gray. Rich Cellini and JB Long continue play-by-play duties, along with Miles, Jim Watson, Rich Burk and Troy Clardy.
|Friday, Aug. 28||TV/Stream||Time|
|Marquette at OREGON STATE||P12N||5 p.m. PT|
|Gonzaga at No.10 WASHINGTON||P12N||7 p.m. PT|
|No. 16 CALIFORNIA at San Diego||7 p.m. PT|
|No. 8 STANFORD at UC Santa Barbara||7:30 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Aug. 29|
|New Mexico at No. 1 UCLA||P12N||4 p.m. PT|
|Grand Canyon at SAN DIEGO STATE||7 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Aug. 30|
|No. 9 Michigan State at OREGON STATE||P12N||12 p.m. PT|
|UC Davis at No. 10 WASHINGTON||7:30 p.m. PT|
|Monday, Aug. 31|
|No. 8 STANFORD at Louisville||4:30 p.m. PT|
MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Michael Amick, UCLA; Jordan Morris, Stanford; Brandon Vincent, Stanford