This Week in Pac-12 Men's Soccer
• Pac-12 teams ended non-conference play finishing 26-12-8. The first week of Conference action begins this week kicking off with No. 16 WASHINGTON at No. 13 UCLA and OREGON STATE at No. 22 SAN DIEGO STATE on Friday Sept. 29. The Huskies then travel to San Diego State on Sunday Oct. 2 along with Oregon State at UCLA for a televised game on Pac-12 Network. The week wraps up when rivals CALIFORNIA and STANFORD meet for #SundayGoals on the Pac-12 Network.
• The Pac-12 continues to have three teams ranked in the NSCAA top-25 this week. UCLA sits at No. 11 followed by Washington at No. 16, its highest ranking so far this season, and San Diego State is at No. 22. Stanford and California also received votes.
• San Diego State’s Travis Nicklaw was named the Conference’s Player of the Week. The redshirt senior forward scored the game-winning goal against crosstown rival San Diego in the overtime period to give the Aztecs the 1-0 victory. His goal was the second game winner of the season and led the Aztecs with four shots against USD, playing in 65 minutes. It was Nicklaw's first-career nod, SDSU's third this season and 22nd all-time.
• In that same overtime win, SDSU redshirt junior goalkeeper Adam Allmaras made seven saves, including five in the first half, to complete his sixth clean sheet of the season and 16th of his career. He is currently second in the nation in save percentage (.906) and sixth in goals against average (.353). The Aztecs currently lead the Conference in goals against average (.35) and shutouts (.75).
• California got its first win against a top-25 opponent when senior forward Christian Theirjung scored in overtime to upset then No. 13 UCSB, 2-1. The Bears now lead the series 6-1 against the Gauchos. Theirjung currently leads the nation in goals per game (1.14), and is in the top-15 for points per game (2.29), total goals (8), and total points (12). The Bears currently claim top-10 national rankings in assists per game (2.43), points per game (7), and scoring offense (2.29).
• Washington is on a three game win streak after winning against intracity rival Seattle University, 2-1, in front of the largest crowd in Husky Soccer Stadium history (3,419). The Huskies currently lead the conference in corner kicks per game (7.12) and shots per game (17.5).
•UCLA’s Jackson Yueill continues to remain in the top-five nationally in assists per game (5) and total assists (7).
• 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jose Hernandez of UCLA is among the 14 players with All-Conference honors returning to Pac-12 rosters this season. That list includes first-team members, UCLA's Seyi Adekoya and Abu Danladi, Nick Lima and Christian Thierjung of California, and Timmy Mueller of Oregon State competing this season.
• Twenty-eight players from NCAA Division I schools around the country have been marked as potential contenders for the 2016 Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer, presented annually to one male and one female athlete. Stanford’s Jordan Morris took home the honor last season. This year, the Pac-12 has two representatives on the list: UCLA’s Jose Hernandez and Abu Danladi.
• The countdown of Pac12 Networks’ 850 live event telecasts began on the pitch with a 36-game men’s soccer schedule. Each Pac-12 team appears on the Network at least 10 times (home or away) in 2016.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (all times local to site)
|Friday, Sept. 29|
|#16 Washington at #13 UCLA||P12LA||7 p.m. PT|
|Oregon State at #22 San Diego State||7 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Oct. 2|
|#16 Washington at #22 San Diego State||12 p.m. PT|
|Oregon State at #13 UCLA||P12LA/P12ORE||3 p.m. PT|
|California at Stanford||P12N/P12BA||7 p.m. PT|
|Teams||Points||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
|San Diego State||0||0-0||5-1-2|
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
THIS WEEK: Travis Nicklaw, SDSU
2016 PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Sept. 27||Travis Nicklaw, SDSU|
|Sept. 20||Christian Thierjung, CAL|
|Sept. 13||Jeroen Meefout, SDSU|
|Sept. 6||Adam Allmaras, SDSU|
|Aug. 30||Nick Lima, California|