This Week in Pac-12 Men's Soccer
• A top-25 matchup highlights the week when No. 12 Stanford visits No. 24 UCLA on Sunday, Oct. 23 for #SundayGoals on the Pac-12 Network. The week kicks off with the Cardinal at San Diego State and California visiting the Bruins to be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network on Thursday, Oct. 20. No. 17 Washington hosts a local non-conference match-up against Gonzaga on Friday, Oct. 21 and California visits San Diego State on Sunday, Oct. 23.
• The Pac-12 has three teams ranked in the NSCAA top-25 this week. Stanford sits at No. 12, followed by Washington at No. 17, and UCLA at No. 24. San Diego State also received votes.
• Stanford’s Corey Baird was named the Conference’s Player of the Week. The junior forward had a hand in three of the Cardinal’s six in two games last week, tallying his first three assists of the season. Baird now has 20 assists in 55 career matches, a total which is ninth in program history. It was Baird's second-career nod, Stanford's second-consecutive player of the week award this season and 25th all time.
• After starting the year 0-1-3, No. 12 Stanford has gone 8-1-0 and 5-0 since Conference play began. The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 21-5 this season. Stanford also extended its unbeaten streak at home to 20 after a 3-1 victory over then-No. 25 San Diego State and a 3-0 victory over then-No. 17 UCLA.
• No. 17 Washington freshman midfielder Handwalla Bwana currently posts a top-20 national ranking in total assists (6). The Huskies are on a two-game win streak after defeating both Cal and Oregon State by identical 2-1 margins.
• No. 24 UCLA’s 4-3 win over Cal marked the third match this season the Bruins have scored four or more goals in a game. Sophomore midfielder Jackson Yueill remains in the top-20 nationally in assists per game (0.50) and total assists (6).
• San Diego State got its first win in Berkeley since 2009 after a 1-0 overtime win over the Bears. Redshirt goalkeeper Adam Allmaras made two saves on the afternoon en route to his eighth shutout of the season and 18th of his career, ranking him fourth in program history. The Aztecs are currently in the top-five nationally in save percentage (0.864) and shutout percentage (0.62).
• California continues to lead the Conference in assists per game (1.92) and points per game (5.58). Senior forward/midfielder Christian Thierjung remains in the top-25 nationally in goals per game (.73) and points per game (1.55).
• Michael Amick of UCLA and Brian Nada-Sinkam of Stanford have been nominated for the senior CLASS award along with 28 other men’s soccer student-athletes. Excelling both on and off the field, nominees must be an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Amick is a biochemistry major at UCLA with plans to become a doctor. Stanford’s Nada-Sinkam is a creative consultant for The Releaf Group, a non-profit organization that connects Nigerian entrepreneurs in the agricultural industry to the United States.
• The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) honored Oregon State and Stanford with the College Team Academic Award for the 2015-16 academic year. 315 men’s teams posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher to earn the recognition. The Beavers recorded a 3.14 GPA and the Cardinal posted a 3.39 GPA, tied for 35th among NCAA men’s soccer programs across all divisions.
• 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)
|Thursday, Oct. 20|
|No. 12 Stanford at San Diego State||7 p.m. PT|
|California at No. 24 UCLA||P12BA/P12LA||8 p.m. PT|
|Friday, Oct. 21|
|Gonzaga at No. 17 Washington||6 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Oct. 23|
|California at San Diego State||12 p.m. PT|
|No. 12 Stanford at No. 24 UCLA||PAC12/P12BA/P12LA||5 p.m. PT|