Pac-12 men’s soccer kicks off Conference play

PREVIEWING THE WEEK: This week kicks off conference play for Pac-12 men’s soccer. With No. 11 STANFORD and No. 17 WASHINGTON ranked in the United Soccer Coaches poll and CALIFORNIA receiving votes, every game this week contains a team featured in the national poll.

IN THE RANKINGS: Stanford is ranked No. 11 in the United Soccer Coaches poll and Washington is No. 17. California received votes.

WEEKLY RECAP: California beat Santa Clara, 3-2, after Pac-12 Player of the Week Paul Salcedo-Borrego earned a hat trick. Washington beat then-No. 24 Seattle University, 2-0, in the cross-town rivalry game. Unranked OREGON STATE beat then-No. 17 Pacific, 2-0.

NATIONAL STATS LEADERS: Pac-12 schools are top-10 in the nation in nine team categories and three individual categories. No. 11 Stanford is eighth in assists per game (2.38), and seventh in shots per game (16.88). No. 17 Washington is sixth in points per game (7), fifth in scoring offense (2.44), ninth in shots on goal per game (7.44), third in total goals (22), and fourth in total points (63). Washington and Stanford are tied for sixth in total assists (19). UCLA’s Brian Iloski is fourth in game-winning goals (3). Stanford’s Foster Langsdorf and Washington’s Scott Menzies are tied for tenth in total goals (6).

VS OTHER CONFERENCES: The Pac-12 is currently has a 9-2 record against the WCC, 4-0 vs. the Mountain West, 3-0 vs. the Colonial Athletic Association, and 2-0 vs. the Ivy League and the Big West.

COMPLETE STUDENT-ATHLETE: Stanford’s Drew Skundrich volunteers at the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto in their rehab center shadowing physical therapists and helping U.S. military veterans throughout their rehab process following traumatic brain injuries or amputations. He also volunteers in the physical therapy clinic at Stanford, observing and helping Cardinal student-athletes recover from their injuries.

SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Four Pac-12 student-athletes appear on the Senior CLASS Award candidate list: Stanford’s Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Foster Langsdorf, Drew Skundrich, and Oregon State’s Timmy Mueller. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring.

MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST: San Diego State’s Pablo Pelaez, and Stanford’s Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Foster Langsdorf represent the Pac-12 on the preseason MAC Hermann trophy watch list. Twenty-eight players from NCAA Division I schools around the country have been marked as potential contenders for the 2017 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.

TOPDRAWERSOCCER PRESEASON BEST XI: Seven Pac-12 student-athletes appear on the TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Best XI. Stanford tied for the most of any school with four players featured on the teams. Stanford’s Tomas Hilliard-Arce was selected for the first team; San Diego State’s Pablo Pelaez and Stanford’s Foster Langsdorf are on the second team; Stanford’s Drew Skundrich is on the third team; and UCLA’s Brandon Terwege, Stanford’s Logan Panchot, and Washington’s Blake Bodily are on the freshman team.

PRESEASON COACHES POLL: Breaking a seven-year streak, the Pac-12 coaches tabbed Stanford as the 2017 favorite over rival UCLA, which is ranked second in the preseason coaches poll. Washington followed in third, San Diego State is fourth, and Oregon State edged out California for fifth and sixth, respectively.

PRESEASON ALL-PAC-12: Stanford’s 2016 co-Pac-12 Player of the Year Foster Langsdorf and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Tomas Hilliard-Arce highlight the star-studded 2017 Preseason All-Pac-12 team. 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Washington’s Handwalla Bwana, UCLA’s junior Erik Holt, and SDSU’s senior Adam Allmaras also appear on the team.

2016 PAC-12 MEN’S SOCCER IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Four Pac-12 men’s soccer teams were selected to participate in the 2016 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, tied for the second-most conference representatives in the field-Stanford, Washington, San Diego State, and UCLA. Stanford went on to win its second consecutive NCAA title after defeating Wake Forest, becoming the first repeat champion since Indiana in 2003-04.


CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Teams Points Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Washington 0 0-0 7-2
Stanford 0 0-0 6-2
California 0 0-0 5-2
San Diego State 0 0-0 4-4
UCLA 0 0-0 3-3
Oregon State 0 0-0 3-5

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (all times pacific)

Thursday, Sep. 28    
#11 Stanford at San Diego State   7 p.m. PT
California at UCLA P12LA 8 p.m. PT
Sunday, Oct. 1    
California at San Diego State   12 p.m. PT
Oregon State at #17 Washington P12N 3 p.m. PT
#11 Stanford at UCLA P12N 5 p.m. PT

2017 PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

THIS WEEK: Paul Salcedo, SR, F, California

ALSO NOMINATED: Gage Rogers, OSU; Jeroen Meefout, SDSU; Brian Iloski, UCLA.

2017 PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Date Student-Athlete
Sep. 26 Paul Salcedo-Borrego, CAL
Sep. 19 Handwalla Bwana, WASH
Sep. 11 Drake Callender, CAL
Sep. 5 Foster Langsdorf, STAN
Aug. 29 Joey Parish, WASH

 NATIONAL HONORS

MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Pablo Pelaez, SDSU; Tomas Hilliard-Arce, STAN; Foster Langsdorf, STAN

Senior CLASS Award Watch List
Tomas Hilliard-Arce, STAN; Foster Langsdorf, STAN; Timmy Mueller, OSU; Drew Skundrick, STAN


IN THE PRESEASON

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