This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer (12/14/00)

Dec. 14, 2000

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STANFORD was the last Conference team to get knocked out of the NCAA Tournament as SMU scored two second half goals to grab a 2-1 victory over the Cardinal (Dec. 2) and a trip to the Final Four in Charlotte, N.C... WASHINGTON won the first Pac-10 title, its third consecutive Conference championship (MPSF titles in 1998 & 99)... Three teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament: STANFORD, UCLA and WASHINGTON... Both STANFORD and WASHINGTON reached the second round, with the Cardinal going to the NCAA Quarterfinals... The Pac-10 finished with a winning record against 10 of the 13 conferences it faced and posted a record of 38-21-1 (.642) this season against non-conference opponents... STANFORD's Ryan Nelsen earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, while UCLA's Alex Yi was named Freshman of the Year... STANFORD's Bobby Clark garnered Conference Coach of the Year honors... STANFORD finished No. 6/4, WASHINGTON No. 12/10 and UCLA No. 24/14 in the final NSCAA and Soccer America polls, respectively.


Fri., Nov. 17 (First Round)WASHINGTON 1, UAB 0 (4-OT)

Sat., Nov. 18 (First Round)STANFORD 4, CS Fullerton 0San Diego 1, UCLA 0 (OT)

Sat., Nov. 25 (Second Round)STANFORD 6, Illinois-Chicago 0Indiana 2, WASHINGTON 1

Sat. , Dec. 2 (Quarterfinals)SMU 2, STANFORD 1

NSCAA TOP 25 (December 12-Final)

1. Connecticut (20-3-2) 2. Creighton (22-4-0) 3. SMU (20-5-0) 4. Indiana (16-6-0) 5. North Carolina (21-3-0) 6. STANFORD (18-3-1) 7. Virginia (17-6-1) 8. Clemson (14-4-2) 9. Brown (13-6-1)10. San Diego (16-2-2)11. St. John's (14-5-2)12. WASHINGTON (14-6-0)13. Duke (15-6-0)14. San Jose State (20-1-1)15. Saint Louis (13-3-2)16. Rhode Island (17-6-1)17. South Carolina (12-4-3)18. Ohio State (12-5-4)19. UAB (14-5-2)20. James Madison (17-4-1)21. Illinois-Chicago (18-4-2)22. Furman (17-4-2)23. Kentucky (11-9-2)24. UCLA (12-7-0)25. William&Mary (12-9-2)

SOCCER AMERICA (November 15-Final)

1. North Carolina (19-2-0) 2. San Jose State (20-0-1) 3. San Diego (15-1-2) 4. STANFORD (16-2-1) 5. Connecticut (15-3-2) 6. Virginia (15-5-1) 7. Creighton (18-3-0) 8. Clemson (13-3-2) 9. Duke (14-5-0)10. WASHINGTON (13-5-0)11. SMU (13-5-0)12. Furman (14-4-1)13. CS Fullerton (15-5-1)14. UCLA (12-6-0)15. Saint Louis (13-3-2)16. St. John's (13-4-2)17. Rhode Island (16-5-1)18. Indiana (13-6-0)19. South Carolina (12-3-3)20. Ohio State (11-5-1)

Note: Other polls ranking D-I men's soccer include: Soccer Times andAmerican Soccer Writers (ASW).


Nelsen, a senior from Christchurch, New Zealand, helped guide Stanford to a 18-3-1 overall record (6-2 Pac-10) and led the Cardinal in its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Captain of the 2000 New Zealand Olympic Team, Nelsen finished fifth on the Stanford squad in points (16) and is sixth in goals (5). He was named to four all-tournament teams this season, garnering Defensive MVP honors at the Dartmouth Classic. His efforts helped the Cardinal maintain the nation's stingiest defense (0.45 GAA), while leading the NCAA with an .730 shutout percentage. Nelsen, a Stanford tri-captain, started all 22 games this season.


Yi, a midfielder/defender from Easton, Md., helped lead UCLA to a 12-7 overall record (3-5 Pac-10) and its 18th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Yi was one of three Bruins to start all 19 games this season, and played a major role for a UCLA defense that posted a 1.05 goals-against average (2nd in the Pac-10) and recorded six shutouts. A current member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team, he was named one of five Players to Watch by the Missouri Athletic Club earlier this season. Yi has compiled 39 career caps with the Under-17 National Team, scoring two goals, and has three caps with the Under-20 Team.


Having just completed his fifth season on The Farm, Clark guided Stanford to its second ever NCAA quarterfinals appearance and a school record-tying 16 regular-season victories. The Cardinal compiled an 18-3-1 overall record (6-2 Pac-10) this season, and entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed. Clark has posted a 71-21-12 overall record (.740) on The Farm, while his career mark stands at 153-63-25 over 14 seasons. Clark achieved his 150th career victory with a 1-0 overtime victory over Indiana on Nov. 4, 2000. In 2000, Stanford led the Pac-10 in virtually every statistical category: points (205), goals (68), assists (69), goals allowed (10) and goals against average (0.45 gpg).

2000 PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:Sept. 5 - Shaun Tsakiris, Sr MF, UCLA, Sept. 12 - McKinley Tennyson Jr, Sr F, UCLA, Sept. 19 - McKinley Tennyson Jr., Sr F, UCLA, Sept. 26 - Matt Olsen, Sr MF, OSU, Oct. 3 - Shaun Tsakiris, Sr MF, UCLA, Oct. 10 - Bryn Ritchie, Jr D, WASH, Oct. 17 - Ben Somoza, Jr MF, WASH, Oct. 24 - Sean Sylvis, Sr MF, STAN, Oct. 31 - Scott Leber, Sr MF, STAN, Nov. 7 - Robbie Aylesworth, Fr D, CAL, Nov. 14 - Kai Carroll, Sr MF, WASH.


CALIFORNIAThe Bears had the second toughest schedule in the nation... California defeated two nationally ranked teams during the year in No. 17 UCLA (Oct. 20) and No. 3 Indiana (Nov. 5)... Cal received votes in the final media poll... The Bears were led this year by All-Pac-10 players' Chris Roner, Kendall Simmonds, Ramiro Arredondo and Mike Hickman. Both Roner and Hickman will return next year.

OREGON STATEThe Beavers improved on last year's 5-12-0 record by going 7-11-1 this season... Since the program's inception in 1988, OSU has an overall record of 109-112-14 ... Senior forwards James Albert, Matt Olsen and Ben Roth finished their careers with 50-plus games played at Oregon State. Albert led all Beavers with 64 career games played.

STANFORDThe 18 victories this year matched the 1998 Cardinal squad for the most single-season wins in Stanford history... Against SMU, the Cardinal played before a crowd of 2,854, shattering the old New Maloney Field attendance record of 1,002. Senior goalkeeper Adam Zapala made a season-high seven saves against the Mustangs, the top offensive team in the nation. SMU outshot Stanford 16-12, only the fourth time this year and the first at home that the Cardinal had been outshot... Pac-10 Player of the Year Ryan Nelsen was named an NSCAA First Team All-American... Junior defender Lee Morrison was named an NSCAA Second Team All-American... The Cardinal put a Conference-high 13 players on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team.

UCLAHead Coach Todd Saldana led the Bruins to their 18th straight NCAA Tournament berth this year... The first round loss to San Diego marked the third time UCLA has been knocked out by the Toreros in the opening round... Senior forward McKinley Tennyson Jr. finished ninth on the school's all-time scoring list and was named an NSCAA Second Team All-American... Senior midfielder Shaun Tsakiris was also named an NSCAA Second Team All-American.

WASHINGTONThe Huskies made their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance this season... Junior defender Bryn Ritchie was named an NSCAA Second Team All-American... Ritchie was also joined by teammates Mike Casale, Chad Olsen, Jake Sagare and Ben Somoza on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team.


FIRST TEAMRyan Nelsen (STAN, Sr., MF)

SECOND TEAMLee Morrison (STAN, Jr., D)Bryn Ritchie (WASH, Jr., D)Shaun Tsakiris (UCLA, Sr., MF)McKinley Tennyson Jr. (UCLA, Sr., F)


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