This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Oct. 1, 2002
Three Pac-10 teams head into the final week of non-conference play with just one loss - STANFORD (8-1-0 overall), which reeled off seven straight wins before falling to Tulsa last week, OREGON STATE (7-1-0), winner of five in a row, and UCLA (5-1-0), which bounced back from a loss to Loyola Marymount to dominate San Diego State, 7-0... The Bruins head back east for the Rutgers Tournament, where they will take on the No. 13 host Scarlet Knights and No. 1 St. John's... FRESNO STATE (3-4-2) heads north to Sacramento State, while CALIFORNIA (6-2-1), winner of five straight, visits San Jose State... The Beavers will host Portland and Saint Mary's, while WASHINGTON (3-3-2) travels to meet the Pilots on their home field... In this week's national polls, Stanford is ranked No. 2 in the NSCAA/adidas poll and No. 5 by Soccer America, UCLA checks in at No. 17/No. 6 and California is 19th in Soccer America.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wed., Oct. 2
Portland at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
Thu., Oct. 3
San Jose State at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 4
UCLA at Rutgers, 8 p.m. (1)
Sun., Oct. 6
CALIFORNIA at San Jose State, 7 p.m.
Saint Mary's at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Portland, 2:15 p.m.
FRESNO STATE at Sacramento State, 3 p.m.
(1) Rutgers Tournament, Piscataway, N.J.
All times are local to site.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Wed., Sept. 25
OREGON STATE 5, Albany 0
Thu., Sept. 26
CALIFORNIA 2, Santa Clara 1
FRESNO STATE 2, Cal State Fullerton 1
Fri., Sept. 27
Tulsa 3, STANFORD 1
WASHINGTON 3, Marquette 2
Sun., Sept. 29
CALIFORNIA 2, Tulsa 0
STANFORD 3, Santa Clara 0
UCLA 7, San Diego State 0
Connecticut 2, WASHINGTON 0
San Francisco 2, FRESNO STATE 1
PIERCE NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF WEEK
UCLA senior forward Tim Pierce has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 23-30.
Pierce, from Dana Point, Calif., recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist in UCLA's 7-0 shutout of San Diego State Sept. 29. Pierce scored his first goal just 16 seconds into the match, the fastest goal ever by a UCLA player and the fifth-fastest goal in NCAA Division I history. He had a hand in the first four goals of the contest, scoring the first, third and fourth goals and assisting on the second.
This is the third weekly honor for Pierce and the 10th all-time Player of the Week honor for UCLA.
ALSO NOMINATED: Josh Saunders, Sr GK, CAL; Aaron McHardy, Sr MF, OSU; Sean Giudice, JR F, WASH.
2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 3- Adolfo Gregorio, Jr MF, UCLA; Sept. 10-Roger Levesque, Sr F STAN; Sept. 17- Peter Billmeyer, Jr GK, OSU; Sept. 24- Alan Gordon, Jr F, OSU; Oct. 1-Tim Pierce, Sr F, UCLA.
2002 HAT TRICKS
Tim Pierce, Sr F, UCLA, 9-29-02
CALIFORNIA: The Bears claimed the championship trophy at the Stanford/Nike Invitational with a 2-0 victory over Tulsa Sept. 29. The victory was Cal's fifth straight, while the shutout was the fourth for senior GK Josh Saunders on the season. In the 2-1 win over Santa Clara, sophomore Carl Acosta recorded both goals. Cal travels to Spartan Stadium to face San Jose State Sunday at 7 p.m.
FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs split matches over the weekend with Cal State Fullerton and San Francisco. Freshman Andrew Gregorio and senior Kupono Low each scored against the titans to give Fresno State a 2-1 win and its second home win of the year. Against the Dons, FS fell 2-1. Fresno State hosts Sacramento State Oct. 6 before heading into Pac-10 play.
OREGON STATE: The Beavers registered their fifth shutout in eight games with a 5-0 win at Albany Sept. 25. It marks OSU's fifth straight win. Oregon State matched a school record with six assists in the win at Albany. Senior MF Aaron McHardy notched two goals. The Beavers need just two shutouts to tie the school single-season record (7), set in 1990.
STANFORD: Tulsa knocked then-No. 1 Stanford from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 3-1 victory over the Cardinal Sept. 27 in Stanford/Nike Invitational. Two days later, Stanford exploded for three goals in a 10-minute span of the second half, to down No. 22 Santa Clara 3-0. Senior Roger Levesque scored a goal and assisted on another to pace the Cardinal. Stanford hosts San Jose State Thursday night before opening Pac-10 play next week.
UCLA: Senior F Tim Pierce recorded his first career hat trick to lead UCLA to a 7-0 routing of San Diego State Sept. 29. Just 16 seconds into the contest, Pierce scored the fastest goal ever by a UCLA player and the fifth-fastest goal in NCAA Division I history. UCLA travels to New Jersey this week for the Rutgers Tournament, facing the No. 13 host Scarlet Knights and new No. 1 St. John's.
WASHINGTON: Junior Sean Giudice scored two goals in Washington's 3-2 win over Marquette to open the Nike Husky Classic. The Huskies suffered their first shutout of the season, falling 2-0 to UConn in the title game. Giudice was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the tournament. UW travels to Portland for a 2:15 p.m. contest on Saturday, its final non-conference match before opening Pac-10 play.