This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Dec. 3, 2002
UCLA, STANFORD REACH NCAA QUARTERFINALS
Two Pac-10 teams have advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals and are just one win away from reaching the 2002 College Cup in Dallas, Texas... Only the Pac-10 and ACC are represented by two teams among the final eight... Pac-10 Champion UCLA hosts Penn State (16-7-0), while STANFORD, the winner of four straight, hosts Clemson (14-4-3)... Both games will be played Saturday at 7 p.m. PT... The Pacific-10 Conference was represented by four of its six teams in the 2002 NCAA Tournament: UCLA, Stanford, California and first-ever participant Oregon State... The Bruins, Bears and Cardinal were among 16 teams to receive first-round byes in the 48-team field... UCLA earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship, capturing its first-ever Pac-10 title and first Conference crown since 1997... In just its third year of existence, the Pacific-10 Conference has emerged as one of the nation's premier men's soccer leagues, as at least half its teams have been ranked among the Top-25 for the majority of the season... Pac-10 teams have combined for a stellar 40-13-10 record (.714) against non-conference competition this season.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Sat., Dec. 7
Clemson at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
Penn State at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Semifinals - Fri., Dec. 13
Clemson-STANFORD winner vs. Creighton-Boston College winner, 5/8 p.m.
Penn State-UCLA winner vs. Connecticut-Maryland winner, 5/8 p.m.
Championship Game - Sun., Dec. 15
TBA, 4:30 p.m.
All times are local to site.
2002 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
July 20, 1984 - December 1, 2002
PAC-10 NCAA PARTICIPANTS
2000: 3 - Stanford, UCLA, Washington
2001: 4 - California, Stanford, UCLA, Washington
2002: 4 - California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA
NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Sat., Nov. 30
STANFORD 2, Furman 1 (2OT)
UCLA 3,CALIFORNIA 2
Wed., Nov. 27
CALIFORNIA 2, Portland 0 (Stanford advances on PK, 10-9)
UCLA 4, Loyola Marymount 2
Sat., Nov. 23
Portland 2, OREGON STATE 0
2002 PAC-10 HONORS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - JOSH SAUNDERS, GK, CAL
Saunders, a senior from Lake Forest, Calif., was tremendous in front of the net this season, helping the Golden Bears to a 14-6-2 (6-3-1 in Pac-10) marker, a second-straight NCAA Tournament bid and the program's first-ever postseason win. He leads the Pac-10 in shutouts (10) and is ranked third in the Conference in goals against average (0.85 per game). Saunders is the first goalkeeper to be voted Pac-10 Player of the Year.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - JOE ZAHER, MF, OSU
Note: Zaher, a midfielder from Las Vegas, Nev., died Dec. 1 due to complications from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 18 years old. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Joe Zaher Scholarship Fund. Those wishing to make a donation should make a check payable to Jack Zaher, with a notation directing that it be put toward the Joe Zaher Scholarship Fund. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to the Oregon State men's soccer office, Gill Coliseum room 132, Corvallis, Ore., 97331.
Zaher, also named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team, helped the Beavers to a 13-8 record (4-6 Pac-10) and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Zaher is tied for the Conference lead in game-winning goals (4). He also ranks second in the Pac-10 in goals scored (10), and is third in points (25), goals per game (0.50), shots (56) and shots per game (2.80).
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR - DANA TAYLOR, OSU
Taylor, in his fourth year as head coach for the Beavers, led OSU to a 13-8 (4-6 Pac-10) record and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth. Taylor's squad currently leads the Pac-10 in four offensive categories, including shots (297), goals (47), points (133) and goals per game average (2.24). Oregon State also leads the Conference in saves (102). Taylor has put together a 30-43-1 ledger at OSU, after spending four years as an assistant at Creighton, where he helped the Bluejays reach the NCAA Tournament four times, including one trip to the NCAA Final Four in 1996.
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR - KEVIN GRIMES, CAL
Grimes, in his third year at the helm for the Bears, guided Cal to a 14-6-2 (6-3-1 in Pac-10) record, a second-place Pac-10 finish, a second consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament win. The Bears have allowed the third-least amount of goals scored against them (19), and second in the Conference in shutouts (11). Grimes has amassed a 30-28-4 marker during his tenure in Berkeley. Prior to working at Cal, he spent three seasons as an assistant at Southern Methodist, where he helped guide the Mustangs to the three NCAA Tournament appearances.
2002 ALL-PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER TEAM
FIRST TEAMAlan Gordon F Jr OSUTaylor Graham D Sr STANAdolfo Gregorio* MF Jr. UCLAC.J. Klaas* MF So WASHRoger Levesque** F Sr STANKupono Low MF Sr FSJohanes Maliza** MF Sr STANMike Munoz* MF So CALTim Pierce* F Sr. UCLAJosh Saunders* GK Sr. CALScot Thompson D Sr. UCLA
SECOND TEAMMakoto Anderson F Sr FSCalen Carr F So. CALTodd Dunivant** D Sr STANJimmy Frazelle MF Sr UCLATony Lawson D Jr UCLAChad Marshall D Fr STANTroy Roberts D So CALTyson Wahl D Fr CALBrett Wiesner F So WASHZach Wells* GK Jr. UCLAJoe Zaher MF Fr OSU
*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree
**three-time All-Pac-10 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (received votes)
Carl Acosta (So, F, CAL); Mike Enfield (So, MF, UCLA); Yohei Fukuda (So, D, CAL); Darren Fernandez (So, MF, STAN); Robby Fulton (So, GK, STAN); Ryan Futagaki (Sr, MF, UCLA); Leonard Griffin (Jr, D, UCLA); Jordan Harvey (Fr, D, UCLA); Aaron Heinzen (Sr, D, WASH); Ryan Johnson (Fr, F, OSU); Matt Johnson (Fr, F, OSU); Aaron Lopez (So, D, UCLA); Derek Lopez (Sr, D, FS); Seth Marsh (Jr, MF, WASH); Ty Maurin (Jr, MF, UCLA); Noah Merl (So, D, CAL); Aaron McHardy (Sr, F, OSU); Cliff McKinley (Jr, F, UCLA); Kyle Navarro (So, D, CAL); Kurt Ness (Jr, D, OSU); Jeremy Proud (Sr, GK, FS) Zac Tallman (Sr, D, WASH); Matt Taylor (Jr, F, UCLA); James Twellman (So, MF/D, STAN); Christian vanBlommestein (Jr, D, OSU).
STANFORD: The Cardinal hosts Clemson (14-4-3) in the NCAA quarterfinals Saturday night. The Cardinal is making its ninth NCAA Championship appearance and is 11-8-1 in postseason play. Stanford earned a first-round bye and defeated Portland 0-0 (10-9 in PK) and Furman, 2-1 (2 OT) to reach quarterfinal action. The Cardinal reached the College Cup semifinals last year, falling 3-2 in quadruple overtime to eventual national champion North Carolina. Stanford reached the national championship game in 1998, but lost a 3-1 decision to Indiana. The Cardinal has given up only 14 goals in 22 games and has recorded 12 shutouts in 2002. SR F Roger Levesque, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, paces the Conference in assists (13) and ranks fourth in points (23). SO GK Robby Fulton paces the Pac-10 with a 0.41 goals-against-average and ranks second with eight shutouts on the year. Stanford is 10-2-1 at Maloney Field this year.
UCLA: The Bruins earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, their highest since receiving a the same seed in 1995, and host Penn State (16-7-0) Saturday night in quarterfinal action. This marks the Bruins' first quarterfinal appearance since 1999 and 11th overall. The Bruins defeated Loyola Marymount, 4-2 and California 3-2, to reach the Round of 8. UCLA is 10-5 all-time in NCAA quarterfinals and 4-1 since 1990, with consecutive wins in 1994, 1997 and 1999. The Bruins won their lone previous matchup with the Nittany Lions, 4-1 in the 1995 Cal State Fullerton Tournament. UCLA, which has advanced to the NCAA Championship in 20 consecutive seasons, received the Pac-10's automatic NCAA bid after capturing its first-ever Pac-10 title and its first Conference crown since 1997. SR F Tim Pierce ranks second in the Pac-10 in points (27 ), goals (10) and shots (59), third in assists (7) and is tied for the league lead with four game-winning goals. JR GK Zach Wells ranks second with a 0.77 goals-against-average and is tied for second with 83 saves.
America East 2-0-0Atlantic Coast 0-0-0Atlantic 10 1-0-0Big East 0-1-2Big Sky 1-0-1Big South 0-0-0Big Ten 1-1-0Big 12 0-0-0Big West 4-3-0Colonial 0-0-0Conference USA 2-0-1Horizon 0-0-0Ivy League 1-0-0Metro Atlantic 2-0-0Mid-American 0-0-0Mid-Continent 0-0-0Mid-Eastern 0-0-0Missouri Valley 0-1-1Mountain West 2-0-0Northeastern 0-0-0Patriot 0-0-0Southeastern 0-1-0Southern 2-0-0Southland 0-0-0SunBelt 3-0-0TAAC 0-0-1Western Athletic 5-2-0West Coast 14-4-4Independent 0-0-0Total - All 40-13-10 (.714)Total - Div. I 40-13-10 (.714)
Tim Pierce, Sr F, UCLA, 9-29-02
Alan Gordon, Jr F, OSU, 11-10-02
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;
Oct. 8- Zach Wells, Jr GK, UCLA;
Oct. 15- Taylor Graham, Sr D, STAN;
Oct. 22- Jimmy Frazelle, Sr MF, UCLA;
Oct. 29- Troy Roberts, So, D, CAL/Zach Wells, Jr, GK, UCLA;
Nov. 5- Marvin Sorto, Fr F, FS;
Nov. 12- Alan Gordon, Jr F, OSU;
Nov. 19- Tim Pierce, Sr F, UCLA.
SOCCER AMERICA TEAM OF THE WEEK
Sept. 2- Adolfo Gregorio, Jr MF, UCLA;
Sept. 16- Peter Billmeyer, Jr GK, OSU; Tony Lawson, Jr D, UCLA;
Oct. 6- Alan Gordon, Jr F, OSU.