This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Oct. 21, 2003
The OREGON STATE Beavers moved three spots to No. 14 in this week's Soccer America poll and debuted at No. 17 in the NSCAA/Adidas Coaches' poll... Winners of four straight and six of its last seven, OSU is idle this week... STANFORD looks to snap a five-game Pac-10 losing skid as it hosts UCLA and FRESNO STATE this week... In the rematch of the NCAA Championship game between the Cardinal and Bruins, Stanford will try to break a streak of four straight shutout losses to UCLA... Winners of 10 in a row, the Bruins have scored 12 goals in their last three games... Winless in away games this season, Fresno State will aim for road wins at California and Stanford... WASHINGTON hosts cross-state rival Gonzaga in the league's only non-conference action this week.
Here's how Pac-10 teams fare in the national rankings this week... NSCAA/Adidas: No. 1 UCLA, No. 12 WASHINGTON; No. 14 OREGON STATE; Soccer America: No. 1 UCLA, No. 17 OREGON STATE.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULEFri., Oct. 24
FRESNO STATE at CALIFORNIA , 2 p.m.
UCLA at STANFORD , 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 26
FRESNO STATE at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Gonzaga, 2 p.m.
All times are local to game sites.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Oct. 17
UCLA 4, CALIFORNIA 2
FRESNO STATE 2, STANFORD 0
Sun., Oct. 19
OREGON STATE 3, WASHINGTON 1
UCLA 3, STANFORD 0
CALIFORNIA 2, FRESNO STATE 0
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
UCLA senior forward Matt Taylor has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 14-20.
Taylor, from Irvine, Calif., scored three goals and added two assists in two victories over California (Oct. 17) and Stanford (Oct. 19). In the 4-2 win over the Golden Bears, Taylor scored the first goal of the game, assisted on the go-ahead goal, and added the game-winner after Cal knotted the score. Against the Cardinal, Taylor again scored the first goal of the contest, which proved to be the game-winner. He also assisted on the Bruins' second goal of the game as UCLA prevailed 3-0.
Taylor has been on a tear this season, with 13 goals and 29 points in only 12 games. He has already tied the school record with four mulitiple-goal games this season. With goals in his last four games, Taylor is one game away from tying the UCLA record for consecutive games with a goal.
With two victories last week, the Bruins improved their record to 12-1-0 overall, and 5-0-0 in the Pac-10. UCLA, which has won 10 in a row, is again ranked No. 1 in this week's Soccer America poll.
This is Taylor's third weekly honor, his second this season, and the 16th all-time player of the week honor for the Bruins.
Also Nominated: Alan Gordon, Sr., F, OSU.
PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER NOTES
CALIFORNIA: JR MF Mike Munoz contributed a goal and an assist in the Bears' 2-0 defeat of Fresno State... JR F Carl Acosta scored his eighth goal of the season in the 4-2 loss to UCLA, as California managed two goals against a defense that allows just 0.46 goals per game... Acosta now ranks third in the Pac-10 in goals and fourth in points (17)... Cal averages a Pac-10 second-best 13.71 shots per game.
FRESNO STATE: The Bulldgos defeated Stanford and fell to Cal last week, downing the Cardinal for the first time since the 1995 season... SR F Jeremiah LeRoy converted a penalty kick and SR MF Ernie Vega scored on a free kick to lead Fresno State's offensive attack... SO GK Eric Kronberg posted five saves in the loss to Cal and leads the Conference with 68 saves on the season.
OREGON STATE: The Beavers have won four in a row and six of their last seven, dating back to Sept. 21... OSU has outscored its opponents 10-1 in the last four matches... SR F Alan Gordon notched a pair of goals in Oregon State's 3-1 win over No. 8 Washington... Gordon now has 25 points on the year (11 goals/3 assists), ranking second in the Pac-10... In the Beavers' last three matches against UW, Gordon has six goals... He now ranks No. 3 all-time on the Oregon State career scoring chart (59 points) in less than two full seasons.
STANFORD: The Cardinal suffered a pair of shutout losses at the hands of Fresno State and No. 1 UCLA last week, its fourth and fifth consecutive losses... In the rematch of last year's NCAA championship game, the Cardinal allowed all three Bruin goals in the first half... Stanford was without injured starters SO D Chad Marshall and JR F/D James Twellman... JR GK Robby Fulton posted 11 saves against UCLA, his second double-digit save performance on the season... Fulton paces the Pac-10 in saves per game (5.75 avg.)... The Cardinal faces the No. 1-ranked Bruins again this week, this time on its home field.
UCLA: Winners of 10 matches in a row, the Bruins have scored 12 goals in their last three games... UCLA has defeated Stanford in four straight contests, all shutouts... SR F Matt Taylor registered eight points on the week, scoring three goals and adding two assists in two Pac-10 victories... Taylor is one game away from the UCLA record for consecutive games with a goal (5), set by Billy Thompson in 1988 and tied by Joe-Max Moore in 1991... JR MF Adolfo Gregorio has posted five assists in his last three games and has 10 on the season, the first Bruin with double-digit assists since Shaun Tsakiris in 1999.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies look to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Oregon State last week, just their second loss of the season... Washington has dropped three in a row to the Beavers dating back to 2002... UW takes a break from Pac-10 action by playing host to cross-state rival Gonzaga Saturday afternoon... The Huskies' boast an unbeaten non-conference mark of 6-0-1 this season... SR GK Danny Waltman ranks second in the Conference in goals against average (0.90), saves (55) and save percentage (.833).
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