This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Nov. 18, 2003

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The back-to-back Pac-10 Champion UCLA Bruins (18-1-1 overall, 10-0-0 Pac-10) are one of four Conference teams to qualify for the 2003 NCAA Championship, with first round action beginning this week... The top-ranked Bruins received the tournament's No. 1 seed for the first time since the NCAA began seeding the field in 1994... With its first-round bye, UCLA awaits the victor of the Oakland (12-4-5)-Tulsa (12-5-2) match, hosting the winner Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.

Making their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the OREGON STATE Beavers (13-6-0, 7-3-0) will host postseason action for the first time in program history, meeting Portland on Saturday at Noon in the first round... The winner travels to Seattle to face the No. 10 seed WASHINGTON Huskies (12-4-2, 5-4-1), who return to the NCAA Championship field of 48 following a one-year absence... UW has been among the tournament field in eight of the past nine seasons... The CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (19-8-2, 5-4-1) are making their third straight NCAA Championship appearance, however, Cal will host first-round action for the first time since 1981... San Jose State (12-6-2) travels to Berkeley for a 1:30 p.m. contest on Friday... The Bears have won three in a row, including a Nov. 9 overtime victory over the Spartans at home.

Four Pac-10 teams have been invited to the NCAA men's soccer championship in each of the last three seasons, while three teams comprised the field in 2000... The Conference had five men's soccer-playing members in 2000 and 2001, before expanding to a six-team league in 2002 with the addition of Fresno State... Pac-10 teams have posted a 31-18-4 record (.623) record against Division I non-conference competition in this year's regular season.

Here's how Pac-10 teams fare in the national rankings this week... Soccer America: No. 1 UCLA, No. 13 WASHINGTON, No. 18 OREGON STATE; NSCAA/adidas: No. 1 UCLA.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
NCAA FIRST ROUND

Fri., Nov. 21
San Jose State (12-6-2) at CALIFORNIA, 1:30 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 22
Portland (9-8-1) at OREGON STATE, Noon

NCAA SECOND ROUND

Wed., Nov. 26
Oakland (12-4-5)-Tulsa (12-5-2) winner at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Portland-OREGON STATE winner at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

All times are local to game sites.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thur., Nov 13
UCLA 2, San Diego 2 (2 OT)

Sat., Nov. 15
CALIFORNIA 1, STANFORD 0
UCLA 1, FRESNO STATE 0

Sun., Nov. 16
WASHINGTON 1, OREGON STATE 0

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WASHINGTON freshman defender Ty Harden has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Nov. 11-17.

Harden, from Junction City, Ore., helped the Husky defense shut down Oregon State, 1-0, in both teams' regular season finale on November 16. Harden, who has started all 18 of Washington's games this season, marked Beaver forward Alan Gordon, who was limited to just one shot. Entering the match, Gordon had scored six goals in the previous three games against the Huskies, dating back to last season.

The win also snapped a three-game losing streak for UW against OSU, and prevented the Beavers from notching a school-record 14th victory. Oregon State came into the match averaging 2.2 goals per game.

The shutout was the sixth of the year for Washington (12-4-2 overall, 5-4-1 Pac-10), which earned the No. 10 seed and a first-round bye in this year's NCAA Tournament. The Huskies will host the winner of the first-round game between Portland and Oregon State, Nov. 26 in Seattle.

This is the first Player of the Week honor for Harden and Washington's ninth such honor all-time.

PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER NOTES

CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears are making their third straight NCAA appearance and 10th overall, hosting San Jose State Friday at 1:30 p.m.... Cal is hosting an NCAA Tournament first round game for the first time since 1981... The Bears, winners of three in a row and five of their last seven, will meet the Spartans for the second time this season... Cal defeated the Spartans 2-1 Nov. 9 in Berkeley... The winner will travel to Santa Barbara for a second-round matchup with the 11th-seeded Gauchos on Nov. 26... Last year, Cal advanced to the NCAA's Round of 16 for the first time in school history, but was eliminated by eventual national champion UCLA, 3-2.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers will play Portland in the first round of the NCAA Championship for the second straight year... Oregon State will host tournament action for the first time in program history, after compiling a 6-1 record at Lorenz Field during the regular season... The winner of the Portland-OSU match will meet 10th-seeded Washington on Nov. 26 in Seattle... Oregon State has won three of the last four matches in the series with Washington... The Beavers were invited to the NCAA Championship for the first time ever last season, falling to the Pilots 2-0 in first-round action... Portland defeated OSU 2-0 this season, Sept. 7 at Merlo Field.

UCLA: The No. 1 seed in the 2003 NCAA Championship, UCLA will host the winner of the first-round matchup between Oakland and Tulsa... The game will be played Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.... The Bruins received an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship after capturing their second straight Pac-10 championship... UCLA's No. 1-seeding is the program's first since the NCAA began seeding the tournament in 1994... The Bruins have advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the last 21 years... UCLA has never faced Oakland and has played Tulsa just once, defeating the Golden Hurricane 6-0 in 1993.

WASHINGTON: The No. 10 seed in the NCAA Championship, Washington received a first-round bye and will host the winner of the Portland-Oregon State match, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.... The Huskies make their return to postseason play and their 15th NCAA berth overall following a one-year absence... This year's berth is the eighth in the last nine seasons for Washington... UW defeated Portland 1-0 at home on Sept. 5 and split its season series with the Beavers... OSU topped the Huskies 3-1 in Corvallis on Oct. 19, while Washington blanked the Beavers 1-0 in Seattle on Nov. 15... The Huskies are 5-15 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and have advanced as far as the second round six times.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PARTICIPANTS FROM THE PAC-10
2000 - 3 (Stanford, UCLA, Washington)
2001 - 4 (California, Stanford, UCLA, Washington
2002 - 4 (UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Oregon State)
2003 - 4 (UCLA, Oregon State, Washington, California)

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