This Week in Men's Soccer

Aug. 24, 2004

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With the 2004 campaign ready to begin, UCLA leads the Pac-10 in the national rankings, debuting at No. 7 in the preseason NSCAA/Adidas Poll... WASHINGTON also received votes in the poll, but did not crack the Top 25... The Huskies open the season Sept. 1, along with CALIFORNIA and OREGON STATE... UCLA and STANFORD kick off the regular season Sept. 3... OREGON STATE travels to Bloomington, Ind., for the Hoosier Classic Sept. 3 and 5... The Beavers will face No. 9 Notre Dame and defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Indiana.... STANFORD joins the field at the SMU Mi Cocina Classic in Dallas, Texas, where it will take on No. 19 Tulsa and No. 11 Southern Methodist... Meanwhile, UCLA travels to Fullerton, Calif., for the SoccerTown Classic and WASHINGTON journeys to Jamaica, N.Y., to battle No. 2 St. John's on Sept. 6... In 2003, the Pac-10 posted a 35-22-4 record (.607) against Division I nonconference foes.


Wed., Sept. 1
CS Sacramento at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Valparaiso, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Gonzaga, 4 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 3
OREGON STATE vs. Notre Dame, 3 p.m. (1)
STANFORD vs. Tulsa 5 p.m. (2)
UCLA vs. Oakland, 5 p.m. (3)

Sat., Sept. 4
San Diego State at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Indiana, 5 p.m. (1)
WASHINGTON at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

Sun. Sept. 5
STANFORD at SMU, 7:30 p.m. (2)
UCLA vs. UC Riverside, 3:30 p.m. (3)

Mon. Sept. 6

All times are local to game sites.

(1) Hoosier Classic, Bloomington, Ind.
(2) SMU Mi Cocina Classic, Dallas, Texas
(3) SoccerTown Classic, Fullerton, Calif.


CALIFORNIA SR F Carl Acosta has been named a preseason second team All-American by College Soccer News... Acosta led last year's Golden Bears with nine goals and was second on the team with three assists... Last year, the Golden Bears advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, their third trip to the playoffs in as many years... The Bears ended 2003 with an 11-9-2 mark... OREGON STATE was picked to finish fifth in the five-team Pacific-10 Conference in the coaches poll... Last year, the Beavers were picked to finish fifth, but ran off a school-record seven consecutive Pac-10 wins to place second and earn their second straight NCAA Tournament berth... OSU opens its season with six consecutive matches on the road, including an opener against former OSU assistant Steve Simmons' Northern Illinois squad on Aug. 28... STANFORD head coach Bret Simon welcomes eight starters and 16 total letterwinners from last year's squad... The top three scorers from return from last season, including SR F Matt Janusz (12 pts), SR F/MF Darren Fernandez (11 pts) and SR F/D James Twellman (9 pts)... Stanford finished with a 3-15-2 record last season, losing five games by one goal and playing four overtime contests... UCLA was picked to win a third straight Pac-10 crown, tabbed as the favorite in the preseason coaches' poll... SR D Aaron Lopez and SR MF Mike Enfield were named to the watch list of candidates for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual honor in intercollegiate soccer... Last season, Lopez helped the Bruins achieve school records for shutouts (16) and team goals against average (0.52)... Enfield finished fourth on the Bruin squad last season with seven assists and 13 points... WASHINGTON returns 12 letterwinners from last year's squad, including eight starters... SR D C.J. Klaas, a semifinalist for the 2003 Hermann Trophy, has also been named to the watch list for 2004... The Huskies, who advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time ever last season, also return seniors Casey Armstrong (F), Joe Birklid (D) and Brett Wiesner (F) and All-Pac-10 defender, SO Ty Harden.


UCLA, coming off its second consecutive Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer title in 2003, was picked to win a third straight Conference crown by a vote of the league's coaches.

UCLA received 14 points, edging out CALIFORNIA (13 points). The Bruins collected three first-place votes while the Bears received one. The final first-place vote went to WASHINGTON, picked third with 10 points. STANFORD held fourth position with eight points, followed by OREGON STATE (five points).

A 19-game unbeaten streak highlighted UCLA's Conference title run in 2003, as the Bruins became the first team ever to run the table in Pac-10 play. The 2002 NCAA Champions advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before having their unbeaten streak snapped by eighth-ranked Indiana. Oregon State finished second in the Pac-10 with a 7-3-0 record in Conference play. The Beavers hosted postseason action for the first time in program history, but fell in the first round to Portland. Third-place cohabitants California and Washington (both 5-4-1) also advanced to the NCAA Championship, making 2003 the third straight year in which four Pac-10 teams advanced to the postseason. The Bears reached the second round, losing 2-1 to UC Irvine, while the Huskies advanced to the third round before falling 3-2 in overtime at St. Louis.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses):

	1. 	UCLA (3)        14	2.	CALIFORNIA (1)  13	3. 	WASHINGTON (1)  10	4. 	STANFORD         8	5. 	OREGON STATE     5
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