This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Sept. 14, 2004

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Off to a perfect start, the CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (4-0-0 overall) moved up two spots to No. 7 in this week's Soccer America Top-25 rankings... Four of the Pac-10's five teams are ranked for the second week in a row, including Cal, No. 8 STANFORD (3-0-1), No. 10 WASHINGTON (4-1-0) and No. 12 UCLA (3-1-0)... Conference squads remain on the West Coast this week, with three teams -- OREGON STATE (1-4-0), UCLA and Washington -- hosting home matches and two teams traveling within the state of California... The Bruins will also face Loyola Marymount in Carson, Calif., at the Home Depot Center, home of the 2004 NCAA College Cup... To date, Pac-10 teams have posted a 15-6-1 record (.705) against non-conference competition this season.

Here's a listing of Pac-10 teams in this week's national rankings: Soccer America -- No. 7 California, No. 8 Stanford, No. 10 Washington, No. 12 UCLA; NSCAA/adidas -- No. 17 California, No. 18 Washington, No. 20 UCLA.


Wed., Sept. 15
Gonzaga at OREGON STATE, 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Portland, 7 p.m.

Thu., Sept. 16
Cal State Northridge at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 17
UC Davis at OREGON STATE, 2:30 p.m. (1)
STANFORD vs. UC Irvine, 5 p.m. (2)
CALIFORNIA at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m. (2)
Saint Mary's at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. (3)

Sun. Sept. 19
UCLA vs. Loyola Marymount, 1 p.m. (4)
Denver at WASHINGTON, 1:30 p.m. (3)
Rhode Island at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m. (1)
CALIFORNIA vs. UC Irvine, 5 p.m. (2)
STANFORD at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m. (2)

All times are local to game sites.

(1) Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Memorial, Corvallis, Ore.
(2) Titan Classic, Fullerton, Calif.
(3) Husky Invitational, Seattle, Wash.
(4) Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.


STANFORD sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 7-13, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Kartunen, from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., was perfect in goal over the weekend, posting two shutouts as the Cardinal defeated San Jose State and San Diego to claim a share of the adidas Cal Legacy Classic title. In 180 minutes in net he made five saves, earning Co-MVP honors for the tournament.

Kartunen made a pair of saves and cleared a ball off the goal line as Stanford registered a 1-0 victory over the Spartans on Sept. 10. He then made three saves in the game against San Diego on Sept. 12, en route to posting his fourth straight shutout to begin the 2004 campaign. In four starts this season, Kartunen has made 16 saves and has not surrendered a goal, posting a 3-0-1 record.

This is the first weekly honor for Kartunen, and the sixth all-time player of the week honor for the Cardinal.

2004 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 7- Chris Eylander, Jr., GK, Wash; Sept. 14- Andrew Kartunen, So., GK, STAN


Fri., Sept. 10
CALIFORNIA 1, San Diego 0
SW Missouri State 2, OREGON STATE 1
Creighton 3, UCLA 2
STANFORD 1, San Jose State 0

Sat., Sept. 11
Bradley 1, OREGON STATE 0

Sun. Sept. 12
STANFORD 2, San Diego 0
CALIFORNIA 2, San Jose State 0
WASHINGTON 3, Creighton 1


CALIFORNIA stayed perfect over the weekend, improving to 4-0-0 with shutout wins over San Diego and San Jose State... SR D Noah Merl was named Co-MVP of the eighth annual adidas Cal Legacy Classic, while SR F Carl Acosta, JR GK Eric Kronberg and SR D Troy Roberts were also named to the All-Tournament Team. OREGON STATE opens its home campaign this week, hosting Gonzaga on Wednesday... FR GK Jason Mariner made seven saves in the 2-1 loss to Southwest Missouri State on Sept. 10... SO F Robbie Findley and FR F Brett Gardner were named to the Bradley Classic All-Tournament Team. Behind the play of SO GK Andrew Kartunen, STANFORD has opened the season with four consecutive shutouts for the first time since the 2000 season... In 2000, the Cardinal registered six straight shutouts to begin the season en route to an 18-3-1 record and a trip to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. UCLA logged the 800th victory in program history on Sept. 12, with its 1-0 overtime win over UNLV at the UNLV FILA Invitational in Las Vegas... JR GK Nate Pena, who earned his first career solo shutout, posted six saves in the victory. WASHINGTON's 2-1 win over No. 13 Creighton on Sept. 12 marked the Huskies' first victory in three meetings with the Bluejays... UW wraps up its six-game road trip on Wednesday, when it travels to Portland for the first-ever night game at Merlo Field... Through five games, the Huskies have allowed just two goals.

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