This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Nov. 16, 2004
The UCLA Bruins (13-3-2 overall, 6-2-0 Pac-10), Pac-10 Champions in each of the past three seasons, headline a group of three Conference men's soccer squads that will compete for the 2004 NCAA Championship. First round play begins this week, with all 48 teams in the field hoping to travel to Carson, Calif., to play for the title on Dec. 12... The Bruins, seeded sixth, were awarded a first-round bye and will await the winner of the Cal St. Northridge (11-5-2)-Loyola Marymount (10-7-3) match, hosting the winner within the friendly confines of Drake Stadium on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
The CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (12-3-3 overall, 4-3-1 Pac-10) will host first round action for the second year in a row after a 22-year drought... They will take on Bay Area rival Santa Clara (15-5-0), a squad they defeated 1-0 on Sept. 26... The Bears, qualifiers for each of the last four quests for the College Cup, will kick things off against the Broncos on Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m... The WASHINGTON Huskies (11-6-2 overall, 4-3-1 Pac-10) join the NCAA field for the ninth time in the last 10 years... They will host for the second year in a row, facing off against Portland (11-7-2) in Seattle on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.... The Pilots defeated the Huskies 2-1 in their earlier meeting in 2004, on Sept. 15.
Only three teams were invited to the NCAA men's soccer championship for the first time since 2000... Four teams were selected in 2001, 2002 and 2003... The drop in selections coincides with the Pac-10's decrease in size to five teams in 2004, after boasting six squads in 2002 and 2003... San Diego State will compete in the Conference in 2005 to boost men's soccer membership back up to six... Pac-10 teams posted a 33-10-8 record (.731) against Division I non-conference competition during the regular season.
Here's how Pac-10 teams fare in the national rankings this week... Soccer America: No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 California, No. 15 Washington; NSCAA/adidas: No. 8 UCLA, No. 23 California.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
NCAA FIRST ROUND
Fri., Nov. 19
Santa Clara at CALIFORNIA, 1:30 p.m.
Portland at WASHINGTON, 6 p.m.
NCAA SECOND ROUND
Tues., Nov. 23
Cal St. Northridge (11-5-2)-Loyola Marymount (10-7-3) winner at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Portland (11-7-2)-WASHINGTON (11-6-2) winner at New Mexico (16-1-1), 7 p.m.
Santa Clara (15-5-0)-CALIFORNIA (12-3-3) winner at Southern Methodist (15-3-1), 7:30 p.m.
All times are local to game sites.
OREGON STATE FORWARD ROBBIE FINDLEY
NAMED PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK
OREGON STATE sophomore forward Robbie Findley has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Nov. 9-15, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Findley, from Phoenix, Ariz., accounted for all of the Beavers' scoring in Oregon State's 3-2 overtime victory over No. 9/20 Washington. After a scoreless first half, the Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the second period before Findley found net in the 57th and 74th minutes. The Huskies tied it up with seven minutes left in regulation, forcing overtime. In the game's 94th minute, Findley scored the golden goal to give the Beavers the victory.
With the hat trick, Findley finished the season with a team-leading eight goals, good for second most (tied) in the Pac-10. His 19 points on the season also led the Beavers, and was tied for third most in the Conference.
Oregon State's season concluded with three straight victories, including Conference wins over Pac-10 Champion UCLA and Washington.
This is the second weekly honor for Findley, and the ninth all-time player of the week honor for the Beavers.
ALSO NOMINATED: Calen Carr, Jr., F, CAL; Chad Barrett, So., F, UCLA.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Thurs., Nov. 11
UCLA 4, San Diego 0
Sat., Nov. 13
CALIFORNIA 3, STANFORD 2 (2OT)
UCLA 3, UC Davis 2
Sun. Nov. 14
OREGON STATE 3, WASHINGTON 2 (OT)
PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER NOTES...
CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears, undefeated in non-conference play in 2004, host one of their early-season victims, Santa Clara, in Berkeley on Friday at 1:30 p.m.... The last time the two teams met, Cal snapped the Broncos' 15-game home winning streak to capture the Stanford Nike Invitational crown... The Bears sandwiched a stretch in which they lost three out of five matches with unbeaten streaks to start and end the season of nine and four games, respectively... This is the Bears' fourth straight NCAA appearance and 11th overall... In 2003, Cal was defeated in the second round by UC Santa Barbara after opening the tournament with a 2-0 home win over San Jose State.
UCLA: The Bruins extended their streak of consecutive NCAA Championship berths to 22 by receiving the Pac-10's automatic bid for the third straight year... UCLA faced both of its possible second round opponents earlier this season, defeating Cal State Northridge at home 3-1, and tying Loyola Marymount 0-0 at the Home Depot Center, where UCLA will host the College Cup to conclude the NCAA Championships... This will be the first time the College Cup has been held in the state of California since 1981, despite the fact that a California school has made the semifinals in 18 of the past 20 years, and the championship game in 10 of the last 20... Altogether the Bruins are 4-2-1 this season against the 48-team tournament field... Last season UCLA advanced to the Quarterfinals before falling 2-1 to Indiana, a loss that snapped a 19-game unbeaten streak... The Bruins won the College Cup in 2002, defeating Pac-10 rival Stanford in the Finals... After the bye, UCLA hosts second round action on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON: Washington renews its extensive postseason rivalry with Portland on Friday in Seattle at 6 p.m.... The Huskies and Pilots have met six times in NCAA tournament play since 1989, with each school recording three wins... Last season, Washington defeated Portland in the second round in Seattle, allowing the Huskies to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history... The Pilots downed the Huskies 2-1 in Portland earlier this year, a defeat from which Washington rebounded to win six of their next eight... Washington is 23-13-2 all-time against their Northwest rival, 10-5-2 at home... The Huskies received a first round bye in 2003, defeating Portland in the second round before falling in 3-2 in overtime at St. Louis.