Pac-10 Men's Soccer Season Wrap-Up
Dec. 8, 2005
The UCLA Bruins (12-5-3, 7-1-2) captured their fourth-straight Pac-10 title in 2005, thus extending their streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament berths to 23 years. The Bruins earned a first-round bye and the No. 5 seed in the College Cup, but were upset in the second round by SMU, 3-0.
The CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (14-4-3, 6-3-1) finished second in the Pac-10 and made their first Elite Eight appearance in program history on Fri., Dec. 2. The team was edged, 1-0, in overtime by No. 2-seed New Mexico on the Lobos' home field. SAN DIEGO STATE (9-4-6, 2-3-5), in its inaugural season in the Pac-10, earned an NCAA Tournament bid, but fell in the first round to UC Santa Barbara by a score of 2-0.
OREGON STATE (9-7-4, 5-5) and WASHINGTON (10-7-2, 3-5-2) barely missed the NCAA Tournament, as both teams had successful seasons in 2005. STANFORD (4-11-3, 1-7-2) returns the majority of its roster next season, as only three seniors concluded their collegiate careers.
Three Pac-10 teams comprised the NCAA field for the second consecutive season. The league posted a 32-13-8 (.679) record against Division I non-conference competition during the 2005 season, including postseason action.
FINAL TEAM NOTES
The seventh-seeded California men's soccer team fell to No. 2-seed New Mexico, 1-0, in overtime of the NCAA quarterfinals, on Fri., Dec. 2 to end its 2005 season ... It was the first-ever Elite Eight appearance for the Golden Bears, who finished their campaign with a 14-4-3 overall record, 6-3-1 in the Conference, good enough for a second-place finish ... Cal finished atop the Pac-10 leaderboard in shots (297), points (104), goals (38) and goals per game (1.81) ... Senior forward Calen Carr was named Pac-10 Player of the Year for his offensive dominance this season ... Carr paced the league in virtually every offensive category, notching 13 goals on the season, six more than the second-place finisher ... Head coach Kevin Grimes was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year ... Grimes led Cal to its fifth-consecutive postseason appearance in 2005.
Oregon State ended the year with a third-place finish in the Pac-10, a 9-7-4 overall record, 5-5 in the Conference ... Senior forward Ryan Johnson had a monster game in his weekend finale, scoring two goals and assisting on the other two in the 4-1 win over UW, which was just OSU's second victory in Seattle in 12 tries ... Johnson led the team in just about every offensive category this year, including goals (6), assists (9), points (21) and shots (47) ... He ends his career as OSU's all-time assist leader with 30, and finished third in points (66), and tied for seventh in goals (18).
San Diego State earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time under head coach Lev Kirshner, and the first time in 16 years ... The Aztecs ended their run sooner than they had hoped, losing to UC Santa Barbara by a score of 2-0 in the first round ... SDSU concluded the year with a 9-4-6 overall record and a 2-3-5 mark in the Pac-10, good enough for a fourth-place finish ... Junior goalkeeper Tally Hall, a first team All-Pac-10 selection, was credited with four saves, holding UCSB scoreless in the first half, a trend he maintained all season ... Playing in their first season in the Pac-10, the Aztecs made it a memorable one, posting a nine-match unbeaten streak, while being ranked as high as No. 14 by Soccer America on Oct. 4 ... Sophomore midfielder Kraig Chiles and senior defender Matt Couch were both named second team All-Pac-10 members ... Hall was also named a second team All-Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
Stanford fell 4-1 to ninth-ranked California on Sun., Nov. 13 to conclude its 2005 regular season ... The Cardinal finished with a 4-11-3, 1-7-2 record ... With only three seniors on the team, Stanford can return 22 of its 25 rostered players from this season, who all gained experience on the field ... Freshman midfielder/forward Tunji Munabi scored the lone Stanford goal over the team's final weekend ... Munabi also attempted three of the team's six shots ... Junior goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen recorded six saves on the afternoon, bringing his season total to 42, good enough to finish sixth in the Pac-10.
In perhaps the biggest upset of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, No. 5 seed UCLA was defeated, 3-0, on its home field by SMU on Tues., Nov. 22 ... The Bruins, who had held opponents scoreless at Drake Stadium this season, concluded the year with a 12-5-3 overall record and a 7-1-2 mark in Conference play, claiming the league crown ... UCLA outshot SMU, 17-8, but only had three shots on goal, as compared to the Mustangs' five ... Freshman midfielder/forward Sal Zizzo was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year for his performance this season ... Zizzo scored a goal and two assists in his first collegiate start in UCLA's 4-0 upset victory over then-No. 2 Maryland on Sun., Sept. 4 ... Two Bruins were named finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, including junior midfielder Patrick Ianni and sophomore defender Marvell Wynne.
Washington dropped its final match of the season in a 4-1 defeat to Oregon State at home on Sun., Nov. 13 ... The Huskies finished the 2005 season with a 10-7-2 overall record, 3-5-2 and fifth-place finish in the Pac-10 ... It marked only the second time in 11 years that UW had failed to make the NCAA Tournament ... Sophomore forward Ely Allen scored the lone Husky goal against the Beavers ... Senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander finished the season with 70 saves, good enough to rank fourth in the Pac-10 ... Eylander also ranked fourth in saves per game (3.68), fourth in save percentage (.787), fourth in goals against average (0.97), while tied for third in shutouts (7).
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- CALEN CARR, SR., F, CALIFORNIA
Carr, a senior forward from Berkeley, Calif., was a first team All-Pac-10 selection in 2004 and an honorable mention selection in 2002. He finished the season leading the Conference in seven categories: shots (91), shots per game (4.33), points (30), points per game (1.43), goals (13), goals per game (0.62) and game-winning goals (6). Carr also ranks in the Top-10 in assists (t8th, 4) and assists per game (10th, 0.22). Named to the Soccer America Team of the Week for Sept. 21, Carr is the first player in head coach Grimes' six-year tenure to record 10 or more goals in one season. The Bears played in their program-record fifth-consecutive NCAA Tournament, earning a No. 7 seed in their at-large berth. It marked the first time the Bears went into the playoffs seeded since 2002, when they earned a No. 14 seed.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- SAL ZIZZO, FR., MF/F, UCLA
Zizzo, a freshman midfielder/forward from San Diego, Calif., helped UCLA clinch its fourth-consecutive Pac-10 title with a league record of 7-1-2, 12-5-3 overall. He made significant contributions in his first campaign for the Bruins, playing in all 20 games, starting in 16. While he helped the Bruins to their No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Zizzo scored a goal and two assists in his first collegiate start in UCLA's 4-0 upset victory over then-No. 2 Maryland. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 6 for his effort in the win over the Terrapins and was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week for Sept. 7. Leading the Pac-10 freshman class, Zizzo contributed one goal, five assists, and seven points this season.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR -- KEVIN GRIMES, CALIFORNIA
In his sixth year at California, Grimes guided the Golden Bears to a second-place finish in the Pac-10 with a 6-3-1 Conference record, 14-4-3 overall, while earning a No. 7 seed in their at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. Cal's bid sets a program record of five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The Golden Bears finished their season ranked nationally in several categories. They finish second in shots on goals save percentage (0.868), eighth in team goals-against average (0.54), ninth in won-lost-tied percentage (0.778) and 26th in shutout percentage (0.53). Grimes owns an overall record of 68-45-12 at Cal, and is only one of four Cal coaches to reach 50 wins in Berkeley.
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