This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Oct. 17, 2006

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**Through matches of Sun., Oct. 15**

1. California (15) 5-1-0, .833; 10-3-1, .750
2. Stanford (13) 4-1-1, .750; 6-5-3, .536
3. UCLA (10) 3-1-1, .700; 8-3-2, .692
4. San Diego State (9) 3-2-0, .600; 7-5-1, .577
5. Washington (6) 2-5-0, .286; 9-5-0, .643
6. Oregon State (0) 0-7-0, .000; 5-9-1, .367

The Conference champion is determined by highest number of points (TP); Win = 3 pts, Tie = 1 pt, Loss = 0 pts.

Fri., Oct. 13

Sat., Oct. 14
UC Irvine 2, SAN DIEGO STATE 1 (2OT)

Sun., Oct. 15


Fri., Oct. 20
2005: 1-0 (CAL); 4-1 (CAL) 2006: postponed

2005: 0-0 (2OT); 0-0 (2OT) 2006: 1-0 (SDSU)

2005: 1-0 (OSU); 1-0 (UCLA) 2006: 2-1 (UCLA)

Sun., Oct. 22
2005: 2-1 (OSU); 2-1 (SDSU) 2006: 2-1 (SDSU)

UCLA at WASHINGTON, 2:30 p.m.
2005: 1-0 (UCLA); 1-0 (UCLA) 2006: 2-1 (2OT) (UCLA)

All times are local to game sites.


  • Pac-10 men's soccer is on the homestretch of the 2006 season as teams are battling it out for the Conference crown ... CALIFORNIA (5-1-0, 10-3-1) picked up six points over the weekend by virtue of its two Pac-10 wins over OREGON STATE (0-7-0, 5-9-1) and WASHINGTON (2-5-0, 9-5-0) ... Right behind the Bears is STANFORD (4-1-1, 6-5-3) with 13 points, followed closely by UCLA (3-1-1, 8-3-2), which had the weekend off ... SAN DIEGO STATE (3-2-0, 7-5-1) is in fourth-place with nine points on the season.

  • Without playing a match over the weekend, the Bruins jumped one spot in this week's Soccer America and Soccer Times poll to No. 10 and No. 6, respectively ... Cal moved up 12 spots in the NSCAA/adidas Top-25 to rank seventh, while also ranking 10th by Soccer Times and 17th by Soccer America ... Washington rounds out all Pac-10 teams at No. 23 in the latest Soccer Times poll.

  • Stanford and California will play a Fri., Oct. 20 match, originally scheduled for Sat., Sept. 30, at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley ... The teams are separated by just two points atop the Conference standings as the Bears have secured five Pac-10 wins ... However, a Cardinal victory, combined with a maximum of one Bruin win, could propel Stanford into sole possession of first-place with three games remaining on its schedule.

  • The Northwest schools return home from a combined 1-3 weekend to host UCLA and San Diego State ... The Huskies and Beavers will look to rebound with home field advantage, as the two have yet to post a win over their Southern California counterparts this year.

  • Pac-10 goalies have made scoring hard to come by this season as California JR Justin Myers ranks sixth in the nation in goals against average (0.556) and Stanford rookie John Moore is 27th with a 0.786 average ... In national team statistics, the Bears rank 12th in goals against average (0.63) and the Cardinal are 27th (0.82).


    CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (10-3-1, 5-1-0)

  • Seventh-ranked California is in sole possession of first-place in the Pac-10, as it picked up six points and two wins over the weekend, including a 1-0 defeat of Oregon State on Friday and a 3-2 overtime thriller over No. 24 Washington on Sunday ... The Bears, winners of nine of their last 10 matches, are 5-1-0 in the Conference, 10-3-1 overall ... Cal can tighten its grip on the top slot in the Pac-10 with a win this weekend ... The team will play its postponed match with Stanford on Fri., Oct. 20 in Berkeley ... Just two points separate the Bay Area foes as this weekend's game will have an important impact on the final league standings ... SR D Steve Purdy had a solid two games, notching three points on one game-winning goal and one assist against the Beavers and Huskies, respectively ... Purdy also captained a Cal defense that shut down UW's Conference-leading scorer Kevin Forrest, who had just two shots, no goals and no assists in the game ... JR F Javier Ayala-Hil spurred the Bear offense on Sunday, collecting two goals, one in overtime, to bring his season total to six scores ... Ayala-Hil is second in the Pac-10 in goals, third in goals per game (0.43) and tied for second in game-winning goals (3).

    OREGON STATE Beavers (5-9-1, 0-7-0)

  • Oregon State dropped a couple of tough matches over the weekend, losing to California, 1-0 on Friday and Stanford, 2-0 on Sunday ... The Beavers are still searching for their first Conference win and will look to do so this weekend as they return home for a Fri., Oct. 20 contest with No. 6 UCLA and a Sun., Oct. 22 game with San Diego State ... Oregon State held the Bears to just one goal, as Cal came into the weekend averaging almost two per game ... The Beavers rank atop the league in saves, averaging 3.80 per contest ... Leading the way is SO GK Packy Deenihan who has totaled 41 saves, good enough to rank second in the Pac-10 with a 3.42 average ... Goalies RS FR Mike Miller and JR Jason Mariner have also combined for three starts and 15 saves.

    SAN DIEGO STATE Aztecs (7-5-1, 3-2-0)

  • San Diego State suffered a 2-1 double overtime loss to non-conference foe No. 21 UC Irvine on Saturday, dropping its record to 7-5-1 overall, while remaining 3-2-0 in Conference play ... The Aztecs are in fourth-place in the Pac-10 with two big road matches this weekend, including a Fri., Oct. 20 game with Washington and a Sun., Oct. 22 game against Oregon State in Corvallis ... The game against Irvine marked SDSU's fourth nationally-ranked opponent in five games ... The Aztecs are 2-2 in those contests ... SR F Andrew DiCicco scored the team's lone goal in the 45th minute, tallying his fifth goal of the season to tie him for third in the Pac-10 ... DiCicco has been an important offensive catalyst for the Aztecs this season, ranking in the Top-10 in the following Conference categories: points (T5th, 13), points per game (T4th, 1.00), goals (T3rd, 5), goals per game (5th, 0.38), assists (T10th, 3) and assists per game (T9th, 0.23) ... SR GK Tally Hall was named the Man of the Match for his eight saves against the Anteaters.

    STANFORD Cardinal (6-5-3, 4-1-1)

  • Despite dropping a 2-0 decision to No. 24 Washington on Friday, Stanford rallied for a 2-0 shutout of its own against Oregon State two days later to improve to 6-5-3 overall, 4-1-1 in Pac-10 play ... The Cardinal, who suffered just their first Conference loss in six games, has 15 points on the season, good enough for sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 ... The team will take on No. 7 California in Berkeley on Fri., Oct. 20 for serious bragging rights as the two squads currently rank atop the league ... What a difference a year makes: at this point last season, the Cardinal were winless in Conference with just three victories under their belt, ranking fifth in both goals allowed (13) and goals against average (0.96) ... To date, the team ranks second in both categories, boasting a 0.82 goals against average ... FR GK John Moore earned the shutout on Sunday, collecting three saves in the process ... Moore has tallied four shutouts on the season, good enough to rank second in the league with a 0.36 average.

    UCLA Bruins (8-3-2, 3-1-1)

  • UCLA did not play last weekend, but the team is gearing up for a big road trip as it will take on Oregon State on Fri., Oct. 20 and Washington on Sun., Oct. 22 ... In action earlier this season, the Bruins notched a 2-1 and a 2-1 double overtime win over the Beavers and Huskies, respectively ... Despite the bye week, UCLA did manage to jump one spot in the Soccer America poll to No. 10, while moving up one spot in the Soccer Times poll to No. 6 ... The Bruins are on a four-match win streak, having last posted a 2-1 victory over San Diego State on Sun., Oct. 8 ... The Bruins are right in the thick of things with an 8-3-2 overall record, 3-1-1 in Conference with 10 points, good enough for third-place behind Cal and Stanford ... After this weekend, UCLA will return home for the duration of the regular season schedule, including a series with the Bay Area schools, followed by San Diego State and San Diego in non-conference action.

    WASHINGTON Huskies (9-5-0, 2-5-0)

  • Washington picked up its second Conference victory with a 2-0 shutout over Stanford on Friday, but fell in overtime, 3-2, to No. 14 California on Sunday ... With the split, the Huskies are now 9-5-0 overall, 2-5-0 in league play and will return home for a Fri., Oct. 20 match with San Diego State and a Sun., Oct. 22 game against UCLA ... UW will need to pick up a pair of wins this weekend to finish in the upper half of the Conference standings as it will have just one Pac-10 game left on the docket ... JR F Kevin Forrest returned to the Husky lineup against the Cardinal after missing the two previous games with a knee injury ... The Pac-10's leading scorer put in a header off a corner kick in the 52nd minute ... The goal ended a three-game scoring drought for UW ... Despite being out those two games, Forrest continues to pace the Pac-10 in shots (76), points (23) and goals (11) ... SO MF Raphael Cox, who notched the assist on Forrest's score, also knocked in a goal of his own in the 89th minute.


    WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- CALIFORNIA senior defender Steve Purdy has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 10-16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

    Purdy, from Morgan Hill, Calif., led the Golden Bears to a pair of Conference victories over the weekend shutting out Oregon State, 1-0, and defeating No. 24 Washington, 3-2.

    On Friday, Purdy scored the game-winning goal against the Beavers when he converted a 30-yard free kick in the 85th miunte, giving the Bears their third-consecutive Conference win. The intense play continued into Sunday's match-up against the Huskies, as Purdy played a key role in Cal's come-from-behind overtime victory. During the game, he led a defense that shut down Washington's Conference-leading scorer, Kevin Forrest, who had just two shots, no goals and no assists in the game.

    Next up, California takes on Bay Area rival Stanford, Fri., Oct. 20.

    This is Purdy's first weekly honor and the 10th all-time award for the Bears.

    Also Nominated: Raphael Cox, So., MF, WASH.

    2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 29- Ely Allen, Jr., MF, WASH.; Sept. 5 - Kevin Forrest, Jr., F, WASH; Sept. 12- Maxwell Griffin, So., F, UCLA; Sept. 19- Maxwell Griffin, So., F, UCLA; Sept. 26 - Tally Hall, Sr., GK, SDSU; Oct. 3 - Raul Bautista, Sr., MF, SDSU; Oct. 10 - Galen Thompson, Sr., MF/D, STAN; Steve Purdy, Sr., D, CAL.

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