This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Nov. 6, 2006

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**Through matches of Sun., Nov. 5**

1. California (21) 7-3-0, .700; 12-5-1, .694
2. San Diego State (18) 5-2-3, .650; 9-5-4, .611
3. Stanford (17) 5-3-2, .600; 7-7-4, .500
4. UCLA (15) 4-3-3, .550; 10-5-4, .632
5. Washington (13) 4-5-1, .450; 12-6-1, .658
6. Oregon State (1) 0-9-1, .050; 5-12-2, .316


Tues., Oct. 31
Cal State Northridge 2, OREGON STATE 1

Fri., Nov. 3

Sun., Nov. 5
UCLA 3, San Diego 1



NCAA FIRST ROUND -- Fri.-Sat., Nov. 10-11

Seattle, Wash. (Fri., Nov. 10)
Creighton (13-4-3) at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

Santa Barbara, Calif. (Sat., Nov. 11)
SAN DIEGO STATE at UC Santa Barbara (12-7-0), 1 p.m.

(8) UCLA - Bye

NCAA SECOND ROUND -- Wed., Nov. 15

Los Angeles, Calif.
(8) UCLA vs. Binghamton (9-6-5)/Harvard (13-4-0) winner, 7 p.m.

Berkeley, Calif.
(13) CALIFORNIA vs. New Mexico (13-3-3)/USF (12-6-1) winner, 1:30 p.m.

Dallas, Texas
(3) SMU (17-1-4) vs. SAN DIEGO STATE/UC Santa Barbara winner, 7 p.m.

Santa Clara, Calif.
(10) Santa Clara (12-4-4) vs. WASHINGTON/Creigton winner, 7 p.m.

NCAA THIRD ROUND -- Sat.-Sun., Nov. 18-19

NCAA QUARTERFINALS -- Fri.-Sun., Nov. 24-26

NCAA COLLEGE CUP -- Fri. and Sun., Dec. 1 & 3
Robert R. Hermann Stadium
St. Louis, MO

All times are local to game sites.


  • For the first time since the 2003 season, the Pac-10 received four NCAA Tournament berths in men's soccer, as CALIFORNIA (12-5-1), SAN DIEGO STATE (9-5-4), UCLA (10-5-4) and WASHINGTON (12-6-1) all had their names called on ESPNEWS' Selection Monday ... The Bruins earned a No. 8 seed, while the Golden Bears were named a No. 13 seed ... Both schools earned a first round bye and will host on their respective campuses in the second round.

  • San Diego State earned its second NCAA Tournament bid in as many years ... The Aztecs' 2006 postseason schedule looks eerily similar to last season as the team will travel to UC Santa Barbara for first round action ... The Gauchos ended SDSU's run in 2005, claiming a 2-0 victory ... The winner of this match will take on No. 3 SMU in Dallas, Texas.

  • Washington returns to the postseason for the first time since 2004, earning an at-large bid, where it will host Creighton in the first round in Seattle ... The winner of this match will take on No. 10 Santa Clara in California in the second round.

  • The 2006 Men's College Cup semifinals and finals will be televised on ESPN2 from the Robert R. Hermann Stadium in St. Louis, Mo.


    CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (12-5-1, 7-3-0)

  • California dropped its final regular season contest, a 2-1 overtime match with Stanford on Friday, bringing its record to 12-5-1 overall, 7-3-0 in Conference ... Despite the loss, the Bears earned a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament and are set to host the winner of the New Mexico-USF match in second round play ... Cal earned a bye in the first round ... The NCAA bid marks Cal's 13th overall and sixth-straight, while the bye in the first round is the second-straight for the squad ... The second round game will take place at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., on Wed., Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m. ... The Bears are 6-2-0 at home, but one of those losses did come at the hands of USF (1-0), in the first game of the season on Aug. 25 ... Cal last faced New Mexico in the 2005 NCAA College Cup quarterfinal round, where the Lobos defeated Cal, 1-0 in overtime to end the Bears' season ... The team ranks 27th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 1.83 goals per game ... Defensively, Cal has only given up 15 scores all season, good enough for a 0.82 goals against average.

    OREGON STATE Beavers (5-12-2, 0-9-1)

  • Oregon State dropped its final two matches of the season, a 2-1 loss at Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, and a 2-1 overtime loss to Washington on Friday ... The Beavers finish at 0-9-1 in Conference play, 5-12-2 overall ... SR F Bryan Jordan scored the equalizer for OSU against the Matadors, while SR F Robbie Findley put in a second half penalty kick against the Huskies to take the lead for much of the final portion of regulation ... Four seniors played in their final collegiate games, including Jordan, Findley, D Matt Bowman and MF Lucas Egenwall ... Oregon State finishes the regular season in third place in the Conference in saves (68), good enough for a 3.58 average.

    SAN DIEGO STATE Aztecs (9-5-4, 5-2-3)

  • San Diego State earned its second-straight and eighth all-time bid into the NCAA Tournament on Selection Monday ... The postseason berth comes on the heels of the Aztecs' final regular season weekend in which they posted a 1-1 double overtime tie with UCLA on Friday, bringing their record to 9-5-4 overall, 5-2-3 in Conference play ... The team has the week to prepare and will take on UC Santa Barbara in first round play on Sat., Nov. 11 on the Gauchos' home field at 1 p.m. ... The winner of this match will face No. 3 SMU in Dallas, Texas on Wed., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. ... SDSU is looking to avenge its loss to UCSB last season, when the team lost a 2-0 match in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... SDSU has made seven previous appearances in the NCAA tournament with its best showing coming in 1987 when it finished runner-up to Clemson in the national title match ... The team finished the season strong, staying unbeaten (2-0-3) over its last five games, while going 5-2-3 (.650) over its last 10 contests.

    STANFORD Cardinal (7-7-4, 5-3-2)

  • Stanford had a solid season, finishing at .500 overall with a 7-7-4 record, 5-3-2 in Pac-10 play ... The Cardinal topped off the year with a bang, upsetting No. 10 California on Friday, 2-1 in overtime ... SR MF Galen Thompson, who fired three of his team-high four shots on goal, scored the game-winner in overtime, earning him Pac-10 Player of the Week honors ... Thompson got his goal past Cal keeper Justin Myers, who ranks atop the league in goals against average (0.77) ... The Cardinal nearly doubled its win total from last season, finishing in third place, three spots up from a sixth-place finish in 2005 ... Stanford ends the regular season ranked second in the league goals allowed (17) and fourth in shutouts (5) ... Four seniors played in their final collegiate game, including Thompson, MF Michael Brown, GK Andrew Kartunen and MF Bret Shimizu.

    UCLA Bruins (10-5-4, 4-3-3)

  • UCLA picked up a win and a tie over the weekend, including a 1-1 double overtime tie with San Diego State on Friday and a 3-1 non-conference victory over San Diego on Sunday to finish the season strong, picking up a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament ... The Bruins, 10-5-4, 4-3-3 in Conference, have a bye in the first round and will take on the winner of the Binghamton-Harvard match on Wed., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in Los Angeles ... UCLA has never faced Binghamton and has played Harvard just once, in 1984 (UCLA won 2-0 in Los Angeles) ... The Bruins have now advanced to the NCAA Championship in each of the last 24 years and in 34 years overall ... The Bruins are 6-5-1 this season against schools in the 48-team tournament field, with victories against No. 10 seed Santa Clara, New Mexico, San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State and Washington ... All of the Bruins' losses this year have come to teams in the tournament field, including four to Top 16 seeds ... FR F David Estrada extended his goal scoring streak to four games with a pair of goals last weekend ... Estrada has scored a goal in seven of UCLA's last eight games.

    WASHINGTON Huskies (12-6-1, 4-5-1)

  • Washington earned a 2-1 overtime win over Oregon State on Friday to end its regular season with a 12-6-1 record, 4-5-1 in Pac-10 action ... The news got sweeter for the Huskies on Monday when they earned their 18th NCAA bid in program history ... The team will host Creighton in first round action on Fri., Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field ... The winner of that match will go on to face 10th-seeded Santa Clara in the second round on the Broncos' home field ... Washington, which has advanced to the postseason 10 times in the last 12 seasons, last appeared in 2004 and recorded a school-record trip to the Sweet 16 in 2003 ... Washington is 1-3-0 all-time against Creighton, falling last year to the Bluejays, 3-2, at the Nike Portland Invitational ... The other three meetings came in 2004 at the UNLV FILA Invitational (won 2-1), 2002 in Seattle (lost 1-2 in overtime) and 2000 in Omaha, Neb. (lost 0-2). ... JR F Kevin Forrest scored his 13th goal of the season against the Beavers on Friday, becoming he first Husky since 1997 to score as many 13 goals in a single season ... Forrest has led the Pac-10 in every offensive category all season long.


    WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- STANFORD senior midfielder Galen Thompson has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 31 - Nov. 5, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

    Thompson, of Denver, Colo., played a key role in Stanford's 2-1 upset over Bay Area rival, No. 10 California to finish out the regular season of play at Maloney Field.

    Friday's match was senior day for the Cardinal, as Thompson was one of four seniors honored during the pregame ceremony. In his final regular season game, Thompson went on to score the game-winning goal at the 6:33 mark of the first overtime period to lift Stanford to a third place Conference finish.

    Thompson, who fired three of his team-high four shots on goal, made a quick run up the sideline and collected a cross from junior Dan Shapiro. Moving past a defender, Thompson broke free and ripped a shot that sailed past the outstretched arms of California goalkeeper Justin Myers, a fixture in the national rankings after allowing just eight goals all year.

    This is Thompson's second weekly honor and the ninth all-time award for the Cardinal.

    Also Nominated: Nick Cardenas, Fr., D, SDSU; David Estrada, Fr., F, UCLA; Kevin Forrest, Jr., F, 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; Oct. 24 - Rylan Hawkins, RS Fr., GK, WASH; Oct. 31 - Nick Cardenas, Fr.,D, SDSU; Nov. 6 - Galen Thompson, Sr., MF, STAN.

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