Around The League: Pac-10 Men's Soccer
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The sixth-seeded Golden Bears battled No. 3-seed Akron to a 3-3 tie in double overtime, but the Zips edged Cal, 3-2, in the penalty kick shootout in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal. The Bears' quarterfinal appearance matched the 2005 team's postseason run. The 2010 Pac-10 Champion squad traveled to Akron and tested a squad ranked No. 1 for most of the season. When JR MF Anthony Avalos put Cal up, 1-0, in the 31st minute, it marked the first time the Zips had trailed at home all season and just the seventh time at all over the past two seasons. Akron struck twice before the half to take a 2-1 lead. Second-half goals by SO MF Tony Salcicchia and SO F John Fitzpatrick tied the game at 2-2 and 3-3, respectively. After two scoreless overtime periods, the teams went into the shootout. SR D A.J. Soares was named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, considered the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer.
Oregon State (6-11-0/1-9-0)
SR F Travis Sanchez completed the season as Beavers' leader in goals (6) and points (14). SO MF Roberto Farfan led Oregon State with four assists. SR F Brian Ramsey, a second team All-Pac-10 selection, was second on the team with five goals and 12 points.
San Diego State (10-7-2/3-6-1)
The Aztecs finished with double-figure wins for the first time since 1994. It was also the first 10-win season in head coach Lev Kirshner's 11-year tenure. SR F Raymundo Reza, a first team All-Pac-10 honoree, led San Diego State in goals (6) and points (18) while SO MF Jose Altamirano tallied a team-high nine assists, good for third in the Pac-10.
After starting the season 0-4, the Cardinal fought back and won seven of its next nine games. SR D Dominique Yahyavi, a second team All-Pac-10 selection, led the Cardinal in goals (6) and points (13). SR MF/D Bobby Warshaw was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team for the third-straight season. Warshaw finished the season ranked second on the team in goals (4) and tied for second with nine points.
The No. 8-seed Bruins battled top-seeded and undefeated Louisville in a roller-coaster game, but fell, 5-4, in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal. UCLA led, 3-1, after 33 minutes with goals from JR MF Eder Arreola, FR MF Kelyn Rowe and SO F Chandler Hoffman. After going into the half down by just one goal, the Cardinals quickly tied the game two minutes into the second half and then took the lead, 4-3, in the 56th minute. The Bruins found the equalizer in the 81st minute when FR F Victor Chavez scored his 10th goal of the season. With less than one minute to play, Louisville punched its ticket to its first College Cup with the game's final goal, putting the Cardinals back on top, 5-4. RS JR GK Brian Rowe made seven saves as the two teams combined for 38 shots. Chavez, one of UCLA's many talented freshman, finished the season atop the Pac-10 standings in goals and second in points (25).
Washington finished the season with 11 wins, the most by a Husky team since the 2006 squad recorded 12 victories. The five Conference wins mark the most by the program since 2003. JR F Brent Richards led the Huskies in goals (8), assists (5) and points (21). He also tied for second in the Conference in goals was fourth in points.