This Year in Pac-10 Men's Soccer
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THIS YEAR IN PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER
For the first time since 2002, two Pac-10 teams appeared in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. Sixth-seeded CALIFORNIA and eighth-seeded UCLA advanced to the round of eight after hosting the second and third rounds. For the Golden Bears, an appearance in the quarterfinal round matched the 2005 squad for the best postseason run in program history. The Bruins played in the quarterfinals for the second-straight season. Cal took third-seeded Akron, the eventual 2010 NCAA Champion, to a penalty kick shootout on the Zips' home field after a 3-3 tie in double overtime. UCLA pushed top-seeded and NCAA runner-up Louisville in a high-scoring match, falling 5-4 to the Cardinals on the road. The Bears rebounded from a last-place Conference finish in 2009 to win the 2010 Pac-10 Championship. With 10 wins, SAN DIEGO STATE finished with double-figure wins for the first time since 1994. WASHINGTON also had a banner year, tallying 11 wins, the most since the 2006 Husky squad had 12.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
The sixth-seeded Golden Bears battled No. 3-seed and eventual 2010 national champion 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. SR D A.J. Soares, JR GK David Bingham and SR F Davis Paul were named NSCAA All-Americans. Five seniors earned invitations to the 2011 adidas Major League Soccer Combine.
Oregon State (6-11-0/1-9-0)
The Beavers finished their season with a 1-0 loss to Washington in Corvallis. SR F Travis Sanchez completed the season as the 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)
San Diego State dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting UCLA on Senior Day to complete a season that saw the Aztecs finish 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.
The Cardinal completed the season with a 3-2 loss to Cal in Berkeley. 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 has also been invited to the 2011 adidas Major League Soccer Combine.
The No. 8-seed Bruins battled top-seeded and then-undefeated Louisville in a roller-coaster game, but fell, 5-4, in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal. Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Kelyn Rowe led the Bruins in assists (10) and ranked second on the squad in points (24) and goals (7). Rowe earned third-team All-American honors and was recently named to the Under-20 U.S. National Team. FR F Victor Chavez, another member of UCLA's talented freshman group, finished the season atop the Pac-10 standings in goals and second in points (25).
A penalty kick by RS SO MF Dylan Tucker-Gangnes was all the Huskies needed to top Oregon State, 1-0, in Corvallis. 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.
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