This week in Pac-12 men's soccer
Four Pac-12 men’s soccer teams are ranked in the nation’s top 10 this week. The Pac-12 enters this week as the No. 1 ranked RPI conference in Division I, with the top winning percentage, opponent success, opponent’s strength and road success out of all of the nation’s conferences. This week the Bay Area will be the site of a number of important matchups. No. 10 Stanford and No. 7 California both host No. 3 Washington in games that will appear on Pac-12 Networks.
Around the League
• No. 7 CALIFORNIA went 2-0 last weekend, taking down SDSU, 2-1, before knocking off No. 8 UCLA, 1-0. Senior MF Connor Hallisey tallied three points in the two games, assisting on the game-winning goal to beat the Aztecs, and scoring the game-winner against the Bruins. The points pushed his ppg average to 1.86, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks fourth in the nation. The Golden Bear offense continues to lead the nation in scoring (2.64) and assists per game (3.00)
• OREGON STATE was off last week and heads to the Bay Area this week for games at No. 7 California and at No. 10 Stanford. Senior MF Khiry Shelton is tied for first in the naiton with 11 total assists and leads an Oregon State offense that ranks third in the nation with 2.50 assists per game. The Beavers are searching for their first road win since Sept. 5 (2-0, UW-Milwaukee).
• SAN DIEGO STATE’s losing streak stretched to five after narrowly dropping back-to-back games against No. 7 California, 1-2, and No. 10 Stanford, 0-1 in overtime. Five of the Aztecs last six losses have been by a single goal. The Aztecs have scored one goal in the last four games.
• No. 10 STANFORD extended its undefeated streak to six games after playing No. 8 UCLA to a 2-2 draw and defeated SDSU, 1-0, in overtime. Freshman MF Corey Baird took Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after scoring twice against UCLA. Redshirt Senior MF Austin Meyer’s game-winning goal extended Stanford’s undefeated overtime streak to 13, the Cardinal is 6-0-7 in that span.
• No. 8 UCLA drew even with No. 10 Stanford, 2-2, and dropped its first home game of the season against No. 7 California, 0-1. Freshman F Seyi Adekoya scored twice against No. 10 Stanford, bringing his season point total to 15, one behind UCLA point leader Leo Stolz. Both Stolz (t6) and Adekoya (9) rank in the Conference’s top 10 in total points.
• No. 3 WASHINGTON was off last week and this week hits the road for matchups with No. 10 Stanford and No. 7 California. Expect a lot of shots in the game against Stanford, with the Huskies and the Cardinal leading as the Conferences top two teams in shots per game (UW, 17.93; STAN, 17.40)