Pac-12 men's soccer heads into week four
• COMPLETE CAMPAIGN: Pac-12 students are known for their success on the field, but they are also impressive, complete people with outside interests, diverse backgrounds, extracurricular activities, interesting families, busy schedules, and full lives. Our school’s releases for this week’s games will focus on who Pac-12 students are off the field of play.
• Three late goals from Pac-12 teams helped the Conference go 6-2-2 last weekend and 20-5-3 throughout the season. The three goals came in the 80th minute or later, an important experience to have as finding late goals will prove critical come league play.
• With the results from the weekend, STANFORD leads the league with its No. 4 NSCAA ranking, along with OREGON STATE climbing to No. 8 and WASHINGTON coming in at No. 9 to round out the top-10.
• OREGON STATE's Timmy Mueller, a sophomore forward from Post Falls, Idaho, scored two game-winning goals for then-No. 10/12 Oregon State this past weekend. Mueller scored his first goal of the weekend against Duquesne, following up on the rebound from his own penalty kick in the 89th minute to lead the Beavers to a 3-2 win. His goals in the 80th and 82nd minute in the following game against Cornell gave the Beavers a decisive 2-0 win, improving Oregon State to 5-0-0 on the season. Three of Mueller’s four goals this season have been game winners, leading the nation in that category.
• A trio of teams in the Conference remain undefeated, including No. 8 OREGON STATE, No. 9 WASHINGTON and SAN DIEGO STATE. The Aztecs posted their third-straight clean sheet and a 344:47 shutout streak, moving to 3-0-2 on the season.
• OREGON STATE is 5-0-0 for the best start in school history. Sophomore forward Timmy Mueller was named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week and College Soccer News Team of the Week, as his three goals last weekend helped the Beavers remain undefeated.
• WASHINGTON's redshirt senior goalkeeper Ryan Herman is the only keeper to not allow a goal in the Conference this year. He's one of four goalkeepers to hold a 0.000 GAA through 290 minutes played.
• CALIFORNIA beat UC Davis 2-1 on Friday, with the help of freshman midfielder Shinya Kadono's goal in the 81st minute.
• STANFORD captured its fifth-straight victory last weekend with a 3-2 win over SMU, with a golden goal off the foot of Eric Verso in the 108th minute. The Cardinal will host bay area foe USF on Friday, then Davidson on Sunday.
• The Pac-12 Network will broadcast 35 matches in 2015. UCLA alumnus and former MLS player Cobi Jones will continue to cover all the action on the Networks alongside analysts Christopher Sullivan and Kelly Gray. Rich Cellini and JB Long continue play-by-play duties, along with Miles, Jim Watson, Rich Burk and Troy Clardy.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
• Stanford Sr. D Brandon Vincent was one of 30 NCAA men’s soccer student-athletes selected as a candidate for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award®, announced Sept. 10.
|Thursday, Sept. 17||TV||Time|
|No. 8 OREGON STATE at Portland||7 p.m. PT|
|Friday, Sept. 18|
|Davidson at CALIFORNIA||4:30 p.m. PT|
|UTPA at SAN DIEGO STATE||7 p.m. PT|
|USF at No. 4 STANFORD||7 p.m. PT|
|Cal Poly at UCLA||7 p.m. PT|
|Dartmouth at No. 9 WASHINGTON||7:30 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Sept. 20|
|Harvard at No. 9 WASHINGTON||PACWA||Noon PT|
|Davidson at No. 4 STANFORD||PAC12||Noon PT|
|USF at CALIFORNIA||2 p.m. PT|
|UC Santa Barbara at UCLA||PAC12||7 p.m. PT|
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)
|Teams||Points||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
|No. 8 Oregon State||0||0-0||5-0-0|
|No. 9 Washington||0||0-0||3-0-1|
|No. 4 Stanford||0||0-0||5-0-1|
|San Diego State||0||0-0||3-0-2|
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SO F Timmy Mueller, OREGON STATE
Shinya Kadono, CAL; Kyle Adams, SDSU; Eric Verso, STAN, Jose Hernandez, UCLA
2015 PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Sept. 1||Mikhail Doholis, F, Oregon State|
|Sept. 8||Andrew Epstein, GK, Stanford|
|Sept. 15||Timmy Mueller, F, Oregon State|
MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Michael Amick, UCLA; Jordan Morris, Stanford; Brandon Vincent, Stanford