Two teams to represent Pac-12 in NCAA men's soccer tournament

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• STANFORD and UCLA will represent the Pac-12 in the 2015 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. Stanford earned a No. 8-seed and will host either Santa Clara or Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 22. 

• UCLA earned an at-large bid to the tournament, and will host Cal Poly on Nov. 19.

• In the final NSCAA rankings, Stanford is ranked seventh in the nation, while UCLA is ranked No. 25.

NCAA Men's Soccer Championship
• Stanford claimed the Pac-12 title outright for the second-straight year with a 7-1-2 Conference record, earning an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Only four of the 24 conferences saw the same schools earning automatic bids on the men's and women's side, with Stanford being one of the four. The Cardinal men finished the season with an overall record of 14-2-2, including an 8-0-2 record at home. The Cardinal set a program record for Pac-12 wins and its seven-point cushion atop of the league standings is the third-largest margin in Conference history. This selection marks Stanford’s 14th overall NCAA tournament appearance.

• UCLA's opening tournament game against Cal Poly will be a rematch from earlier this season, where the Bruins were victorious, 4-1, over the Mustangs on Sept. 18

The Bruins earned their 33rd-consecutive trip to the postseason and 43rd overall in team history. UCLA owns a 72-39 overall NCAA Tournament record, including four national championships, 14 College Cups and nine NCAA Championship game appearances. This season, UCLA finished second in the Pac-12 standings with an overall record of 10-8-1 and 5-4-1 in league play. 

The 48-team tournament field is made up of the champions of 24 conferences, who qualified automatically, in addition to 24 teams that were selected at-large. The top 16 teams were all seeded and receive first-round byes. All first-round games will be played Thursday, November 19, while all second-round action will take place Sunday, November 22. The third round will be played November 28 and 29, while the quarterfinals will be played December 4 and 5. The Men’s College Cup will be held December 11 and 13 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. For the full bracket, click here.

All-Pac-12 Honors
The Pac-12 Conference announced the men’s soccer All-Pac-12 honors for the 2015 season, as selected by a polling of the Conference coaches. STANFORD’s Jordan Morris was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year, while his teammate Brandon Vincent was tabbed Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. UCLA’s Jose Hernandez was voted Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Cardinal head coach Jeremy Gunn was voted Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The All-Pac-12 teams were also announced. For more information, click here.

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
The Pac-12 named STANFORD’s Brandon Vincent the Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award, which is presented in each of the 23 sports the Pac-12 sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline. For more information, click here.


UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Thursday, Nov. 19  TV  Time
Cal Poly at No. 25 UCLA Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, Nov. 22  TV  Time
Santa Clara/ No. 24 Cal State Fullerton at No. 7 STANFORD   5 p.m. PT

PAC12/PACAZ/PACBA/PACLA/PACMT/PACOR/PACWA - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)

Teams Points Pac-12 Record Overall Record
No. 7 Stanford 20 7-1-2 14-2-2
No. 25 UCLA 16 5-4-1 10-8-1
Washington 15 4-3-3 8-5-6
California 14 4-4-2 9-6-2
Oregon State 10 3-6-1 8-9-1
San Diego State 7 2-7-1 8-8-3

Pac-12 Networks' Sports Report unveiled the Pac-12 All-Century Men's Soccer Team on Oct. 19: 

• UCLA's Brad Friedel was named Pac-12 Men's Soccer Player of the Century, while the Bruins' Sigi Schmid was named Pac-12 Men's Soccer Coach of the Century.


 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: SDSU's Brady Blackwell, a sophomore midfielder from Dublin, Ohio, scored the golden goal in SDSU’s 1-0 double-overtime victory over then-No. 16 UCLA on Saturday

• The Bruins know how to find the back of the net, as they average 2.37 goals per game as a team and rank second nationally in scoring offense. Three different Bruins (Seyi Adekoya (26), Jose Hernandez (25) and Abu Danladi (22)) lead the league in points on the season.

• San Diego State’s 1-0 win over UCLA was its first since 2007. It was also the second time this season the Bruins were held scoreless. The Aztecs finish the 2015 campaign with an 8-8-3 record, its best overall mark since 2011.

• The seventh-ranked Stanford Cardinal look to the foot of Eric Verso, who leads the league lead with 11 assists to date. His mark is tied for fourth nationally.

• 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. 

• 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 WatsonRich Burk and Troy Clardy.


AROUND THE LEAGUE

• Stanford's Brandon Vincent was named one of ten finalists for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award®Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December.

• U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jürgen Klinsmann named Stanford junior forward Jordan Morris to the 23-player roster for the for the USA’s first match of 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign. The USMNT currently sits tied atop Group C with Trinidad & Tobago with four points apiece. 

• Morris, a Type 1 diabetic, is also lending his support to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) “T1D Looks Like Me Campaign” for National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM). Among a number of different pieces to the awareness push, Morris is currently featured in a display ad in Times Square.


PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

THIS WEEK:

Sophomore midfielder Brady Blackwell, SDSU 

ALSO NOMINATED:

Sam Werner, STAN

2015 PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 

Date Student-Athlete
Sept. 1 Mikhail Doholis, F, Oregon State
Sept. 8 Andrew Epstein, GK, Stanford
Sept. 15 Timmy Mueller, F, Oregon State
Sept. 22 Jose Carrera-Garcia, M, California
Sept. 29 Seyi Adekoya, F, UCLA
Oct. 6 Jalen Markey, D, Oregon State
Oct. 13 Ryan Herman, GK, Washington
Oct. 20 Jordan Morris, F, Stanford
Oct. 27 Christian Thierjung, F, California
Nov. 3 Abu Danladi, F, UCLA
Nov. 10 Jackson Yueill, M, UCLA
Nov. 17 Brady Blackwell, M, SDSU

NATIONAL HONORS

MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Michael Amick, UCLA; Jordan Morris, Stanford; Brandon Vincent, Stanford


IN THE PRESEASON

Pac-12 Preseason Poll | NSCAA Preseason Poll | CSN Preseason Poll 


 

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