Three Pac-12 Men’s Soccer Teams Ranked
PREVIEWING THE WEEK: UCLA and OREGON STATE kick off the second week of Conference play on Thursday. No. 8 STANFORD and No. 24 CALIFORNIA meet for the Battle of the Bay on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT. UCLA and No. 22 WASHINGTON matchup on Sunday for Soccer at Sundown on the Pac-12 Network.
IN THE RANKINGS: Stanford is ranked No. 8 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, Washington is No. 22 and California enters the poll for the first time this season at No. 24.
WEEKLY RECAP: In the first week of Conference play, Stanford and California went 2-0, and Washington went 1-0. California now has a six game win streak and Washington has five game win streak.
NATIONAL STATS LEADERS: No. 8 Stanford is second in the nation in assists per game (2.8), seventh in points per game (7), seventh in shots per game (15.9), ninth in shutout percentage (0.60), third in total assists (28), and sixth in total points (70). No. 22 Washington is ninth in corner kicks per game (6.8), eighth in scoring offense (2.4), fifth in total goals (24), and ninth in total points (69). UCLA’s Brian Iloski and Stanford’s Drew Skundrich are tied for seventh in game-winning goals (3). Stanford’s Foster Langsdorf is eighth in goals per game (0.8), fifth in total goals (8), and seventh in total points (18). California’s Jose Carrera-Garcia is ninth in total assists (6).
VS. OTHER CONFERENCES: The Pac-12 is currently has a 9-2 record against the WCC, 4-0 vs. the Mountain West, 3-0 vs. the Colonial Athletic Association, and 2-0 vs. the Ivy League and the Big West.
COMPLETE STUDENT-ATHLETE: Stanford’s Foster Langsdorf auditioned for a play last year, Gaieties. The play is an annual, student-written musical dating back to 1911 performed the week before Big Game against California. His favorite class at Stanford is a storytelling class he took that was taught by a stand-up comedian. The senior forward from Vancouver, Washington is a management science and engineering major.
SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Four Pac-12 student-athletes appear on the Senior CLASS Award candidate list: Stanford’s Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Foster Langsdorf, Drew Skundrich, and Oregon State’s Timmy Mueller. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring.
MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST: San Diego State’s Pablo Pelaez, and Stanford’s Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Foster Langsdorf represent the Pac-12 on the preseason MAC Hermann trophy watch list. Twenty-eight players from NCAA Division I schools around the country have been marked as potential contenders for the 2017 Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer, presented annually to one male and one female athlete.
TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM PRESEASON BEST XI: Seven Pac-12 student-athletes appear on the TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Best XI. Stanford tied for the most of any school with four players featured on the teams. Stanford’s Tomas Hilliard-Arce was selected for the first team; San Diego State’s Pablo Pelaez and Stanford’s Foster Langsdorf are on the second team; Stanford’s Drew Skundrich is on the third team; and UCLA’s Brandon Terwege, Stanford’s Logan Panchot, and Washington’s Blake Bodily are on the freshman team.
PRESEASON COACHES POLL: Breaking a seven-year streak, the Pac-12 coaches tabbed Stanford as the 2017 favorite over rival UCLA, which is ranked second in the preseason coaches poll. Washington followed in third, San Diego State is fourth, and Oregon State edged out California for fifth and sixth, respectively.
PRESEASON ALL-PAC-12: Stanford’s 2016 co-Pac-12 Player of the Year Foster Langsdorf and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Tomas Hilliard-Arce highlight the star-studded 2017 Preseason All-Pac-12 team. 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Washington’s Handwalla Bwana, UCLA’s junior Erik Holt, and SDSU’s senior Adam Allmaras also appear on the team.
2016 PAC-12 MEN’S SOCCER IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Four Pac-12 men’s soccer teams were selected to participate in the 2016 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, tied for the second-most conference representatives in the field-Stanford, Washington, San Diego State, and UCLA. Stanford went on to win its second consecutive NCAA title after defeating Wake Forest, becoming the first repeat champion since Indiana in 2003-04.
|Teams||Points||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
|San Diego State||0||0-2||4-6|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (all times pacific)
|Thursday, Oct. 5|
|UCLA at Oregon State||P12N||4 p.m. PT|
|San Diego State at #22 Washington||P12W||7 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Oct. 8|
|San Diego State at Oregon State||P12N||11 a.m. PT|
|#8 Stanford at #24 California||P12BA||3 p.m. PT|
|UCLA at #22 Washington||P12N||5 p.m. PT|
2017 PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THIS WEEK: Shinya Kadono, Jr., MF, California (Irvine, Calif.)
ALSO NOMINATED: Foster Langsdorf, STAN, Joey Parish, WASH.
2017 PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Oct. 3||Shinya Kadono, CAL|
|Sep. 26||Paul Salcedo-Borrego, CAL|
|Sep. 19||Handwalla Bwana, WASH|
|Sep. 11||Drake Callender, CAL|
|Sep. 5||Foster Langsdorf, STAN|
|Aug. 29||Joey Parish, WASH|
MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Pablo Pelaez, SDSU; Tomas Hilliard-Arce, STAN; Foster Langsdorf, STAN
Senior CLASS Award Watch List
Tomas Hilliard-Arce, STAN; Foster Langsdorf, STAN; Timmy Mueller, OSU; Drew Skundrick, STAN