The race for the Pac-12 men's soccer title continues
With three weeks left in the regular season, four teams are in the race for the Conference title and eligible for postseason selection. Eyeing the Conference crown and postseason are No. 5 Stanford, No. 24 California, No. 23 Washington, and UCLA with the Cardinal leading the pack. All four teams have above a .500 won-lost-tied percentage.
No. 5 Stanford and No. 24 California have a bye this week, allowing No. 23 Washington and UCLA to further their pursuit of the Conference title. The two teams have a crucial matchup on Sunday, needing the win to stay in contention for the Pac-12 crown. The Bruins are especially hungry for the win, needing it to stay at or above the .500 mark in order to be considered for postseason. UCLA has three of its remaining five games against ranked opponents, including the last three games of the season on the road. Tune in to Pac-12 Network to watch the matchup on Sunday at 5 p.m. PT for Soccer at Sundown.
IN THE RANKINGS: Stanford is ranked No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, Washington is No. 23, and California is No. 24. Stanford has been in the top-10 for nine weeks of the season (including preseason), including being ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll and the first two weeks of the season. Washington has been ranked in the poll for eight weeks of the season, including the preseason poll.
Four of six teams are in the top-41 in the RPI: Stanford is 16, UCLA is 29, and Washington is 32, and California is 41.
WEEKLY RECAP: Unranked UCLA tied then-No. 24 New Mexico, 1-1. Unranked Oregon State beat then-No. 17 California, 2-1. Then-No. 6 Stanford came out victorious against then-No. 21 Washington, 2-1, after tying the week before.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford’s Foster Langsdorf is this week’s Player of the Week. Langsdorf scored both winners in Stanford's sweep of the Pacific Northwest schools, defeating No. 21 Washington (2-1) and Oregon State (3-0). Now with double-digit goals for the second-consecutive season, the senior continues to lead the Conference in both goals (10) and points (23). Tied for sixth in program history in goals (33) and is seventh in points (75). With the wins, No. 6 Stanford closed out its Pac-12 road schedule with a perfect 5-0 mark for the first time in program history.
NATIONAL STATS LEADERS: No. 5 Stanford is second in the nation in assists per game (2.80), eighth in points per game (6.93), fifth in shots per game (16.33), sixth in shutout percentage (.600), ninth in team goals against average (.526), second in total assists (42), seventh in total points (104), and seventh in won-lost-tied percentage (.833). No. 21 Washington is seventh in corner kicks per game (6.75) and seventh in total goals (33). Stanford’s Foster Langsdorf is seventh in game-winning goals (4). His teammate Nico Corti is eighth in goals against average (.529) and seventh in shutouts (8). California’s Jose Carerra-Garcia is ninth in total assists (8).
VS. OTHER CONFERENCES: The Pac-12 is currently has a 10-2 record against the WCC, 3-0 vs. the Colonial Athletic Association, and 2-0 vs. the Ivy League and the Big West.
COMPLETE STUDENT-ATHLETE: Stanford was honored by the United Soccer Coaches on Oct. 5 with the College Team Academic Award for the most recent academic year. The Cardinal posted a cumulative 3.48 GPA during 2016-17, the fourth-best among Division I schools (Denver - 3.58; Memphis - 3.50; Notre Dame - 3.49). The team has five management science and engineering majors, two computer science and one human biology 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||0-5||5-9|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (all times pacific)
|Thursday, Oct. 26|
|Oregon State at UCLA||P12N||4:30 p.m. PT|
|#23 Washington at San Diego State||7 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Oct. 29|
|Oregon State at San Diego State||12 p.m. PT|
|#23 Washington at UCLA||P12N||5 p.m. PT|
2017 PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THIS WEEK: Foster Langsdorf, SR, F, Stanford (Vancouver, Wash.)
ALSO NOMINATED: Hassani Dotson, OSU; Jeroen Meefout, SDSU; Kyle Coffee, WASH.
2017 PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
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