This year in Pac-12 men's soccer
• STANFORD claimed its Conference record fifth-straight Pac-12 title (2014-2018) with a 7-2-1 league mark and tied its program best with a sixth-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth finishing 12-4-5 overall following its 17th all-time appearance. The three-time reigning national champions (2015-17), the No. 9-seeded Cardinal fell short of a four-peat and one win from the Men’s NCAA College Cup in a narrow 3-2 loss to Akron, the eventual runner-up, in its first home NCAA quarterfinal match since 2002. The Cardinal remain tied with Virginia (1991-94) as the only two teams to win three-consecutive NCAA titles. The loss to the Zips ended Stanford’s 17-match postseason unbeaten streak as well as its NCAA-record postseason shutout streak of 14 consecutive matches, both dating to the initial 2015 title run. Redshirt junior Tanner Beason became the first player in league history to earn both Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in the same season and was tabbed a semifinalist for the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy. Stanford has won the defensive nod all five years since its inception in 2014. Beason and teammate Amir Bashti both collected United Soccer Coaches All-America honors, earning first and third-team nods, respectively.
• The Pac-12’s four teams went 2-3-2 in the 2018 postseason to move the league’s all-time record to 134-104-14 (.560) in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament, with seven national championships and eight second-place finishes. Stanford was joined in the field by first-round hosts OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON as well as UCLA. This season marked the seventh time since the Conference’s formation in 2000 that four teams qualified for NCAA play, including the fourth time in the past six seasons. At least two Pac-12 teams have earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament in all but one season dating back to 1997, with 2011 the lone exception. UCLA’s four national crowns are tied for the fourth-most by a program in NCAA history while Stanford’s three titles rank seventh.
• OREGON STATE posted an 11-6-3 record and placed second in the Pac-12 with a 6-3-1 Conference record, equaling its best league finish since the Pac-10 started sponsoring men’s soccer in 2000. The Beavers made their fourth all-time NCAA appearance and collected a 2-1 victory over SMU in the first round– their second postseason victory in program history, the other coming in 2014. First-year head coach Terry Boss was tabbed Pac-12 Coach of the Year and midfielder Sofiane Djeffal was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. OSU recorded its second-highest Conference win total (six) in team history and its best overall win percentage since 2003 (13-7-0).
• Washington went 12-7-1 overall and reached its sixth postseason in the last seven years, marking the Huskies’ 25th all-time appearance, after closing out the regular season in third place in the league standings at 6-4-0. The Huskies’ postseason trip ended in a first-round loss to Lipscomb in penalty kicks (5-4) after the teams battled through a scoreless regulation and overtime. Head Coach Jamie Clark has now led the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament six times in his eight years at the helm, with UW advancing to at least the third round on three occasions in that span.
• UCLA ended the 2018 season with a 10-9-0 overall record and finished fourth in the Pac-12 with a league record of 5-5-0. The Bruins earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for its Conference-leading 45th all-time appearance and dropped a close 1-0 loss at Portland in the opening round. UCLA owns the most Division I wins in NCAA history with 979 total victories and ranks second all-time by win percentage (.760). Senior defender Erik Holt anchored the Bruins’ stout defense as one of three Bruins to start all 19 games this season and was named a United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-American.
• CALIFORNIA concluded the season with a 7-9-2 overall record and a 3-7-0 mark in Pac-12 play for fifth in the league table. The Golden Bears wrapped up their 2018 campaign with a 1-0 upset of Stanford, marking the first win over their Bay Area rival since 2013 and first on Cardinal turf since 2010. Cal’s top offensive force Shinya Kadono led the Pac-12 in points (26), goals (12) and shots per game (3.22) to close out a successful collegiate career.
• SAN DIEGO STATE rounded out the Conference standings in sixth with a 2-8-0 Pac-12 record and a 7-10-1 overall mark that included a four-game non-conference win streak. The Aztecs ended their 2018 season with a 1-0 shutout at UCLA for their first road victory against the Bruins since 1987. Damian German ranked second on the team with five goals, four of which were game-winners, to earn a spot on the United Soccer Coaches All-Far West Region third team.
PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Pac-The Pac-12 Conference announced today the men’s soccer All-Pac-12 honors for the 2018 season, as selected by a polling of the Conference coaches. Stanford’s Tanner Beason was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, marking the first time a player has won both awards since the inception of the defensive award in 2014. Oregon State’s Sofiane Djeffal was tabbed Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and first-year OSU head coach Terry Boss was voted Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The All-Pac-12 teams were also announced.
PAC-12 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: The Pac-12 has named STANFORD redshirt senior Adam Mosharrafa the Men’s Soccer Scholar- Athlete of the Year. A computer science major from Paradise Valley, Ariz., Mosharrafa owns a 3.52 grade-point average and is a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection. The defender has appeared in 82 career games at Stanford and has started all but one game since 2016, while recording five career goals and tacking on five assists. Mosharrafa was one of two Pac-12 players among 30 Division I candidates selected for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award at the beginning of the season.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)
|Teams||Points||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
|San Diego State||6||2-8-0||7-10-1|
NCAA RESULTS (Full Bracket)
|Thursday, November 15|
|UCLA at Portland^||UCLA 0, UP 1|
|SMU at OREGON STATE^||SMU 1, OSU 2|
|Lipscomb at WASHINGTON^||LIP 0, WASH 0|
|(Lipscomb wins on penalty kicks, 5-4)|
|Sunday, November 18|
|UC Irvine at #9 STANFORD*||UCI 0, STAN 2|
|OREGON STATE at #8 Saint Mary’s*||OSU 0, SMC 1|
|Sunday, November 25|
|#9 STANFORD at #8 Saint Mary’s&||STAN 0 , SMC 0|
|(Stanford wins on penalty kicks, 4-2)|
|Friday, November 20|
|Akron at #9 STANFORD$||AKRON 3, STAN 2|
^ - NCAA Division I Tournament first-round
* - NCAA Tournament second-round
& - NCAA Tournament third-round
$ - NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal
2018 PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Pac-12 Player of the Year / Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year – Tanner Beason, RS Jr., D, Stanford
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year – Sofiane Djeffal, Fr., M, Oregon State
Pac-12 Coach of the Year – Terry Boss, Oregon State
2018 All-Pac-12 Teams
United Soccer Coaches All-Americans
Tanner Beason STAN (1st)
Amir Bashti, STAN (3rd)
Erik Holt, UCLA (3rd)
Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week
Aug. 28: Erik Holt, UCLA, Joey Parish, Washington
Sept. 4: Kolade Salaudeen, Oregon State
Sept. 11: Erik Holt, UCLA, Joey Parish, Washington, Shinya Kadono, California
Oct. 2: Hassani Dotson, Oregon State, Amir Bashti, Stanford
Oct. 9: AJ Vasquez, UCLA
Oct. 16: Adrian Fernandez, Oregon State
Oct. 22: Alex Cover, Oregon State
Oct. 30: Don Tchilao, Oregon State
Nov. 6: Tanner Beason, Stanford
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