Three undefeated, two top-10 teams for Pac-12 Men's Soccer
WEEKLY RECAP: Each Pac-12 men’s soccer team picked up at least one win in the second week of 2019 action as the Conference compiled an 8-2-0 record, including a pair of wins against ranked opponents. The Pac-12 has produced a 16-5-1 combined non-conference record thus far, good for a .750 winning percentage that ranks second in the country behind the ACC (34-7-5, .793).
WASHINGTON’s trip to the state of Michigan produced a pair of 1-0 victories as the Huskies took down then No. 16 Michigan State in East Lansing and Michigan in Ann Arbor. UW was aided by the first collegiate goals from redshirt sophomore Lucas Meek and redshirt junior Kasey French, both whom provided the game-winning strikes against MSU and UM, respectively. STANFORD continued to roll with a 1-0 win over defending Big West champion UC Irvine behind preseason All-Conference honoree Zach Ryan’s second goal of the season. CALIFORNIA took a 3-0 road win against UCSB, a team that posted a 9-0-1 home record in 2018. The Golden Bears were aided by three assists from redshirt sophomore forward Alonzo Del Mundo and remain unbeaten in 2019 (2-0-1).
UCLA posted a 3-2 victory against defending NCAA champion and then No. 3 Maryland as Milan Iloski bagged a hat trick to down the Terrapins in Westwood. OREGON STATE took home victories over Davidson (2-1) and Pacific (4-1) as the Beavers have responded from a season-opening loss with a three-game winning streak. A pair of goals from redshirt senior Pablo Pelaez secured SAN DIEGO STATE’s 2-1 victory over Belmont while an 85th-minute game winner from Detroit Mercy prevented the Aztecs from posting an unbeaten week.
PAC-12 AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Included in the Pac-12’s 16-5-1 non-conference record is a 4-2-1 mark against Top 25 opponents:
• Stanford at then No. 3 Akron (W, 2-1) – Monday, Sept. 2
• UCLA vs. then No. 3 Maryland (W, 3-2) – Friday, Sept. 6
• Washington at then No. 16 Michigan State (W, 1-0) – Friday, Sept. 6
• Washington vs. then No. 18 Denver (W, 2-1) – Friday, Aug. 30
• California vs. then No. 25 UC Irvine (D, 1-1) – Sunday, Sept. 1
PAC-12 IN NATIONAL RANKS: For the second-consecutive week, reigning Conference champion Stanford moved up a spot in the United Soccer Coaches national poll, securing the No. 3 spot to lead the Pac-12 in the collegiate rankings. The Huskies jumped from No. 13 to No. 8 in the national ranks following UW’s second-straight undefeated week. Oregon State and Cal both landed just outside the Top 25, receiving 11 and 10 points in the poll, respectively.
PREVIEWING THE WEEK: The Pac-12 continues its non-conference schedule this week (Thursday, Sept. 12 – Sunday, Sept. 15) with another slate of strong opponents. Oregon State takes on Grand Canyon University, a team that posted a 5-0-0 record against top-25 opponents in 2018 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m. PT). The Beavers return home to Corvallis to host Big West program UCSB on Sunday (7:00 p.m. PT). No. 8 Washington looks to stay undefeated with a home test against similarly unbeaten CSUN (3-0-1). The Matadors just missed a spot in the Top 25, receiving the most votes of any unranked team. The Huskies cap their week with a local derby against Seattle U which most recently secured a double-overtime draw against then No. 2 Indiana (Sunday, Sept. 8).
No. 3 Stanford and Cal share a pair of opponents this week as both squads host Denver and American. Both teams’ matchups against three-time defending Summit League champs Denver will broadcast on Pac-12 Network, with the Cardinal playing host to the Pioneers on Friday (5:00 p.m. PT) and the Golden Bears getting their shot Sunday (12:00 p.m. PT). Cal takes on American Friday evening (5:00 p.m. PT) and Stanford wraps up the exchange with the Eagles on Sunday afternoon (3:00 p.m. PT).
San Diego State hits the road for its lone match of the week as the Aztecs take on Santa Clara on Saturday evening (7:30 p.m. PT). UCLA also has a single game on tap this week; the Bruins head up the 405 North to take on local rival CSUN at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UCLA midfielder Milan Iloski secured Pac-12 Men’s Soccer Player of the Week honors. The junior recorded seven points (three goals, one assist) as UCLA upset then No. 3 Maryland and took then No. 2 Indiana to double overtime. Iloski logged a hat trick to power the Bruins past the Terrapins (3-2), UCLA’s first individual three-goal performance since Chandler Hoffman (Sept. 16, 2011). Iloski’s brother, Eric, recorded the primary assist on his first goal. This is UCLA’s Conference-leading 63rd all-time Player of the Week award and Iloski’s first-career selection. The Bruins have secured the first two honors of the season as sophomore goalkeeper Justin Garces won the first award of 2019 last week.
STAT CENTRAL: With his game-opening goal against Georgetown on Monday, Iloski extended his Conference lead with five goals on the year, tied for the fourth-most in the country. San Diego State and Oregon State are tied for the Pac-12 lead in goals with nine on the year, the only two Conference squads with at least two strikes from three different student-athletes (SDSU: Pablo Pelaez – 3, Hunter George – 2, Tevenn Roux – 2; OSU: Adrian Crespo, Eric Diaz, Joel Walker – 2 apiece). After recording just one assist in all of 2018, Crespo assisted on the first four goals scored by OSU this season and has notched five total helpers on the year, good for the Conference lead and a tie for the most in the nation. Stanford’s Sept. 2 victory over then No. 3 Akron moved the Cardinal to 4-0-2 in its last six matches against top-five opponents.
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Pac-12 men’s soccer head coaches selected the Preseason All-Conference Team, a squad fully composed of 2018 All-Pac-12 honorees. Reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year Tanner Beason headlines the team as the anchor of the Cardinal back four, while Stanford’s goalkeeper Andrew Thomas was selected following a Conference-best 82 saves in 2018. Two-time first team All-Pac-12 honoree Blake Bodily leads the Huskies’ trio of representatives, while reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Sofiane Djeffal was voted to the team along with sophomore forward Gloire Amanda for Oregon State. A pair of redshirt seniors, forward Pablo Pelaez (SDSU) and defender Matthew Powell (UCLA), round out the Preseason All-Conference team after All-Pac-12 second team honors in 2018.
NATIONAL HONORS: Beason and Bodily were named to the 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious honor in collegiate soccer and is awarded annual to the most outstanding male and female players. The winners of the Trophy will be announced in January in St. Louis, Mo., at the Missouri Athletic Club’s annual banquet.
PAC-12 POSTSEASON HISTORY: The Pac-12 placed at least four programs into the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the past six seasons and the eighth time since it began sponsoring the sport with just five teams in 2000 (San Diego State added as sixth member in 2005). UCLA (four) and Stanford (three) have combined for seven NCAA Men’s Soccer titles, highlighted by the Cardinal’s recent streak of three-consecutive crowns from 2015-17. The Bruins and Cardinal have accounted for 17 of the Conference’s all-time top-4 finishes at the NCAA Tournament, including nine College Cup appearances between the two programs (Stanford 5, UCLA 4) over the past 18 seasons.
|4. Oregon State||3-1-0|
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MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Tanner Beason, D – Stanford
Blake Bodily, M – Washington
Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Top 100
1. Tanner Beason, D – Stanford
18. Andrew Thomas, GK – Stanford
28. Blake Bodily, M – Washington
42. Logan Panchot, M/F – Stanford
51. Sofiane Djeffal, M – Oregon State
57. Gloire Amanda, F – Oregon State
Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI
First Team: Tanner Beason, D – Stanford
Second Team: Andrew Thomas, GK – Stanford
Third Team: Blake Bodily, M – Washington
Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Freshman Best XI
Ousseni Bouda, F – Stanford
Jefferson Alade, F – UCLA
Christian Soto-Rincon, M - Washington