Stanford is new No. 1 as non-conference play continues

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SAN FRANCISCO – STANFORD has been voted the No. 1 team in the United Soccer Coaches national poll following the Cardinal’s 6-0-0 start to the season. Stanford has now won its first six matches for the first time in 17 years, as the 2002 NCAA runner-up team secured victories in its first seven contests.

Non-conference play continues for Pac-12 men’s soccer with a seven-match slate this week (Tuesday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 29). The return to non-league opponents follows the first weekend of Conference play that saw Stanford, WASHINGTON, and OREGON STATE secure their first league victories of the 2019 campaign.

WEEKLY RECAP: Stanford (6-0-0, 1-0-0) emerged victorious in the first Big Clásico of the year as the Cardinal secured a 2-1 comeback win over CALIFORNIA (3-2-1, 0-1-0) in Berkeley. The Golden Bears struck first on the first collegiate goal for sophomore midfielder Jonathan Estrada, who slotted home the opener following a Francisco Perez cross in the eighth minute. Junior forward Arda Bulut equalized for Stanford just before halftime and freshman forward Gabe Segal bagged the game-winner for the Cardinal just 35 seconds after coming on in the 70th, good for his third goal this season. The victory was Stanford’s sixth-straight road win in the rivalry.

Washington (7-1-0, 2-0-0) and Oregon State (5-3-0, 2-0-0) posted strong starts to their respective Conference slates as both schools secured home victories over SAN DIEGO STATE (2-4-1, 0-2-0) and UCLA (3-4-0, 0-2-0). The Huskies kicked off the week with a 2-0 win over the Aztecs behind goals from redshirt sophomore midfielder Lucas Meek (6’) and junior midfielder Blake Bodily (49’ PK). UW then posted its second shutout of the Conference season in a dominant 5-0 victory over the Bruins. Meek scored his fifth goal in as many games just 47 seconds into the match to set the tone for Washington, with the five goals good for the most scored by the Huskies in a single game in six seasons.

Oregon State took down the Bruins behind a pair of first-half goals from midfielders Joel Walker and Sofiane Djeffal. Walker opened the scoring for OSU in the third minute with a strike inside the box, good for his third goal of the year on Adrian Crespo’s sixth assist of 2019. Djeffal then scored directly from his own corner kick just before half to double the Beavers’ lead, solidifying the 2-0 final margin. OSU’s meeting with the Aztecs saw SDSU strike first in the 45th minute behind freshman forward Hunter George’s third goal of the season. Djeffal equalized for the Beavers on a penalty kick in the 48th before a Steffan Yeates header (50’) sealed the result for Oregon State. The victory was good for the eighth-straight Conference home win for the Beavers, a streak that dates back to OSU’s 4-3 victory over then No. 20 Washington on Nov. 9, 2017.

NON-CONFERENCE PROWESS: Pac-12 men’s soccer has compiled a 21-9-2 record in non-conference play thus far in 2019. The league’s .688 non-conference winning percentage is good for the second-best mark across all conferences, trailing only the ACC (41-9-8, .780).

PAC-12 AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Included in the Pac-12’s 21-9-2 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 fourth-consecutive week, reigning Conference champion Stanford moved up a spot in the United Soccer Coaches national poll and has now secured the No. 1 spot in the national ranks. The Huskies checked in at No. 10 in the poll for UW’s fourth-straight week in the top 25.

PREVIEWING THE WEEK: No. 1 Stanford looks to keep rolling Tuesday with a home matchup against San José State live on Pac-12 Network (7:00 p.m. PT). The Cardinal finishes up its weekly slate with a trip to Santa Barbara to face a UCSB team that has won its last four contests.

UCLA returns home to Wallis Annenberg Stadium this week after three straight on the road, hosting local foe UC Irvine on Thursday evening (7:00 p.m. PT). The Golden Bears also host their lone match of the week as Cal takes on San Francisco on Saturday at noon.

Sunday’s action will feature a trio of non-conference matches. San Diego State travels across the country to Providence, R.I., for a meeting with Brown at 11:00 a.m. PT on ESPN+. No. 10 Washington looks to extend its three-game winning streak as the Huskies host Portland at 4:00 p.m. PT. The Pacific Coast affair will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network. This week’s schedule wraps up in Corvallis with Oregon State hosting UC Davis as the Beavers look to stay hot following a pair of Conference victories last week.

PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oregon State midfielder Sofiane Djeffal won Pac-12 Men’s Soccer Player of the Week. The sophomore tallied two goals and two assists for the Beavers this week as Oregon State started Pac-12 play 2-0 with wins over UCLA and San Diego State. He assisted on the game-winning goal in both matches and nearly scored another against UCLA, hitting the crossbar toward the end of the match. Djeffal has three goals and five assists on the year, good for 11 total points. This is the first-career Player of the Week honor for the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. This is also the first weekly honor for Oregon State in 2019, bringing its all-time program total to 27.

STAT CENTRAL: Oregon State midfielders Adrian Crespo (6 assists) and Sofiane Djeffal (5) have combined for 11 assists on the year as the Beavers are one of only two teams (Clemson) with a pair of student-athletes in the top-13 in the category. Washington’s Dylan Teves has also tallied six assists this season as the Pac-12 is the only conference in the country with three student-athletes with at least five helpers on the year. UCLA forward Milan Iloski has tallied seven goals and compiled 16 total points in 2019 with both marks good for ties for fifth in the nation.

UCLA has played the fifth-hardest schedule in the nation in 2019 with a combined 30-10-3 (.733) opponent record and matchups against three top-six teams this season. 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.

COACHING MILESTONES ACHIEVED, INCOMING: Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn recorded his 100th-career victory at Stanford with the team’s 2-0 win over Denver (Sept. 13). Gunn is just the second to reach the 100-win milestone at Stanford as Fred Priddle went 133-119-23 from 1954-75. In just seven full seasons at the helm, Gunn has guided the Cardinal to five-straight Pac-12 titles and three NCAA Championships. Washington’s Jamie Clark also reached the 100-win milestone earlier this season in the Huskies’ season-opening win over then No. 18 Denver (Aug. 30). He became only the third coach in program history to achieve the milestone and has since moved into second place on the all-time wins list with UW’s victory over UCLA (Sept. 22). Meanwhile, Cal head coach Kevin Grimes is on the verge of history in Berkeley. Grimes has compiled 199 wins across his tenure and needs just one more victory to become the second head coach in Cal history to reach 200. He also needs just three more wins to eclipse Bob DiGrazia and become the Golden Bears’ all-time winningest head coach.

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.

STANDINGS:

Team Conference Record Overall Record
1. Washington 2-0-0 7-1-0
2. Oregon State 2-0-0 5-3-0
3. Stanford 1-0-0 6-0-0
4. California 0-1-0 3-2-1
5. UCLA 0-2-0 3-4-0
6. San Diego State 0-2-0 2-4-1

NATIONAL HONORS

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

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