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Washington wins Pac-12 Men's Soccer title, joins Stanford and Cal in NCAA Tourney

Nov 20, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – WASHINGTON clinched its first Pac-12 men’s soccer title since 2013 and will be joined by STANFORD and CALIFORNIA in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, which begins this week. The Huskies, who snapped the Cardinal’s streak Conference-record five-straight league championships, finished the regular season with eight conference victories, the most for UW since the Pac-12 started sponsoring men’s soccer in 2000.

NCAA SELECTION: Washington (15-3-0, 8-2-0), Stanford (13-2-3, 6-2-2) and California (8-6-3, 4-4-2) will represent the Pac-12 in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship it was revealed Monday. The Huskies and Cardinal were both awarded first-round byes in the tournament, earning the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds, respectively, among the 48-team field. Washington secured the Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship as the league’s regular-season champion while Stanford and Cal earned at-large bids. The Pac-12 has now placed at least three programs into the NCAA Tournament in four-straight years. 

It marked the eighth time since the Pac-12 began sponsoring men’s soccer in 2000 that the league had two teams earn top-16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament (2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019).

Cal will see the first postseason action for the Conference on Thursday, Nov. 21 (7:00 p.m. PT) as the Golden Bears travel to UC Santa Barbara (12-4-4) in a first-round road test. The winner will advance to face No. 12 seed Saint Mary’s (16-1-0) in Moraga, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 24. No. 6 seed Washington will host the winner of Boston College (8-5-3) and Yale (13-2-2) in the second round on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. PT. No. 7 seed Stanford follows its first-round bye with a home match on Sunday (5:00 p.m. PT) against the winner of LMU (11-5-3) and Seattle U (14-3-4).

PREVIEWING THE WEEK: This week’s NCAA Tournament schedule begins with Cal’s road matchup with UCSB on Thursday, Nov. 21 (7:00 p.m. PT). The game marks the second time the Bears and Gauchos will have met this season. Cal secured a 3-0 victory in the first matchup behind goals from Arman Samimi, Tommy Williamson and Simon Lekressner, handing UCSB its only home shutout all year. The Golden Bears also hold a 3-1 NCAA Tournament record over the Gauchos with Cal most recently taking a 3-2 second-round victory in 2010. The winner will advance to face No. 12-seed Saint Mary’s (16-1-0) in Moraga, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 24.

No. 6-seed Washington and No. 7-seed Stanford both received first-round byes and will advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with both teams playing their first postseason games on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 5:00 p.m. PT. 

The Huskies will play the winner of Boston College (8-5-3) and Yale (13-2-2), a pair of teams UW has never faced in regular season or postseason competition. The Eagles are making their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bulldogs make their seventh appearance at the NCAA Tournament and first since 2005. Yale is coming off an Ivy League title and has won its last four matches.

The Cardinal will take on the winner of LMU (11-5-3) and Seattle U (14-3-4). Stanford holds a 2-1-1 all-time record against LMU, with the tie coming in the most recent meeting in the 2013 NCAA Tournament - the Cardinal advanced 3-2 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw. A meeting versus Seattle would mark the first between the programs. Seattle U makes its fourth Tournament appearance since 2013 and is coming off a WAC Tournament Championship victory. 

WEEKLY RECAP: The final week of the 2019 Conference regular season opened on Nov. 14 with the second Big Clásico of the year between Cal and Stanford with the Cardinal looking to keep its hopes of a sixth-straight Conference title alive. Following a scoreless first half, the Golden Bears struck in the 56th minute on a Tommy Williamson penalty kick and held on to upset then-No. 4 Stanford. Cal goalkeeper and All-Pac-12 Second Team honoree Drake Callender recorded his sixth shutout of the season in the win. 

By virtue of Stanford’s loss, Washington clinched its first Pac-12 men’s soccer title since 2013 ahead of the Huskies’ league finale against Oregon State on Friday. UW would further celebrate its league title with a 3-1 victory over the Beavers behind two goals in the 78th minute from redshirt senior Joey Parish. The win moved Washington to 8-2-0 in the Conference season, good for the most regular-season league wins UW has recorded. Oregon State finished its season with an overall record of 8-6-2 and a Conference record of 5-3-2, good for a third-place finish in the league.

The final Conference match of the season featured San Diego State (3-12-2, 1-9-0) and UCLA (6-9-3, 2-6-2) at the SDSU Sports Deck. UCLA sophomore midfielder Cody Sundquist was the hero in the 89th minute, bagging the game-winner on a loose ball in the box. The goal marked Sundquist’s second-career game-winner in San Diego as the midfielder notched an overtime goal at SDSU last season to secure a 2-1 victory in 2018.

ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: The Pac-12 Conference announced Tuesday the All-Pac-12 honors for the 2019 men’s soccer season, as selected by a polling of Conference head coaches. Washington midfielder Blake Bodily was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year while Husky defender Ethan Bartlow earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Stanford’s Ousseni Bouda was tabbed Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Washington head coach Jamie Clark earned his second-career Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors after leading the Huskies to the Conference title. The All-Conference teams were also announced. 

To view the complete All-Conference teams and the full award announcement, click here.

PAC-12 IN NATIONAL RANKS: Washington checked in at No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches national poll, the Huskies’ ninth-straight appearance in the top 10 this year. Stanford followed at No. 7 in the national ranks. Cal received votes in the poll but just missed the top 25.

PAC-12 IN NCAA RPI RANKINGS: Pac-12 men’s soccer is led by Washington and Stanford in the 2019 NCAA RPI rankings as the Huskies and Cardinal rank eighth and 13th in RPI, respectively. Cal jumped into the top 50 at No. 49 while Oregon State was right behind at No. 50. UCLA finished its season at No. 55 in the RPI ranks. 

NON-CONFERENCE PROWESS: Pac-12 men’s soccer compiled a 28-12-6 record in non-conference play in the regular season. The league’s .674 non-conference winning percentage was good for the third-best mark across all conferences, trailing only the ACC (80-25-17, .725) and Big East (60-27-6, .677).

PAC-12 AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Included in the Pac-12’s 28-12-6 non-conference record are four victories and a draw against Top 25 non-conference 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 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington’s Joey Parish won Pac-12 Player of the Week. The redshirt senior scored two goals in a 29-second span to break a 1-1 tie and give the Huskies a 3-1 win at Oregon State on Friday. Parish doubled his goal total for the season in just one game and now has four goals and two assists on the year. He bagged both goals in the 77th minute, finishing crosses from Dylan Teves and, subsequently, Imanol Rosales. This was the second-career brace for Parish as his last two-goal effort came against Oregon State at home in 2017. This is also the second-career weekly honor for Parish and the first since Aug. 29, 2017. This is the 40th all-time weekly nod for Washington men’s soccer. 

STAT CENTRAL: Here are the Pac-12 leaders in various statistical categories following the conclusion of the regular season.

Individual:

  • Goals: Milan Iloski, UCLA – 17
  • Assists: Riley Ferch, UCLA; Alonzo Del Mundo, California – 9
  • Points: Milan Iloski, UCLA – 36
  • Saves: Justin Garces, UCLA – 58
  • Goals Against: Sam Fowler, Washington – 5
  • Save Percentage: Andrew Thomas, Stanford – 0.831
  • Goals-Against Average: Sam Fowler, Washington – 0.50

Team:

  • Goals: Washington – 38
  • Assists: Washington – 37
  • Points: Washington – 113
  • Saves: California – 65
  • Goals Allowed: Washington, Stanford – 11
  • Shutouts: Washington – 11
  • Shot percentage: UCLA – 0.164

FRESHMAN PHENOMS: Pac-12 men’s soccer freshmen have impressed in their debut collegiate seasons. Stanford freshman forward/midfielder Ousseni Bouda earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors with five goals and five assists on the year, good for a team-best 15 points. Fellow Stanford first-year forward Gabe Segal is tied for the team lead with six goals on the year. The Bethesda, Md., native bagged the game-winner (42’) against then-No. 1 Washington (Nov. 10) and also scored in three straight matches from Sept. 15 – Sept. 24, including the game-winner in his first Big Clásico against Cal. 

Freshman goalkeeper Sam Fowler has recorded 10 starts for Washington this year and posted six shutouts, compiling 14 total saves. His 0.505 goals against average is the fourth-best mark in the country and the lowest average among freshmen.

COACHING MILESTONES ACHIEVED: Cal head coach Kevin Grimes (204-137-45) notched his 203rd-career victory in the Golden Bears’ 3-2 victory over then-No. 1 Washington. The victory made Grimes Cal’s all-time winningest men’s soccer head coach, eclipsing Bob DiGrazia’s 202 career wins.

Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn (109-32-25) 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 (115-45-20) 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). 

NATIONAL HONORS: Stanford’s Tanner Beason and Washington’s Blake 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 annually 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 has sent at least three teams to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year. UCLA and Stanford have combined to win seven national titles for the Conference, highlighted by the Cardinal’s three-consecutive national titles from 2015-17.

FINAL STANDINGS:

Team Overall Record Conference Record Points
1. Washington 15-3-0 8-2-0 24
2. Stanford 13-2-3 6-2-2 20
3. Oregon State 8-6-2 5-3-2 17
4. California 8-6-3 4-4-2 14
5. UCLA 6-9-3 2-6-2 8
6. San Diego State 3-12-2 1-9-0 3