Pac-12 Men's Soccer Weekly Release - Sept. 7, 2021
Sep 7, 2021
Lead Up to League Play
- With league play starting next Thursday, Sept. 16, Pac-12 Men's Soccer will have a relatively light week with just seven non-conference matches on the slate between Thursday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 12.
- CALIFORNIA has moved its Friday afternoon match in Berkeley against Pacific to Thursday night at PayPal Park - home of MLS side San Jose Earthquakes.
- The league's two unbeaten clubs will put their records on the line Friday when WASHINGTON (3-0-0) gets a rare East Coast visitor in Ivy League side Dartmouth and SAN DIEGO STATE (1-0-2) begins a five-match homestand by hosting Big West co-favorite UC Davis.
- Two of the WAC's best highlight the league docket as OREGON STATE visits Seattle U on Friday, while STANFORD hosts South Bay side San Jose State on Saturday.
Near Perfect Week 2
- Buoyed by two victories apiece from California, Stanford and UCLA, Pac-12 Men's Soccer programs combined to post an impressive 8-1-1 mark during the second week of play.
- Pac-12 Men's Soccer has compiled a 14-4-3 (.738) mark in non-conference action so far this season, the best win percentage of any collegiate conference.
Strong results = national recognition
- Corresponding to the successful results of Week 2, several Pac-12 standouts were represented on National Teams of the Week.
- Washington midfielder Lucas Meek was named College Soccer News National Player of the Week and to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week after scoring both Husky goals in a 2-0 win over Grand Canyon. Meek sits atop the Pac-12 with nine points (3g/3a) so far this season.
- California's Jack Singer, the Pac-12 Player of the Week, was selected to both the CSN and TDS National Teams of the Week after his three-goal week led the Golden Bears to wins over Dixie State and UNLV.
- Stanford's Ousseni Bouda (CSN) and Oregon State's Tyrone Mondi (TDS) were also recognized on National Teams of the Week. Bouda, the 2019 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year who missed the 2020 season due to injury, currently paces the Conference and is tied for the national lead with four assists, while Mondi is tied for the league lead with three goals.
Washington continues Top 25 climb
- All three ranked Pac-12 teams improved their ranking from the week prior, led by Washington climbing two spots to No. 3 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Top 25.
- The Huskies' No. 3 ranking is their best since a three-week stretch at No. 1 from Weeks 8-10 of the 2019 season.
- Oregon State jumped eight spots to No. 14 and Stanford improved five positions to No. 20, while San Diego State continues to receive votes.
Pac-12 & World Cup Qualifying
- As the United States Men's National Team wraps up the first window of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying this week, former league standouts Cristian Roldan (Washington) and Jackson Yueill (UCLA) are both on the current 23-man USMNT squad ahead of Wednesday's match at Honduras.
- Roldan, who has seen action as a substitute in the first two qualifiers, was the 2013 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and totaled 10 goals and seven assists in two seasons with the Huskies.
- Yueill, who was called up to the team this week, totaled nine goals and 17 assists in two seasons (2015-16) with the Bruins, earning First Team All-Pac-12 accolades both years.