Pac-12 Men's Soccer Weekly Release - Sept. 21, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
- Pac-12 Men's Soccer action continues with seven non-conference tilts this week, six of them at home venues.
- On Tuesday, OREGON STATE (4-1-0) returns to action for the first time in 11 days when it hosts Big West co-favorite UC Santa Barbara.
- On Friday, CALIFORNIA (2-4-1) will host No. 11 LMU (8-0-1) seeking to halt the Lions' 17-match unbeaten streak, while WASHINGTON (6-0-0) will play its third straight road match with a trip to Portland.
- Half of this week's matches will be broadcast on Pac-12 Insider: UC Irvine at STANFORD (2-3-1) on Thursday (7 p.m. PT), LMU at California on Friday (1 p.m. PT), and Saint Mary's (Calif.) at Stanford on Monday (7 p.m. PT).
- SAN DIEGO STATE (5-0-2, 2-0-0) and UCLA (5-2-0, 2-0-0) seized early control of the Pac-12 standings with both teams sweeping homestands against the visiting Bay Area clubs to claim six points apiece. It marked the first time the Aztecs opened league play with two wins since 2011, while it was the first time since 2013 for the Bruins.
- Washington went on the road and won in overtime twice, knocking Utah Valley from the ranks of the unbeaten on Thursday with a 2-1 overtime victory, then securing the same 2-1 overtime result at crosstown rival Seattle U on Monday.
- At 20-6-4 (.733) through Monday, Sept. 21, Pac-12 Men's Soccer is currently the only NCAA Division I league with a non-conference winning percentage above .700.
- Of the league's six non-conference losses, three have come against current nationally ranked sides (OSU 1-0 vs. No. 19 Grand Canyon, STAN 3-1 at No. 13 SMU, UCLA 2-1 vs. No. 18 Lipscomb).
- Two Pac-12 standouts made both the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Teams of the Week - reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Jacob Castro from San Diego State and Washington's Ryan Sailor.
- Two Huskies played overtime hero last week as defender Ryan Sailor netted the golden goal at Utah Valley and forward Nick Scardina tallied the winner at Seattle U.
- Midfielder Andre Ochoa scored twice to lift SDSU past Cal, while forward Tevenn Roux bagged the overtime game winner against Stanford.
- UCLA had four different goal scorers - Yoni Sorokin, Kevin Diaz, Tucker Lepley and Tommy Silva - in league-opening wins over Cal and Stanford. Diaz, who also had an assist last week, received honorable mention recognition on Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week.
United Soccer Coaches poll
- Washington remained steady at No. 3 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Top 25. It marks the Huskies' 24th consecutive week inside the top 10, the longest streak in the nation.
- San Diego State climbed to No. 14, its highest ranking since coming in at No. 13 on Oct. 4, 2016.
- Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA are also receiving votes. It ended a 35-week streak of top-25 appearances for the Cardinal dating to the 2018 season.
- San Diego State and Washington remain among 14 unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I.
- The Huskies are 1-of-6 with unblemished records (Clemson, Georgetown, New Hampshire, Tulsa, Quinnipiac).