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Pac-12 Men's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Aug. 30, 2022

Aug 30, 2022
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Week 2 Fixtures

  • 11 matches are set for Pac-12 Men's Soccer programs over the course of the second week of the regular season (Sept. 1-6), with five of them being true road contests.
  • SAN DIEGO STATE (0-2-0) will travel to Omaha, Neb., for challenging road matches at Omaha and 2021 NCAA Tournament participant Creighton, while CALIFORNIA (0-1-1) will travel south to SoCal to battle UC system rivals UC Irvine, the 2022 Big West co-favorite, and UC San Diego.
  • No. 3 STANFORD (2-0-0) will host a pair of Pac-12 Network televised matches against UC Davis and San Jose State; No. 10 OREGON STATE (1-0-1) hosts Seton Hall; No. 4 UCLA (2-0-0) hosts Liberty, fresh off a 1-1 draw against nationally ranked Maryland, and 2021 NCAA Tourney participant Grand Canyon (P12N); No. 8 WASHINGTON (2-0-0) welcomes Utah Valley before traveling cross country to visit USF.

Solid Opening Week Results...Again

  • Pac-12 programs opened the season 7-3-2 (.667) across 12 non-conference matches from Aug. 25-29. In comparison, the Pac-12 posted a 6-3-2 mark during the first week of the 2021 campaign when it went on to finish with a national-best 28-8-7 (.733) non-league record.
  • Stanford, UCLA and Washington all opened action with 2-0-0 marks, combining for an 11-2 goal differential.
  • The Cardinal edged 2021 NCAA Tournament participant Villanova (1-0) in its opener before rolling past SMU (3-1) on Sunday. The Bruins posted a pair of 1-0 results against UC Irvine and Virginia Tech, while the Huskies routed Sacramento State (3-0) and 2021 ASUN regular-season co-champion Central Arkansas (3-1).
  • UCLA's 2-0-0 start is its first since 2018 and just its third since 2005.
  • Oregon State opened its Pac-12 title defense with a 2-1 victory over UC Davis before settling for a scoreless draw with Utah Valley.
  • California (0-1-1) secured its first result of the Leonard Griffin era with Sunday's 1-1 draw against Villanova. Griffin, a former All-American at UCLA, is the first Black head coach in Pac-12 Men's Soccer history.

Week 1's Top Performers

  • Washington midfielder Christian Soto collected Pac-12 Player of the Week and College Soccer News National Team of the Week honors following his two-goal effort in the Huskies' season-opening 3-0 rout of Sacramento State. The performance was punctuated by one of the goals of the week, a cracking 18-yard left-footed volley tucked inside the left post.
  • The UCLA backline, anchored by Aaron Edwards and Tommy Silva and backstopped by goalkeeper Nate Crockford, has been largely impenetrable to begin the season. The Bruins are not only yet to concede a goal, they haven't allowed a shot on frame through the season's first 180 minutes.
  • In addition to helping the Bruins post a pair of clean sheets, Silva assisted on each of UCLA's match-clinching goals last week to share the early-season lead atop the league's assist list with Washington's Chris Meyers. For his efforts, Silva was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week.
  • Another of the goals of the week came via the right foot of Stanford freshman Liam Doyle, who clipped the underside of the crossbar on a 25-yard free kick to give the Cardinal a commanding 3-0 first-half lead over SMU en route to the 3-1 triumph.

National Poll Update

  • The first regular-season United Soccer Coaches national poll of the 2022 campaign will go down as a historic one for Pac-12 Men's Soccer as for only the second week in the league's history four programs appear in the top 10 - #3 Stanford, #4 UCLA, #8 Washington and #10 Oregon State.
  • Stanford rose from receiving no votes in the preseason poll all the way to No. 3, while UCLA jumped from No. 23 to No. 4 for its highest ranking since topping the poll on Sept. 1, 2015.
  • The Pac-12 also had four top-10 teams on Nov. 4, 2014 - #3 Washington, #7 California, #8 UCLA, #10 Stanford.
  • It also marks the first week since Aug. 28, 2018 with four Pac-12 teams inside the top 25.

National Teams of Week

College Soccer News National Teams of the Week
Aug. 29 - Christian Soto, Washington

Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week
Aug. 30 - Tommy Silva, UCLA

Hermann Trophy Candidates

  • Two Pac-12 standouts were named to the 2022 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List last week: Washington goalkeeper Sam Fowler and UCLA defender Pietro Grassi.
  • The Pac-12 has produced three of the last eight MAC Hermann Trophy winners - Oregon State’s Gloire Amanda (2020), Stanford’s Jordan Morris (2015) and UCLA’s Leo Stolz (2014) - as well as six finalists in the past nine years (2021 Dylan Teves, WASH; 2017 Tomas Hilliard-Arce, STAN; 2013 Leo Stolz, UCLA).

Career Stats Leaders

  • Washington goalkeeper Sam Fowler picked up his 22nd career shutout in the Huskies' 3-0 season-opening victory against Sacramento State, good for seventh in league history. Fowler is now eight clean sheets shy of the Conference record of 30 held by UW's Spencer Richey (2010-14). Fowler has also lowered his career goals-against average to 0.71, which would rank third all-time in league history 

Notes and Nuggets

  • The Pac-12 sent three teams - Oregon State, Washington, UCLA - to the 2021 NCAA Tournament, marking the sixth consecutive year and eighth time in the past nine seasons the league advanced at least three teams to the postseason.
  • The nation’s top RPI conference in 2021 also had the nation’s top two teams in the RPI (#1 Washington, #2 Oregon State) and the top two seeds in the NCAA Tournament (#1 Oregon State, #2 Washington). It was the second time in Conference history the Pac-12 had the NCAA Tournament's top two overall national seeds along with 2013 (#1 UCLA, #2 California). The Pac-12 and ACC (nine times since seeding began in 1994) are the only leagues to have the top two overall national seeds.
  • Over the past nine years, Pac-12 men's soccer has earned 31 out of a possible 54 NCAA Tournament bids across its six members, a 57 percent success rate bettered only by the 12-team ACC (65%, 70-108).
  • The six-team Pac-12 has had a College Cup representative in six of the last eight seasons (UCLA 2014; Stanford 2015-17, 2019; Washington 2021). Only the 12-team ACC has had more total appearances (12) than the Pac-12's six over that span.
  • The Pac-12 boasts two of the top seven (Jeremy GunnJamie Clark) winningest active coaches by percentage in NCAA Division I, while a third is a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year (Terry Boss).
  • Pac-12 student-athletes have won three of the last eight MAC Hermann Trophy awards – Oregon State’s Gloire Amanda (2020), Stanford’s Jordan Morris (2015) and UCLA’s Leo Stolz (2014).
  • The Pac-12 has produced 20 First Team All-Americans in the nine seasons since 2013 after amassing only 15 from 2000-2012.
  • Since expanding beyond two rounds in 2014, 72 Pac-12 student-athletes have been selected in the MLS SuperDraft, including four years of double-digit selections (2014, 2015, 2019, 2022).