Pac-12 Men's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Sept. 6, 2022
Week 3 Fixtures
- With Pac-12 play on the horizon (kicks off Sept. 15), only eight non-conference matches line the schedule for Week 3 with both WASHINGTON (3-0-0) and SAN DIEGO STATE (0-3-1) in action twice. The Huskies face USF in Tampa, Fla., tonight, then return to the Pacific Northwest to host Air Force on Sunday on Pac-12 Network. After picking up a result at nationally ranked Creighton on Monday, the Aztecs return home to host UNLV on Friday and No. 6 Denver on Sunday.
- Also on Friday, STANFORD (4-0-0) visits Creighton and OREGON STATE (1-1-1) travels to UC Santa Barbara while on Saturday, CALIFORNIA (0-1-3) hosts Cal Baptist and UCLA (3-1-0) visits Portland. Both UCSB and Portland are receiving votes in this week's United Soccer Coaches poll.
Week 2 Results
- The league's 4-3-3 week was headlined by a pair of Stanford routs as the Cardinal blanked both UC Davis (3-0) and San Jose State (4-0). Stanford has outscored its four opponents by an 11-1 margin so far this season including a +40 advantage in shots (74-34).
- Washington rolled past Utah Valley (4-1) to win its 17th consecutive regular-season non-conference match (17-0-0), a streak that dates back to a 3-0 win at Seattle in September 2019. Additionally, the Huskies have won 22 of their last 23 regular-season non-league matches and are 41-9-0 in their last 50 such contests.
- UCLA throttled Liberty (5-2) on Friday before suffering a 3-2 setback against Grand Canyon on Monday, a match in which the Bruins played the Antelopes even (2-2) despite being a man down for the final 54 minutes.
- San Diego State secured its first result of the season, and one of the league's best to date, with a 2-2 draw at then-No. 7 Creighton on Monday. The Aztecs rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn the draw, their first road result against a top-10 team since 2016.
- California picked up a pair of road results after playing both UC Irvine and UC San Diego to 1-1 draws.
- With last week's 4-3-3 mark, the Pac-12 improved to a collective 11-6-5 (.614) record through two weeks of non-conference action.
- The mark is currently fifth-best among the 23 Division I conferences, trailing only the ACC (.731), Southern (.700), American (.645) and Big East (.632) through Sept. 5 matches.
- Three Pac-12 programs appear in the latest United Soccer Coaches Top 25 - No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Washington and No. 15 UCLA.
- It marks the Cardinal's highest ranking since appearing at No. 2 in the March 16, 2020 poll.
- It's the 35th consecutive top-10 poll appearance for Washington, a streak dating to Sept. 24, 2019.
- Oregon State dropped out after appearing in the previous nine polls, but remains receiving votes.
Top Performers & National Recognition
- Washington's Ilijah Paul hauled in accolades following his four-goal, nine-point performance in a pair of wins - the sophomore striker was named both Pac-12 Conference and Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week, and earned a spot on both the TDS and College Soccer News National Teams of the Week.
- UCLA's Riley Ferch amassed five points (2g/1a) in the 5-2 win over Liberty to join Paul's recognition on both the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Teams of the Week.
- Fletcher Bank factored into four of Stanford's seven goals last week, including a four-point effort (1g/2a) in the 4-0 rout of San Jose State. Freshman reserve Liam Doyle continued the hot start to his collegiate career with four points (1g/2a) against the Spartans.
- CJ Fodrey scored both goals to bring San Diego State back from two-goals down in the 2-2 draw at Creighton. Aztecs goalkeeper Jacob Castro, a First Team All-Pac-12 performer in 2021, made a league single-game high six saves including four in the second half to preserve the tie.
National Teams of Week
College Soccer News National Teams of the Week
Aug. 29 - Christian Soto, Washington
Sept. 5 - Riley Ferch, UCLA; Ilijah Paul, Washington
Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week
Aug. 30 - Tommy Silva, UCLA
Sept. 6 - Riley Ferch, UCLA; Ilijah Paul, Washington (POTW)
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 Gunn, Jamie 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).
- 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).
- 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).