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Pac-12 Men's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Sept. 20, 2022

Sep 20, 2022

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Week 5 Fixtures

  • After kicking off league play last week, Pac-12 Men's Soccer teams return to non-conference competition with a pivotal seven matches this week.
  • On Tuesday, No. 2 WASHINGTON (5-0-1) will face city rival Seattle U for the WAC/101 Club Cup in a match televised on Pac-12 Network, while OREGON STATE (2-2-1) will get a stern road test at No. 11 Denver.
  • Saturday evening will be busy with four matches, including the Pac-12's top-5 sides going on the road as No. 5 STANFORD (4-0-3) visits UC Santa Barbara and No. 2 Washington travels to Grand Canyon. No. 20 UCLA (4-2-1) will welcome Cal State Fullerton and SAN DIEGO STATE (2-4-2) will host a derby in America's Finest City with UC San Diego.
  • CALIFORNIA (2-2-3) concludes the week on Sunday afternoon by playing host to a red-hot Saint Mary's squad that has won four straight but will be on the fifth game of an eight-match road swing.

Week 4 Results

  • UCLA emerged as the early Pac-12 leader after taking four points from its league-opening swing through the Bay Area. The Bruins settled for a scoreless draw at Stanford on Thursday before posting a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at California on Sunday to come away with an unbeaten Bay Area trip for the first time since 2013.
  • Stanford didn't manage a goal, but also didn't surrender any in its league openers against UCLA and San Diego State to keep its unbeaten record intact. The Cardinal have allowed just two goals so far this season, tied for the third-fewest in NCAA Division I. For the Aztecs, the scoreless draw with Stanford marked their third result (1-0-2) against a top-10 side in the past five matches.
  • California ran its unbeaten streak to five matches with a 2-0 blanking of San Diego State in last Thursday's league opener, but saw the streak halted with Saturday's one-goal loss to UCLA.
  • Washington extended its regular season non-conference unbeaten streak to 20 straight matches (19-0-1) with Friday's 4-1 rout of Michigan State, a match the Huskies trailed inside the first minute before responding with four unanswered goals.
  • Oregon State got into the win column for the first time in four matches with a 1-0 shutout of Seattle U on Friday. Dante Williams scored 15 seconds before intermission to lift the Beavers.

National Rankings

  • The Pac-12 boasts at least three nationally ranked teams for the seventh consecutive United Soccer Coaches poll (dating back to 2021 season) in No. 2 Washington, No. 5t Stanford and No. 20 UCLA. The three nationally ranked sides trails only the ACC's six.
  • Washington climbed two spots to No. 2 for its 37th consecutive top-10 poll appearance, a streak dating to Sept. 24, 2019.
  • UCLA jumped five spots and returned to the top 20 for the third week this season thanks to its unbeaten Bay Area road trip.

In the Non-Conference

  • With last week's victories by Oregon State and Washington, the Pac-12 improved to a collective 17-8-7 (.641) in non-conference action.
  • The Pac-12's .641 non-league win percentage trails only the ACC (.736) among NCAA Division I conferences.
  • The 17-8-7 mark includes an 8-2-3 record against leagues based in the eastern half of the country, 3-1-3 against teams from the ACC, Big East and Big Ten.
  • Washington and Stanford are among 21 unbeaten teams remaining in NCAA Division I. The Cardinal are unbeaten through seven matches for the seventh time in program history (1979, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2019).

Top Performers

  • Washington's Ilijah Paul collected his second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor in three weeks after netting a brace in the 4-1 victory over Michigan State. Paul enters the week tied for the NCAA Division I lead with seven goals, and ranks second nationally with 15 points.
  • UW's Chris Meyers has provided an assist in 5-of-6 matches this season, leading the Pac-12 and ranking top-10 nationally with five total assists, while Husky teammate Lucas Meek is riding a four-match point-scored streak, including three points (1g/1a) in the Michigan State victory, to trail only Paul in the Pac-12 with nine points (3g/3a).
  • Defender Tommy Silva had a big week for UCLA, helping the Bruins blank Stanford and dishing out both assists via corner-kick services in the 2-1 comeback win at Cal to earn a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.
  • The Stanford backline allowed just five total shots, and only one on goal, in last week's league matches against UCLA and San Diego State. Through seven matches this season, defenders Noah Adnan, Will Cleary, Keegan Hughes and Will Reilly have allowed only 50 shots with just 16 reaching target, helping goalkeeper Matt Frank and the Cardinal to five clean sheets and the nation's third-lowest goals-against average (0.29 GAA).
  • San Diego State goalkeeper Jacob Castro recorded a career-high and Pac-12 single-game high this season with eight saves in preserving the scoreless draw at Stanford. The Conference's saves leader (27), Castro has amassed 20 saves over the last five matches to help the Aztecs to a 2-1-2 mark during that span.

National Teams/Players of Week

College Soccer News National Teams of the Week
Aug. 29 - Christian Soto, Washington
Sept. 5 - Riley Ferch, UCLA; Ilijah Paul, Washington
Sept. 12 - Elias Katsaros, San Diego State
Sept. 19 - Tommy Silva, UCLA

Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week
Aug. 30 - Tommy Silva, UCLA
Sept. 6 - Riley Ferch, UCLA; Ilijah Paul, Washington (POTW)
Sept. 13 - Elias Katsaros, San Diego State

United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week
Sept. 7 - Ilijah Paul, Washington
Sept. 14 - Elias Katsaros, San Diego State

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).
  • 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).