Pac-12 Men's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Oct. 5, 2022
- Conference play continues with another five matches all televised on Pac-12 Networks.
- The match of the season thus far takes place this week when No. 1 Washington (9-0-1, 2-0) hosts No. 5 Stanford (6-0-3, 1-0-2) on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Washington. It will be just second meeting this season between top-five teams (#4 Duke 3, #1 Wake Forest 2 - Oct. 1).
- While California (3-3-3, 1-2) and the Cardinal are in the Pacific Northwest to face Oregon State (4-3-1, 1-1) and UW on Thursday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 9, UCLA (5-4-1, 1-2-1) will host San Diego State (4-5-2, 1-2-1) on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Los Angeles.
- Washington continued to roll with road wins at San Diego State (2-0) and then-No. 21 UCLA (1-0) and to move atop the Pac-12 table with six points following the Huskies' first weekend of Conference play. Coupled with the aforementioned Wake Forest loss, the Huskies ascended to No. 1 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll for the first time since Oct. 19, 2021. UW has the third best goal differential in the country (+23) behind Charlotte (+27) and Dayton (+24).
- Stanford grabbed its first Pac-12 victory with a 5-1 rout of rival California. Will Reilly, the Pac-12 Player of the Week, and Shane de Flores each scored twice in the win. The Cardinal ran its unbeaten streak over the Golden Bears to five (3-0-2) and increased its goal differential this season to +15, which is tied for 14th in the country.
- Oregon State and San Diego State also earned three points last weekend. The Beavers notched their first Conference win with a 1-0 result at then-No. 21 UCLA, while the Aztecs shutout OSU 3-0 for their initial Pac-12 victory and their highest scoring output in a league fixture since 2017.
- Washington (9-0-1) and Stanford (6-0-3) are two of eight unbeaten teams remaining in NCAA Division I - only the Atlantic 10 (two) has as many unbeaten teams.
- Stanford is unbeaten through nine matches for just the fourth time in program history (1997, 2000, 2001); Washington is unbeaten through 10 matches for the second consecutive season and the sixth time in program history (1973, 1984, 1990, 2013, 2021).
- The two sides have combined for eight of the nine Pac-12 titles since 2013 and 12 of their previous 14 meetings have been decided by one goal or resulted in a draw.
- UW is in the top-10 nationally in total goals (28, T-5th), total assists (30, T-6th), total points (86, T-5th) and scoring offense (2.80, T-7th). On the flip side, the Cardinal is second in the country in team goals against average (0.444).
A New No. 1
- Washington is the new No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, while Stanford is No. 5.
- The Huskies are No. 1 for the first time since Oct. 19, 2021 and seventh time overall since the start of Pac-12 men's soccer in 2000. Since 2000, it's the 49th time a Pac-12 team has held the top spot in the national rankings (UCLA - 21; Stanford 15; Washington - 7; California - 5; Oregon State - 1).
- Washington has made 39 consecutive top-10 poll appearances, a streak dating to Sept. 24, 2019.
- UCLA is also No. 1 in the women's rankings, giving the Pac-12 both of the nation's top-ranked soccer programs for the first time since Aug. 7, 2018, when Stanford was No. 1 in both polls following men's and women's national titles in 2017.
In the Non-Conference
- Unbeaten in its last 11 non-league contests (10-0-1), the Pac-12 has improved its non-conference record to 24-8-7, for a .705 non-conference win percentage that trails only the ACC (.732). The Conference has eight non-league matchups remaining this season.
- The 24-8-7 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's high-powered offense is led by Ilijah Paul and Lucas Meek, who are in the top 10 nationally in both total goals and total points. Paul is tied for sixth in goals (8) and tied for ninth in points (18), while Meek is tied for 10th in goals (7) and tied for seventh in points (19). Chris Meyers acts as the facilitator and is tied for second in the country with seven assists this season. Paul (goals), Meek (points) and Meyers (assists) lead the Pac-12 in their respective categories.
- Stanford goalkeeper Matt Frank leads the Pac-12 in goals allowed (four), goals against average (0.452) and save percentage (.826). He has allowed three goals during the run of play, one each against Creighton, UC Santa Barbara and California. Nationally, Frank is fifth in goals against average, just head of Washington's Sam Fowler, who is 13th (.509).
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
Sept. 26 - Javier Armas, Oregon State (POTW), Keegan Hughes, Stanford
Oct. 3 - Will Reilly, Stanford
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
Sept. 27 - Keegan Hughes, Stanford; Lucas Meek, Washington (POTW)
Oct. 4 - Will Reilly, Stanford; Nicholas Scardina, Washington
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).