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Pac-12 Men's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Nov. 16, 2022

Nov 16, 2022

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Four-Bid, Three-Seed Pac-12

  • Four Pac-12 Men's Soccer teams earned bids to the 2022 NCAA Tournament as revealed on Monday, headlined by a trio of top-10 seeds for just the second time in league history.
  • No. 2 overall seed WASHINGTON (15-1-3), No. 5 seed STANFORD (11-2-5) and No. 8 seed OREGON STATE (7-3-6) were joined by at-large selection UCLA (10-6-1) to give the Pac-12 four postseason berths for the first time since 2018 and ninth time since sport sponsorship began in 2000 (2001-03, 2006, 2013, 2014 [5 bids], 2016, 2018, 2022).
  • It's only the third time since seeding of the top 16 teams began in 2003 that the Pac-12 has three seeded teams (2013, 2014 [4]), and only the second time with a trio of single-digit seeds (2013).

NCAA Opening Rounds Fixtures

  • UCLA will host California Baptist in the First Round on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. PT. Should they advance past the Lancers, the Bruins will travel to No. 6 seed Clemson on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. PT.
  • The Pac-12's three seeded teams will all begin play in the Second Round on Sunday evening:
    • No. 2 seed Washington will host the winner of Creighton/Missouri State at 5:00 p.m. PT.
    • No. 5 seed Stanford will host the winner of North Carolina/High Point at 5:00 p.m. PT.
    • No. 8 seed Oregon State will host the winner of Portland/UC Riverside at 6:00 p.m. PT.
  • The Cardinal will be seeking to avenge a loss from its most recent postseason appearance, 1-0 to North Carolina in the third round of the 2020 NCAA Tournament held entirely in the Tar Heel State. 
  • The entirety of the 2022 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship will be broadcast by ESPN Networks, with First and Second Round coverage on ESPN+.

Pac-12 NCAA Tournament History

  • Since sport sponsorship began in 2000, Pac-12 programs have combined for an 88-57-18 record (.595) in NCAA postseason play with:
    • 23 Regional Finals (California 2005, 2010, 2013; Oregon State 2021; Stanford 2000-02, 2015-19; UCLA 2002-03, 2006, 2009-11, 2014; Washington 2013, 2019-21)
    • 11 College Cup appearances (Stanford 2000, 2002, 2015-17, 2019; UCLA 2002, 2006, 2011, 2014; Washington 2021)
    • 8 title matches (Stanford 2002, 2015-17; UCLA 2002, 2006, 2014; Washington 2021)
    • 4 national titles (UCLA 2002, Stanford 2015-17).
  • Broken down by round, the Pac-12's collective NCAA Tournament records since 2000:
    • First Round - 17-12-3 (.578)
    • Second Round - 31-18-5 (.620)
    • Third Round - 21-12-3 (.625)
    • Quarterfinals - 9-9-4 (.500)
    • Semifinals - 6-2-3 (.682)
    • Final - 4-4-0 (.500)
  • Records broken down by Pac-12 program since 2000 (NCAA appearances in parentheses, including 2022)
    • California (13) - 13-12-2
    • Oregon State (8) - 4-5-1
    • San Diego State (3) - 0-2-1
    • Stanford (13) - 26-9-8
    • UCLA (20) - 29-16-3
    • Washington (16) - 16-13-3
  • Dating to 1960, Pac-12 programs have combined for a 146-111-20 record (.563) in NCAA postseason play, with 23 College Cup appearances (national semifinals), seven national championships and nine runner-up finishes all-time.

Pac-12 vs. the 2022 NCAA Tournament field

  • As part of its NCAA Division I-leading .734 non-conference win percentage (31-9-7), Pac-12 programs went a collective 7-2-2 against teams in the 2022 NCAA Tournament field during non-league play.
    • California - 1-0-0 (def. California Baptist, 1-0)
    • Oregon State - 2-1-0 (def. Denver, 2-1; def. Portland, 3-2; lost Seton Hall, 1-0)
    • San Diego State - 1-0-1 (draw Creighton, 1-1; def. Denver, 2-1)
    • Stanford - 1-0-1 (def. SMU, 3-1; draw Creighton, 1-1)
    • UCLA - 1-1-0 (lost Portland, 2-0; def. Rutgers, 1-0)
    • Washington - 1-0-0 (def. South Florida, 3-0)

Week 12 Results

  • The final week of Pac-12 play served as a microcosm of the competitiveness of the league's regular season as all three matches were decided by one-goal margins.
  • Oregon State ended No. 1 Washington's bid for an undefeated regular season with a 1-0 triumph in Seattle. The result improved the Beavers to 5-0-2 this season against nationally ranked opponents and cemented their status as a top-16 national seed for the NCAA Tournament.
  • Stanford and UCLA both picked up road rivalry victories with the Cardinal blanking Cal, 1-0, and Bruins edging San Diego State, 2-1.
  • For the season, 22 of the 29 league matches were either draws (9) or decided by just one goal (13).

Top Performers

  • The Pac-12 announced its annual major awards and All-Conference teams on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
  • Oregon State's David Perez, who scored the match winner in the Beavers' 1-0 upset of previously unbeaten Washington, was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. Teammate and goalkeeper Jesus Sanchez was an honorable mention in shutting out the Huskies for the first time this season.
  • Pac-12 Player of the Week and Year Joran Gerbet was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week following his midfield masterpiece in OSU's upset of Washington.
  • UCLA's Tucker Lepley, in just his fifth match and first start of the season, opened the scoring in an eventual 2-1 victory over San Diego State. Lepley has five points (2g/1a) in the last two matches.
  • Former Aztec Andre Ochoa scored the decisive goal for UCLA in the 73rd minute.
  • A 17th minute strike of brilliance by Cam Cilley gave Stanford all it needed in a 1-0 victory at California. The left-footed volley from 22 yards out certainly cracked the list of top goals of the year in the Pac-12.

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
Oct. 10 - Lucas Meek, Washington (POTW)
Oct. 17 - Clarence Awoudor, Oregon State, Nick Scardina, Washington
Oct. 24 - Shane de Flores, Stanford
Nov. 14 - Joran Gerbet, Oregon State

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
Oct. 11 - Gio Miglietti, Washington
Oct. 18 - Clarence Awoudor, Oregon State, CJ Fodrey, San Diego State
Oct. 25 - Shane de Flores, Stanford; Mouhameth Thiam, Oregon State
Nov. 1 - Nate Crockford, UCLA
Nov. 15 - David Perez, Oregon State

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

Pac-12 Pros

  • Two former Pac-12 stars are part of the 26-man FIFA World Cup roster for the U.S. Men's National Team - Stanford's Jordan Morris (2015 Pac-12 Player of the Year, three-time All-Pac-12 First Team) as a forward and Washington's Cristian Roldan (2013 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, two-time All-Pac-12 First Team) as a midfielder.
  • The Pac-12 is the only collegiate conference to have multiple former players selected to the USMNT roster.
  • Former UCLA standout and 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year Ryan Hollingshead played all 120 minutes in LAFC's win in penalties over Philadelphia Union in the epic 2022 MLS Cup.

Notes and Nuggets

  • The Pac-12 has advanced at least half its six teams to the postseason for seven consecutive years and nine times in the past decade.
  • The Pac-12 has rated as NCAA Division I's top RPI conference each of the past two seasons (2021, 2022).
  • 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 10 years, Pac-12 men's soccer has earned 35 out of a possible 60 NCAA Tournament bids across its six members, a 58 percent success rate bettered only by the 12-team ACC (65%, 78-120).
  • 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).