Pac-12 Men's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Nov. 23, 2022
NCAA Third Round Fixtures
- Pac-12 Men's Soccer is one of four leagues with multiple teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament's Round of 16 along with the ACC (Duke, Pittsburgh, Syracuse), American (FIU, Tulsa) and Sun Belt (Kentucky, Marshall).
- UCLA (12-6-1) will continue its East Coast swing with a visit to Vermont (15-3-2) on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. PT. The Bruins are in the Third Round for the first time since 2014 and first time under head coach Ryan Jorden.
- The Bruins and Catamounts will be meeting for the fourth time. UCLA leads the series 2-0-1, with the most recent meeting a 3-0 win in Sept. 1995 (3-0) along with a 3-1 victory in Burlington in Sept. 1982.
- No. 5 seed STANFORD (12-2-5) will continue its quest for a fourth national title in the past eight seasons on Sunday when it hosts Southern Conference champ and No. 11 seed UNC Greensboro (13-1-5) at 5:00 p.m. PT. It will be the first meeting between the Cardinal and Spartans.
- Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN+.
- Both the Bruins and Cardinal will be seeking their eighth trip to the regional finals/quarterfinals under Pac-12 sponsorship (since 2000). For Stanford, it would be its sixth in the past eight seasons, while for UCLA it would be its first since 2014.
- With the Bruins women's team through to the quarterfinals, UCLA joins Duke as the only schools with both soccer programs still competing in the NCAA Tournaments.
Opening Rounds Results
- UCLA advanced to its first Round of 16 in eight seasons thanks to a pair of comeback victories - the Bruins trailed both California Baptist and Clemson by a goal before flipping the matches to 2-1 wins.
- After advancing past Cal Baptist on Thursday, unseeded UCLA traveled cross-country to knock out defending national champion and No. 6 Clemson. The Bruins' third-round opponent, Vermont, also took out a seeded team in No. 11 SMU, 3-2, in comeback fashion.
- No. 5 seed Stanford left no doubt in its tourney opener, routing High Point (6-2) to set up a third-round meeting with No. 11 UNCG, which advanced on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Ohio State. The Cardinal's six goals against the Panthers equaled a postseason program high and were one shy of the Pac-12's postseason record (UCLA, 7-1 vs. Penn State, 12/7/02).
- Seven NCAA top-16 seeds failed to advance out of the second round, including two of the Pac-12's trio of seeded teams in No. 2 Washington and No. 8 Oregon State.
- Washington's Kalana Kossa-Rienzi opened the scoring in the 10th minute, but three unanswered goals including two inside the final seven minutes sent visiting Creighton through with a 3-1 victory. Portland avenged an earlier season loss to Oregon State in Corvallis with a 2-0 win.
Pac-12 NCAA Tournament History
- Since sport sponsorship began in 2000, Pac-12 programs have combined for a 91-59-18 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 - 18-12-3 (.591)
- Second Round - 33-20-5 (.612)
- 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) - 4-6-1
- San Diego State (3) - 0-2-1
- Stanford (13) - 27-9-8
- UCLA (20) - 31-16-3
- Washington (16) - 16-14-3
- Dating to 1960, Pac-12 programs have combined for a 149-113-20 record (.564) in NCAA postseason play, with 23 College Cup appearances (national semifinals), seven national championships and nine runner-up finishes all-time.
- Carlo Agostinelli scored the match's first two goals and assisted the next two to power Stanford's 6-2 rout of High Point. He was named the College Soccer News National Player of the Week for his performance. Agostinelli's pair of assists gave him 10 for the season, tied for the most in the Pac-12.
- Agostinelli also appeared on the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week, where he was joined by UCLA defender Grayson Doody, who assisted Andre Ochoa's 31st-minute equalizer against Clemson. Ochoa now has a point (2g/1a) in each of the Bruins' last three matches.
- UCLA's Tucker Lepley continues to round into form after returning from injury on Oct. 20, scoring the match-clinching goal in the 79th minute at Clemson. Lepley now has seven points (3g/1a) this season, all in the past four matches.
- Kevin Diaz netted the clinching goal in the 69th minute in the Bruins' 2-1 comeback win over Cal Baptist. Diaz now has four goals this season, three of which have been match winners.
- Stanford's Shane de Flores took over the freshman scoring lead in the Pac-12 with a goal and an assist in the High Point victory. He now leads the Cardinal and all Conference rookies with eight goals and 20 points this season.
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
Nov. 21 - Carlo Agostinelli, Stanford (POTW)
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
Nov. 22 - Carlo Agostinelli, Stanford; Grayson Doody, UCLA
For Club and Country
- 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.
- Morris, who came on as an 88th-minute substitute in the U.S.'s 1-1 draw with Wales in its Group B opener, became the first Stanford player to appear in a FIFA World Cup for the USMNT and first former Pac-12 player to see action at the event since 2010 (U.S. - Carlos Bocanegra, UCLA; Jonathan Bornstein, UCLA; Robbie Findley, OSU; Bennie Feilhaber, UCLA; New Zealand - Ryan Nelsen, STAN; Simon Elliot, STAN).
- 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 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).