Pac-12 Men’s Football Weekly Recap – September 20, 2022

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Week 5 Schedule

  • After kicking off the league last week, Pac-12 men’s soccer teams are returning to non-conference competition with seven game-breaking games this week.
  • No. 2 WASHINGTON (5-0-1) will take on city rival Seattle U for the WAC/101 Club Cup in a match televised on Pac-12 Network on Tuesday, while OREGON STATE (2-2- 1) will get a severe test drive at No. 11 Denver.
  • Saturday night will be busy with four games, including the top 5 Pac-12 teams on the road as No. 5 STANFORD (4-0-3) travels to UC Santa Barbara and No. 2 Washington travels to at the Grand Canyon. No. 20 UCLA (4-2-1) will host 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) wraps up the week Sunday afternoon by hosting a fiery Saint Mary’s team that has won four straight but will be playing its fifth game of an eight-game tour.

Week 4 Results

  • UCLA became the first Pac-12 leader after taking four points in their league opener in the Bay Area. The Bruins settled for a scoreless draw at Stanford on Thursday before posting a 2-1 win over California on Sunday to come away with an undefeated trip to the Bay Area for the first time since 2013.
  • Stanford didn’t score a goal, but didn’t give up either in its first league games against UCLA and San Diego State to keep its unbeaten record intact. The Cardinal has allowed just two goals so far this season, tied for third in NCAA Division I play. For the Aztecs, the scoreless draw with Stanford marked their third result (1-0-2) against a top-10 team in the last five games.
  • California led its unbeaten streak to five games with a 2-0 shutout of San Diego State in the league opener last Thursday, but saw the streak come to a halt with the loss of a goal Saturday against UCLA.
  • Washington extended its non-conference regular-season unbeaten streak to 20 straight games (19-0-1) with Friday’s 4-1 rout of Michigan State, a game the Huskies trailed in the opening minute before to respond with four unanswered goals.
  • Oregon State entered the win column for the first time in four games 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 has at least three nationally ranked teams for the seventh consecutive United Soccer Coaches poll (dating back to the 2021 season) in No. 2 Washington, No. 5 Stanford and No. 20 UCLA. The three nationally ranked teams trail only the ACC six.
  • Washington moved up two spots to No. 2 for its 37th consecutive top-10 appearance in the polls, a streak dating back to Sept. 24, 2019.
  • UCLA jumped five spots and returned to the top 20 for the third week of this season thanks to its undefeated Bay Area road trip.

In the non-conference

  • With last week’s wins 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 winning 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 the 21 remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division I.

Great performances

  • from washington Paul Island earned his second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor in three weeks after scoring a brace in the 4-1 win over Michigan State. Paul enters the week tied for NCAA Division I with seven goals and ranks second nationally with 15 points.
  • U.W. Chris Meyer has provided an assist in 5 of 6 games this season, leading the Pac-12 and ranking in the top 10 nationally with five assists, while teammate Husky Lucas Doux leads a four-game scoring streak, including three points (1g/1y) in Michigan State’s win, to trail only Paul in the Pac-12 with nine points (3g/3y).
  • Defender Tommy Silva had a big week for UCLA, helping the Bruins shut out Stanford and delivering both assists via corner kick serves in the 2-1 win at Cal to earn a spot on the National Team of the Week from College Soccer News.
  • Stanford’s backline allowed just five total shots, and only one on goal, in last week’s championship games against UCLA and San Diego State. In seven matches this season, the defenders Noah Adnan, Will Cleary, Keegan Hughes and Will Reilly allowed only 50 shots with only 16 targets reaching, assisting the goaltender Matt Frank and the Cardinal with five clean sheets and the third-lowest goals-against-average in the nation (0.29 GAA).
  • San Diego State Goalie Jacob Castro recorded a career-high and a Pac-12 single-game high this season with eight saves while preserving the scoreless tie at Stanford. A conference saves leader (27), Castro had 20 saves over the past five games to help the Aztecs to a 2-1-2 mark in that span.

National Teams/Players of the Week

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

National football team of the week
Aug. 30 – Tommy Silva, UCLA
Sept. 6 – Riley Ferch, UCLA; Ilijah Paul, Washington (POTW)
September 13 – Elias Katsaros, San Diego State

United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week
September 7 – Ilijah Paul, Washington
September 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 straight year and eighth time in the past nine seasons the league has advanced at least three teams to the playoffs.
  • The nation’s top RPI conference in 2021 also had the top two RPI national teams (#1 Washington, #2 Oregon State) and the top two NCAA Tournament seeds (#1 Oregon State, #2 Washington). It was the second time in Conference history that the Pac-12 had the top two national seeds in the NCAA Tournament with 2013 (#1 UCLA, #2 California). The Pac-12 and ACC (nine times since the rankings began in 1994) are the only leagues to have the top two national seeds.
  • Over the past nine years, Pac-12 men’s soccer has won 31 of a possible 54 NCAA Tournament bids among its six members, a 57% success rate bested only by the ACC at 12 teams (65%, 70- 108).
  • The six-team Pac-12 has had a College Cup representative in six of the past 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 during that span.
  • The Pac-12 has two of the best seven (Jeremy Gunn, Jamie Clark) the top-earning active coaches by percentage in NCAA Division I, while a third is 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 Amanda Glory (2020), Stanford Jordan Morris (2015) and UCLA Leo Stolz (2014) – plus six finalists over 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 just 15 from 2000 to 2012.
  • Since expanding beyond two rounds in 2014, 72 Pac-12 student-athletes have been drafted into the MLS SuperDraft, including four years of double-digit draft picks (2014, 2015, 2019, 2022).

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