Pac-12 Men's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Sept. 20, 2023
Week 5 Fixtures
- Pac-12 Men's Soccer programs return to non-conference action with six challenging matches this week, headlined by No. 20 WASHINGTON (3-1-3) playing host to No. 5 Portland on Sunday after visiting rival Seattle U in the WAC/101 Club Cup on Thursday.
- Each of this week's six opponents currently sit at .500 or better, with a combined overall mark of 22-9-10. With only eight non-league matches remaining beyond this week (all against WCC opponents), this Week 5 slate could prove pivotal to the league's postseason outlook.
Thursday, Sept. 21
Utah Tech (3-3-0) at #21 San Diego State (5-0-1) - 7:00 p.m. PT
#20 Washington (3-1-3) at Seattle U (4-2-2) - 7:00 p.m. PT
Friday, Sept. 22
Saint Mary's (5-1-2) at #8 Stanford (4-1-1) - 7:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Sept. 23
UCLA (2-2-1) at UC Irvine (3-2-2) - 6:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, Sept. 24
LMU (3-0-4) at Oregon State (4-2-1) - 1:00 p.m. PT
#5 Portland (4-1-0) at #20 Washington (3-1-3) - 4:30 p.m. PT - Pac-12 Insider
Beavers, Huskies Take Bay Points
- Pac-12 preseason favorite Washington and Oregon State both took four points out of the Bay Area from the opening week of league play.
- Oregon State secured a pair of massive results en route to being named NCAA.com National Team of the Week, coming back from a 2-0 deficit while playing with 10-men in a 2-2 draw at California before toppling No. 1 Stanford, 2-1, on The Farm.
- The victory over the Cardinal extended the Beavers' series unbeaten streak to six matches (4-0-2) and marked the OSU program's third road win over the nation's top-ranked team in as many seasons (W, 3-2 at #1 Washington 10/22/21; W, 1-0 at #1 Washington 11/10/22).
- Washington extended its unbeaten streak to five matches with a 1-1 draw at Stanford and 1-0 win at California. The Huskies are now unbeaten in their last five against the Cardinal (2-0-3), and have won six straight against the Golden Bears.
- Each of the opening four Pac-12 matches were either draws or decided by a single goal, continuing the competitive trend from the 2022 season in which 22-of-29 league matches were either draws (9) or decided by just one goal (13).
- Outside of Pac-12 play, San Diego State continued its unbeaten and unscored upon run with a 12-0 victory over NAIA side Life Pacific, marking the most goals scored by the Aztecs in a single match since 1984. SDSU has now outscored its six opponents by a combined 21-0 so far this season, and is unbeaten in its last 11 non-conference contests (9-0-2) dating to last season.
- The Aztecs are of 1-of-19 remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I, and 1-of-2 yet to concede a goal this season (Bryant).
In the Non-Conference
- Pac-12 programs have combined for a 19-6-6 record in non-conference play (18-6-6 vs. D-I opponents), for a .710 win percentage that ranks first among NCAA Division I leagues.
Top Conferences by Non-Conference Win% (thru 9/19)
1. Pac-12 - 19-6-6 (.710)
2. ACC - 35-11-14 (.700)
3. Sun Belt - 31-15-13 (.636)
4. WCC - 28-14-17 (.619)
5. America East - 31-18-7 (.616)
Week 4 Top Performers
- A Pac-12 standout took home National Player of the Week honors for the second time in the opening month of the season as Oregon State's Logan Farrington earned the distinction from both the United Soccer Coaches and College Soccer News in addition to a Pac-12 Player of the Week accolade.
- Washington secured a draw at Stanford behind a left-footed free kick wonderstrike from Chris Meyers.
- San Diego State saw a baker's dozen different point scorers, including seven reserves, as part of its 12-0 win over Life Pacific. Four Aztecs scored multiple times, including a hat trick from Terence Okoeguale and braces from Seth Clark, Christian Engmann and Lorenzo Hernandez.
College Soccer News National Team of the Week
Aug. 28 - Zach Bohane, Stanford; Kevin Carmichael, California
Sept. 4 - Evan Davila, California; Sam Fowler, Washington
Sept. 11 - Austin Brummett, San Diego State
Sept. 18 - Logan Farrington, Oregon State (POTW)
MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Aug. 24 - Christian Soto, Washington; Sam Fowler, Washington
- The Pac-12 has three teams ranked in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll for the first time this season, and first time since Week 5 of the 2022 campaign (9/27/22).
- Stanford dropped from the top spot to No. 8 after falling from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Cardinal have still appeared in the top 10 of the United Soccer Coaches rankings for 17 consecutive polls.
- After a one-week hiatus, Washington returned to the top 25 at No. 20, while San Diego State stayed in the rankings for a second straight week at No. 21.
Fowler Continues Clean Sheets Climb
- Washington goalkeeper Sam Fowler posted his 28th career shutout in Sunday's 1-0 win at California. With that, he's now solo second in Pac-12 history, just two shy of the league's career mark and three shy of the Huskies' program record.
Pac-12 Career Shutouts
1. Spencer Richey, WASH (2010-14) - 30
2. Sam Fowler, WASH (2019-23) - 28
3. Zach Wells, UCLA (2000-03) - 27
UW Career Shutouts
1. Mark Schuur (1980-82) - 31
2. Spencer Richey (2010-14) - 30
3. Sam Fowler (2019-23) - 28
Notes & Nuggets
- The Pac-12 has rated as NCAA Division I's top RPI conference each of the past two seasons (2021, 2022).
- In 2022, the Pac-12 had three top-10 seeds (#2 Washington, #5 Stanford, #8 Oregon State) among its four teams in the NCAA Tournament, just the second time in league history with a trio of single-digit seeds (2013).
- In 2021, the Pac-12 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).
- Was the second time in Conference history with 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.
- 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.
- 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 nine seasons (UCLA 2014; Stanford 2015-17, 2019; Washington 2021). Only the 12-team ACC has had more total College Cup appearances (14) than the Pac-12's six over that span.
- Pac-12 programs have combined for 23 College Cup appearances (national semifinals) all-time, including 11 since the formal creation of the league in 2000.
- Pac-12 programs have combined for seven NCAA Men's Soccer national championships, and four since sport sponsorship began in 2000.
- The Pac-12 boasts two of the top five (#4 Jeremy Gunn, #5 Jamie Clark) winningest active coaches by percentage in NCAA Division I.
- Pac-12 student-athletes have won three of the last nine MAC Hermann Trophy awards – Oregon State’s Gloire Amanda (2020), Stanford’s Jordan Morris (2015) and UCLA’s Leo Stolz (2014) – and four in total (UCLA’s Brad Friedel, 1992).
- The Pac-12 has produced 22 First Team All-Americans in the past decade after amassing only 15 from 2000-2012.
- Since expanding beyond two rounds in 2014, 76 Pac-12 student-athletes have been selected in the MLS SuperDraft, including four years of double-digit selections (2014, 2015, 2019, 2022).