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Pac-12 Men's Soccer Weekly Rundown - Nov. 22, 2023

Nov 21, 2023

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Two Through to Round of 16 Again

  • For the fifth consecutive season, Pac-12 Men's Soccer has advanced two programs to the NCAA Round of 16 as OREGON STATE (9-5-5) and STANFORD (10-3-5) have both reached the NCAA Tournament's third round.
    • The five straight seasons with multiple teams in the NCAA Round of 16 is the longest streak in Conference history, bettering a four-year run from 2000-03.
  • The Pac-12 is one of four leagues with multiple teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament along with the ACC (Clemson, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia), America East (New Hampshire, Vermont), and Sun Belt (James Madison, Marshall, West Virginia).
  • For the Beavers, it's their second-ever appearance in the Round of 16, the other coming in 2021 when they reached the NCAA Quarterfinals and missed advancing to the College Cup on penalties (T, 1-1 vs. Clemson; 3-4 PKs).
    • The Beavers' run to the Round of 16 is even more impressive with it coming under the direction of first-year head coach Greg Dalby and having to replace five starters from 2022 including Pac-12 Player of the Year Joran Gerbet and top scorer Mouhameth Thiam.
    • Dalby is the fourth coach to lead a Pac-12 program to the Round of 16 in their debut season (Bret Simon, STAN, 2001; Tom Fitzgerald, UCLA, 2002; Jorge Salcedo, UCLA, 2004).
  • For the Cardinal, it is its league-leading 13th trip to the NCAA Round of 16, including its eighth consecutive in as many NCAA Tournament appearances (2015-20 & 2022-23; DNQ for 2021 NCAA Tourney).
    • With the Cardinal women's team through to the quarterfinals, Stanford joins Clemson and North Carolina as the only schools with both soccer programs still competing in the NCAA Tournaments.

NCAA Third Round Fixtures

  • No. 16 seed Stanford (10-3-5) has the difficult task of traveling to Huntington, W.Va., where it will take on No. 1 overall seed Marshall (18-2-0) in the schools' first head-to-head meeting.
    • The Cardinal are unbeaten on the road this season (3-0-4), but the Thundering Herd will counter with a 13-1-0 record and +35 goal differential (41-6) at home this fall.
    • Should Stanford advance, a trip to either No. 8 seed New Hampshire or No. 9 Clemson would be on deck in the quarterfinals.
  • Oregon State (9-5-5) heads to Dallas to face No. 6 seed SMU (14-2-2). Similar to Marshall, the Mustangs have racked up a gaudy home record (11-1-1) this fall, while the Beavers have been a solid 5-2-2 on the road.
    • The Beavers and Mustangs have met only once - a 2-1 OSU victory in Corvallis in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
    • With a win, OSU's path would continue on to either No. 3 seed North Carolina or No. 14 Hofstra.

Saturday, Nov. 25
Oregon State at 6-SMU - 5:00 p.m. PT - ESPN+

Sunday, Nov. 26
16-Stanford at 1-Marshall - 10:00 a.m. PT - ESPN+

Opening Rounds Results

  • Oregon State has been impressive in advancing to the NCAA Round of 16, avenging a pair of regular-season losses in largely convincing fashion.
    • The Beavers needed overtime to dispatch of Seattle U, 2-1, in the first round despite outshooting the Redhawks by a 23-3 margin.
    • OSU then went on the road and shut out No. 11 seed Portland, 3-0, snapping the Pilots' streak of 28 consecutive home results dating to Sept. 2021.
  • Stanford was resolute in its 3-1 second-round comeback victory over Missouri State, tallying three unanswered goals following the Bears' opener in the 8th minute.
  • Pac-12 champion UCLA bowed out of the postseason with a 1-0 loss to LMU, its second 1-0 loss to the Lions this season. The Bruins peppered the Lions with a season-high 24 shots, but LMU's 30th-minute goal stood as the decider.

Top Performers

  • The league's top two scorers - Logan Farrington at Oregon State, and Zach Bohane at Stanford - delivered for their programs in advancing through the opening rounds, both earning National Team of the Week accolades from College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer for the second times this season.
    • Farrington has five points (2g/1a) in two postseason matches, highlighted by a brace in the 3-0 second-round rout of Portland.
    • The Beavers improved to 7-1-2 this season when Farrington scores a goal, and his 13 goals and 31 points (13g/5a) lead the Pac-12 and are the fifth-most in a season in OSU history. He also scored his fifth game-winning goal of the season in the win over Portland, matching OSU's single-season program record.
  • Bohane led the Cardinal with a goal - a left footed free-kick banger from 20 yards - and an assist against Missouri State, giving him a league-best 11 assists and team-high 27 points (8g/11a) this season.
  • Fran Cortijo tallied the decisive goal just under two minutes into overtime for OSU against Seattle U, with Dante Williams opening the scoring in the 31st minute. Farrington assisted Cortijo's winner.
  • Shane de Flores tallied the game-winning goal for the Cardinal against MSU, his team-best third deciding strike of the season.

Pac-12 NCAA Tournament History

  • Since sport sponsorship began in 2000, Pac-12 programs have combined for a 94-61-19 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 - 19-12-3 (.603)
    • Second Round - 35-21-5 (.615)
    • Third Round - 21-13-4 (.605)
    • 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 2023)
    • California (13) - 13-12-2
    • Oregon State (8) - 6-6-1
    • San Diego State (3) - 0-2-1
    • Stanford (14) - 28-9-9
    • UCLA (21) - 31-18-3
    • Washington (16) - 16-14-3
  • Dating to 1960, Pac-12 programs have combined for a 150-115-23 record (.561) in NCAA postseason play, with 23 College Cup appearances (national semifinals), seven national championships and nine runner-up finishes all-time.

National Honors National Team of the Week                      
Aug. 28 - Stanford      
Sept. 19 - Oregon State

United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week                      
Aug. 30 - Zach Bohane, Stanford                  
Sept. 20 - Logan Farrington, Oregon State

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)               
Oct. 2 - Nicklas Lund, Oregon State       
Oct. 23 - Pietro Grassi, UCLA  
Nov. 6 - Jose Contell, UCLA
Nov. 20 - Logan Farrington, Oregon State; Zach Bohane, Stanford

Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week                      
Aug. 28 - Zach Bohane, Stanford (POTW)                     
Sept. 5 - Reid Sproat, San Diego State                   
Sept. 19 - Logan Farrington, Oregon State  
Nov. 7 - Jose Contell, UCLA
Nov. 21 - Logan Farrington, Oregon State; Zach Bohane, Stanford

MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List                      
Aug. 24 - Christian Soto, Washington; Sam Fowler, Washington

Notes & Nuggets

  • The Pac-12 has rated as NCAA Division I's top RPI conference according to Non-Conference RPI Ranking each of the past three seasons (2021-23).
  • 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 eight consecutive years and 10 times in the past 11 seasons.
  • Over the past 10 years, Pac-12 men's soccer has earned 34 out of a possible 60 NCAA Tournament bids across its six members, a 57 percent success rate bettered only by the 12-team ACC (68%, 81-120).
  • 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).