Three Pac-12 men’s soccer teams begin the 2017 NCAA Tournament action this week. STANFORD, WASHINGTON, and CALIFORNIA vie for a trip to play in the 2017 NCAA College Cup, to be held December 8 and 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa.
Defending two-time NCAA Champion Stanford earned the No. 9 seed and a first-round bye in its fifth-straight and 16th overall NCAA Tournament appearance. The Cardinal hosts either Pacific or Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. PT in the second round.
California earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2014, making this its 18th overall appearance. California hosts San Francisco on Thursday, November 16 to determine who plays No. 4-seeded Louisville.
Washington is set to host cross-town rival Seattle, marking the team’s 24th appearance in the tournament. The Huskies and the Redhawks match up on Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. PT to determine who plays No. 5-seeded Akron on Sunday.
IN THE RANKINGS: Stanford stays at No. 3 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, while California jumps to No. 21. Washington received votes. Stanford has been in the top-10 for 12 weeks of the season, including being ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll and the first two weeks of the season.
Stanford is No. 11 in the NCAA RPI, California is No. 33 and Washington is No. 37.
WEEKLY RECAP: Pac-12 soccer finished the final week of the regular season with rivalry week, as No. 3 Stanford, Oregon State, and San Diego State tallied wins.
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oregon State’s Jordan Jones is the final Pac-12 Player of the Week for the 2017 season. Jones recorded his eighth-career game winner while leading Oregon State to a 4-3 upset win over No. 20 Washington. He took a feed from Loke Strenov in the 56th minute for the third OSU goal in seven minutes to give the Beavers a 3-2 lead. He also added his second goal of the day in the 77th minute on a touch pass from Michael Swift to put Oregon State up 4-2.