Men's Soccer Spring Wrap-Up
May 3, 2001
The UCLA men's soccer team ended the 2001 spring season with a 4-1-2 record, with its only loss coming to its alumni team.
The Bruins closed the spring season on a strong note, shutting out Cal State Bakersfield 2-0 on Apr. 27. The game was a benefit for the Mikella McAuley Bone Marrow Drive and drew over 1,000 fans for the good cause. Freshman forward Matt Taylor scored the game-winning goal in the first half, off an assist from Tim Pierce, and sophomore midfielder Jimmy Frazelle scored unassisted in the second half. Redshirt freshman Zach Wells and junior Stephen Gardner shared the shutout, Wells' third of the spring. Wells allowed just four goals in seven spring games.
UCLA dropped its only game of the spring Apr. 22 against a group of Bruin alumni which included eight former MLS players and former Bruin All-Americans McKinley Tennyson Jr. (1997-2000), Seth George (1996-1999) and Jorge Salcedo (1990-93). In the 2-1 loss, Frazelle scored the only goal for the current Bruins, while Nick Theslof (1994-97) and Tennyson scored for the alums. Tennyson's goal was the game-winner.
On Apr. 17, UCLA faced familiar opponents in its game with the U.S. U-20 National Team, which started current Bruin freshmen DJ Countess and Nelson Akwari. The Bruins got the better of their national team teammates, winning 2-1. Pierce scored the first goal for the Bruins, and freshman forward Cliff McKinley scored the game-winner against Countess.
Just three days prior to the U-20 game, the Bruins played to a 0-0 tie at UC Irvine, with Wells picking up the shutout.
Offensively, McKinley led the Bruins in scoring with three goals. Pierce totaled two goals and two assists, while Frazelle contributed two goals in UCLA's last two games. Taylor also scored two goals during the spring.
UCLA begins its 2001 season on Aug. 31 against Maryland at the University of Virginia Tournament. The Bruins' first home game is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16 against UC Irvine.