Men's Soccer Travels To UCSB Friday, Hosts LMU Sunday
Sept. 24, 2001
This Week - Head coach Todd Saldana's UCLA men's soccer team (3-2-1, ranked No. 11 by Soccer America and No. 20 by the NSCAA) play a pair of games this weekend, one on the road and one at home. On Friday, Sept. 28, the Bruins will travel to Santa Barbara to face UC Santa Barbara (4-2) at Harder Stadium. The game is the second in a doubleheader with the UCSB women's team and will begin at approximately 8:15 pm. On Sunday, Sept. 30, UCLA plays host to Loyola Marymount (4-3) at Frank W. Marshall Field at 3:00 pm.
Bruins In The Rankings - The Bruins dropped four to No. 11 in the Soccer America Top 20 after splitting two games last week. The NSCAA has moved UCLA up two places to No. 20.
Scouting UCSB - The Gauchos are led by junior forward Rob Friend, a member of the Canadian National Team. Friend has amassed two goals and six points in 2001 and was selected the Big West Player of the Week after week one. Freshman goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has posted three shutouts in six games. After receiving two yellow cards in Sunday's 3-1 loss to San Jose State, junior midfielder Dan Young must sit out Friday's game against the Bruins.
Scouting LMU - Junior forward Arturo Torres leads the Lions with five goals and 11 points. Torres, the 2000 WCC Player of the Year, earned MVP honors as the Lions won the LMU Fall Classic this weekend. Andres Murriagui has started strong as well, totalling six points on two goals and two assists. The Lions are coached by former UCLA great Paul Krumpe (1982-85), who is in his fourth season as head coach. Krumpe was an assistant coach for UCLA from 1995-97 and helped the Bruins win the NCAA title in his final season on staff. Ironically, Krumpe replaced current UCLA head coach Todd Saldaï¿½a at LMU. Saldaï¿½a coached the Lions in 1997. Also on the LMU coaching staff is another former Bruin, Brian Irvin (1993-96).
The Series - UCLA leads the overall series with both teams, holding a 28-2 edge over UC Santa Barbara and a 18-0 advantage over LMU. The Bruins have won 14 straight against the Gauchos, including a 2-0 home victory in 2000. UCSB's last victory came in 1982, a 3-1 home win. UCLA's last win over LMU was a 2-1 overtime decision at home.
Lopez To Play In Front Of Home Crowd - Freshman Aaron Lopez will have a chance to appear before a hometown crowd when the Bruins travel to Santa Barbara Friday. Lopez led Santa Barbara HS to the CIF Championship in 2001 and led Carpinteria HS to the CIF title in 1999. Lopez has played in all six games for the Bruins with three starts and one goal.
Recapping UCLA's Last Game - UCLA received balanced scoring and cleared the bench in a 4-1 rout over Cal State Fullerton. Cliff McKinley, Tim Pierce, Ahmed Khalil and Adolfo Gregorio scored for the Bruins, with Khalil and Gregorio's goals being their first of the season. Freshman Mike Enfield recorded his first collegiate point with an assist on Gregorio's goal. Enfield set up that goal just seconds after entering the game. UCLA played a total of 24 players in the contest. Senior goalkeeper Stephen Gardner saw his first action as a Bruin, playing eight shutout minutes. Also seeing their first minutes as Bruins were junior transfer Chapin Kreuter and freshman Phillip Harr.
Pierce Becoming UCLA's Go-To Guy - Junior forward Tim Pierce (Dana Point, Calif.) has emerged as UCLA's go-to guy on offense. Pierce leads the Bruins with four goals and has scored in four of UCLA's last five games. He also leads the team in game-winning goals with two. Already this year, Pierce has earned Pac-10 Player of the Week and Soccer America Team of the Week honors and was the tournament MVP at the USF diadora Classic.
Alex Yi Selected As Hermann Trophy Candidate - Defender Alex Yi (Easton, Md./Bradenton Academy) was selected as a nominee for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's longest-standing player of the year award. Yi was the 2000 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-Pac-10 selection a year ago. He was one of just three players to start all 19 of UCLA's games in 2000.