No. 6 Men's Soccer Hosts No. 1 Stanford, No. 13 California
Oct. 14, 2002
This Week - The UCLA men's soccer team (6-1-2,1-0-0 in the Pac-10 Conference, ranked sixth by Soccer America and 16th by the NSCAA) will host Bay Area rivals and Pac-10 co-leaders Stanford (11-1-0, 2-0-0, ranked No. 1 by the NSCAA and No. 5 by Soccer America) and California (9-2-1, 2-0-0, ranked No. 13 by Soccer America) this weekend. The Bruins will face off against the Cardinal on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:00pm. On Sunday, Oct. 20 the Bruins host the Golden Bears at 1:00pm. Both games will take place at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. Friday's game will be the first men's game played under lights at Drake Stadium.
Internet Broadcast - Friday's match against Stanford will be broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Tony Luftman and Michael Sondheimer will call the action.
Scouting The Opponents - Defending Pac-10 champion and 2001 College Cup participant Stanford enters the contest with an 11-1-0 record. The Cardinal have a potent offense which has scored 31 goals this season, including six each from Johanes Maliza and Darren Fernandez. Roger Levesque, last season's Pac-10 Player of the Year, leads the squad with 22 points off five goals and a Pac-10-best 12 assists. Defensively, the goalkeeping tandem of Robby Fulton and Andrew Terris have posted a goals against average of 0.66. Fulton has recorded five shutouts in six games and holds a minuscule GAA of 0.15.
Cal, who plays at Fresno State on Friday, enters the weekend with a 9-2-1 record and has won its last eight games. During this streak the Bears have outscored their opponents 21-3. Mike Munoz leads the Bears with 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists). Goalkeeper Josh Saunders has posted five shutouts and holds a goals against average of 0.68.
The Series - UCLA leads the all-time series against Stanford 25-2-4. Last season, the Bruins were the only team in the regular season to not lose to Stanford, winning at home, 2-1, on a Tim Pierce 89th minute goal, and tying 0-0 on the road. UCLA also leads the series against California, 24-6-3, winning their last three successive games against the Golden Bears. UCLA shut out Cal twice last year, 2-0 at home and 1-0 on the road. Two of Ryan Futagaki's three goals last season came at the expense of the Golden Bears on penalty kicks.
Bruins Face Second Top-Ranked Team This Month - UCLA gets another chance to dethrone the No. 1 team in the nation, as top-ranked Stanford comes to town this Friday. On Oct. 6, the Bruins earned a hard-fought 0-0 tie against No. 1 St. John's, with the result knocking the Red Storm to No. 3 in the following week's poll. UCLA has compiled a 3-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams since 1998, with wins over Indiana in 1998 and Stanford and the Hoosiers again in 2000.
Bruins Earn a 2-1 Victory against Fresno State - In the Pac-10 Conference opener the Bruins came from behind to defeat Fresno State 2-1. Fresno State surprised the Bruins with a goal by Joshua LeRoy late in the first half. However, the Bruins recovered with a goal by freshman Luke Mehring in the 51st minute of the game. The victory was secured by senior Jimmy Frazelle, who took a pass through the middle from Mike Enfield to make the game-winning goal at 81:11 Freshman goalkeeper Nate Pena made his first collegiate start and earned the victory after picking up three saves in the game.
Frazelle Selected To College Soccer News Team Of The Week - Following his late-game heroics against Fresno State, senior midfielder Jimmy Frazelle was selected to the College Soccer News Team of the Week. Frazelle now has three goals this season, third-most on the Bruin squad.
Tough Schedule - UCLA has faced four Top 20 teams in its last six games, going 1-1-2 in those contests. Both Stanford and Cal are ranked in the Top 15 by Soccer America.
In The Rankings - The Bruins remained at No. 6 in the Soccer America poll and No. 16 in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll. SoccerTimes.com and College Soccer News placed the Bruins at No. 8 and 10, respectively.
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