Fourth-Ranked Bruins Travel To Pacific Northwest To Face Oregon State, Washington
Oct. 21, 2002
This Week - The UCLA men's soccer team (8-1-2, 3-0-0 in the Pac-10 Conference, ranked fourth by the NSCAA and fifth by Soccer America) will travel to the Pacific Northwest to face Oregon State (10-3-0, 1-2-0) and Washington (3-6-3, 0-3-0) in conference play this weekend. The Bruins, unbeaten in their last six games, will face off against the Beavers in Corvallis on Friday, Oct. 25 at 12:00 pm. On Sunday, Oct. 27 UCLA will travel to Washington to play the Huskies at 2:00 pm.
Scouting The Opponents - Oregon State enters the contest with a 10-3-0 record and has posted the most wins in a single-season since 1995. The Beavers are two wins away from the school record of 12 victories, set in 1989. Oregon State is coming off a 3-2 victory against Washington, its first-ever win in the series. Alan Gordon leads the squad with 24 points off a conference-best 10 goals. Joe Zaher (17 points) and Aaron McHardy (16 points) have also scored in double-figures. Defensively, goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer has posted four shutouts with a goals against average of 1.36.
Washington, which plays Fresno State on Friday, enters the weekend with a 3-6-3 record and is winless in its last five games, a period during which the Huskies have been outscored 10-4. Five of Washington's losses have come to ranked teams. Dayo Oyetuga leads a young Husky team with nine points (4 goals, 1 assist).
The Series - The Bruins split the season series with both teams in 2001. Against Oregon State, UCLA leads the all-time series, 7-2-0, and won the last matchup, 1-0, on a Matt Taylor goal. The Bruins are 7-7-2 all-time against Washington, winning the last contest, 3-2 in overtime. In that game, UCLA overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit and tied the game in the 88th minute on a Taylor bicycle kick goal. Cliff McKinley ended the game in the 12th minute of overtime with the golden goal. The Bruins are seeking their first road win over Washington since Sept. 13, 1980. The Huskies have won five in a row against the Bruins in Seattle.
A Number One Bites The Dust - UCLA knocked yet another No. 1 team from its perch this season, handing No. 1 Stanford a 1-0 overtime loss. Senior midfielder Jimmy Frazelle scored the game-winner in the second minute of overtime. Earlier in the month, UCLA knocked No. 1 St. John's out of the top spot with a 0-0 tie that sent the Red Storm to the No. 3 position in the following week's poll. After the loss against the Bruins, Stanford dropped this week from No. 1 to No. 8. UCLA has compiled a 4-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams since 1998, with wins over Stanford in 1998 and 2002 and Indiana in 1998 and 2000.
Bruins Atop Pac-10 Standings After 2-1 Win Over Cal - UCLA has taken an early command of the Pac-10 Conference race, leading all teams with a perfect 3-0-0 record. The Bruins are technically tied for first place with California with nine points (three points per victory) but won the first head-to-head match on Sunday, 2-1. Aaron Lopez and Matt Taylor provided the goal-scoring for the Bruins with first-half goals. Cal's conference record dropped to 3-1-0 record.
Frazelle Frazzles Opponents In OT - Senior midfielder Jimmy Frazelle (Folsom, CA/Bella Vista HS) continues to shine for the Bruins late in games, recording his second game-winning overtime goal against Stanford Friday night. Three of Frazelle's four goals this year have been game-winners, all three of which have come in the last 10 minutes of each game. Frazelle beat Florida International in the fifth minute of sudden-death overtime, Fresno State in the 82nd minute and Stanford in the second minute of overtime.
Lopez Selected To College Soccer News Team Of The Week - Sophomore defender Aaron Lopez (Santa Barbara, CA/Santa Barbara HS) has become UCLA's second consecutive selection to the College Soccer News Team of the Week, following in the footsteps of Jimmy Frazelle. Lopez scored his first goal of the season in a 2-1 win over Cal and helped the Bruins shut out No. 1 Stanford, 1-0.
In The Rankings - The Bruins leaped from No. 16 to No. 4 in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll and moved up one to No. 5 in the Soccer America poll. SoccerTimes.com and College Soccer News placed the Bruins at No. 6 and 5, respectively.