Wells Named Pac-10 Co-Player Of The Week
Oct. 29, 2002
Walnut Creek, CA - UCLA junior goalkeeper Zach Wells and California sophomore defender Troy Roberts have been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Co-Players of the Week for Oct. 22-28, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Wells, from Costa Mesa, Calif., helped the Bruins shut out both Oregon State (3-0) and Washington (1-0) on the road, keeping their perfect Pac-10 record intact. Wells tied the school record with 11 saves on 25 shots against the Beavers, including eight in the second half. Wells also added his first career assist on the Bruins' third goal of the game. He recorded four saves at Washington to give UCLA its first road win over the Huskies in 22 years.
Roberts, from Fremont, Calif., scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over No. 8-ranked Stanford, on Oct. 26. The goal was his first on the year, his second collegiate goal, and came on his only shot of the day. Roberts' goal was the first scored by California on the Cardinal since 1997, and marked the Bears' first win over Stanford in six years.
Unbeaten in its last seven games, UCLA is 10-1-2 overall, 5-0-0 in Pac-10 play. The Bruins host Oregon State and Washington this weekend. UCLA is No. 2 in this week's NSCAA/adidas poll and is ranked No. 3 by Soccer America.
California is 11-3-1, 4-1-0 in Pac-10 competition. The Bears travel to take on Stanford this week. Cal is No. 11 in the NSCAA/adidas poll, and ranked 8th by Soccer America.
This is the third weekly honor for Wells in his career and the second of the season and the 13th all-time Player of the Week honor for UCLA. Bruin players have won this award five times in the season's nine weeks. For Roberts, it is his first weekly honor and the 4th all-time for California.
2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 3- Adolfo Gregorio, Jr MF, UCLA; Sept. 10-Roger Levesque, Sr F STAN; Sept. 17- Peter Billmeyer, Jr GK, OSU; Sept. 24- Alan Gordon, Jr F, OSU; Oct. 1- Tim Pierce, Sr F, UCLA; Oct. 8- Zach Wells, Jr GK, UCLA; Oct. 15- Taylor Graham, Sr D, STAN; Oct. 22- Jimmy Frazelle, Sr MF, UCLA; Oct. 29- Troy Roberts, So, D, CAL / Zach Wells, Jr, GK, UCLA.