Pac-10 Race Heats Up As Bruin Men's Soccer Team Travels To Bay Area
Nov. 4, 2002
This Week - The Pac-10-leading UCLA men's soccer team (11-2-2, 5-1-0 in the Pac-10 Conference, ranked fifth by the NSCAA and Soccer America) will travel to the Bay Area for a pair of games against main Pac-10 Conference foes California (11-3-2, 4-1-1, ranked sixth by Soccer America and ninth by the NSCAA) and Stanford (11-3-2, 2-2-2, ranked ninth by Soccer America and 19th by the NSCAA). California, currently in second place in the conference standings behind the Bruins with 13 points to UCLA's 18, hosts UCLA on Friday, Nov. 8 at 2:30 pm. Third-place and defending Pac-10 champions Stanford hosts the Bruins in a nationally-televised game on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 pm.
Broadcast Info - UCLA's game against Stanford on Sunday will be broadcast on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net. In Los Angeles, the game will be aired on Fox Sports West on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 12:00 pm.
Scouting The Opponents - Both California and Stanford enter the week with identical 11-3-2 overall records, but Cal has an advantage in conference play with a 4-1-1 mark. Stanford's Pac-10 record is 2-2-2. The Golden Bears are led offensively by Mike Munoz, who has recorded seven goals and three assists for 17 points. Carl Acosta is also in double-figures in scoring with 11 points (5g, 1a). Goalkeeper Josh Saunders tops the Pac-10 Conference with eight shutouts and holds a 0.62 goals against average. Cal has posted a 10-1-1 record in its last 12 games.
Stanford entered its first game against the Bruins on Oct. 18 ranked No. 1 with an 11-1-0 record. Since then, however, the Cardinal has neither won a game nor scored a goal, with the 1-0 overtime loss to the Bruins starting a four-game winless and scoreless streak. Stanford will host Fresno State on Friday prior to playing UCLA. 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year Roger Levesque continues to lead the Cardinal in scoring with 22 points (5g, 12a).
The Series - The Bruins won the home matchup against both teams earlier last month, downing Cal, 2-1, on Oct. 20 behind first-half goals by Aaron Lopez and Matt Taylor and shutting out Stanford, 1-0 in overtime, on a Jimmy Frazelle 92nd minute golden goal. The Bruins hold a 25-6-3 all-time record against Cal and have won the last four contests. UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford, 26-2-4, and has not lost to the Cardinal in its last four games.
Recapping Last Week - Playing Washington and Oregon State for the second consecutive week, the Bruins came away with a weekend split, falling in double overtime to Washington, 2-1, and shutting out Oregon State for the third consecutive time, 2-0. Cliff McKinley scored UCLA's lone goal against the Huskies, and Adolfo Gregorio and Matt Taylor were the offensive heroes against the Beavers.
Harvey To Miss Final Regular Season Games - Freshman midfielder/defender Jordan Harvey will miss UCLA's final regular season games as he joins the U.S. Under-20 National Team in the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the World Youth Championships. The qualifying tournament takes place in Charleston, SC on Nov. 13-17. Harvey has played in 11 games with seven starts and has contributed one assist. UCLA's record with Harvey in the lineup is 9-0-2.
Wells Amongst Nation's Best - Zach Wells is upholding UCLA's strong goalkeeper tradition. The junior from Costa Mesa, CA ranks amongst the nation's leaders in goalkeeping with a 0.62 goals against average. Last week, his 0.57 GAA ranked fifth in the nation. Two weeks ago, Wells tied the school record with 11 saves at Oregon State, and he was subsequently named the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Week, his second honor this season.
Many Bruins Establishing New Career-Bests - 2002 has been a breakthrough season for many Bruin players. With four regular season games remaining on the schedule, many Bruins have already reached or surpassed their career highs in scoring. Team scoring leaders Tim Pierce (22 points), Matt Taylor (17 points), Adolfo Gregorio (11 points) and Jimmy Frazelle (9 points) have either tied or set new single-season career-best numbers.