No. 6 UCLA Closes Out Regular Season Against USF, Fresno State
Nov. 12, 2002
This Week - The UCLA men's soccer team (12-3-2, 7-2-0 in the Pac-10 Conference, ranked sixth by Soccer America and ninth by the NSCAA) will finish out the regular season with a pair of games against San Francisco (10-7-0) at home on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Fresno State (5-10-4, 2-6-1 in the Pac-10) on the road on Sunday, Nov. 17. Thursday's game will take place at Drake Stadium at 7:00 pm, and Sunday's game will be at Bulldog Stadium at 2:00 pm.
Senior Salute - Thursday's game will mark the final regular season home game for Bruin seniors Chadd Davis, Jimmy Frazelle, Ryan Futagaki, Chapin Kreuter, Tim Pierce and Scot Thompson. Davis, a midfielder from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (Peninsula HS) has played in 39 games in his career, totaling four goals and five assists. He earned Offensive MVP honors at the 2001 UCLA Pacific Soccer Classic and was named the team's Most Improved Player in 1998. Frazelle has set career-best marks in scoring this season with four goals, including three game-winners, and nine points. The midfielder from Folsom, CA (Bella Vista HS) was the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 22 after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Stanford. Futagaki, a midfielder from Fountain Valley, CA (Fountain Valley HS) is a M.A.C. Hermann Award finalist and team co-captain who has totaled three goals and two assists this year. Last season, he was a first-team all-conference selection, and as a freshman, he was UCLA's Rookie of the Year. Kreuter, a defender from Costa Mesa, CA (Newport Harbor HS), transferred to UCLA in 2001 from UC Santa Cruz and has seen action in four games in his Bruin career. Pierce has been UCLA's team leader in scoring the past two seasons, totaling 22 points both this year and last. Last season, the forward from Dana Point, CA (Santa Margarita HS) earned third-team NSCAA and first-team All-Pac-10 honors. Thompson, a defender and team co-captain from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Trabuco Hills HS), was a pre-season All-American this season and is a member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team. He is a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree and earned academic all-conference honors in 2000.
Scouting The Opponents - San Francisco enters the match with a 10-7-0 record and has dropped consecutive 1-0 decisions to No. 12 Loyola Marymount and No. 23 San Diego. Josh Hansen leads the squad with 25 points (10g, 5a). Fresno State enters the week with a 5-10-4 mark and has also lost two straight. Marvin Soto leads the team with eight points (2g, 4a).
The Series - UCLA leads the overall series against San Francisco, 21-18-4 and has won nine straight, including a 4-0 road win in 2001. The Bruins won the home matchup against Fresno State on Oct. 13, 2-1, and leads the overall series, 14-8-3. UCLA has won four in a row against the Bulldogs.
Recapping Last Week - UCLA dropped a heartbreaker to Cal on Friday, losing 1-0 in double overtime on a penalty kick in the 102nd minute after a UCLA player was called for a handball in the box. The Bruins had just four shots in the game, only one of which was on goal. UCLA head coach Tom Fitzgerald was red-carded after the contest and was not allowed to coach Sunday's game against Stanford, but the Bruins persevered and defeated the Cardinal for the second time this season, 1-0, on a Cliff McKinley goal in the second half.
Pac-10 Up For Grabs - UCLA (21 points) leads the Pac-10 Conference entering the week, but second-place California (19 points) controls its own fate. The Bruins have just one conference game remaining against Fresno State on Sunday, while Cal has two road games against Oregon State and Washington. Two wins by Cal will give the Golden Bears the Pac-10 title. A UCLA win coupled with a Cal loss or tie in one of its two remaining games will give UCLA the title. If UCLA ties Fresno and Cal loses one game, then UCLA will win the conference through a tiebreaker system (head-to-head record vs. the Pac-10's third-place team).
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.
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