UCLA Earns No. 3 Seed In NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament
Nov. 18, 2002
The UCLA men's soccer team earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host the winner of the first round matchup between Loyola Marymount and Cal State Northridge in a second round game to be played at Frank W. Marshall Field on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The time of the match, which will be broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com, has yet to be determined.
The Bruins (13-3-3) received automatic bid into the tournament after capturing their first-ever Pac-10 championship and their first conference title since 1997. UCLA's No. 3 seeding is its highest since earning the No. 3 seed in 1995. The Bruins have now advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the last 20 consecutive years.
'We are obviously extremely excited to be selected the third seed,' said UCLA head coach Tom Fitzgerald. 'Our tremendous Pac-10 Conference performances and our strength of schedule with other highly-ranked teams have enabled us to prepare the team for what appears to be an extremely competitive NCAA Tournament.'
UCLA and LMU (14-3-2) have met earlier in the year, with the Lions handing UCLA its first loss of the year (2-0) in Westchester on Sept. 22. If the two teams meet in the second round, it would be the second consecutive NCAA matchup for the neighboring schools. Last season, the Bruins defeated the Lions 2-1 in double overtime at San Diego in the first round.
UCLA and Cal State Northridge (14-4-2) have not met since 1999, and the Bruins hold an 11-0-0 all-time record against the Matadors. Cal State Northridge is making its first post-season appearance since moving into Division I in 1991.
The seeded teams in the tournament are: 1. Wake Forest, 2. Maryland, 3. UCLA, 4. St. John's, 5. Boston College, 6. Virginia, 7. Connecticut and 8. Virginia Commonwealth.
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