Pierce Named Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player Of The Week

Nov. 19, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA senior forward Tim Pierce has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Nov. 11-17, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Pierce, from Dana Point, Calif., had a hand in all three UCLA goals in the 3-1 win at Fresno State (Nov. 17) that clinched the Pac-10 title for the Bruins. Pierce scored the game's first two goals in a 10-minute span to give UCLA a 2-0 first-half lead. His second goal proved to be the game-winner, his team-high fourth on the year. With UCLA leading 2-1, Pierce assisted on a late second-half goal by junior forward Matt Taylor that gave the Bruins a 3-1 cushion. Pierce's goals were his team-leading ninth and 10th on the year, tying him for second in the Pac-10. He also leads the team and ranks second in the Conference in points (27). Pierce's seven assists pace the Bruins and are the the third-most in the Pac-10 this season.

UCLA (13-3-3 overall, 8-2-0 Pac-10) received the Pac-10's automatic NCAA berth and earned the tournament's No. 3 seed and with it a first-round bye. The Bruins will host the winner of the Loyola Marymount-Cal State Northridge matchup Wed., Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th consecutive season and captured their first-ever Pac-10 title and first Conference title since 1997.

This is the Pac-10 career-leading fourth weekly honor for Pierce, his second this season and the 14th all-time Player of the Week honor for UCLA.

ALSO NOMINATED: Alan Gordon, Jr F, OSU.

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; Nov. 5- Marvin Sorto, Fr F, FS; Nov. 12- Alan Gordon, Jr F, OSU; Nov. 19- Tim Pierce, Sr F, UCLA.

- www.pac-10.org -

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