This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Nov. 19, 2002

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The UCLA Bruins (13-3-3 overall, 8-2-0 Pac-10) won their first Pac-10 title last weekend, edging CALIFORNIA (13-5-2, 6-3-1) in the third Pac-10 men's soccer title race... UCLA earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, while three of the remaining five Pac-10 teams were extended invitations to the 48-team event that begins Friday... Pac-10 participants include: Pac-10 Champion UCLA, the No. 3 seed, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD (14-4-2, 5-3-2) and OREGON STATE (13-7-0, 4-6-0), which makes the first NCAA appearance in school history... Three Pac-10 schools - Cal, Stanford and UCLA - received first-round byes and will host second round action on Wed., Nov. 27... Oregon State travels to Portland in first-round action... In just its third year of existence, the Pacific-10 Conference has emerged as one of the nation's premier men's soccer leagues, as at least half its teams have been ranked among the Top-25 for the majority of the season... Pac-10 teams have combined for a stellar 36-12-10 record (.707) against non-conference competition this season.

UPCOMING NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

NCAA First Round
Sat., Nov. 23
OREGON STATE at Portland, 1 p.m.

NCAA Second Round
Wed., Nov. 27
OREGON STATE-Portland winner at STANFORD, TBA
Loyola Marymount-Cal State Northridge winner at UCLA, TBA
UC Santa Barbara-San Diego winner at CALIFORNIA, TBA

All times are local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Nov. 14
San Francisco 1, UCLA 1 (2OT)

Fri., Nov. 15
WASHINGTON 2, CALIFORNIA 1
STANFORD 4, OREGON STATE 1

Sun., Nov. 17
OREGON STATE 3, CALIFORNIA 0
STANFORD 2, WASHINGTON 1 (2OT)
UCLA 3, FRESNO STATE 1

2002 HAT TRICKS
Tim Pierce, Sr F, UCLA, 9-29-02
Alan Gordon, Jr F, OSU, 11-10-02

TIM PIERCE NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
UCLA senior forward Tim Pierce has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Nov. 11-17.

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 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.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears receive their second consecutive NCAA bid and ninth overall, after falling 1-0 (3OT) to Santa Clara in first-round action last year. For the first time ever, Cal received a first-round bye, and the Bears host the winner of the No. 21 San Diego-No. 14 UC Santa Barbara match. California looks to post the first NCAA Tournament win in program history, as the Bears are 0-8 all-time in postseason play. The Bears finished second in the Pac-10 with a 6-3-1 league record. SR GK Josh Saunders paces the Pac-10 with 10 shutouts on the season.

OREGON STATE: For the first time in school history, Oregon State is among the NCAA Championship field. The Beavers will travel to Portland in first round action, with the winner scheduled to play at Stanford on Wed., Nov. 27. OSU concluded the regular season with a school-record 13 wins. The Beavers (13-7-0) and Pilots (12-5-1) met on Oct. 2 in Corvallis, and OSU came away with a 2-1 win on a goal in the last minute by FR MF Joe Zaher. OSU has won the last two meetings with UP. JR F Alan Gordon leads the Pac-10 in points (34) and goals (15) and is tied for fourth in game-winnning goals (3). Gordon has five more goals than any other Pac-10 player and averages a league-leading 1.79 points per game.

STANFORD: The Cardinal makes its ninth NCAA Championship appearance this week and is 9-8-1 in postseason play. Stanford earned a first-round bye and will host the Portland-Oregon State winner on Wed., Nov. 27. Stanford has faced Oregon State twice this year. On Nov. 15, Stanford scored three unanswered goals to earn a 4-1 victory in Corvallis. On Oct. 13, SO MF/F Darren Fernandez scored in overtime to lift then top-ranked Stanford to a 1-0 overtime victory over the then 18th-ranked Beavers. In Stanford's third game (9/8/02) of the season, the Cardinal scored a 2-0 decision over Portland. So GK Robby Fulton started his first game of the season in goal and recorded the shutout along with four saves. SR F Roger Levesque, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, paces the Conference in assists (13) and ranks fourth in points (23). Fulton paces the Pac-10 with a 0.41 goals-against-average and ranks second with seven shutouts on the year.

UCLA:The Bruins earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and host the winner of the first-round matchup between Loyola Marymount and Cal State Northridge on Wed., Nov. 27. UCLA, which has advanced to the NCAA Championship in 20 consecutive seasons, received the Pac-10's automatic NCAA bid after capturing its first-ever Pac-10 title and its first Conference title since 1997. The Bruins' No. 3-seeding is their highest since 1995. UCLA and LMU met earlier this year as the Lions handed UCLA its first loss on the year (2-0) in Westchester Sept. 22. If the two programs meet in the second round, it will mark the second consecutive NCAA matchup for the neighboring schools. Last season, the Bruins defeated the Lions 2-1 in double overtime in a first-round match. UCLA and Cal State Northridge have not met since 1999, and the Bruins hold an 11-0-0 edge in the all-time series. SR F Tim Pierce ranks second in the Pac-10 in points (27 ) and goals (10), third in assists (7) and is tied for the league lead with four game-winning goals. JR GK Zach Wells ranks second with a 0.68 goals-against-average.

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