Men's Soccer Team Hosts LMU Wednesday In NCAA Second Round
Nov. 25, 2002
This Week - Head coach Tom Fitzgerald 's UCLA men's soccer team (13-3-3) begins post-season play with an NCAA second round game against Loyola Marymount (15-3-2) on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm. The game will take place at UCLA's Drake Stadium. UCLA is seeded No. 3 in the tournament and received a first-round bye. The seeding is UCLA's highest since being seeded third in 1995, and the home playoff game is the Bruins' first since hosting San Diego in the first round in 1999.
Internet Broadcast - UCLA will broadcast Wednesday's game live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Tony Luftman and former Bruin star Tayt Ianni will call the action.
Potential Matchups - The winner of Wednesday's game will move on to play the winner of the California/UC Santa Barbara game on Nov. 30/Dec. 1. If UCLA wins its second round game and is selected to host, the game will take place at Drake Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7:00 pm.
Bruins Reach Tournament For 20th Straight Year - UCLA's selection to the NCAA Tournament is the 20th consecutive and 30th overall for the Bruins. UCLA has won national championships in 1985, 1990 and 1997. The Bruins' all-time NCAA record is 47-27.
UCLA vs. Tournament Field - The Bruins hold a 7-2-1 record versus the tournament field. UCLA's seven victories came against Oregon State (twice), Stanford (twice), California, Florida International and San Diego. The Bruins also have a tie against fourth-seeded St. John's.
A Look At The Lions - Loyola Marymount advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after a 1-0 home victory over Cal State Northridge last Saturday. Arturo Torres netted the game-winner in the 84th minute. Kevin Novak leads the team with 22 points (8g, 6a), while Torres ranks second with 20 (8g, 4a). Andres Murriagui also has double-digit totals in points with 16 (5g, 6a). Goalkeeper Adam Sthay holds a 0.76 goals against average with six shutouts.
Last Time Against LMU - The Lions handed UCLA its first loss of the season on Sept, 22, defeating UCLA 2-0 at LMU. Yuji Teranishi and Michael Erush scored second-half goals for the Lions.
The Series With LMU - UCLA leads the overall series with LMU, 19-2-0. The Bruins won the previous post-season matchup, a first round contest in the 2001 NCAA Championships. UCLA found itself down 2-1 with less than a minute to play then scored the equalizer on a Cliff McKinley header. In the second overtime period, Jimmy Frazelle intercepted an LMU pass and found Tim Pierce, who slotted in the game-winner in the 107th minute.
Krumpe, Irvin To Face Former Teams - LMU head coach Paul Krumpe and assistant coach Brian Irvin will be facing their former team when the Bruins and Lions meet on Wednesday. Krumpe was an assistant coach at UCLA from 1995-97 and helped the Bruins win the 1997 NCAA title and also played at UCLA from 1982-85, co-captained the Bruins to the 1985 NCAA championship. Irvin, also played at UCLA, from 1993-96, and was a member of the 1994 squad that advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
Quoting the Coach - Comments from head coach Tom Fitzgerald: 'We are obviously extremely excited to be selected the third seed. 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.'
Pac-10 Shows Its Strength - The Pacific-10 Conference is represented by four of its six (67%) member teams in the NCAA Tournament - third-seeded and league champion UCLA, California, Stanford and Oregon State.
UCLA In the Rankings - UCLA is ranked No. 4 by the NSCAA, No. 6 by Soccer America and No. 7 by SoccerTimes.com.
UCLA Closes Season With Win Over Fresno State - The Bruins ended the regular season with a 3-1 victory over Fresno State on Nov. 17. Tim Pierce had a hand in all three goals, scoring two and assisting on the last.
Bruins Win First Pac-10 Title - UCLA captured its first ever Pacific-10 Conference title, going 8-2 in conference play. The title was also UCLA's first conference title since winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) in 1997. UCLA went on to win the national championship that year.
Fourteen Bruins Earn All-Conference Acclaim - A league-high and all-time program high 14 UCLA players earned All-Pac-10 honors, including three first-team selections. Junior midfielder Adolfo Gregorio and senior forward Tim Pierce were selected to the second consecutive season, and senior defender Scot Thompson earned first-team honors for the first time after being a two-time honorable mention selection. Second-team selections were senior midfielder Jimmy Frazelle, junior defender Tony Lawson and junior goalkeeper Zach Wells. Eight others earned honorable mention nods - sophomore midfielder Mike Enfield, senior midfielder Ryan Futagaki, junior defender Leonard Griffin, freshman midfielder Jordan Harvey, sophomore defender Aaron Lopez, junior midfielder Ty Maurin and junior forwards Cliff McKinley and Matt Taylor. Half of UCLA's squad made the all-conference team, including all 11 starters.
Bruins Showcase Depth - UCLA has one of its deepest teams in recent history, as evidenced by the 14 all-conference selections. The Bruins have five players in double-digit scoring, led by a pair of 20-point scorers in Tim Pierce (27 points off 10 goals and seven assists) and Matt Taylor (20 points off seven goals and six assists). Also in double-digits are Adolfo Gregorio (13 points), Cliff McKinley (11 points) and Jimmy Frazelle (10 points).
Futagaki A Finalist For M.A.C. Hermann Trophy - Senior midfielder Ryan Futagaki has been selected as a finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, which honors the top collegiate player in the nation. Futagaki is UCLA's team co-captain and a two-time All-Pac-10 selection. He has scored three goals with two assists in 19 games this season. As a sophomore, he was a member of the 1999 U.S. Pan American Games team that captured a bronze medal, and he scored a goal against Japan at the Under-20 World Youth Championships.
Harvey Returns For Playoffs - Freshman midfielder/defender Jordan Harvey has returned to the Bruin squad after missing the final four regular-season contests due to national team commitments. Harvey helped the U.S. Under-20 National Team earn a spot in the 2003 World Youth Championships, as the U.S. went 2-1 at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament.
Frazelle Puts Patent On Last Minute Heroics - If the Bruins need an overtime or late-game goal, chances are they will turn to senior midfielder Jimmy Frazelle. Frazelle has just about patented the last-minute game-winning goal for UCLA, scoring two sudden-death overtime goals (vs. Florida International in the 100th minute at Cal State Fullerton and vs. Stanford in the 92nd minute at home), as well as an 82nd minute goal to beat Fresno State at home.
California Dreaming - The 2002 UCLA men's soccer team is comprised of all California players for just the second time in the program's history. The only other time that has happened was in 1985, the year of the Bruins' first NCAA Championship. Twenty-five of UCLA's 28 players hail from Southern California, including 12 from Orange County.