Bruin Soccer Team Hosts Cal Saturday In NCAA Third Round
Nov. 29, 2002
This Week - Head coach Tom Fitzgerald 's UCLA men's soccer team (14-3-3) continues its quest for the NCAA Championship with a third-round game against California (14-5-2) on Saturday, Nov. 30. The game will take place at UCLA's Drake Stadium at 7:00 pm. The Bruins are seeded No. 3 in the tournament, their highest seeding since 1995, when they were also seeded third. UCLA advanced to the third round after a 4-2 win in the second round over Loyola Marymount. California advanced after a 2-1 home win over UC Santa Barbara.
Internet Broadcast - UCLA will broadcast Saturday's game live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Allen Hopkins and former Bruin star Tayt Ianni will call the action.
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's NCAA streak is the second-longest active streak in the nation, and the 30 NCAA appearances is second only to Saint Louis' 41. UCLA has won national championships in 1985, 1990 and 1997. The Bruins' all-time NCAA record is 48-27.
UCLA vs. Tournament Field - The Bruins hold an 8-2-1 record versus the tournament field. UCLA's seven victories came against Oregon State (twice), Stanford (twice), California, Florida International, San Diego and Loyola Marymount (second round). The Bruins also have a tie against fourth-seeded St. John's.
A Look At The Golden Bears - Cal advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after a 2-1 home victory over UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. The win was Cal's first ever in NCAA Tournament play. Mike Munoz scored the Bears' first goal in the 17th minute, and Pieter Berger added what proved to be the game-winner in the 78th minute. Munoz leads the team in scoring with eight goals and 19 points. Goalkeeper Josh Saunders was this year's Pac-10 Player of the Year and posted a conference-high 10 shutouts.
Bruins, Bears Meet For Rubber Match - UCLA and Cal split their two games this season, with each team winning at home. UCLA won the first matchup on Oct. 20, 2-1, behind first-half goals from Aaron Lopez and Matt Taylor. Cal won the second match on Nov. 8, 1-0 in double overtime, on a controversial penalty kick. The Bruins were assessed a penalty in the 102nd minute for a handball in the box. Cal is just 3-3-2 on the road this year, with a 0-3-1 record in its last four road games. UCLA is 7-1-1 at home this season.
The Series With Cal - UCLA leads the overall series with Cal, 25-7-3. The two teams have never met in the NCAA Tournament.
Hoshimiya To Face Former Team - Junior midfielder Dru Hoshimiya will be facing his former team on Saturday. Hoshimiya transferred from Cal after his freshman year and earned honorable mention all-conference honors in his first season with the Bruins last year. Hoshimiya was slowed by an early-season injury but has returned to play in seven games, totaling one assist.
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. With UCLA and Cal meeting in the third round, the Pac-10 is assured of at least one team advancing to the quarterfinals. Stanford also advanced to the third round and will face Furman on Sunday.
UCLA In the Rankings - UCLA is ranked No. 4 by the NSCAA, No. 6 by Soccer America and No. 7 by SoccerTimes.com.
First Round Recap - UCLA avenged an earlier defeat during the regular season, posting a 4-2 win over Loyola Marymount in the second round of the NCAA tournament Wednesday night. LMU had handed UCLA its first loss of the season, 2-0, back in September, but the Bruins won when it mattered most, ending Loyola's season with an NCAA tournament victory. Cliff McKinley and Aaron Lopez scored UCLA's first two goals off set pieces, and Adolfo Gregorio contributed two goals and an assist.
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.
UCLA Posts 36th Consecutive Winning Record - With another winning season already in the books, the Bruins are one year away from tying the NCAA record for consecutive winning seasons, held by Saint Louis (37 consecutive from 1959-1996). UCLA now has 36, from 1967-present. The Bruins actually have 14 more years of winning seasons from 1953-1966, but soccer was not an NCAA sport at UCLA at the time.
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). The dynamic duo are UCLA's first pair of 20-point scorers since McKinley Tennyson Jr. (34) and Shaun Tsakiris (27) in 2000. Also in double-digits are Adolfo Gregorio (18 points), Cliff McKinley (13 points) and Jimmy Frazelle (12 points). UCLA's five double-digit scorers are the most on a Bruin squad since seven players had 10 or more points in 1999.
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.