UCLA Hosts Penn State Saturday In NCAA Men's Soccer Quarterfinals
Dec. 2, 2002
This Week - Head coach Tom Fitzgerald 's UCLA men's soccer team (15-3-3) has one more opponent standing in its path to the NCAA College Cup. The Bruins will host Penn State (16-7-0) in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Dec. 7. The game will take place at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The Bruins are seeded No. 3 in the tournament, their highest seeding since 1995, when they were also seeded third. UCLA advanced to the quarterfinals after wins over Loyola Marymount in the second round (4-2) and California in the third round (3-2). Tickets for the game are $8 for adults and $6 for students and youth.
Internet Broadcast - UCLA will broadcast Saturday's game live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Tony Luftman, Michael Sondheimer 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 49-27.
UCLA In The Quarterfinals - The Bruins' quarterfinal appearance is their first since 1999 and its 11th overall. UCLA is 10-5 all-time in quarterfinal action and 4-1 since 1990, including three consecutive wins in 1994, 1997 and 1999.
UCLA vs. Tournament Field - The Bruins hold a 9-2-1 record versus the tournament field. UCLA's nine victories came against Oregon State (twice), Stanford (twice), California (twice), 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 Nittany Lions - Penn State advanced to the quarterfinals after a 1-0 overtime victory over William & Mary on Sunday and a second round win over defending NCAA champion North Carolina, 1-0 in double overtime. The Lions, which have won seven consecutive games, are led by sophomore forward Chad Severs, who has recorded 17 goals, including seven game-winners. Severs scored the game-winners in both NCAA victories and has scored a goal in each of Penn State's last six games.
The Series With Penn State - UCLA won the only matchup between the two teams, 4-1 in the 1995 Cal State Fullerton Tournament.
Statistical Comparison - The Bruins hold an advantage over the Lions statistically, with UCLA outscoring Penn State, 43-36, and giving up less goals, 17-24. UCLA's team goals against average is 0.77, while Penn State's is 1.01.
Pac-10 Has Two In Quarterfinals - The Pacific-10 Conference was represented by four of its six (67%) member teams in the NCAA Tournament - third-seeded and league champion UCLA, California, Stanford and Oregon State. Two of those four teams, UCLA and Stanford, will host quarterfinal games this week. The Pac-10, Big East (UConn, Boston College) and ACC (Clemson, Maryland) each have two teams in the quarterfinals.
Third Round Recap - The Bruins held off a late surge by California and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory. UCLA jumped ahead to a 3-0 lead after two first-half goals by Aaron Lopez and Cliff McKinley and an early second-half goal by Matt Taylor. With 10 minutes remaining in their season, Carl Acosta almost single-handedly put the Golden Bears back in the game with goals in the 81st and 83rd minutes. However, the Bruins held their ground for the final minutes to come away with the victory.
Second 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 Offense Firing On All Cylinders - With seven goals in two playoff games, UCLA's offense has scored more goals than any other team in the tournament. The Bruins scored four in the second round and three in the third. Connecticut, which notched four goals in the second round, has scored the next-highest amount of goals with five, while Penn State, Stanford and Maryland tie for last amongst the quarterfinal teams with two goals. UCLA and UConn are the only two teams remaining not to have played an overtime game in the tournament.
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 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.
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 (22 points off eight 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 (16 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 21 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.