UCLA Men's Soccer Team To Visit The White House

Jan. 23, 2003

The NCAA Champion UCLA men's soccer team will be honored at the White House by President George W. Bush and members of the White House staff on Friday, February 21.

The ceremony is part of the White House's 2002 NCAA Fall Sports Championship Day. The Bruins will be honored along with NCAA championship teams from Portland (women's soccer), USC (women's volleyball) and Ohio State (football).

UCLA won its fourth men's soccer title on December 15, 2002 with a 1-0 victory over Stanford, the Bruins' third win over the Cardinal during the season. Sophomore Aaron Lopez scored the game-winning goal with just 1:02 left on the clock, one-timing a free kick from co-captain Ryan Futagaki into the back of the net. Lopez was chosen as the Tournament's Offensive MVP, and goalkeeper Zach Wells earned Defensive MVP honors after the shutout. Midfielder Adolfo Gregorio, forward Matt Taylor and defender Scot Thompson were also acknowledged on the All-Tournament Team. First-year head coach Tom Fitzgerald was honored as the NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year.

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