No. 1 Bruins Host New Mexico, Travel To Fresno State

Oct. 6, 2003

This Week - The defending NCAA and Pac-10 champion UCLA men's soccer team (8-1-0, ranked No. 1 in the nation in all polls) will host 2002 NCAA participant New Mexico on Thursday, Oct. 9 before hitting the road to face Fresno State Sunday, Oct. 12 in a Pac-10 Conference game. The Bruins and Lobos will face off at 7 pm at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium following the UCLA women's soccer matchup at 5 pm against Washington State. UCLA and Fresno State will battle on Oct. 12 at 3 pm at Bulldog Stadium.

Scouting the Lobos - New Mexico has posted a 3-4-3 record, with all four losses coming to ranked teams. Sophomore forward Lance Watson, a 2002 NSCAA All-Region selection, leads the team with four goals and eight points.

The Series With New Mexico - UCLA leads the overall series with New Mexico, 6-1-1, and has won the last four contests. In the last match-up in 1999, UCLA won 2-1 on the road.

Scouting the Bulldogs - Fresno State enters the week with a 3-7 overall record, 0-2 in the Pac-10. Chris Murphy leads the Bulldogs with three goals and seven points.

The Series With Fresno State - UCLA leads the overall series 15-8-3 and has won the last five in a row. The Bruins swept the season series last year with a 2-1 home win and a 3-1 road win in the regular season finale.

Gregorio Family Reunion - Bruin senior Adolfo Gregorio (Hilmar, CA/Hilmar HS) will do battle against his younger brothers Andrew and David, both members of the Fresno State team. Adolfo is a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection and is listed on the Watch List for the 2003 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. This season he has totaled two goals and five assists for nine points. Andrew, who wears the same number 11 as Adolfo, has played in nine of Fresno State's 10 games this year and has totaled one goal, the game-winner against Gonzaga, and one assist. David has yet to see action this season.

Last Week - UCLA knocked out two Pac-10 Conference road victories, defeating Oregon State, 2-1, and 13th-ranked Washington, 1-0. Against the Beavers, senior midfielder Adolfo Gregorio assisted on Dru Hoshimiya's third-minute goal and then scored the game-winner in the 71st minute on a penalty kick. Freshman midfielder Benny Feilhaber was the hero in the Washington game, scoring the game's only goal in the 65th minute. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Valdez assisted on the play for his first collegiate point.

Walk-On Frosh Makes Big Impact - Freshman Benny Feilhaber, the only non-scholarship player in UCLA's eight-man freshman class, has been among UCLA's biggest surprises this season. Feilhaber, who was an All-CIF and all-league selection as a senior at Northwood HS, is tied for third on the team in goals scored with two and tied for fifth in points with five. He and leading goal-scorer Matt Taylor are tied for first on the team with two game-winning goals. Some of UCLA's most prominent alumni started their careers as walk-ons, including U.S. National Team star Cobi Jones and 2000 MLS No. 1 draft pick Steve Shak.

Defense Earns Sixth Shutout - The Bruin defense, labeled by College Soccer News as one of the Top 5 in the nation, has been nearly impenetrable this season. UCLA has allowed just four goals this year for a team goals against average of 0.44 and has shut out a total of six opponents, including five of the last six. Senior goalkeeper Zach Wells has five solo shutouts and a minuscule GAA of 0.34.

Gregorio, Lopez Named To M.A.C. Hermann Watch List - Senior midfielder Adolfo Gregorio and junior defender/midfielder Aaron Lopez have been selected to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy 'Watch List' of players considered among the top candidates for the 2003 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann trophy. Gregorio is a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection and a Soccer America pre-season All-American. Lopez was UCLA's Team MVP in 2002 and the Offensive MVP of the 2002 College Cup after scoring the game-winning goal with 1:02 remaining in the title match.

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