UCLA Earns No. 1 Seed In NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament
Nov. 17, 2003
The UCLA men's soccer team earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host the winner of the first round matchup between Oakland and Tulsa in a second round game. The game will be played at Drake Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7 pm and will be broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.
The Bruins (18-1-1) received an automatic bid into the tournament after capturing their second consecutive Pac-10 championship. UCLA's No. 1 seeding is its first ever since the NCAA began seeding teams in 1994. The defending NCAA champion Bruins have now advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the last 21 years.
'It feels great to be the number one team in the country and to get the number one seed,' said UCLA head coach Tom Fitzgerald. 'We are obviously honored to be number one, and we're looking forward to defending the NCAA title, which is very difficult to do.'
UCLA has never faced Oakland (12-4-5), although Fitzgerald has faced head coach Gary Parsons several times while coaching at the University of Tampa. Oakland is making its second consecutive NCAA Division I Tournament appearance. It had been to the NCAA Division II Tournament 14 times from 1976-2001.
The Bruins have played Tulsa (12-5-2) just once, defeating the Golden Hurricane, 6-0, in 1993. Tulsa is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance.
Five Southern California teams earned Top 16 seeds and will have first-round byes - No. 1 UCLA, No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, No. 13 Loyola Marymount, No. 14 San Diego and No. 16 Cal State Northridge. All but Cal State Northridge will host second round games.
The seeded teams in the tournament are: 1. UCLA, 2. Maryland, 3. Wake Forest, 4. North Carolina, 5. Notre Dame, 6. St. John's, 7. Saint Louis, 8. Indiana, 9. Virginia Commonwealth, 10. Washington, 11. UC Santa Barbara, 12. Michigan, 13. Loyola Marymount, 14. San Diego, 15. Akron, 16. Cal State Northridge.
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