Pac-10 Men's Soccer Awards
Nov. 20, 2003
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. UCLA forward Matt Taylor was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, OREGON STATE forward Robbie Findley and UCLA forward Chad Barrett were named Pac-10 Co-Freshmen/Newcomers of the Year and UCLA coach Tom Fitzgerald was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR - MATT TAYLOR, SR F, UCLA
A senior forward from Irvine, Calif., Taylor is the leading scorer on a balanced UCLA squad that claimed its second straight Pac-10 Championship with a perfect 10-0-0 league record. The No. 1-ranked Bruins (18-1-1 overall) begin defense of their NCAA title next week. Taylor paces the Conference in goals, with 13 in 19 games this year, and also ranks first in the league in points (33) and game-winning goals (6). He averages 1.74 points per game, tied for 17th in the nation, to lead a high-powered offense that has scored 26 goals in its last 10 matches. His three career hat tricks, including two this season, set the new UCLA record. Taylor also tied the school record for most multliple-goal games in a season, with four on the year. A two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection entering this season, Taylor was twice named Pac-10 Player of the Week this season (Sept. 2, Oct. 21) and the College Soccer News National Player of the Week (Oct. 19). He was a three-time Soccer America Team of the Week honoree in 2003.
PAC-10 CO-FRESHMEN/NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR -ROBBIE FINDLEY, FR F, OREGON STATE & CHAD BARRETT, FR F UCLA
Findley, a freshman forward from Phoenix, Ariz., helped lead the Beavers to a 13-6-0 overall record, a second-place finish in the Pac-10 (7-3-0) and Oregon State's second straight NCAA Championship berth. Emerging as one of the Pac-10's top scoring threats in just his rookie season, Findley ranks second on the team, and third in the Pac-10, with 10 goals to lead all freshmen. His 0.56 goals per game average is also tops among Pac-10 freshmen and ranks third overall in the Conference. Findley ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in points (22) and points per game (1.22 avg). From Oct. 31 to Nov. 7, he put together a streak of four goals in three games. Findley received Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Nov. 2, and was also named to the College Soccer News and Soccer America teams of the week for Nov. 2
Barrett, a freshman forward from Beaverton, Ore., has started 15 of 20 games for the Bruins and teams with Pac-10 Player of the Year Matt Taylor to lead the league's most potent offense. Barrett ranks second on the squad in goals (9), points (26) and assists (8), a key component on a UCLA scoring offense that ranks fourth in the nation (2.45 gpg). Barrett leads the Pac-10 in shots (58) and shots per game (2.90 avg), while his 1.30 points per game average is the league's third-best mark. His 26 points are the most for a Bruin freshman in 13 years, since Joe-Max Moore amassed 32 in 1990. He has one three-assist, one-goal game (vs. Penn State in his collegiate debut) and one three-assist, two-goal game (vs Cal State Fullerton) to his credit. Barrett was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week for Sept. 8-14 and made the College Soccer News Team of the Week for Sept. 14.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR - TOM FITZGERALD, UCLA
In Fitzgerald's second year leading the UCLA program, the Bruins captured their second straight Pac-10 title and are the favorite (No. 1 seed) to repeat as national champions in the NCAA College Cup, which begins this week. Fitzgerald's 2003 squad became the first Pac-10 men's soccer team to run the table (10-0-0) in Conference play. The Bruins dominated the Pac-10, as they lead the league eight of nine statistical categories, including goals (49), points (155), assists (57), goals allowed (8) and goals against average (0.40). UCLA is also the nation's co-leader in shutout percentage, with 15 shutouts in 20 games (0.75) this season. Under his watch, the Bruins put together a 15-game winning streak from Sept. 7 to Nov. 9, and are unbeaten in their last 17 matches. His top-ranked Bruins also received the NCAA Tournament's No.1 seed for the first time since the organization began seeding the field in 1994. The former head coach at the University of Tampa (1987-96), Fitzgerald served as head coach of the Columbus Crew of the MLS from 1996-2001). He guided Tampa to the 1994 Division II NCAA Championship. His career record stands at 168-36-15 (.801), while his two-year UCLA record is 36-4-4 (.864).
2003 ALL-PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER TEAMS
Name Pos. Yr. SchoolCarl Acosta F Jr. CALAlan Gordon* F Sr. OSUAdolfo Gregorio** MF Sr. UCLALeonard Griffin D Sr. UCLACJ Klaas** MF Jr. WASHChad Marshall* D So. STANMike Munoz** MF Jr. CALBrandon Owens D F UCLATroy Roberts* D Jr. CALMatt Taylor F Sr. UCLAZach Wells** GK Sr. UCLA
Name Pos. Yr. SchoolChad Barrett F Fr. UCLABrian Farber F Sr. OSURobbie Findley F Fr. OSUTy Harden D Fr. WASHRyan Johnson F So. OSUAaron Lopez D/MF Jr. UCLATy Maurin MF Sr. UCLANoah Merl D/MF Jr. CALTroy Ready MF Sr. WASHDaniel Waltman GK Sr. WASHMike Wilson MF/D Sr. STAN
*two-time All-pac-10 honoree
**three-time All-pac-10 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (received votes):
Peter Billmeyer (Sr, GK, OSU); Michael Chabala (So, MF, WASH); Darren Fernandez (Jr, F/M, STAN); Robbie Fulton (Jr, GK, STAN); Abe Geiger (Sr, MF/D, STAN); Sean Giudice (Sr, F, WASH); Andrew Gregorio (Fr, MF, FSU); Nick Hatzke (So, M, CAL); Dru Hoshimiya (Sr, M, UCLA); Matt Janusz (Jr, F, WSU); Even McNeley (Jr, D, OSU); Kurt Ness (Sr, B, OSU); Mike Oseguera (So, GK, CAL); Steve Purdy (Fr, D/MF, CAL); Nino Rivas (Sr, D, FSU); Corey Sipos (Fr, D, FSU); Leo Totev (So, MF, WASH); James Twellman (Jr, F/D, STAN); Christian vanBlommestein (Sr, MF/B, OSU); Ernie Vega (Sr, MF, FSU); Tyson Wahl (So, M, CAL); Brett Wiesner (Jr, F, WASH).
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