Men's Soccer Defender Dru Hoshimiya Suffers Torn ACL

Dec. 2, 2003

Senior sweeper Dru Hoshimiya of the top-seeded UCLA men's soccer team will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. Hoshimiya injured the knee during the second half of Sunday's third round match during a collision with a Florida International player.

Hoshimiya, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 performer and a first-team Academic All-District selection, had played in 21 games with 18 starts. He totaled three goals with one assist and helped UCLA post a school-record tying 16 shutouts. In the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Tulsa, he scored the game-winning goal in the 81st minute.

'We are all saddened for Dru,' said UCLA head coach Tom Fitzgerald. 'He has been a great player for us this season in the back after taking over for senior captain Tony Lawson when he got hurt early in the year. It's unfortunate that Dru's senior season is ending this way.'

Junior defensive midfielder Aaron Lopez was also injured in Sunday's third round game, spraining his left medial collateral ligament (MCL). Lopez is questionable for the quarterfinals.

UCLA (20-1-1) will host eighth-seeded Indiana (14-3-5) in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7 pm in Drake Stadium.

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