UCLA Men's Soccer Heads To Las Vegas For UNLV/FILA Invitational
Sept. 7, 2004
This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (2-0, ranked No. 2 by Soccer America and No. 6 by the NSCAA/adidas) will travel to Las Vegas, NV for the UNLV/FILA Invitational on Sept. 10 and 12. The Bruins will face Creighton (2-0, ranked No. 13 by the NSCAA and No. 25 by Soccer America) in the tournament opener on Friday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 pm. Host UNLV will face Washington (2-0, ranked No. 18 by the NSCAA and No. 20 by Soccer America) in the second game of that doubleheader at 7 pm. On Sunday, Sept. 12, UCLA and UNLV will face off at noon. All games will take place at Peter Johann Field.
UCLA Approaching Milestone Victory -- UCLA will be seeking its 800th win in program history this weekend. The Bruins enter the tournament with a 799-179-82 all-time record, dating back to 1937. UCLA has another milestone looming, having posted 595 victories in 38 years under NCAA status.
Former Vegas Star Zaher Returns Home -- Bruin freshman Mike Zaher will get a taste of some home cooking this weekend when he returns to his hometown of Las Vegas. Zaher was a two-time All-American and the 2004 Gatorade State Player of the Year at Bishop Gorman HS, and in 2002, he led his team to the State Championship.
Scouting the Opponents -- Creighton posted a 12-6-4 record in 2003 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Back from last season's Missouri Valley Conference championship team are Julian Nash, who was named to the 2004 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List, and 2003 MVC Defensive Player of the Year Matt Wieland. Creighton opened the season by winning the Diadora Challenge with victories over Western Michigan (4-0) and Loyola Marymount (2-1). Nash had one goal and two assists on the week. UNLV recorded a 6-12-0 record last season and returns two players from last year's team who earned first-team All-MPSF honors - senior midfielder Victor 'Boomer' Arbelaez and junior forward Rod Dyachenko. UNLV started the season with a split at the UC Irvine College Classic, falling in the opener against San Diego, 3-0, then rebounding to defeat Navy, 1-0, on a Dyachenko goal.
Bruins Win Cal State Fullerton SoccerTown Classic -- UCLA won the Cal State Fullerton SoccerTown Classic for the third consecutive year, recording a 2-0 tournament record after a 2-1 double overtime victory over Oakland University and a 1-0 win over UC Riverside. Freshman Richard Flores scored the first goal of the season for the Bruins late in the first half of the Oakland game. After the Golden Grizzlies sent the game into overtime, senior Mike Enfield gave the Bruins the win on a 104th minute golden goal. Sophomore midfielder Benny Feilhaber set up the play with a brilliant spin move along the baseline to elude three defenders and send an on-the-money pass to Enfield in the box. In the UC Riverside game, freshman Kamani Hill recorded his first collegiate goal off an assist from Jordan Harvey. Hill, who also had an assist of Flores' goal in the Oakland game, was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Harvey, who played well in the back to help goalkeeper Eric Reed earn his first career solo shutout, earned Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors.
Lopez, Enfield Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List -- Seniors Aaron Lopez and Mike Enfield have been targeted as two of the Top 25 athletes to watch for the 2004 season, earning selection to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Lopez, who was a nominee for last season's M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2003 and helped the Bruins achieve a school record 0.52 team goals against average. In 2002, he was the Offensive MVP of the College Cup after scoring the only goal with 1:02 to play in the championship game. Enfield, a former U.S. Youth National Team member, ranked fourth on the Bruin squad in 2003 with seven assists and 13 points. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2002.
Head Coach Jorge Salcedo -- Former UCLA All-American and assistant coach Jorge Salcedo enters his first season as head coach of the Bruins. Salcedo was the Bruins' assistant coach from 2001-03 and helped lead UCLA to the 2002 NCAA Championship and to two Pac-10 titles. He has already made an immediate impact as head coach, snaring the No. 1-rated recruited class in the country for the second consecutive year. Salcedo was a four-year starter at UCLA and, as a freshman, scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 1990 NCAA Championship game.
UCLA Hosts NCAA College Cup -- The NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup comes to Southern California for the first time in 2004. UCLA will host the event at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on Dec. 10 (5 and 7:30 pm) and Dec. 12 (1 pm). Tickets are on sale now at The Home Depot Center and at Ticketmaster and range in price from $20-40 for a two-day pass for all three games.