Men's Soccer Opens Pac-10 Play Against OSU, Washington
Sept. 27, 2004
This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (4-1-2, ranked No. 12 by Soccer America) will begin defense of its Pac-10 Conference title this weekend. The Bruins open conference play on Friday, Oct. 1 against Oregon State and 8 pm and will face No. 24 Washington on Sunday, Oct. 3 at Noon. Each game is part of a doubleheader with the UCLA women's soccer team. The eighth-ranked Bruin women will play Utah on Oct. 1 at 6 pm and seventh-ranked Santa Clara on Oct. 3 at 2 pm.
Scouting the Opponents -- Oregon State enters Friday's game with a 54-1 record and has won three consecutive games. Robbie Findley, last year's Co-Pac-10 Freshman of the Year along with UCLA's Chad Barrett, leads the Beavers in scoring this season with 5 goals and 11 points. Oregon State has outscored its opponents 24-12. Washington enters this weekend's competition with a 6-3-1 record. Kevin Forrest leads the team in scoring with four goals. The Huskies face UC Riverside on Oct. 1 prior to playing the Bruins.
The Series -- UCLA has won four straight matches against Oregon State and leads the overall series, 11-2. The Bruins won the last meeting on Nov. 9, 2003 at Drake Stadium, 5-0. Mike Enfield had two assists, and Brandon Owens and Jordan Harvey each scored a goal. UCLA also won the matchup at Corvallis last year, 2-1. UCLA leads the series with Washington, 10-8-2, and won both meetings last season. Aaron Lopez scored the only goal in the last game, as UCLA won at home, 1-0, on Nov. 7, 2003. Benny Feilhaber scored the game-winner in the road matchup, won by UCLA, 1-0, on Oct. 5.
Bruins, Titans Tie 1-1 -- UCLA scored 48 seconds into the match but failed to score again and had to settle for a 1-1 tie at Cal State Fullerton Sept. 26. Mike Enfield scored the first goal of the game shortly after kickoff, following through on a Kamani Hill shot that was stopped by Fullerton keeper Sam Reynolds. The Titans tied the score in the 29th minute and made some game-saving stops to keep UCLA off the boards the rest of the game. With 7:37 to play in regulation, Reynolds made a save on a Chad Barrett penalty kick, and with 1:45 left in the second half, Ryan Valdez had shot cleared out at the last second by a Titan defender. Goalkeeper Eric Reed made four saves in the game but gave up his first goal of the year. He had gone five straight appearances, dating back to last season, without allowing a goal. Reed's goals against average this season is still a miniscule 0.29.
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. This season, Enfield leads the Bruins with four goals and eight points.
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 December 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.
The Home Depot Center is the premier soccer facility in the nation and is home to the Los Angeles Galaxy. It will also be the site of the 2004 MLS Cup in November and was the site of last year's FIFA Women's World Cup.
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.