UCLA Men's Soccer Squad Visits UC Irvine Saturday

Oct. 25, 2004

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This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (9-2-2, ranked No. 6 by Soccer America, and winners of four straight) will visit UC Irvine on Saturday, Oct. 30 in a non-conference game at Anteater Stadium. The game will kick off at 7:00 pm.

Bruins Rising Again In National Rankings -- UCLA continues to move up in the national rankings. A week after moving up 12 spots to No. 7 in the Soccer American national poll, the Bruins jump up to sixth this week. UCLA is also ranked No. 7 on the College Soccer News poll. NSCAA rankings come out on Tuesday morning.

A Look At UC Irvine -- The Anteaters have posted a 6-8-0 record in 2004 but have victories over two ranked opponents - No. 20 Portland (3-2 on Sept. 26) and No. 2 UC Santa Barbara (1-0 on Oct. 21). Brad Evans leads UC Irvine with six goals and 15 points. UCLA leads the all-time series with UC Irvine, 13-2-0, but the Anteaters won the last contest, 1-0 in 2001.

Seniors Lead Bruins To Incredible Comeback Win -- The 2004 senior class came through in a big way against Cal last Sunday, as each scored a goal in the final 12 minutes of play to give UCLA an improbable 4-3 overtime victory. Down 3-1 with less than 10 minutes to play, the Bruins mounted a wild comeback. Ahmed Khalil scored on a header in the box at 81:50 to pull the Bruins to within one. Then with less than 30 ticks on the clock, Mike Enfield netted a bicycle kick for the equalizer. Khalil assisted on the play with a header to Enfield. And 3:04 into overtime, Aaron Lopez followed through on his missed penalty kick to score the golden goal. Just two days earlier, the senior trio helped UCLA defeat Stanford 2-1, giving the class an unbeaten record (8-0-1) in four years against the Cardinal.

Deja Vu In The Penalty Spot -- After Aaron Lopez scored on a rebound shot off his own missed penalty kick late against Cal Sunday, it was deja vu all over again for Cal. Just a week earlier, the Bruins' Mike Enfield did the same thing on his own missed penalty kick in the last seven minutes of play. In both games, a Cal player was red-carded on the penalty. In game one, goalkeeper Eric Kronberg was sent off for a foul in the box, and in game two, defender Kyle Navarro was ejected for a deliberate hand ball in the box.

Barrett Back To Old Form -- Sophomore Chad Barrett has regained his scoring touch that made him the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year. Barrett scored two goals and had one assist this weekend against Stanford and Cal, including the game-winner with less than three minutes to play in regulation in a 2-1 victory over the Cardinal. Barrett leads the Bruins with five assists and ranks second on the team in scoring with 11 points.

Second-Half Thunder -- A lack of scoring in the first half of games has not deterred the Bruins this season. UCLA has turned on the afterburners quite often, scoring 18 of its 24 goals following halftime. Sunday's game saw UCLA score three goals in the final 12 minutes of play.

M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch -- 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. Lopez has been the heart of UCLA's defense this season, leading the defensive unit to a 0.88 team goals against average and five shutouts. He has also scored two goals, including the game-winner against Cal at home in overtime. 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 and the Pac-10 with nine goals and 20 points.

UCLA Hosts NCAA College Cup -- The NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup comes to Southern California for the first time ever 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.

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