Men's Soccer Sets Sights On Third-Straight Pac-10 Title In Pacific Northwest
Nov. 2, 2004
This Week -- The second-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (10-2-2, 5-1-0 in the Pac-10) will travel north this weekend to face Washington and Oregon State in the Bruins' final Pac-10 Conference games. A pair of victories would clinch a third consecutive Pac-10 title for UCLA. First up this weekend is second-place and seventh-ranked Washington (11-4-2, 4-1-1 in the Pac-10) on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 pm at Husky Soccer Stadium. On Sunday, Nov. 7, UCLA will visit Oregon State (5-10-1, 0-6-0) at Lorenz Field at 1:00 pm.
UCLA-Washington On TV -- Friday's game at Washington will be televised on Fox Sports Northwest on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1 pm. The game will also air that day on Fox Sports West 2 at 5 pm and on Fox Sports West on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 1 pm. Randy Hahn and former UCLA women's assistant coach and 2000 Olympian Michelle French will call the action.
Bruins Up To Second In National Rankings -- UCLA continues to move up in the national rankings. In the NSCAA rankings, the Bruins jumped up from No. 4 to No. 2 this week, just three weeks after being unranked. The Bruins also moved up to fourth in the Soccer America and Soccer Times rankings and are ranked fifth by College Soccer News.
Last Time Against The Huskies -- The Bruins are looking to avenge their only conference loss this year, which came at the hands of Washington on Oct. 3, 1-0 at Drake Stadium. In that game, Brett Wiesner scored for Washington in the 13th minute, and the Husky defense held off a tenacious Bruin attack to record the shutout. UCLA outshot Washington 16-5 and held an 11-2 corner kick advantage but could not score. The Bruins hold a slight lead in the overall series, 10-9-2, and won the last game up in Seattle, 1-0 in 2003 on a Benny Feilhaber goal.
Last Time Against The Beavers -- UCLA won their fifth straight game against Oregon State on Oct. 1, 3-1 at Drake Stadium. Aaron Lopez and Chad Barrett scored on penalty kicks, and Mike Enfield notched another goal after snagging a misplayed pass in the back just 47 seconds after Lopez scored the first goal of the game. The Bruins lead the overall series with OSU, 12-2-0.
Barrett Scores Again To Lead UCLA To Victory At UCI -- Sophomore Chad Barrett increased his scoring streak to three games, scoring just 1:09 into the contest at UC Irvine last Saturday. His game-winning goal was his second in the last three games. Barrett, a Beaverton, OR native who returns to his home state on Sunday, ranks second on the team with four goals and 13 points and continues to lead the squad with five assists. Freshman defender Marvell Wynne earned the assist on Barrett's goal and has two on the year. Goalkeeper Eric Reed made two saves and recorded the shutout, his fifth this season.
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 25 goals following halftime.
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, has been the heart of UCLA's defense this season, leading the team to a 0.82 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, leads the Bruins and the Pac-10 with nine goals and 20 points. He has twice been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week this season.
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.