Ianni, Salcedo Earn Pac-10 Conference Awards
Nov. 18, 2004
Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA sophomore midfielder/defender Patrick Ianni (Lodi, Calif.) was named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Co-Player of the Year, and first-year Bruin head coach Jorge Salcedo received Co-Coach of the Year honors, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. In addition, nine Bruins received all-conference honors.
Ianni is an imposing presence amongst a stingy Bruin defense that is tied for first in the Pac-10 in least goals allowed, having given up just 15 on the season and eight in Conference play. For the year, the Bruins have allowed 128 shots, including 64 on goal. UCLA goalkeepers have collected just 49 saves - the lowest total recorded by a Pac-10 team since Stanford in 2000 and the fewest by a Bruin team since 1992. Ianni and the Bruin defenders have limited opponents to single digit shots an astounding 11 times. In matches against UC Davis, San Diego and Stanford, the Bruins held the opposition to three, two and one shot, respectively. Ianni becomes the first sophomore to win Pac-10 Player of the Year honors and shares this year's award with Washington senior midfielder C.J. Klaas.
In his first season as head coach at UCLA, Salcedo guided the Bruins to the Pac-10 title and a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which begins this week. En route to the Conference crown, Salcedo's squad won eight of its last nine matches and finished the season with a 6-1 record against ranked opponents. During Pac-10 play, the Bruins led the Conference in goals, assists, points, and goals allowed. The Bruins' assistant coach from 2001-03, Salcedo helped lead UCLA to the 2002 NCAA Championship and league titles in 2002 and 2003. A four year starter at UCLA as a player from 1990-93, he scored the decisive penalty kick in the shootout during the 1990 NCAA Championship game to give UCLA its second national title. In 1993, as a senior, he earned NSCAA first-team All-America honors. A veteran of Major League Soccer, the U.S. National Team and the international game, Salcedo served as the head coach of the 2002 U-16 SoCal ODP State team and was also the assistant coach of the U-17 team in 2001. He is the second consecutive UCLA coach to earn Pac-10 coaching honors.
Three Bruins earned first-team All-Pac-10 nods - Ianni; senior midfielder Mike Enfield (Ventura, Calif.), who leads the conference with 11 goals and 25 points; and senior defender Aaron Lopez (Santa Barbara, Calif.), a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist and an All-Pac-10 second-team selection the last two seasons.
Second-team all-conference nods went to sophomore forward Chad Barrett (Beaverton, Ore.) for the second straight year; sophomore midfielder Benny Feilhaber (Irvine, Calif.) and sophomore defender Brandon Owens (Murietta, Calif.). Feilhaber is a first-time selection, and Owens was a first-team honoree last season.
Junior defender Jordan Harvey (Mission Viejo, Calif.), freshman forward Kamani Hill (Berkeley, Calif.) and sophomore goalkeeper Eric Reed (Mission Viejo, Calif.) earned honorable mention honors. Harvey was an honorable mention selection in 2002. Hill and Reed are first-time honorees.
2004 Pac-10 First Team All-Conference
Calen Carr* F/MF Jr. CAL
Mike Enfield MF Sr. UCLA
Chris Eylander GK Jr. WASH
Darren Fernandez F/MF Sr. STAN
Robbie Findley* F So. OSU
Kevin Forrest F So. WASH
Nick Hatzke MF Jr. CAL
Patrick Ianni MF/D So. UCLA
Ryan Johnson* F Jr. OSU
C.J. Klaas*** MF/D Sr. WASH
Aaron Lopez* D Sr. UCLA
Troy Roberts** D Sr. CAL
- Two way tie for the 11th spot resulted in a 12-player first team.
2004 Pac-10 Second Team All-Conference
Carl Acosta* F Sr. CAL
Chad Barrett* F So. UCLA
Mike Chabala MF Jr. WASH
Benny Feilhaber MF So. UCLA
Ty Harden* D So. WASH
Matt Janusz F Sr. STAN
Eric Kronberg GK Jr. CAL
Cooper McKee MF Jr. STAN
Noah Merl* D/MF Sr. CAL
Brandon Owens D So. UCLA
Tyson Wahl* MF Jr. CAL
*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree
**three-time All-Pac-10 honoree
***four-time All-Pac-10 honoree
2004 Pac-10 Honorable Mention All-Conference
Seyi Abolaji (Jr., MF/D, STAN); Ely Allen (Fr., F, WASH); Casey Armstrong (Sr., F, WASH); Michael Brown (So., MF/D, STAN); Alex Christensen (Fr., MF, OSU); Eric Ebert (So., MF, CAL); Will Flanagan (So., D, WASH); Robby Fulton (Sr., GK, STAN); Jordan Harvey (Jr., D, UCLA); Kamani Hill (Fr., F, UCLA); Jeff Hoover (Jr., MF/D, WASH); Aaron Maines (Sr., MF/D, STAN); Mike Munoz (Sr., MF, CAL); Kyle Navarro (Sr., D, CAL); Steve Purdy (So., MF/D, CAL); Angel Quintero (Jr., MF, CAL); Eric Reed (So., GK, UCLA); James Twellman (Sr., D, STAN).