This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Nov. 23, 2004
Two Pac-10 teams remain alive in the hunt for the 2004 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship, with second round play beginning Tuesday... Three-time Pac-10 Champion UCLA (13-3-2 overall, 6-2-0 Pac-10) was extended a first-round bye... The Bruins begin postseason play by hosting Loyola Marymount (11-7-3) Tuesday night... The two teams met at the site of the 2004 College Cup, playing to a scoreless tie Sept. 19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.... The CALIFORNIA Golden Bears (13-3-3, 4-3-1) advanced to the NCAA second round for the third consecutive year, defeating Santa Clara 2-1 in overtime last week... Cal travels to Dallas to take on No. 7 seed Southern Methodist... The WASHINGTON Huskies (12-4-2, 5-4-1), the third Pac-10 team to receive an NCAA invitation, concluded their season last week with an opening round loss to Portland.
Cal is making its program record fourth straight NCAA Championship appearance... UCLA is making its 22nd consecutive NCAA appearance and 32nd overall.
Four Pac-10 teams have been invited to the NCAA men's soccer championship three times in the last four seasons... Three teams comprised the field in 2000 and again this year... The Conference has five men's soccer playing institutions this season, after expanding to six (Fresno State) in 2002 and 2003... The league will once again field six teams in 2005, when San Diego State competes in the Conference in men's soccer... Pac-10 teams posted a 33-10-8 record (.725) against Division I non-conference competition during the 2004 regular season.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
NCAA SECOND ROUND
Tues., Nov. 23
Loyola Marymount (11-7-3) at UCLA, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at SMU (15-3-1), 7 p.m.
NCAA THIRD ROUND
Sat., Nov. 27 or Sun., Nov. 28
Loyola Marymount-UCLA winner vs. St. John's (10-5-4)-Boston University (11-7-2) winner, TBA
CALIFORNIA-SMU winner vs. Tulsa (11-6-3)-Penn St. (10-4-7) winner, TBA
All times are local to game sites.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
NCAA FIRST ROUND
Fri., Nov. 19
CALIFORNIA 2, Santa Clara 1 (OT)
Portland 5, WASHINGTON 3
PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER NOTES...
CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears travel to Dallas for NCAA second round action, taking on No. 7 seed SMU (15-3-1) Tuesday night... The winner meets the winner of the match between Tulsa and No. 10 seed Penn State... Cal rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Santa Clara, 2-1, in overtime Nov. 19 in Berkeley... SR F Carl Acosta netted the game-winner... JR MF Nick Hatzke paces the squad in goals (7), assists (8) and points (22)... The Bears are playing in their school-record fourth straight NCAA Tournament, and have advanced as far as the Sweet Sixteen (2002) and the Second Round (2003) in the last two years... Cal tied for second place in the Pac-10 this season, going 4-3-1 in league play.
UCLA: The Bruins host LMU Tuesday night in NCAA second round action... The winner advances to a third round match between the winner of the match between Boston University and No. 11 seed St. John's... The No. 6 seed, UCLA earned a first-round bye after receiving the Pac-10's automatic NCAA bid for the second straight year... The three-time defending Pac-10 Champions, the Bruins have appeared in 22 consecutive NCAA championships, the second-longest streak in the nation... UCLA is 21-2-1 all-time against the Lions, including a scoreless tie between the programs Sept. 19 at the Home Depot Center... This marks the third time in the last four years UCLA and LMU have met in postseason play... The Bruins advanced to the NCAA semifinals last season before falling 2-1 to Indiana, a loss that snapped a 19-game unbeaten streak... UCLA placed nine players on the 2004 All-Pac-10 Team, including Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Patrick Ianni... In addition, first-year head coach Jorge Salcedo received Co-Coach of the Year honors... It marks the second consecutive year in which a UCLA player and coach have earned these awards.
PAC-10 CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
PATRICK IANNI, SO MF/D, UCLA & C.J. KLAAS, SR MF, WASHINGTON
Ianni, a sophomore midfielder/defender from Lodi, Calif., leads a Bruin defense that has been one of the stingiest in the history of UCLA men's soccer. The Bruins are tied for first in the Pac-10 in 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.
A senior midfielder from Cherry Valley, Ill., Klaas was vital to Washington's success not only during the 2004 season, but throughout his career. The first four-time All-Pac-10 men's soccer player in Conference history, Klaas started 19 games this season and was second on the Huskies in goals (5), assists (6) and points (16), good for eighth, fourth and eighth place, respectively, in the Pac-10. One of the nation's premier fullbacks, Klaas has been named as a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy for the second consecutive year. Selected as a preseason All-American before this season, he became the first Husky ever to earn NSCAA first-team All-America honors in 2003. The Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2001, Klaas has twice been named as the Pac-10 Player of the Week, most recently on Oct. 12, 2004.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
ELY ALLEN, FR F, WASHINGTON
Allen, a freshman forward from Kent, Wash., made significant contributions in his first campaign for the Huskies, playing in all 20 games (one of just two Washington players to do so) and starting 18 contests. While helping Washington to its ninth NCAA Tournament berth in the past 10 seasons, Allen contributed three goals (tied for second among Pac-10 freshmen), one assist and seven points (tied for third among freshmen).
PAC-10 CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
JORGE SALCEDO, UCLA & DEAN WURZBERGER, WASHINGTON
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 College Cup, 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.
The longest tenured Pac-10 head coach, Wurzberger guided the 2004 Huskies to a 11-7-2 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In the last 10 seasons, Wurzberger's Washington teams have been selected for the tournament nine times. In 13 years as head coach of the Huskies, he has accumulated a record of 164-69-25 - an average of more than 12 wins per season. In 2003, Wurzberger led Washington to the NCAA Sweet 16 - the deepest the Huskies had ever gone into the tournament. His 2000 team won the inaugural Pac-10 Conference championship, on the heels of two consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles. In 1992, 1996 and 1998, he was named the NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year, and he was the MPSF Mountain Division Coach of the Year in 1992, 1996 and 1999. He was also MPSF Coach of the Year in 1998. Six of Wurzberger's former protégés now play in the MLS. In addition to developing athletes, Wurzberger has fostered scholarship among his players, as 21 Huskies have earned Pac-10 academic recognition over the past for seasons.
2004 ALL-PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER TEAMS
Name, Pos. , Yr. , School
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.
Name, Pos. , Yr. , School
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
HONORABLE MENTION (received votes):
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).