Bruin Men's Soccer Team Heads East For Penn State Nike Classic
Sept. 13, 2005
This Week -- The No. 5 (Soccer America)/17 (NSCAA) ranked UCLA men's soccer team (2-1-0) will head east to play Penn State (0-3-1) and Ohio State (3-1-0) in the Penn State Nike Classic. The Bruins will tangle with host Penn State on Friday, Sept. 16 at 8 pm ET. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel as the kickoff to the Fox Soccer Channel College Game of the Week. On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Bruins will face Ohio State at 12 pm ET.
Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA moved up two spots to No. 5 in the Soccer America rankings but dropped two to No. 17 in the NSCAA/adidas poll after defeating Loyola Marymount 4-0 last weekend. The Bruins remain No. 4 in the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News polls and are No. 3 in the Soccer Times poll.
Ianni, Wynne Up For M.A.C. Hermann Trophy -- Junior midfielder/defender Patrick Ianni and sophomore defender Marvell Wynne have been named to the 2005 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Bruin duo were starters on the U.S. Under-20 National Team that advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2005 World Youth Championships. Their defense helped the U.S. shut out all three of its opponents in group play. Wynne also had an assist on the game-winning goal against Argentina. Both players were regular starters for UCLA in 2004 and played in all 20 games. Ianni was the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year. Wynne had two assists in 2004 and has equaled that total in just one weekend, recording an assist in the Santa Clara and Maryland games. He also had an assist on the tying goal in the Bruins' 2005 exhibition game against Indiana that finished in a 1-1 tie. Ianni scored his first career goal in the 4-0 win at Loyola Marymount on Sept. 11. Defensively, the two players were instrumental in UCLA's last two shutouts (4-0 vs. Maryland and Loyola Marymount) and helped limit a high-scoring Maryland team to zero shots on goal.
Scouting the Opponents -- Penn State, which was ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA/adidas pre-season poll, will be looking forward to its first home game of the season, having gone winless in three neutral site games and one road game. The Nittany Lions have scored just one goal this season, with Jason Yeisley netting one in the 2-1 loss to James Madison on Sept. 9. Last season, Penn State advanced to the NCAA second round and finished with a 10-4-8 record. Ohio State was ranked No. 18 in the pre-season rankings but dropped out after losing 1-0 in overtime to eighth-ranked New Mexico. Xavier Balc leads the Buckeyes in scoring with three goals and seven points. Goalkeeper Ray Burse has collected a 0.26 goals against average in four games and has two shutouts. Last season, Ohio State advanced to the NCAA third round and finished the year with a 12-7-2 record.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA leads the all-time series against Penn State, 3-0, and Ohio State, 1-0. The Bruins last met these two teams at the 2003 Cal State Fullerton Classic, with UCLA prevailing in both games, 5-2 over Penn State and 1-0 over Ohio State. In the last Penn State game, Matt Taylor had a hat trick, and Chad Barrett had one goal and three assists. Now-senior Jordan Harvey recorded an assist in the contest as well. Barrett scored the game's only goal against Ohio State.
Bruins Have Feasted On Lions -- If past matchups are any indication, look for an offensive explosion on Friday night. UCLA has outscored Penn State 16-4 in their three meetings. The Bruins won the first matchup by a 4-1 tally at the Cal State Fullerton Tournament in 1995. The teams did not meet again until the 2002 NCAA Quarterfinals, where UCLA set a team record for goals scored in an NCAA Tournament game during a 7-1 victory at Drake Stadium. A year later in the 2003 season opener, UCLA took home a 5-2 win at the Cal State Fullerton Classic.
Scoring By Committee -- After three games this season, nine different players have found the back of the net for the Bruins, who have totaled 10 goals. Only one player, freshman forward Maxwell Griffin, has scored multiple goals, recording two. In UCLA's 4-0 win over LMU on Sept. 11, three players recorded their first career goals - Patrick Ianni, Mike Zaher and Damon James. Three players have two assists on the year - Kamani Hill, Sal Zizzo and Marvell Wynne.
Perfect Aim -- Four Bruin players have been perfectly on target each time they have shot the ball this season. Leading scorer Maxwell Griffin is 2-2 in shots, finding the back of the net each time he has shot the ball. Also perfect are Mike Zaher, Damon James and Patrick Ianni, who are all 1-1. Luke Mehring is 4-8 (.500) in his career, with four goals in eight shot attempts.
Owens Named To Top Drawer Soccer Team Of The Week -- Junior defender Brandon Owens was selected to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week after he helped to shut out Loyola Marymount, 4-0. Owens, who was the only field player to play all 90 minutes, also assisted on Kamani Hill's game-winning goal.
Bruins Win Battle Of LA -- UCLA claimed ownership of NCAA soccer supremacy in Los Angeles, defeating Loyola Marymount 4-0 in a non-conference matchup at LMU's Sullivan Field. Kamani Hill scored in the seventh minute to put UCLA ahead 1-0, and Patrick Ianni notched his first career goal on a penalty kick with less than a minute to play until overtime. Mike Zaher and Damon James added their first career goals as well in the second half. Goalkeeper Eric Reed earned his second consecutive shutout and made six saves, including two spectacular diving saves in the second half. He also recorded his first career assist after connecting with Brandon Owens on Hill's goal.
European Vacations -- Five Bruins spent parts of the summer in Europe with the U.S. Youth National Teams. Junior Patrick Ianni and sophomore Marvell Wynne played with the Under-20s in Holland for the World Youth Championships. Sophomore Greg Folk and freshmen Jason Leopoldo and Sal Zizzo played with the Under-18s at the Lisbon Tournament in Portugal and won the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
Bruins Picked To Win Pac-10 -- UCLA received five of six first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to pick their own teams) and was chosen as the favorite to win the Pacific-10 Conference title for a fourth consecutive year. The Bruins had 25 total points in the pre-season poll. Washington was second with 19. Rounding out the poll were California (18 points), Stanford (13), Oregon State (10) and Pac-10 newcomer San Diego State (5).
Freshman Class Rated No. 4 In Country -- College Soccer News rated UCLA's recruiting class No. 4 in the country, marking the third consecutive year the Bruin freshman class has been rated in the Top 5. The Bruins had the No. 1 ranked classes in both 2003 and 2004. The 2005 class has two U.S. Under-18 National Team members in Jason Leopoldo and Sal Zizzo, as well as prep All-Americans in Sean Alvarado and Brad Rusin, and 2005 scoring leader Maxwell Griffin.
UCLA Soccer A Family Affair -- Several members of the 2005 Bruin squad have extensive and long-standing ties to the UCLA soccer program, starting with head coach Jorge Salcedo. The 1990-93 UCLA letterwinner also had family members involved in the program. Father Hugo was a UCLA assistant coach from 1978-79, and younger brother Eddie was a letterwinner in 1995. Three Meschures brothers are involved with the current team. Eli and Michael are on the team, and middle brother Harry is the team manager. Junior midfielder Patrick Ianni and freshman forward Maxwell Griffin each have older brothers who won NCAA titles at UCLA - Tayt Ianni in 1990 and Leonard Griffin in 2002.
Bravo, Bruin Alumni Up For MLS All-time Best XI List -- UCLA assistant coach Paul Bravo and 10 former Bruins are up for selection to the MLS All-Time Best XI list, which is determined by fan voting. Players on this list were either named Best XI in a particular season or selected to play in at least three All-Star games. Bravo played for San Jose in 1996 and Colorado from 1997-2001 and was a three-time All-Star. He was the first player in Rapids history to record 100 career points, and he finished his career with 131 points on 52 goals and 27 assists. Joining Bravo on the list are Bruin alumni Brad Friedel (1990-92), Kevin Hartman (1995-96), Carlos Bocanegra (1997-99), Frankie Hejduk (1992-94), Greg Vanney (1993-95), Jimmy Conrad (1996-97), Cobi Jones (1988-91), Eddie Lewis (1992-95), Chris Henderson (1989-90) and Ante Razov (1992-95). Voting concludes on the last day of the regular season, Oct. 16. Fan ballots account for 50 percent of the final vote total. Media and MLS coaches and general managers will also participate in the other half of the voting process. To vote, visit the MLS website (http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/mls/events/season_10/best_11.jsp).
Head Coach Jorge Salcedo -- Former UCLA All-American Jorge Salcedo begins his second season as head coach of the Bruins. In his first year, he was selected the Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year and led UCLA to its third consecutive Pac-10 title. The Bruins went 14-4-2 in his first season. Salcedo was the Bruins' assistant coach from 2001-03 and helped lead UCLA to the 2002 NCAA Championship and to two Pac-10 titles. As a player, he was a four-year starter at UCLA and scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 1990 NCAA Championship game as a freshman.