UCLA Returns Home To Host UNLV Sept. 26

Sept. 20, 2005

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This Week -- The No. 14 (Soccer America)/25 (NSCAA) ranked UCLA men's soccer team (3-2-0) will begin a three-game homestand on Sunday, Sept. 26 with a 1 pm matchup against UNLV (2-4-0) at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. Sunday is Veterans & Armed Forces Appreciation Day. Free admission for four will be given to veterans and military personnel when they show their military ID at the gate.

Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA dropped nine spots to No. 14 in the Soccer America rankings but dropped two to No. 25 in the NSCAA/adidas poll after defeating Penn State but losing to Ohio State. The Bruins are ranked No. 10 in the Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer Times polls and No. 12 in the College Soccer News 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 already has three assists this year to tie for the team lead. He also had an assist on the tying goal in the Bruins' 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 three shutouts this year (4-0 vs. Maryland and Loyola Marymount, 1-0 vs. Penn State) and helped limit a high-scoring Maryland team to zero shots on goal.

Scouting the Rebels -- UNLV is coming off a weekend sweep at the Oregon State tournament, during which the Rebels were outscored, 8-3. The Rebels have a win over a ranked opponent this season, a 2-1 victory over No. 23 Portland. Rod Dyachenko leads UNLV in scoring with six points off three goals.

Prior Matchups -- UCLA leads the all-time series against UNLV, 18-2-2, and has won the last eight matchups, including last season's 1-0 overtime affair. The Bruins won that game on an own goal 37 seconds into the first overtime period. UNLV has not beaten UCLA since 1984 (3-0).

Bruins Split At Penn State Nike Classic -- The Bruins went 1-1 at the Penn State Nike Classic last weekend, defeating Penn State, 1-0, on a 75th minute Jonathan Bornstein goal, and losing to Ohio State, 2-1. Bornstein scored again for the Bruins against the Buckeyes, netting a goal in the 85th minute to cut the Ohio State lead in half. Goalkeeper Eric Reed, who gave up his first goals of the season in the Ohio State game, was selected to the All-Tournament team, along with Bornstein.

Scoring By Committee -- After five games this season, 10 different players have found the back of the net for the Bruins, who have totaled 12 goals. Only two players, freshman forward Maxwell Griffin and senior midfielder Jonathan Bornstein, have scored multiple goals, recording two apiece. In UCLA's 4-0 win over LMU on Sept. 11, three players - Patrick Ianni, Mike Zaher and Damon James - recorded their first career goals. Two players have three assists on the year - Kamani Hill and Marvell Wynne.

Looking Ahead -- UCLA begins Pac-10 play on Sept. 30 at 7 pm against No. 4 California. The Bruins will also face Stanford on Oct. 2 at 1 pm.

UCLA To Honor 1985 NCAA Championship Team -- On Oct. 2, UCLA will honor its 1985 NCAA Championship squad 20 years after it won the NCAA title for the first time in school history. The championship game was a record-setting eight overtime affair that was won in the 167th minute on a goal by seldom-used defender Andy Burke. The goal was Burke's first ever as a Bruin. Members of the 1985 team will be recognized at halftime, and an alumni game for all Bruin soccer alumni will take place at the North Athletic Field at 10 am. Amongst the members of that 1985 squad were U.S. Soccer legend Paul Caligiuri, 1990 World Cup players Paul Krumpe and David Vanole and All-Americans Dale Ervine and Steve Black.

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