Men's Soccer Kicks Off Pac-10 Conference Play Vs. Bay Area Schools
Sept. 27, 2005
This Week -- The No. 9 (Soccer America)/23 (NSCAA) ranked UCLA men's soccer team (4-2-0) will kick off Pac-10 Conference play on Friday, Sept. 30, hosting No. 3 California (7-0-1) at 7 pm on Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. Two days later, on Sunday, Oct. 2, Stanford (3-4-1) visits for a 1 pm contest.
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 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.
Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA moved up to No. 9 in the Soccer America rankings and No. 23 in the NSCAA/adidas poll after a 3-0 win over UNLV. The Bruins are ranked No. 6 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll, No. 8 in the College Soccer News poll and No. 9 in the Soccer Times poll.
UCLA In NCAA Statistics -- The Bruins rank 11th nationally in team scoring offense with a 2.50 average and are tied for eighth in shutout percentage (0.67). Individually, goalkeeper Eric Reed ranks 11th in goals against average (0.417) and seventh in shots on goals save percentage (0.905). Forward Kamani Hill is tied for 14th in assists per game (0.67).
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 rank second on the squad. 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 four shutouts this year (4-0 vs. Maryland and Loyola Marymount, 1-0 vs. Penn State and 3-0 vs. UNLV) and helped limit a high-scoring Maryland team to zero shots on goal.
Scouting the Golden Bears -- Cal kept its unbeaten streak alive this past weekend, winning the Stanford Nike Classic with a pair of wins against UAB (3-1) and Army (5-0). The Golden Bears are ranked No. 3 in both the Soccer America and NSCAA/adidas polls. Senior forward Calen Carr leads the Pac-10 with six goals and 14 points. Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg's goals against average of 0.39 ranks eighth in the nation. Golden Bear volunteer assistant coach Pieter Lehrer was a member of UCLA's 1985 Championship squad.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA leads the all-time series against Cal, 30-7-3, and has won the last five matchups, including last season's wild 4-3 overtime victory at Frank W. Marshall Field. Down 3-1 with less than 10 minutes remaining, the Bruins staged a furious comeback thanks to the play of their seniors. Ahmed Khalil brought UCLA to within one at 81:50 with a header in the box. Then with 22 ticks on the clock, Mike Enfield netted a stunning bicycle kick for the equalizer after Khalil headed a pass to him. Finally, 3:04 into overtime, UCLA earned a penalty kick after a Cal defender was red-carded for an intentional handball on a Benny Feilhaber scoring opportunity. Aaron Lopez's penalty kick was blocked by Cal keeper Eric Kronberg, but Lopez followed through on his shot and kicked in the rebound to score the winning goal. The Bruins won the road matchup at Cal in 2004 as well, handing the 13th-ranked Bears a 3-0 defeat on the strength of two goals by Enfield and another by Ramon Manak. Cal's last victory came in 2002, a 1-0 overtime victory at Berkeley.
Scouting the Cardinal -- Stanford enters the week with a 3-4-1 record. Marcus Ryan leads the Cardinal with three goals and seven points this season. Andrew Kartunen and Josh Nesbit have been sharing time at goal. Kartunen has recorded a 0.24 goals against average in four games to rank third in the nation, while Nesbit has earned a 0.98 goals against average in four games. Kartunen was a teammate of UCLA's Patrick Ianni and Marvell Wynne at the 2005 World Youth Championships.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA leads the all-time series against Stanford, 32-2-4, and has won the last seven meetings. Stanford's last victory came in 2000 when the Cardinal claimed a 1-0 win in Palo Alto. The Bruins won both matchups last season, 2-0 on the road and 2-1 at home in back-to-back games. Jonathan Bornstein scored a goal in the home matchup, and Kamani Hill had totaled two assists in those two games.
Bornstein Leads UCLA To Victory Over UNLV -- Senior midfielder Jonathan Bornstein contributed to all three goals as UCLA dealt UNLV a 3-0 loss on Sept. 25 at Frank W. Marshall Field. Bornstein scored the first goal, the game-winner, in the 29th minute, and struck again in the 61st. He also assisted on Kamani Hill's 40th minute goal. Bornstein has scored all nine of his season points in UCLA's last three games and has scored a goal in three straight contests, two off the school goal-scoring streak of five games, held by Joe-Max Moore (1991) and Billy Thompson (1988). For his efforts, Bornstein was selected to the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Teams of the Week.
Season Debuts -- Freshmen Sean Alvarado and Michael Meschures made their collegiate debuts on Sunday in the second half of the UNLV game. Junior Mike Gardner also saw the pitch for the first time this season.
Scoring By Committee -- After six games this season, 10 different players have found the back of the net for the Bruins, who have totaled 15 goals. Three players have scored multiple times - senior midfielder Jonathan Bornstein (4 goals), sophomore forward Kamani Hill (2 goals) and freshman forward Maxwell Griffin (2 goals).
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).
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.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA continues Pac-10 play on Oct. 7 at 7 pm at Washington and on Oct. 9 at 1 pm at Oregon State.