Pac-10 Leader UCLA Heads To Pacific Northwest
Oct. 4, 2005
This Week -- The No. 6 (Soccer America)/12 (NSCAA) ranked UCLA men's soccer team (6-2-0, 2-0-0 in the Pac-10) will travel to the Pacific Northwest to face Washington (6-2-0, 0-1-0) and Oregon State (5-2-4, 1-0-0). The Bruins will first face perennial conference nemesis Washington on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 pm at Husky Stadium before heading to Corvallis to take on the Beavers on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 pm.
Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA moved up to No. 6 in the Soccer America rankings and rocketed up 11 spots to No. 12 in the NSCAA/adidas poll after a pair of 2-0 wins over then-No. 3 California and Stanford. The Bruins are ranked No. 5 in the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News polls and No. 8 in the Soccer Times poll.
UCLA In NCAA Statistics -- The Bruins rank 12th nationally in team scoring offense (2.38 average), 17th in team goals against average (0.63), fourth in shutout percentage (0.75) and tied for 19th in win-loss percentage (0.75). Individually, goalkeeper Eric Reed ranks fourth in goals against average (0.295) and second in shots on goals save percentage (0.923). Forward Kamani Hill is tied for ninth in assists per game (0.75).
M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch -- 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, the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, has a goal and an assist this season, while Wynne has a goal and three assists. Ianni assisted Wynne on Wynne's game-winning goal against third-ranked Cal on Sept. 30. The goal was Wynne's first of his career. Defensively, the two players were instrumental in UCLA's six shutouts this year (4-0 vs. Maryland and Loyola Marymount, 1-0 vs. Penn State, 3-0 vs. UNLV and 2-0 vs. Cal and Stanford) and helped limit a high-scoring Maryland team to zero shots on goal. The Bruin defense has held its opponent to single-digit shot totals in two of the last three games.
Scouting the Huskies -- Washington, which is ranked as high as 12th (Top Drawer Soccer) in the national polls, had won five games in a row before losing 1-0 to Oregon State on Sunday. Like UCLA, Washington has balanced scoring, with 10 players scoring 14 goals. Mike Chabala leads the team with seven points (2 goals, 3 assists). Goalkeeper Chris Eylander holds a goals against average of 0.97 and has posted three shutouts. Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger was an assistant coach at UCLA from 1986-88.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA leads the all-time series against Washington, 11-9-2. The two teams split the series last year, with Washington winning the first contest in Westwood, 1-0, on Oct. 3 behind a Brett Wiesner goal, and UCLA winning in Seattle on Nov. 5, 2-1, in a come-from-behind victory. Ahmed Khalil scored the equalizer in the 65th minute, and Benny Feilhaber scored the game-winner in the 80th minute. The victory clinched the Pac-10 title for UCLA.
Scouting the Beavers -- Oregon State enters the week on an eight-game unbeaten streak. After starting the season 0-2-1, the Beavers have gone 5-0-3 with good results against No. 1 Indiana (2-2 tie) and No. 15 Washington (1-0 victory). Ryan Johnson leads the Pac-10 with seven assists and is first on the Beaver squad in scoring with 11 points (2g, 7a). Nick Webb leads OSU with four goals scored.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA leads the all-time series against Oregon State, 12-3-0 and split last season's series, with each team winning at home. UCLA's victory was a 3-1 decision on Oct. 1, while Oregon State won 1-0 on Nov. 7.
Bruins Kick Off Conference Play With Pair Of Wins -- UCLA took an early lead in the Pac-10 Conference race after a pair of 2-0 victories against No. 3 Cal and Stanford. Defenders Marvell Wynne and Jordan Harvey posted goals against the Golden Bears, who were handed their first loss of the season. Harvey struck again with the game-winner against Stanford, with Kamani Hill adding a goal in the second half. UCLA's defense limited Stanford to just two shots in the game.
Harvey, Wynne Honored -- Senior defender Jordan Harvey was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and was selected to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after scoring two goals against No. 3 Cal and Stanford and contributing to the two shutout victories. Sophomore defender Marvell Wynne earned Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week honors after recording the game-winning goal in the Bruins' 2-0 win over third-ranked and undefeated California. The goal was Wynne's first in his collegiate career.
Hill Taking Charge Of Offense -- Sophomore forward Kamani Hill has taken over the team lead in scoring with 12 points off three goals and a team-high six assists. Hill has been involved in nine of UCLA's 19 goals this year and has scored either a goal or an assist in six of UCLA's eight games. He has already surpassed his point total from last year (nine points) and currently ranks ninth in the nation in assists per game (0.75).
Reed, Bruin Defense Remain Untouchable At Home -- Goalkeeper Eric Reed and the Bruin defense have been impenetrable at home in 2005, going 4-0 and allowing just 25 shots (6.25 avg.) and zero goals. Reed, who ranks fourth in the nation with a 0.29 goals against average, has shut out opponents in six of his seven games played and has five solo shutouts. He currently holds a career goals against average of 0.62, which ranks second on UCLA's all-time list behind only Brad Friedel (0.60).
Scoring By Committee -- After six games this season, 11 different players have found the back of the net for the Bruins, who have totaled 19 goals. Four players have scored multiple times - senior midfielder Jonathan Bornstein (4 goals), sophomore forward Kamani Hill (3 goals), senior defender Jordan Harvey (3 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 will take a short drive up the 405 to face Cal State Northridge on Friday, Oct. 14 at 3:30 pm before hosting No. 14/15 San Diego State in a Pac-10 Conference game on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 pm.
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