Men's Soccer Hosts Final Regular Season Home Games This Weekend
Oct. 25, 2005
This Week -- The ninth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (8-3-2, 3-1-1 in the Pac-10) will host its final two home games of the regular season this weekend when Oregon State (8-5-4, 4-3-0 in the Pac-10) and Washington (9-4-1, 3-3-1) visit Frank W. Marshall Field in a pair of key conference matchups. UCLA could regain the conference lead this weekend with a pair of victories. Oregon State and idle California are currently tied for the Pac-10 lead with 12 points (each have 4-3-0 records). UCLA is right behind with 10 points (3-1-1) and could gain six points with two victories. First up for the Bruins is Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 pm. Washington comes to town on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 pm in the regular season home finale. Both Bruin games will be audio broadcast live on UCLA All-Access via uclabruins.com, with Danny Lee and former Bruin standout Tayt Ianni calling the action.
Faculty/Staff Night -- UCLA faculty and staff will be granted four free tickets for Friday's game against Oregon State. Just show your Bruin Card or paycheck stub at the main gate.
Senior Salute -- UCLA's six seniors will be honored prior to Sunday's game against Washington. Taking the field for the last regular season home game will be midfielder Jonathan Bornstein, forward Evan Corey, defender Jordan Harvey, midfielder Ramon Manak, goalkeeper Nate Pena and midfielder Ryan Valdez. Corey, Harvey, Pena and Valdez were members of UCLA's 2002 NCAA Championship squad and have won Pac-10 titles in each of the last three seasons. Bornstein and Manak transferred to UCLA in 2004 and helped the Bruins win the Pac-10 crown in their first season in Westwood.
Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA moved up to No. 9 in the Soccer America rankings after shutting out No. 22 UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, on Oct. 20. The Bruins moved up one to No. 5 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and up three to No. 8 on the College Soccer News poll. Soccer Times.com dropped UCLA one spot to No. 12, however, and the NSCAA/adidas rankings have UCLA remaining at No. 17.
Reed, Bruin Defense Top NCAA Statistics -- Goalkeeper Eric Reed and the Bruin defense are proving they are the best in the country. Reed leads the nation in goals against average (0.27) and shots on goals save percentage (0.919). The Bruin team ranks No. 1 in the nation in shutout percentage (0.77), No. 2 in team goals against average (0.45) and No. 3 in shots on goals save percentage (0.878). The Bruin defense is led by Jordan Harvey, Brandon Owens, Marvell Wynne , Brad Rusin, Luke Mehring and Kiel McClung, along with defensive midfielders Patrick Ianni and Greg Folk. These eight players no doubt have experience on their side - they have been capped by U.S. National Teams a combined total of 123 times and have played a combined total of 332 games for UCLA.
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 two goals 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. Ianni scored the game-winning goal in the road victory over Washington. Defensively, the two players have been instrumental in UCLA's 10 shutouts this year 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 five games and ranks No. 2 in the nation with a 0.45 team goals against average.
Scouting the Beavers -- Oregon State was swept at home last weekend by the Bay Area schools, dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to Stanford on Oct. 21 and falling to California, 4-0, on Oct. 23. Forward Ryan Johnson leads the Beavers in scoring with 15 points (4g, 7a). Defender Alex Asai leads the Pac-10 with eight assists. Goalkeeper Pack Deenihan leads the conference in saves with 80 but has allowed 21 goals in 16 games and holds a goals against average of 1.28.
Prior Matchup -- Oregon State took the first matchup between the two schools earlier in the year, winning a 1-0 decision in Corvallis on Oct. 9. Beaver midfielder Lucas Egenwall scored the game's only goal at 9:30. UCLA has not allowed a goal since, holding a streak of 390 consecutive shutout minutes. UCLA possesses an all-time 12-4-0 series advantage over Oregon State and is 9-0 against the Beavers at home.
Scouting the Huskies -- Washington split its matches this weekend, losing to Cal, 2-0, on Oct. 21 and defeating Stanford, 3-0, on Oct. 23 despite playing a man down for 77 minutes of the game. With his team up 1-0 against Stanford, Washington's Jeff Hoover was ejected in the 13th minute, forcing the Huskies to play short-handed. Nevertheless, they scored two more goals and limited Stanford to just seven shots. Hoover will miss Washington's next game at San Diego State on Friday. Leading the Huskies in scoring this season is Leo Totev with nine points (3g, 3a). Goalkeeper Chris Eylander holds a 0.76 goals against average with six shutouts.
Prior Matchup -- UCLA won the first meeting up in Seattle, 1-0, on Oct. 7 behind a Patrick Ianni goal off a free kick in the 35th minute. Eric Reed made four saves to earn the shutout. UCLA possesses an all-time 12-9-2 series advantage over Washington and is looking for just its second season sweep over the Huskies since the Pac-10 began sponsoring men's soccer in 2000.
Early Goal Helps UCLA Shut Out Gauchos -- A third-minute goal by freshman defender Brad Rusin was all UCLA needed to defeat 22nd-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 20 at Frank W. Marshall Field. Rusin put a head on a Kamani Hill free kick to score his first collegiate goal, and UCLA's defense took over from there, keeping the Gauchos off the scoreboard for the team's 10th shutout of the year and goalkeeper Eric Reed's eighth. Reed made two saves on 10 UCSB shots.
Reed, Bruin Defense Remain Untouchable At Home -- Goalkeeper Eric Reed and the Bruin defense have been impenetrable at home in 2005, going 5-0-1 and allowing zero goals and just 44 shots (7.3 avg.). Reed, who ranks No. 1 in the nation with a 0.27 goals against average, has shut out opponents in nine of his 11 games played and has eight solo shutouts. He currently holds a career goals against average of 0.56, which would rank as the lowest career GAA in UCLA history. Brad Friedel holds the record with a 0.60 career mark. Reed is on pace to break the single-season school record for lowest GAA, held by Zach Wells (0.52 set in 2003), and the team GAA of 0.45 tops the school record of 0.52 set in 1989 and 2003.
By The Numbers -- UCLA has allowed just one goal in the last 791 minutes and no goals in the last 390 consecutive minutes ... With Brad Rusin's goal against UCSB, 12 different players have now scored 21 goals for UCLA.
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.
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.
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 travels north for a pair of Pac-10 Conference games in the Bay Area. First up will be a Nov. 4 matchup at Stanford, followed by a Nov. 6 game at California. The Bruins swept the Bay Area schools at home earlier in the season with a pair of 2-0 wins.