Bruins Seek Pac-10 Men's Soccer Title In Bay Area
Nov. 1, 2005
This Week -- The No. 7/15 UCLA men's soccer team (10-3-2, 5-1-1 in the Pac-10) travels north to face Stanford and California in two games that could decide the Pac-10 Conference race. If UCLA wins both games, it will clinch its fourth consecutive Pac-10 title. A win over Stanford and a tie against Cal will also clinch the title for the Bruins. UCLA will first take on Stanford (4-9-2, 1-5-1) on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 pm before heading to Berkeley to face No. 15/11 California (11-3-1, 4-3-0) on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 pm.
Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA moved up two to No. 7 in the Soccer America rankings after a pair of 1-0 shutouts against Oregon State and Washington. The Bruins also moved up to No. 15 in the NSCAA poll, No. 6 in the College Soccer News poll, and No. 11 in the Soccer Times poll.
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 (0.23) and shots on goals save percentage (0.938). The Bruin team ranks No. 1 in the nation in shutout percentage (0.80), No. 2 in team goals against average (0.39) and No. 2 in shots on goals save percentage (0.90). 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 341 games for UCLA.
Hometown Hero Hill Returns To Berkeley -- Sophomore forward Kamani Hill grew up right in California's own backyard and returns to Berkeley for Sunday's showdown against the Golden Bears. Hill, UCLA's leading scorer with five goals, seven assists and 17 points, prepped at Berkeley HS from 2001-04 and scored 133 career goals with 70 assists. He was named the No. 1 recruit in the nation by Soccer America, and earned Parade, McDonald's and EA Sports All-America honors. He was twice named the North Coast Section Player of the Year and the Contra Costa Times Player of the Year. Hill played club soccer for Marin United from 2000-03 and for Marin FC in 2003-04. His teams won state championships in 2003 and 2004 and the regional title in 2003.
Trio Of Bruins Honored -- With UCLA's success this past weekend over Oregon State and Washington, the individual honors followed. Kamani Hill was selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week and the UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week after scoring both game-winning goals. Goalkeeper Eric Reed was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week after posting both shutouts and making 11 saves on the weekend. Marvell Wynne was also recognized for his defensive efforts in the two shutouts, being selected to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week.
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 12 shutouts this year and helped limit a high-scoring Maryland team to zero shots on goal. The Bruin defense has held its opponents to single-digit shot totals in six games and ranks No. 2 in the nation with a 0.39 team goals against average.
Scouting the Cardinal -- Stanford has just one victory in its last seven games, a 3-2 overtime win over Oregon State on the road. The Cardinal offense has struggled this season, scoring just 11 goals. Marcus Ryan leads the squad with four goals, including two game-winners. Goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen, a teammate of UCLA's Ianni and Wynne at the 2005 World Youth Championships, has three shutouts and has posted a 1.22 goals against average.
Prior Matchup -- UCLA won the Oct. 2 matchup at Frank W. Marshall Field, 2-0. Jordan Harvey scored the game-winning goal, and Kamani Hill added another in the second half. The Bruin defense limited Stanford to just two shots in the game, none of which were on goal. UCLA leads the all-time series against Stanford, 33-2-4, and has won the last eight meetings. Stanfordfs 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 totaled two assists in those two games. In three career games against the Cardinal, Hill has scored one goal and two assists.
Scouting the Golden Bears -- Cal has won four of its last five contests, outscoring its opponents 9-1 during that stretch. The Golden Bears, which are ranked as high as 10th (NSCAA and Soccer Times) in the national rankings, are led by Pac-10 leading scorer Calen Carr (9g, 2a, 20 points). Tyson Wahl and Pieter Berger are also in double-digits in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Goalkeeper Erik Kronberg was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection a year ago and holds a 0.48 goals against average this season with six shutouts.
Prior Matchup -- UCLA handed then-third-ranked Cal its first defeat of the season on Sept. 30, earning a 2-0 home victory. Marvell Wynne scored the game-winner in the 40th minute, his first career goal, and Jordan Harvey scored the final goal with eight seconds to play in the game. Eric Reed earned the victory and made five saves. UCLA leads the all-time series against Cal, 31-7-3, and has won the last six matchups, including both games last season, 3-0 at Berkeley and 4-3 in overtime at home. Cal's last victory over UCLA came on Nov. 8, 2002 at Berkeley on a penalty kick in overtime. Ramon Manak has a goal and two assists in three career games against the Bears.
Bruins Shut Out All Home Opponents In 2005 -- After posting a pair of 1-0 victories over Oregon State and Washington last weekend, the Bruins became the first Pac-10 team and first ever UCLA team to shut out all home opponents in the regular season. In eight home games, the Bruins went 7-0-1 and allowed zero goals and just 63 shots (7.9 avg.). UCLA owns an all-time record of 47-7-3 at Frank W. Marshall Field.
By The Numbers -- UCLA has allowed just one goal in the last 971 minutes and no goals in the last 570 consecutive minutes ... Goalkeeper Eric Reed has shut out opponents in 11 of his 13 games played, with only Ohio State and Oregon State putting the ball past him ... Reed currently holds a career goals against average of 0.53, which would rank as the lowest career GAA in UCLA history. Brad Friedel holds the record with a 0.60 career mark ... With his 0.23 GAA this season, Reed is on pace to break the single-season school record for lowest GAA, held by Zach Wells (0.52, set in 2003). The NCAA single-season record is 0.26, held by John Putna of Indiana (1978) and Trey Harrington of Evansville (1990) ... With a team goals against average of 0.39, the Bruins are also on pace to break the school record of 0.52, set in 1989 and 2003.
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.