UCLA Opens NCAA Tournament Play Against SMU
Nov. 21, 2005
UCLA vs. SMU -- The No. 5 seeded UCLA men's soccer team (12-4-3) begin NCAA Tournament play on Tuesday, Nov. 22 against SMU (11-5-3). The second round matchup will take place on Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium at 7 pm.
Follow The Bruins On The Internet -- A free, live broadcast of Tuesday's game will be available on internet radio at www.uclabruins.com. Danny Lee and Tayt Ianni will call the action. Live stats will be available on the uclabruins.com website.
How They Got Here -- As the fifth seed, UCLA received a first round bye. The Bruins qualified for their 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament by winning the Pac-10 Conference for the fourth consecutive year. SMU received an at-large bid into the tournament and won its first-round game against San Francisco, 2-1. Freshman Paulo da Silva scored both goals for the Mustangs, who shut out the Dons for 89:58, the only goal coming with two seconds left and the keeper playing up.
Bruins Reach Tournament For 23rd Straight Year -- UCLA's selection into the NCAA Tournament is its 23rd consecutive and 33rd overall. UCLA's NCAA streak is the second-longest active streak in the nation, and the 33 NCAA appearances are second only to Saint Louis' 42. UCLA has won national championships in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002. The Bruins' all-time NCAA record is 55-29.
UCLA vs. Tournament Field -- The Bruins went 5-2-3 versus the tournament field in the regular season. UCLA's victories came against No. 1 seed Maryland (4-0), No. 11 seed Penn State (1-0), No. 7 seed California (2-0), UC Santa Barbara (1-0) and San Diego State (1-0 in double overtime). The Bruins also have ties against California (1-1), No. 15 seed Cal State Northridge (0-0) and San Diego State (0-0). UCLA's losses came against Ohio State (2-1) and Santa Clara (3-2).
Potential Third Round Matchup -- The winner of Tuesday's game will move on to play the winner of the Virginia Tech/UNC-Greensboro second round game. If UCLA wins its second round game, the third round game will take place at Drake Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:00 pm. Ticket prices for that game will be $9 for adults and $7 for youth/students.
Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA finished the regular season ranked No. 7 by the NSCAA and No. 8 by Soccer America, Soccer Times and College Soccer News.
Reed, Bruin Defense Amongst Nation's Leaders -- Goalkeeper Eric Reed and the Bruin defense are proving they are amongst the best in the country. Reed ranks fourth in the nation in goals against average (0.46) and second in shots on goals save percentage (0.877). The Bruin team ranks No. 1 in the nation in shutout percentage (0.74), No. 5 in team goals against average (0.55) and No. 4 in shots on goals save percentage (0.857). The Bruin defense is led by Jordan Harvey, Brandon Owens, Marvell Wynne, Brad Rusin and Kiel McClung, along with defensive midfielders Patrick Ianni and Greg Folk. These seven 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 365 games for UCLA.
UCLA Wins Fourth Consecutive Pac-10 Title -- The Bruins were the first team to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament after they clinching the Pac-10 title with a 1-0 win over Stanford and a 1-1 tie against Cal. The Pac-10 title was UCLA's fourth consecutive, making seniors Jordan Harvey, Evan Corey, Nate Pena and Ryan Valdez the first players in UCLA history to win a conference championship all four years.
Zizzo Named Pac-10 Freshman Of the Year -- Midfielder/forward Sal Zizzo became the third UCLA player in six years to be awarded the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. The U.S. Under-18 National Team player from San Diego ranked second on the UCLA team with five assists and totaled seven points in all. Zizzo also earned second-team All-Pac-10 acclaim, the only freshman in the conference to make the first or second team.
Ianni, Wynne Named Semifinalists for M.A.C. Hermann Trophy -- Junior midfielder Patrick Ianni and sophomore defender Marvell Wynne have been selected as semifinalists for the 2005 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy.
Ianni, the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, earned first-team all-conference honors for the second consecutive year. He has scored two goals and two assists this season, both career highs. One of his goals was the game-winner at Washington, and he also assisted on Wynne's game-winner against third-ranked Cal on Sept. 30.
Wynne's goal against the Golden Bears was the first of his career. He has totaled one goal and three assists while also earning first-team All-Pac-10 acclaim. He has twice been named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week.
Defensively, the two players have been instrumental in UCLA's 14 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 eight games and ranks No. 1 in the nation with a 0.74 shutout percentage. 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.
Nine Bruins Honored By Pac-10 -- Nine UCLA players were selected to the All-Pac-10 Conference team, including a conference-high four first-team players. Making the first team were forward Kamani Hill, midfielder Patrick Ianni, goalkeeper Eric Reed and defender Marvell Wynne. Receiving second-team honors were midfielder Jonathan Bornstein, defender Jordan Harvey, defender Brandon Owens and midfielder/forward Sal Zizzo. Freshman defender Brad Rusin earned honorable mention acclaim.
Five Bruins Earn Academic Honors -- Junior defender Luke Mehring has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 menfs soccer team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Mehring, a history major who holds a cumulative GPA of 3.4, advances to the national ballot and will be up for consideration for Academic All-America honors. Mehring was also selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic team (second-team), along with Evan Corey (first-team, 3.41 gpa), Eric Reed (second-team, 3.21), Greg Folk (honorable mention) and Mike Zaher (honorable mention).
Home Field Advantage -- The 2005 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.
Scouting the Mustangs -- SMU won the Conference-USA regular season championship but lost in a shootout to Tulsa in the first round of the conference tournament. Senior forward Duke Hashimoto, the Conference-USA Offensive Player of the Year, leads the Mustangs in scoring with 19 points (8 goals, 3 assists). David Chun and Jay Needham also earned first-team all-conference honors. Needham ranks second on the team with six goals and 13 points. Goalkeeper Matt Wideman has started the last six games and has posted a 1.13 overall goals against average with two shutouts. SMU is ranked No. 14 in the final regular season NSCAA poll.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA leads the all-time series against SMU, 5-3-1, but has not faced the Mustangs since 2001, a 1-0 NCAA third round loss at Dallas. Undefeated SMU was the top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament in 2001 and scored the game's only goal in the 76th minute, four minutes after Bruin midfielder Ryan Futagaki was red-carded. The two teams have faced each other four times in the NCAA Tournament, with UCLA winning games in 1985 (2-0 in the quarterfinals), 1990 (2-0 in the quarterfinals), and 1994 (4-2 in the second round). The Bruins advanced to the College Cup in each of those three years. SMU's only victory was the most recent playoff matchup, the 1-0 third round win in 2001.
By The Numbers -- UCLA had a scoreless streak of 749 minutes snapped at Cal on Nov. 16 ... Goalkeeper Eric Reed has shut out opponents in 13 of his 17 games played, with only Ohio State, Oregon State, Cal and San Diego putting the ball past him ... Reed currently holds a career goals against average of 0.60, which would tie Brad Friedel for the lowest career GAA in UCLA history ... With his 0.46 GAA this season, Reed is on pace to break UCLA's single-season school record for lowest GAA, held by Zach Wells (0.52, set in 2003) ... With a team goals against average of 0.55, the Bruins are closing in on the school record of 0.52, set in 1989 and 2003.
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.
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.
Head Coach Jorge Salcedo -- Former UCLA All-American Jorge Salcedo is in 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.