This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Nov. 28, 2006

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**Through matches of Sun., Nov. 26**

1. California (21) 7-3-0, .700; 13-6-1, .675
2. San Diego State (18) 5-2-3, .650; 9-6-4, .579
3. Stanford (17) 5-3-2, .600; 7-7-4, .500
4. UCLA (15) 4-3-3, .550; 13-5-4, .682
5. Washington (13) 4-5-1, .450; 13-7-1, .643
6. Oregon State (1) 0-9-1, .050; 5-12-2, .316

48th ANNUAL DIVISION I MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

SEMIFINALS
Fri., Dec. 1 -- No. 8 UCLA (13-5-4) vs. No. 4 Virginia (17-3-1), 5 p.m. CT
Fri., Dec. 1 -- UC Santa Barbara (16-7-0) vs. No. 2 Wake Forest (18-3-3), 7:30 p.m. CT

UCLA Bruins (13-5-4, 4-3-3)

  • With a 3-2 overtime upset of top-seeded and No. 1-ranked (Soccer America) Duke in the NCAA quarterfinals on Sunday, UCLA becomes the first Pac-10 team since 2002 to advance to the men's soccer championship ... The Bruins have a Fri., Dec. 1 semifinal game scheduled with No. 4-seeded Virginia (17-3-1), marking the 12th time in program history that the Bruins have advanced to the College Cup ... After falling behind 2-0 in the first 19 minutes of the match, which included a Blue Devil goal scored 25 seconds into the game, UCLA dug deep to crank out two second half goals, sending the game into overtime ... After Duke's offensive showing early in the competition, UCLA held it to just one shot in the first half after the two goals ... SO MF Jason Leopoldo put up the first score for UCLA at 40:05 when he took a cross from FR F Kyle Nakazawa for his seventh goal on the season ... FR F David Estrada was also credited with an assist on the play ... Over 30 minutes later, UCLA notched the equalizer when SO MF Sal Zizzo received a pass from Nakazawa and JR D Mike Zaher, knocking in what would be his first goal of the night ... UCLA took control of the ball in overtime and quickly scored the game-winner as Zizzo took a cross from Leopoldo to seal the win and send the Bruins to the national semifinals ... It was Zizzo's third game-winner of the season, good enough to tie him for third in the Pac-10 ... SR GK Eric Reed collected three saves in the game, including a crucial stop with just over 17 minutes left in the game ... UCLA has overcome a handful of season-ending injuries from some of its top players to put together an impressive season, especially as of late ... After earning a bye in the first round, the Bruins secured back-to-back 3-0 shutouts of Harvard and Clemson, respectively in the second and third rounds ... The Bruins are seeking their first national title since the 2002 season when they defeated Conference foe Stanford, 1-0, in the NCAA College Cup ... UCLA is making its 24th-straight and 34th overall appearance in NCAA postseason play ... UCLA's NCAA streak is the second-longest active streak in the nation, and the 34 NCAA appearances are second only to Saint Louis' 43 ... UCLA has won national championships in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002 ... The Bruins' all-time NCAA record is 58-30 (.659) ... UCLA is now 13-5-4 on the year, improving its winning percentage in a season that has already been secured as its 40th-consecutive winning record ... UCLA and Virginia met up earlier this season in a Sept. 3 contest which saw the Cavaliers defeat the Bruins, 1-0 on their home field ... An even match gave away to a late goal scored by Virginia as UCLA fell to its second Top-5 team in three days on the road ... Virginia also ended the 2006 NCAA dreams of Pac-10 Champion California in the third round as it defeated the Golden Bears, 2-1 ... The other side of the semifinal bracket pits unseeded UC Santa Barbara (16-7-0) against No. 2 Wake Forest (18-3-3) ... The finals will be played on Sun., Dec. 3.

    TOURNAMENT RESULTS

    FIRST ROUND
    Fri., Nov. 10
    Seattle, Wash.
    WASHINGTON 3, Creighton 0

    Sat., Nov. 11
    Santa Barbara, Calif.
    UC Santa Barbara 2, SAN DIEGO STATE 1

    SECOND ROUND
    Wed., Nov. 15
    Berkeley, Calif.
    (13) CALIFORNIA 3, New Mexico 0

    Los Angeles, Calif.
    (8) UCLA 3, Harvard 0

    Santa Clara, Calif.
    (10) Santa Clara 3, WASHINGTON 2 (OT)

    THIRD ROUND
    Sat., Nov. 18
    Charlottesville, Va.
    (4) Virginia 2, (13) CALIFORNIA 1

    Sun., Nov. 19
    Los Angeles, Calif.
    (8) UCLA 3, (9) Clemson 0

    QUARTERFINALS
    Sun., Nov. 26
    Durham, N.C.
    (8) UCLA 3, (1) Duke 2 (OT)

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