UCLA Defender Brad Rusin Earns National, Conference Honors

Oct. 28, 2008

UCLA senior defender Brad Rusin has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and has earned selection to the National Teams of the Week for Soccer America, College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer.

Rusin helped UCLA earn its fourth consecutive shutout victory with a strong defensive effort in road wins over Washington (2-0) and Oregon State (1-0). He also helped on the offensive end, scoring the game-winning goal in the first half of UCLA's 1-0 win over Oregon State. The goal was his third of the year, moving him into a tie for third on the squad in goals scored. He is fourth overall in scoring with seven points. Rusin had previously scored just one career goal entering this season. UCLA, which now has sole possession of first place in the Pac-10, has won four straight games via shutout for the first time since 2005 (Oct. 20-Nov. 4) and is undefeated in 10 of its last 11 games. The Bruins are now ranked No. 23 in the nation by Soccer America.

This is the first Pac-10 honor for Rusin and the 34th all-time for UCLA.

2008 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 2 - Andrew Wiedeman, So., F, CAL; Sept. 9 - Robby Christner, Sr., F, OSU; Sept. 16 - John Moore, Jr., GK, STAN; Sept. 23 - Raphael Cox, Sr., MF, WASH; Sept. 30 - Michael Stephens, Jr., MF, UCLA; Oct. 7 - Matt McManus, RS-JR., D/F, SDSU; Oct. 14 - Michael Stephens, Jr., MF, UCLA; Oct. 21 - Brian Perk, Jr., Gk, UCLA; Oct. 28 - Brad Rusin, Sr., D, UCLA.

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