UCLA To Host Cal Poly In NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament

Nov. 17, 2008

UCLA (10-4-6) will host Cal Poly (10-5-6) in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament on Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 pm at Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. The winner of the UCLA-Cal Poly game will go on to play a second round match at 14th-seeded UC Irvine (14-1-6) on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7 pm.

Friday's game will be audio broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Tickets for the game will be $9 for adults and $7 for students/youth.

The Pac-10 champion Bruins received the conference's automatic bid into the Tournament and have extended their streak of NCAA Tournament appearances to 26 consecutive years. The Bruins finished the regular season on an eight-game unbeaten streak.

'We're looking forward to beginning playoffs at home,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'Playing Cal Poly just 13 days after our last game with them will present a challenge because of the familiarity, but we ended the season on a very high note, and our goal is to continue to make progress.'

The Bruins have played eight games against NCAA Tournament teams this season, posting a 2-3-3 record, with a 3-2 victory at California and ties against North Carolina, UC Santa Barbara, and California.

The seeded teams in the tournament are: 1. Wake Forest, 2. Maryland, 3. St. John's, 4. Michigan State, 5. Akron, 6. Indiana, 7. Creighton, 8. South Florida, 9. Loyola (Md), 10. Virginia, 11. Michigan, 12. Notre Dame, 13. North Carolina, 14. UC Irvine, 15. UC Santa Barbara, 16. Dartmouth.

UCLA advanced has won four NCAA titles (1985, 1990, 2002 and 2007) and advanced to the College Cup 12 times, most recently in 2006.

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