UCLA To Take On No. 1 UNC At College Cup
PAC-12 MEN'S SOCCER NOTES
UCLA defeated Louisville 1-0 in double overtime to advance to its 13th College Cup and first since 2006. SO F Reed Williams provided the golden goal in the 102nd minute off a cross from SO D Patrick Matchett. It was Williams' first goal of the season and second career postseason goal. RS SR GK Brian Rowe made three saves and earned his 12th shutout of the year. The Bruins have recorded eight straight shutouts, tying a program record set by the 1977 squad.
The low-scoring affair was a stark contrast to last year's quarterfinal match, which the Cardinals won 5-4. Louisville also defeated the Bruins 2-0 in the season opener this year.
UCLA, the No. 13 seed in the tournament, will now face top-seeded North Carolina in the semifinals on Friday, Dec. 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET. This year's College Cup will be at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. All three matches of the College Cup will be televised on ESPNU. Should the Bruins advance, they will face the winner of Charlotte-Creighton on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. ET.
The Bruins have won four national titles (1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002).
JR F Chandler Hoffman, who is returning to his hometown for the College Cup, is a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer. Three finalists will be announced on Dec. 9. The winner will be announced at a news conference on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in St. Louis.
Hoffman leads the Pac-12 in both goals (18) and points (40) this season. His 18 goals are the most by a Bruin since Joe Max-Moore had 18 in 1991, while his 40 points are the most in the program since Seth George had 42 in 1997.
Hoffman and Washington SR F Brent Richards were named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Soccer Teams, announced last week by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Richards was named to the first team while Hoffman was a third team selection. Richards, the 2011 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's soccer, made the Academic All-America third team in 2010.
SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Friday, December 9 • NCAA College Cup Semifinal
No. 13 UCLA vs. No. 1 North Carolina, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Regions Park, Hoover, Ala.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
Saturday, December 3 • NCAA Quarterfinals
No. 13 UCLA 1, No. 12 Louisville 0 (2OT)