UCLA Men's Soccer Team Travels South To Face San Diego Schools

Oct. 1, 2001

This Week - Head coach Todd Salda�a's UCLA men's soccer team (3-3-2) go down the 405 freeway for a pair of games this weekend at San Diego. On Friday, Oct. 5, the Bruins will face the University of San Diego (6-1-0) at 7:30 pm at Torero Stadium. On Sunday, Oct. 7, UCLA completes the short road trip with a game against San Diego State (3-4-1) at 3:00 pm.

Scouting USD - The Toreros are ranked as high as No. 10 (Soccer America) in the national polls and are coming off a pair of home wins this past weekend against Brown (2-0) and UC Riverside (2-1). Forward Ryan Coiner leads the team in scoring with six goals and 13 points. Goalkeeper Justin Neerhoff holds a 0.71 goals against average with three shutouts.

Scouting SDSU - The Aztecs also defeated UC Riverside and Brown this weekend by scores of 3-2 and 2-1, respectively. Kevin Sapanli and Enrique Tovar give SDSU a pair of four-goal scorers.

The Series - UCLA leads the overall series with both teams, holding a 13-3-2 edge over San Diego and a 23-3-5 advantage over San Diego State. San Diego won last year's contest, a 109 overtime home win in the first round of the NCAA Championships. The Bruins have won eight straight against the Aztecs, including a 5-0 home victory in 2000. During that victory a year ago, Adolfo Gregorio recorded three assists, and Leonard Griffin and Tim Pierce each scored their first career goals.

Recapping UCLA's Last Games - UCLA allowed just one goal in two games last weekend but was unable to come away with the victory in games against UC Santa Barbara and Loyola Marymount. The Bruins tied UCSB, 0-0, on the road and lost to LMU, 1-0, at home.

Wells Continues To Lead Pac-10 In Saves - Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Wells remains the Pac-10's leader in saves and saves per game. Wells has amassed 42 saves in eight games for a per-game average of 5.25. At this pace, he will break the UCLA single-season saves record of 97 held by Brad Friedel (1990). In addition, Wells has been keeping a low goals against average of 0.79.

Alex Yi Selected As Hermann Trophy Candidate - Defender Alex Yi (Easton, Md./Bradenton Academy) was selected as a nominee for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's longest-standing player of the year award. Yi was the 2000 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-Pac-10 selection a year ago. He was one of just three players to start all 19 of UCLA's games in 2000. This year, he has started seven games and has contributed to three shutouts.

Bruins Host Annual Pacific Soccer Classic - Three-time NCAA Champion UCLA will host the 16th Annual Pacific Soccer Classic, presented by Big 5 Sporting Goods on October 26 and October 28 at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus. The Bruin men will play host to southern power South Carolina, northern neighbor St. Mary's and Southern California rival Cal State Fullerton in the two-day tournament. Cal State Fullerton and South Carolina kick off the tournament on Friday, Oct. 26 with a 12:00 pm game, followed by UCLA's game against St. Mary's at 3:00 pm. On Sunday, Oct. 28, Cal State Fullerton will face St. Mary's at 11:00 am, and UCLA will face South Carolina at 2:00 pm in the marquee matchup of the tournament. UCLA has won the Classic a record 11 times, including the last four consecutive.

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