Men's Soccer Opens Pac-10 Play Against Bay Area Schools

Oct. 9, 2001

This Week - Head coach Todd Saldana's UCLA men's soccer team (4-4-2) open Pac-10 Conference play this weekend with a pair of home games against California and Stanford. On Friday, Oct. 12, the Bruins will face surging California (6-3-0), followed by a Sunday, Oct. 14 matchup with second-ranked Stanford (8-0-0, ranked No. 2 by the NSCAA, No. 4 by and No. 7 by Soccer America). Both games will be played at Frank W. Marshall Field at 3:00 pm.

Scouting Cal - The Golden Bears are on a roll as of late, recording a 5-0-1 record in their last six games. Austin Ripmaster leads the team in scoring with five goals and 11 points. Michael Munoz leads the Pac-10 with six assists.

Scouting Stanford - The Cardinal lead the Pac-10 with a perfect 8-0 record and boast the conference's top scorers in Roger Levesque (16 points), Matt Januaz (11 points) and Derek Shanahan (11 points). Goalkeeper Andrew Terris leads the nation with a 0.30 goals against average and is backed by defender Lee Morrison, a Hermann Trophy candidate. As a team, Stanford leads the nation with a 0.38 GAA and ranks fifth in scoring offense with a 3.0 goals per game average.

Bruins Face Fifth Ranked Team - UCLA will face its fifth Top 20 team this year when Stanford comes to town. The Bruins are 1-2-1 in games against ranked teams, recording its lone victory in a 4-1 trouncing of 16th-ranked Cal State Fullerton and tying third-ranked Virginia, 2-2. Looming next week is a road contest against fifth-ranked Washington.

The Series - UCLA leads the overall series with both teams, holding a 22-6-3 edge over Cal and a 24-2-3 advantage over Stanford. Last year, UCLA split the season series with both teams, losing both road games but winning at home in the last weekend of the season. UCLA's 1-0 double overtime win over Stanford Nov. 10 last year not only dropped the Cardinal out of the No. 1 ranking but denied Stanford the Pac-10 title. Two days later, the Bruins captured a 3-1 win over Cal, thanks in large part to a two-goal performance by Cliff McKinley.

Recapping Last Weekend - UCLA split its games at San Diego last weekend, losing 3-0 Oct. 5 to the University of San Diego but bouncing back to defeat San Diego State Oct. 7, 2-1. Aaron Lopez struck early against San Diego State, scoring his second goal of the season in the sixth minute. After the Aztecs equalized less than a minute later, sophomore Matt Taylor scored the game-winner in the 15th minute, also his second goal of the year. The Bruins outshot their opponents by a 55-21 clip during the two games.

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 nine 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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