Pac-10 Leading UCLA Men's Soccer Team Faces Washington, Oregon State
Oct. 15, 2001
This Week - Head coach Todd Saldana's UCLA men's soccer team (6-4-2, 2-0-0 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 20 by Soccer America) will look to continue its unblemished record in Pac-10 Conference play this weekend with games against Washington and Oregon State. On Friday, Oct. 19, the Bruins will face defending Pac-10 champion Washington (9-1-0, 1-0-0, ranked No. 4 by Soccer America, No. 9 by the NSCAA) in Seattle at 7:00 pm. On Sunday, Oct. 21, UCLA meets Oregon State (3-6-0, 0-1-0) in Corvallis at Noon.
Scouting The Huskies - The Huskies enter Friday's match with a seven-game winning streak. Washington, which is coached by former UCLA assistant Dean Wurzberger, has a balanced scoring attack, led by Ben Somoza (three goals, nine points) and Zach Kingsley (four goals, eight points). Goalkeeper Chad Olsen holds a 0.70 GAA with three shutouts.
Scouting The Beavers - Oregon State opened the year 0-4 but has won three of its last five games. Aaron McHardy leads the team with five goals and 11 points.
The Series - UCLA and Washington have split their four previous meetings, with each team winning six games and the two teams tying twice. Washington has won four consecutive against the Bruins and has not lot in its last four home games against UCLA. The Bruins' last win at Washington came in 1980. UCLA has been more successful against Oregon State, holding a 6-1 overall record against the Beavers. Oregon State's lone win came last year, a 2-1 home victory.
Bruin Continue Tough Schedule - UCLA will face its fourth Top 10 team this year in No. 4 Washington. The Bruins are 1-1-1 in games against Top 10 opponents, tying third-ranked Virginia 2-2, losing to 10th-ranked San Diego, 0-3, and upsetting No. 2 Stanford, 2-1.
Recapping Last Weekend - UCLA opened Pac-10 play with a pair of victories over California and second-ranked Stanford. The Bruin defense shined in both games, holding both teams to single-digit shot totals. Adolfo Gregorio and Ryan Futagaki scored in the 2-0 win over Cal, and Dru Hoshimiya and Tim Pierce tallied goals for the Bruins in the 2-1 win over previously undefeated Stanford. Pierce's game-winner against the Cardinal came with just 1:12 left in regulation.
The Super Subs - UCLA's two wins last weekend were keyed by players who came off the bench to score the game-winning goals. In the 2-0 win over Cal, sophomore Adolfo Gregorio scored the game's first goal less than 10 minutes after entering the game. Junior Tim Pierce scored the dramatic last-minute game-winner against Stanford after re-entering the game in the 67th minute. This year, seven of UCLA's 18 goals have come from substitutes.
Hermann Watch - 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 11 games and has contributed to four shutouts. Yi recorded one shot in UCLA's 2-1 win over Stanford Oct. 14 and helped the Bruins shut out Cal Oct. 12. With Yi leading the way, the Bruin defense has held its last three opponents to single-digit shot totals.
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 SoCal 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, 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.