Men's Soccer Team Heads North To Face Bay Area Foes

Oct. 30, 2001

This Week - Head coach Todd Saldana's UCLA men's soccer team (7-6-3, 2-2-0 in the Pac-10) will resume Pac-10 conference play this weekend with a trip to the Bay Area. The Bruins will take on conference leader and third-ranked Stanford (13-1-0, 3-1-0 in the Pac-10) at Stanford's New Maloney Field on Nov. 2 at 7:00 pm. California (8-5-1, 2-2-0) awaits on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2:00 pm at Edwards Stadium.

Scouting The Cardinal - Stanford's only blemish of the year came at the hands of the Bruins, a 2-1 loss in Westwood. The Cardinal, which is coming off a 4-1 spanking of defending Pac-10 champion Washington, has a potent offensive attack, led by Roger Levesque (9 goals, 9 assists, 27 points) and Derek Shanahan (7g, 4a, 18 pts.), and a stingy defense which holds a team goals against average of 0.50.

Scouting The Golden Bears - California is also coming off an upset win over fourth-ranked Washington, downing the Huskies on Friday by a score of 1-0. Austin Ripmaster, who scored the game-winner against Washington, leads the team in scoring with six goals and 15 points. Josh Saunders recorded two shutouts over the weekend to lower his GAA to 0.96.

The Series - UCLA recorded a Bay Area sweep three weeks ago, downing Cal, 2-0, and Stanford, 2-1, at home. The Bruins lead the overall series with Stanford, 25-2-3 and have won two consecutive. Against Cal, UCLA leads 23-6-3 with two straight wins.

Last Time Against Stanford - UCLA handed Stanford its only defeat of the season Oct. 14, 2-1 in front of 3,466 fans at Frank W. Marshall Field. Tim Pierce scored the game-winning goal with 1:12 to play in regulation. Dru Hoshimiya scored on a header from a Ryan Futagaki corner kick in the first half to give UCLA a 1-0 early lead.

Last Time Against Cal - The Bruins received a first-half goal from Adolfo Gregorio and a second-half penalty kick from Ryan Futagaki to defeat California, 2-0 Oct. 12. The Bruin defense held Cal to just five shots, four of which were saved by goalkeeper Zach Wells.

Hoshimiya Returns To Former School - Sophomore midfielder Dru Hoshimiya will return to familiar territory when the Bruins face Cal on Sunday. Hoshimiya played at Cal in 1999 before transferring to UCLA. As a Golden Bear, he played in eight games and did not score. Hoshimiya has found success with his current team, scoring two goals and recording one assist in 14 starts.

Bruins Win Pacific Soccer Classic - UCLA captured its 12th Pacific Soccer Classic title after defeating St. Mary's, 5-1, and tying 12th-ranked South Carolina, 0-0. The Bruins' +4 goal differential bettered South Carolina's +2, giving UCLA the team crown for the fifth consecutive year. Earning all-tournament honors were Offensive MVP Chadd Davis, Defensive MVP Zach Wells, Nelson Akwari and Scot Thompson.

Davis Has Breakthrough Performance - Junior midfielder Chadd Davis showed in a big way why he belonged in the starting lineup with a standout performance against St. Mary's Friday. In his third start of the year, Davis scored UCLA's first two goals and assisted on the third as the Bruins defeated the Gaels, 5-1. His five points in the game surpassed his career total entering the contest. For his efforts, Davis earned tournament Offensive MVP honors.

Bruin Soccer A Big Draw - The Bruins have remained a large draw at home and on the road in 2001. This year, UCLA is averaging 1,037 fans at home. That number was bolstered by a crowd of 3,466 that witnessed UCLA's 2-1 win over Stanford Oct. 14. On the road, the numbers are even better, as the Bruins are drawing 1,427 fans to road contests. Five of UCLA's nine road games have been attended by over 1,000 fans, including two 2,000+ crowds at Virginia and UC Santa Barbara. UCLA averages 1,098 at neutral sites.

Hermann, M.A.C. Award Watch - Defender Alex Yi (Easton, Md./Bradenton Academy) is a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's longest-standing player of the year award, as well as for the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year Award. The U.S. Under-20 National Team member 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, Yi has started 15 games, contributing to five shutouts.

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