Men's Soccer Closes Regular Season Against Oregon State, Washington
Nov. 5, 2001
This Week - Head coach Todd Saldaï¿½a's UCLA men's soccer team (8-6-4, 3-2-1 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 24 by SoccerTimes.com) will conclude regular-season play with a pair of conference home games against Oregon State (5-9-0, 1-4-0) and 14th-ranked Washington (11-3, 3-2-0). The Bruins will face Oregon State on Friday at 2:00 pm, and will take on Washington on Sunday at 2:00 pm in the season finale. Both games will be played on Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium.
Seniors To Be Honored - UCLA seniors Brandon Kay and Stephen Gardner will be honored in pre-game ceremonies Sunday afternoon. Kay, a midfielder from Simi Valley, Calif., has started 26 games in his Bruin career, including 10 this season. Two weeks ago, Kay recorded his first career goal in the Bruins' 5-1 win over St. Mary's. Gardner, a goalkeeper from Los Altos Hills, Calif., has made his first career appearances in front of the nets this season, playing 37 minutes in two games with three saves.
Bruins Remain In Hunt For Pac-10 Title - With a 3-2-1 Pac-10 record, UCLA currently stands in a tie with Stanford for first place in the conference with 10 points (three points are awarded for a victory, one point for a tie). Stanford has three games remaining on its schedule - road matchups against Cal, Washington and Oregon State. Only two of the Pac-10 games played so far have resulted in victories for the road team - UCLA's 1-0 win at Cal Sunday and Washington's 1-0 win at Oregon State Friday. UCLA could win the conference based on head-to-head play if it wins out and Stanford loses one of its three remaining games.
Last Time Against Oregon State - The Bruins lost a 1-0 decision at the hands of the Beavers Oct. 21. OSU keeper Peter Billmeyer made a career-high 11 saves in the shutout victory, and Aaron McHardy scored the game-winner in the 41st minute.
Last Time Against Washington - After a Tim Pierce goal in the 68th minute to tie the score at 1-1, the Huskies scored two unanswered goals to defeat the Bruins, 3-1 in Seattle Oct. 19. Ben Somoza had a goal and an assist for UW, and Greg Foisie scored the game-winner in the 73rd minute.
Bruins Get Through Bay Area Unbeaten - The Bruins went undefeated on the road last weekend, tying third-ranked Stanford, 0-0, and beating Cal, 1-0 in overtime. Goalkeeper Zach Wells picked up the victories in both games. Junior co-captain Ryan Futagaki scored the game's only goal at Cal on a penalty kick in the 99th minute.
Wells Flawless In Last Four Games - Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Wells has been flawless in his last four games, yielding zero goals in his last four contests. Wells has played 440 consecutive shutout minutes, with his last goal allowed coming in the 41st minute of the Oct. 21 Oregon State game. His goals against average in his last five games is a minuscule 0.19, and his overall GAA has dropped to 0.83.
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 1,371 fans to road contests. Five of UCLA's nine road games have been attended by over 1,000 fans, including three 2,000+ crowds at Virginia, UC Santa Barbara and Stanford (which coincidentally all resulted in ties). 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 17 games, contributing to seven shutouts, including three consecutive.