Men's Soccer Awaits Post-Season Fate, Will Play Alumni Sunday
Nov. 13, 2001
This Week - Head coach Todd Saldana's UCLA men's soccer team (10-6-4, 5-2-1 in the Pac-10) concluded regular-season play last week and will play an exhibition game against the alumni on Sunday, Nov. 18. The game will take place at Spaulding Field at 6:00 p.m.
Bruins Will Root For Oregon State, Washington - UCLA currently leads the Pac-10 conference with a final tally of 16 points and now must root for either Oregon State or Washington to keep second-place Stanford (13 points) from moving into the top spot. Stanford plays at Washington Friday, Nov. 16 and at Oregon State Sunday, Nov. 18. The Cardinal can surpass the Bruins with two victories or a win and a tie. A loss will tie UCLA and Stanford for the championship. Two losses would give UCLA the championship outright. Washington is undefeated at home this season.
Return To the Rankings - UCLA made a return to the national rankings this week, checking in at No. 20 in the Soccer America poll and in the CollegeSoccer.com media poll. The Bruins are also ranked by the NSCAA (No. 25) and SoccerTimes.com (No. 22).
UCLA Closes Season With Six-Game Unbeaten Streak - The Bruins closed the regular season with an impressive six-game unbeaten streak, going 4-0-2 while facing three Top 20 teams. UCLA won its last three games, downing Cal 1-0 in overtime on the road and defeating at home Oregon State, 1-0, and 14th-ranked Washington, 3-2 in overtime. During the six-game unbeaten streak, UCLA allowed just three goals, outscoring its opponents, 10-3.
Bruins Shut Out Beavers - Goalkeeper Zach Wells increased his scoreless streak to five games, shutting out Oregon State, 1-0, on Nov. 9. Sophomore forward Matt Taylor scored the game's only goal in the eighth minute.
Bruins Rally Twice To Upset Washington - UCLA came from behind not once, but twice, to score a 3-2 upset of 14th-ranked Washington in overtime Nov. 11. After Washington took an early 1-0 lead, the Bruins answered with a Tim Pierce goal in the 30th minute. UW scored again in the first half and looked to be on its way to victory until the 88th minute, when Matt Taylor scored on a bicycle kick to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, Cliff McKinley ended the game with a goal in the 102nd minute to end a five-game losing streak against the Huskies.
Wells Has Shutout Streak End At 541 But Approaches Saves Record - Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Wells had his consecutive shutout streak come to an end Sunday at 541 minutes. Wells, unbeaten in his last six games, has seen his goals against average drop to 0.84 overall, 0.30 during the streak. Last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week is also approaching the UCLA record for goalkeeping saves in a season (97, held by Brad Friedel in 1990). With 86 saves this year, Wells needs 11 more saves to tie Brad Friedel's mark of 97, set in 1990. Wells is two saves away from fifth-place Tim Harris (1981), three away from third-place Anton Nistl (1989) and David Vanole (1985) and four away from second-place Vanole (1984).
Taylor Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week - Forward Matt Taylor earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this week after scoring the game-winning goal against Oregon State and scoring one and assisting on another against Washington. Taylor's bicycle kick goal against the Huskies came with 1:26 to play in regulation and sent the game into overtime. He now ranks second on the team with five goals and 12 points. Taylor is the third Bruin to receive Player of the Week honors this year, joining Tim Pierce (twice) and Zach Wells.
Hermann, M.A.C. Award Watch - Defender Alex Yi 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 19 games, contributing to eight shutouts, including four of the Bruins' last five games.