No. 2 Bruins Face Washington, Oregon State For Second Consecutive Week
Oct. 28, 2002
This Week - The UCLA men's soccer team (10-1-2, 5-0-0 in the Pac-10 Conference, ranked second by the NSCAA and third by Soccer America) will have a sense of deja vu when it hosts Washington (4-7-3, 1-4-0) and Oregon State (11-4-0, 1-3-0) in conference play this weekend. The Bruins, unbeaten in their last eight games, defeated both teams this past weekend on the road. UCLA's weekend play kicks off on Friday, Nov. 1 at 2:00 pm against the Huskies. On Sunday, Nov. 3, UCLA will face the Beavers at 11:00 am in the first game of a doubleheader with the UCLA women's team, which also faces Oregon State. All matches will take place at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium.
Broadcast Info - UCLA's game against Washington on Friday will be broadcast live over the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Tony Luftman and Michael Sondheimer will call the action.
Scouting The Opponents - Washington enters Friday's contest with a 4-7-3 record. The Huskies are winless in six of their last seven games and are coming off a 1-0 loss to the Bruins. Dayo Oyetuga leads a young Husky team with nine points (4 goals, 1 assist).
Oregon State enters the weekend with an 11-4-0 record and has posted the second-most wins in school history, one win away from the school record of 12 victories, set in 1989. The Beavers split their games this past week, losing to UCLA, 3-0, before defeating Fresno State, 5-1. Alan Gordon leads the squad with 26 points off a conference-best 11 goals. Joe Zaher (20 points), Aaron McHardy (17 points) and Ryan Johnson (10 points) have also scored in double-figures. Defensively, goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer has posted five shutouts.
The Series - The Bruins have already won one game against each team this year and split the season series with both teams in 2001. Against Oregon State, UCLA leads the all-time series, 8-2-0, and won the last matchup, 3-0. The Bruins are 8-7-2 all-time against Washington, winning the last contest, 1-0.
Leaders Of The Pac - UCLA finished the first half of conference play with a perfect 5-0 record after a two-game sweep in the Pacific Northwest last weekend. The Bruins posted a 3-0 shutout over Oregon State as senior forward Tim Pierce scored two goals for his seventh and eighth goals of the season, and goalkeeper Zach Wells tied the school record with 11 saves. Wells also added an assist on Cliff McKinley's goal in the 74th minute. The Bruins also achieved victory over Washington, shutting out the Huskies 1-0 for their first win in Seattle in 22 years. Luke Mehring scored the game winning goal with a header in the 38th minute.
Sharp-Shooters - Freshman midfielder Luke Mehring (Malibu, CA/Malibu HS) is a perfect 2-2 on shot opportunities this season, netting two goals on his only two shots. Both goals have come from headers on set pieces. Junior forward Cliff McKinley (Fountain Valley, CA/Fountain Valley HS) has been almost as effective, scoring on 50% of his opportunities (four shots resulting in two goals).
Wells Ties School Saves Record - Junior goalkeeper Zach Wells (Costa Mesa, CA/Newport Harbor HS) continues to shine for the Bruins. He posted an impressive 11 saves against the Ducks, tying the UCLA record for single game saves. Wells came up huge for the Bruins, shutting out Oregon State 3-0, despite a 25-shot effort by the Beavers. He also contributed offensively to the game, launching a goal kick in the 74th minute of the game that Cliff McKinley was able to slip in for UCLA's third goal. Wells has allowed just one goal in his last five games and has lowered his season GAA to 0.57.
In The Rankings - The Bruins moved up to No. 2 in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll, their highest ranking since being ranked No. 1 on Oct. 2, 2000. UCLA also moved up two to No. 3 in the Soccer America poll and No. 4 on the SoccerTimes.com and College Soccer News polls.