UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week
Sept. 2, 2003
Senior forward Matt Taylor (Irvine, CA/Irvine HS) of the UCLA Men's Soccer Team was selected as the UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Aug. 25-31.
Taylor recorded a hat trick in UCLA's season opener as the top-ranked Bruins defeated 16th-ranked Penn State, 5-2. Taylor's first goal late in the first half tied the game after the Nittany Lions scored first. Just one minute into the second half, Taylor struck again for the go-ahead goal, and then he completed the hat trick with a 54th minute goal for the eventual game-winner.
Taylor's hat trick was the second of his career and his second in as many games against Penn State. His three-goal, two-assist effort in the 2002 NCAA Quarterfinals helped the Bruins advance to the NCAA College Cup and eventual NCAA Championship. In his last five games played, Taylor has scored seven goals with two assists.
Following the conclusion of the Cal State Fullerton Soccer Town Classic, which UCLA won based on goal differential, Taylor was named the Tournament's Offensive MVP. He is also the season's first Pac-10 Player of the Week.
This is Taylor's first UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week honor of the season and third of his career.
Also nominated: IrisMora (w. soccer), Brynn Murphy (w. volleyball)
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