Men's Soccer Hosts Portland In First On-Campus Game of 2003

Sept. 15, 2003

This Week - The defending NCAA champion UCLA men's soccer team (4-1-0, ranked No. 2 by the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America) will host Portland (3-3-0) on Sunday, Sept. 21 in the Bruins' first game on campus in 2003. The game will kick off at 1:00 pm on Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. UCLA has an all-time record of 21-4-2 in three seasons at Frank W. Marshall Field. Tickets to the game are $6 for adults and $4 for youth. UCLA students are admitted free with UCLA ID.

Scouting the Pilots - Portland was devastated by the passing of head coach Clive Charles on August 26 of cancer. Assistant coaches Bill Irwin and Trevor Warren are now guiding the Pilots, who have posted wins over UNLV (2-0), Oregon State (2-0) and Southwest Missouri State (2-0). Christopher Sanders leads the Pilots with three goals and seven points. Goalkeeper Luis Robles has posted three shutouts and a 0.82 goals against average.

The Series With Portland - UCLA leads the overall series with Portland, 7-1-1, and has won the last five consecutive games. The two teams last played in 2000, with UCLA notching a 3-1 victory. Portland's only win came in the second round of the 1988 NCAA Tournament, 2-0.

Bruins Go On Scoring Barrage Against Fullerton - In the first collegiate game ever played at The Home Depot Center, UCLA dismantled Cal State Fullerton in the second half, scoring five goals to win 5-0. The Bruin forward tandem of senior Matt Taylor and freshman Chad Barrett scored all five goals, with Taylor recording his second hat trick of the season and Barrett having a hand in each goal with two goals and three assists.

Dynamic Duo - The dynamic duo of senior forward Matt Taylor and freshman forward Chad Barrett has combined to score 10 of UCLA's 15 goals this season. Barrett alone has contributed on 73% of the Bruins' goals, either providing an assist or recording a goal in 11 of 15 scores and in four of UCLA's five games. He leads the team in scoring with 15 points (4 goals, 7 assists). Taylor has scored 40% of UCLA's goals, notching six goals. Taylor has been extremely efficient in his shot selection, scoring six times on 13 shots for a shot percentage of 46.2%. He also has a shot on goal percentage of 76.9%.

Patience Is A Virtue - No goal scoring in the first half? No worries. The Bruins have scored 13 of their 15 goals this year in the second half of play. Even one of UCLA's first-half goals came late in the half, a 41st minute score against Penn State. UCLA's defense has held strong even when the team has struggled to find the back of the net, allowing just one goal in the first period of play all year. The Bruins have a team goals against average of 0.60, while their opponents' GAA is 3.00.

Gregorio, Lopez Named To M.A.C. Hermann Watch List - Senior midfielder Adolfo Gregorio and junior defender/midfielder Aaron Lopez have been selected to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy 'Watch List' of players considered among the top candidates for the 2003 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann trophy. Gregorio is a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection and a Soccer America pre-season All-American. Last season he scored nine goals with six assists. This season he ranks fourth on the team in scoring with five points in four games played. Lopez was UCLA's Team MVP in 2002 and the Offensive MVP of the 2002 College Cup after scoring the game-winning goal with 1:02 remaining in the title match. Lopez was recently named to the All-Tournament team at the Maryland/adidas Classic.

Head Coach Tom Fitzgerald - NSCAA National Coach of the Year Tom Fitzgerald enters his second year as UCLA head coach. Fitzgerald has established lofty standards for himself at UCLA, becoming the first NCAA Division I coach to win an undisputed national championship in his first year with the program. He also became just the third coach to win NCAA titles in both Division I and Division II. Fitzgerald coached the University of Tampa to the NCAA Division II title in 1994 and was the head coach for Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew from 1996-2001.

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