UCLA, Loyola Marymount Renew Rivalry Saturday Evening
Sept. 22, 2003
This Week - The defending NCAA champion UCLA men's soccer team (5-1-0, ranked No. 2 in the nation) will host local rival Loyola Marymount (5-2-1) on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. The game will kick off at 7:00 pm. UCLA has an all-time record of 22-4-2 in four-plus 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 Lions - Former UCLA star Paul Krumpe (1982-85) has guided his Loyola Marymount team to NCAA berths the last two years and a 5-2-1 record in 2003. Senior midfielder Kevin Novak leads the squad with seven goals and 15 points Junior defender Matt Kovar leads the team in assists with six. Goalkeeper Shaun Kalnasy holds a goals against average of 9.83 with two shutouts. Lion assistant coach Brian Irvin was a UCLA letterwinner from 1993-96.
The Series With LMU - UCLA leads the overall series with Loyola Marymount, 20-2-0. LMU defeated the Bruins 2-0 in regular season play last year, but UCLA won the important battle in the NCAA second round, 4-2. Adolfo Gregorio was the difference-maker in that NCAA contest, scoring two goals and assisting on another. Cliff McKinley and Aaron Lopez also scored for the Bruins. In 2001, LMU also won the regular season matchup (1-0) but lost to the Bruins in the NCAA first round, 3-2 in overtime. McKinley had the tying goal in that game, scoring on a header with less than a minute to play in regulation.
Last Week - In a defensive struggle, UCLA once again prevailed 2-0 behind a pair of second-half goals from Irvine natives Benny Feilhaber and Matt Taylor. Feilhaber was inserted into the game at the start of the second half and immediately made an impact, hitting a hard shot that required a diving save in the first minute of the half. The freshman walk-on would not be denied on his next opportunity, scoring his first career goal in the 58th minute for the game-winner. Taylor added an insurance goal in the 60th minute, and goalkeeper Zach Wells shut out the Pilots for his third solo shutout of the year.
Dynamic Duo - The dynamic duo of senior forward Matt Taylor and freshman forward Chad Barrett has combined to score 11 of UCLA's 17 goals this season. Barrett alone has contributed to 65% of the Bruins' goals, either providing an assist or recording a goal in 11 of 17 scores and in four of UCLA's six games. He leads the team in scoring with 15 points (4 goals, 7 assists). Taylor has scored 41% of UCLA's goals, notching seven goals. Taylor has been extremely efficient in his shot selection, scoring seven times on 16 shots for a shot percentage of 43.8%. He also has a shot on goal percentage of 68.8%.
Patience Is A Virtue - No goal scoring in the first half? No worries. The Bruins have scored 15 of their 17 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.
Defense Clamps Down - Lost amidst UCLA's high-powered scoring attack has been the strong defensive play by the Bruins, led by senior goalkeeper Zach Wells and senior defenders Leonard Griffin and team captain Tony Lawson. UCLA has allowed just three goals this year for a team GAA of 0.50 and has shut out its opponents in the last 303 consecutive minutes.
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 third on the team in scoring (6 points) and second in assists (4). 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 named to the All-Tournament team at the Maryland/adidas Classic earlier this month.