Bruins Seeking Pac-10 Men's Soccer Title This Weekend
Nov. 3, 2003
This Week - The top-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (15-1-0, 7-0-0 in the Pac-10 Conference) will host conference foes Washington (10-3-2, 3-3-1, ranked No. 15 by Soccer America) and Oregon State (12-4-0, 6-1-0, ranked No. 15 by the NSCAA and No. 11 by Soccer America) at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium this weekend with the Pac-10 title possibly on the line. The Bruins host Washington on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 pm and Oregon State on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 1 pm. UCLA sits in first place in the Pac-10 Conference with a perfect 7-0 mark. Oregon State is second at 6-1, its only loss coming to the Bruins on Oct. 3.
Pac-10 Title Could Be Up For Grabs - With a perfect 7-0 conference record, UCLA controls its own destiny in the Pac-10 race. Oregon State, with its 6-1 record, is the only team who can pass the Bruins in the standings. UCLA's games against Washington and Oregon State are critical, as two victories will clinch a second consecutive Pac-10 title for UCLA.
Scouting the Huskies - Washington's only losses have come in Pac-10 play, to UCLA, Oregon State and California. The Huskies' record against non-conference opponents is 7-0-1. Leo Totev leads Washington with 13 points (5g, 3 a). Troy Ready also has five goals on the year. Goalkeeper Danny Waltman holds a goals against average of 0.86.
The Series With Washington - UCLA leads the overall series, 9-8-2, and won the first matchup of the year up in Seattle, 1-0, behind a Benny Feilhaber goal in the 65th minute. Goalkeeper Zach Wells faced 13 shots and made one save.
Scouting the Beavers - Oregon State has had a phenomenal 2003 season, posting a 12-4 overall record and a 6-1 league record. The Beavers have won six straight since losing to the Bruins, 2-1, and have posted similar offensive numbers to UCLA, scoring 37 goals (UCLA leads the Pac-10 with 40). Alan Gordon leads the team with 11 goals and three assists (25 points). Robbie Findley has scored nine goals and two assists (20 points).
The Series With Oregon State - UCLA leads the overall series, 10-2-0, and have won four straight. UCLA won the first game between the two teams this year up in Corvallis, 2-1. Dru Hoshimiya scored in the third minute, and Adolfo Gregorio had the game-winner in the 71st minute on a penalty kick. Gregorio also assisted on Hoshimiya's goal.
Bruins Win 13 In A Row In Sog-fest Over Rutgers - UCLA earned its 12th shutout of the season with a 2-0 home win over Rutgers Friday night. In a rain-soaked affair, Mike Enfield and Chad Barrett provided the scoring, and goalkeeper Zach Wells stopped eight shots as UCLA won its 13th consecutive game. The Bruins' win was their 12th consecutive, the third-longest streak in school history. The 1970 Bruins won 16 straight games to set the school record.
A Barrett Balanced Attack - Freshman forward Chad Barrett, a leading candidate for Freshman of the Year honors, has not only scored the goals for UCLA, but set up the goals as well. Barrett has scored eight goals and recorded eight assists for a total of 24 points, the most by a Bruin freshman since Joe-Max Moore had 32 in 1990. The Beaverton, Ore. native ranks second on the team in all three scoring categories.
Wells On His Way To A School Record - Senior goalkeeper Zach Wells is on pace to break UCLA's school record for single-season goals against average. Wells currently has compiled a 0.34 GAA with just five goals allowed and nine solo shutouts in 1325 minutes of action. All-American Anton Nistl set the school mark in 1989 and 1986 with a GAA of 0.53 and recorded a school-record 16 shutouts in 1989. Wells has moved into third on UCLA's career saves list with 249 and has a chance of passing all-time leader Nistl, who totaled 261 saves from 1986-89. Wells also moved into fifth on the career shutouts list with 25 and on the career victories list with 44.
More Shutouts For the defense - The Bruin defense, labeled by College Soccer News as one of the Top 5 in the nation, earned its 12th shutout of the season last weekend against Rutgers. UCLA has allowed just six goals this year for a team goals against average of 0.38 and has shut 11 of the last 13 opponents.
Schedule Change - The date of the regular season finale against Fresno State has been moved to Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm at Drake Stadium. Nine UCLA seniors - John Carson, Adolfo Gregorio, Leonard Griffin, Dru Hoshimiya, Tony Lawson, Ty Maurin, Cliff McKinley, Matt Taylor and Zach Wells - will be honored in pre-game festivities.