Bruin Soccer Hosts Cal State Northridge, Faces LMU At The Home Depot Center
Sept. 14, 2004
This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (3-1, ranked No. 12 by Soccer America and No. 20 by the NSCAA/adidas) will remain in the Southern California area for a pair of games this week. First up is a home match at Drake Stadium against Cal State Northridge (2-2) on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 pm. The game will be broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Former UCLA star Tayt Ianni and Ari Avishay will call the action. On Sunday, Sept. 19, the Bruins will travel down the 405 to Carson, CA to face Loyola Marymount (1-2-1) in The Home Depot Center. Game time is at 1:00 pm, and tickets are available for purchase at The Home Depot Center or on Ticketmaster. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students with ID, seniors and children. Kids wearing their AYSO jerseys will receive free admission. Parking at The Home Depot Center is $5. Section 109 has been designated the UCLA section.
UCLA, LMU To Play At College Cup Site -- The Bruins and Lions are both hoping that Sunday's game at The Home Depot Center is a prelude to the 2004 NCAA College Cup, which will be held there on Dec. 10 and 12. UCLA played in the first collegiate game at The Home Depot Center last season, smashing Cal State Fullerton, 5-0. Chad Barrett had a hand in all five goals, scoring two and assisting on the other three. The Home Depot Center is considered to be the premier U.S. soccer stadium and is home to the Los Angeles Galaxy. It is also going to be the site of the 2004 MLS Cup. There are 18 former Bruins and two former Lions in MLS, including six on the Galaxy (UCLA's Kevin Hartman, Cobi Jones, Scot Thompson, Pete Vagenas and Sasha Victorine; LMU's Arturo Torres).
Scouting the Opponents -- Cal State Northridge advanced to the NCAA second round last season, earning the No. 16 seed in the tournament. Returning from last year's squad is sophomore forward Willie Sims, a freshman All-American in 2003 who recorded his first career hat trick in the Matadors' 4-3 win over American last Friday. Loyola Marymount also advanced to the NCAA second round last year and retains the services of top returning scorer and three-time All-WCC selection Matt Kovar (2g, 8a). LMU head coach Paul Krumpe and assistant coach Brian Irvin are former Bruins. Krumpe helped UCLA win its first NCAA title in 1985 and was an assistant coach during UCLA's 1997 title run. Irvin was a three-year starter and started on the 1994 Final Four team. The Bruins are 11-0 all-time against Northridge, with the last win coming in 1999, a 2-1 double-overtime victory. UCLA leads the series with LMU, 21-2, and has won two consecutive, including a 2-0 home win in 2003. Kiel McClung and Chad Barrett scored the goals in that game.
McClung Brothers Face Off Thursday -- The McClung household will be split on Thursday when UCLA hosts Cal State Northridge. Kiel McClung is sophomore defender on the UCLA squad, and Ian is a redshirt sophomore goalkeeper on the Northridge team. Kiel has started all four games for the Bruins. Ian has yet to see action this year for the Matadors.
Bruins Split Matches At UNLV/FILA Invitational -- UCLA had mixed results at the UNLV/FILA Invitational last weekend, losing its first game, 3-2, against Creighton and then winning 1-0 on an own goal 37 seconds into overtime against UNLV. In the Creighton match, the Bruins were in a 3-0 before halftime and mounted a furious comeback with six minutes to play, notching two goals by Richard Flores and Benny Feilhaber, but the clock ran out on the Bruins' chances. Against UNLV, junior goalkeeper Nate Pena earned his first career solo shutout and made six saves. The win was the 800th in UCLA's history. The Bruins are now 800-180-82, dating back to 1937, and only need four more wins to post 600 victories under NCAA status.
Lopez, Enfield Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List -- Seniors Aaron Lopez and Mike Enfield have been targeted as two of the Top 25 athletes to watch for the 2004 season, earning selection to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Lopez, who was a nominee for last season's M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2003 and helped the Bruins achieve a school record 0.52 team goals against average. In 2002, he was the Offensive MVP of the College Cup after scoring the only goal with 1:02 to play in the championship game. Enfield, a former U.S. Youth National Team member, ranked fourth on the Bruin squad in 2003 with seven assists and 13 points. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2002.
Head Coach Jorge Salcedo -- Former UCLA All-American and assistant coach Jorge Salcedo enters his first season as head coach of the Bruins. Salcedo was the Bruins' assistant coach from 2001-03 and helped lead UCLA to the 2002 NCAA Championship and to two Pac-10 titles. He has already made an immediate impact as head coach, snaring the No. 1-rated recruited class in the country for the second consecutive year. Salcedo was a four-year starter at UCLA and, as a freshman, scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 1990 NCAA Championship game.