UCLA Men's Soccer Team Travels To Cal State Fullerton
Sept. 21, 2004
This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (4-1-1, ranked No. 11 by Soccer America ) will play one final non-conference game before starting up Pac-10 Conference play next week. The Bruins will travel to Cal State Fullerton (0-5-1) for a Sunday, 1 pm matchup at Titan Stadium. UCLA has enjoyed success at Titan Stadium this year, winning a 2-1 double overtime decision against Oakland on Sept. 3 at the Cal State Fullerton SoccerTown Classic.
Scouting the Titans -- Cal State Fullerton has struggled in the results column so far this season, losing five games and tying another. However, a majority of their decisions have come against Top 10 teams. The Titans took No. 1 Indiana to double overtime before falling 2-1 on Sept. 10. Fullerton also tied No. 4 Notre Dame 0-0 on Sept. 12 and lost one-goal decisions to No. 7 Cal (1-0) and No. 8 Stanford (2-1) this weekend. Taylor Sheldrick leads the team in scoring with three goals. Goalkeeper Sam Reynolds has posted a 1.50 goals against average. UCLA leads the overall series with Fullerton, 27-7-2 and has won the last five consecutive matches. Last season, UCLA pounded the Titans at The Home Depot Center, 5-0, behind a Matt Taylor hat trick and a two-goal, three-assist performance by Chad Barrett.
Enfield Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week -- Senior Mike Enfield was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week after a two-goal performance against Cal State Northridge. Enfield recorded the tying and go-ahead goals in the 3-1 victory for his first career multiple-goal game. The honor is the first of his career and the 18th all-time for UCLA.
Bruins Come From Behind To Beat Northridge, Tie LMU -- UCLA came from behind to beat Cal State Northridge on Sept. 16, scoring three unanswered goals to earn a 3-1 home win. Senior midfielder Mike Enfield, playing more of a forward position in this game, took a liking to his new role and scored two goals off headers for the tying and go-ahead scores. Chad Barrett assisted him on both goals. Freshman Kamani Hill added his second goal of the year with 3:37 left to play for added insurance. Against LMU on Sept. 19, both teams had ample opportunities to score but were unable to find the back of the net. Jordan Harvey had a shot hit the post in the second half, and Patrick Ianni and Aaron Lopez each had shots that were cleared off the line by LMU defenders. Freshman defender Mike Zaher had a back line save of his own in the second half, and goalkeeper Eric Reed made several spectacular saves to preserve the shutout, his second in as many starts this season.
Bruin Seniors, Salcedo To Be Featured On UCLA Sports Magazine -- UCLA seniors Mike Enfield, Ahmed Khalil and Aaron Lopez, as well as head coach Jorge Salcedo, will be featured on this week's UCLA Sports Magazine show on Fox Sports West 2. The show airs on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 11 pm PT and on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 11 am PT.
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. This season, Enfield leads the Bruins with three goals and six points.
UCLA Hosts NCAA College Cup -- The NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup comes to Southern California for the first time in 2004. UCLA will host the event at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on December 10 (5 and 7:30 pm) and Dec. 12 (1 pm). Tickets are on sale now at The Home Depot Center and at Ticketmaster and range in price from $20-40 for a two-day pass for all three games.
The Home Depot Center is the premier soccer facility in the nation and is home to the Los Angeles Galaxy. It will also be the site of the 2004 MLS Cup in November and was the site of last year's FIFA Women's World Cup.