Bruins Travel To Bay Area For Pac-10 Men's Soccer Showdowns

Oct. 12, 2004

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This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (5-2-2, ranked No. 19 by Soccer America) will travel north to face Top 15 conference foes California (8-1-2, ranked No. 13 by Soccer America) and No. 10 Stanford (6-1-4, ranked No. 10 by Soccer America). The Bruins will first face California on Friday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 pm then will play Stanford on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Noon. UCLA will meet the same two teams the following week, hosting Stanford on Oct. 22 at 6 pm and California on Oct. 24 at 2:30 pm. Both games are doubleheaders with the UCLA women.

Hill Homecoming -- Hometown hero Kamani Hill returns to Berkeley this weekend for his first collegiate games in the Bay Area. Hill, a freshman forward, was born and raised in Berkeley and attended Berkeley HS, where he scored a whopping 133 goals and had 70 assists in high prep career. He was a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American and a two-time North Coast Section Player of the Year. He played club soccer for Marin United from 2000-03 and for Marin FC in 2003-04. His teams won state championships in 2003 and 2004 and the regional title in 2003. So far at UCLA, he has started five games and played in all nine and is the Bruins' second-leading scorer with two goals and two assists for six points.

A Look At the Golden Bears -- California entered play last week as the No. 3 team in the nation but dropped to 13th after a 3-0 loss at Washington and a 2-0 win at Oregon State. Nick Hatzke leads Cal in scoring with four goals and four assists for 12 points. Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg holds a 0.62 goals against average and has posted six shutouts. Cal leads the Pac-10 in goals against average with a team GAA of 0.61. UCLA leads the overall series with Cal, 28-7-3, with victories in the last three games. Last season, the Bruins swept the Bears, winning 4-2 at home behind a two-goal, one-assist night from Matt Taylor and a three-assist performance by Adolfo Gregorio, and claiming a 1-0 win on the road thanks to a Kiel McClung goal.

A Look At the Cardinal -- Stanford has rebounded quite nicely from a disastrous 3-15-2 season a year ago. Last season, the Cardinal went 0-10 in the Pac-10, but this year, the Cardinal is 1-0-2 in league play. Stanford has played better away from home than at home, posting a 3-0-1 away record and a 2-0-1 neutral record while going just 1-1-2 at home. Darren Fernandez leads the Cardinal and the Pac-10 in scoring with seven goals and 16 points. UCLA leads the overall series with the Cardinal, 30-2-4, and has won the last five straight. Last season, the Bruins won back-to-back games five days apart, 3-0 at home and 2-0 on the road. Matt Taylor had a goal and three assists in those two contests, and Jordan Harvey, Chad Barrett and Mike Enfield each contributed one goal apiece.

Youth Is Being Served -- UCLA has been relying on several young players this season, starting eight freshmen or sophomores in at least five games. Sophomores Chad Barrett, Benny Feilhaber, Patrick Ianni, Brandon Owens, Kiel McClung and Eric Reed have been mainstays in the starting lineup, as well as true freshmen Kamani Hill (5 starts) and Marvell Wynne (6). Another true freshman, Richard Flores, has made three starts, and Mike Zaher (seven games played) and Greg Folk (four games) have both seen significant action.

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 five goals and 10 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.

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