UCLA To Face Stanford, Cal In Men's Soccer For Second Consecutive Week
Oct. 18, 2004
This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (7-2-2 overall, 3-1-0 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 7 by Soccer America) will host a pair of familiar foes this weekend in No. 17 Stanford (6-2-5, 1-1-2) and No. 18 California (8-2-2, 1-2-1). The Bruins played both teams last weekend up north, earning a pair of shutouts - 3-0 over Cal and 2-0 at Stanford. UCLA and Stanford square off just five days after their first meeting, playing the first game in a doubleheader with the UCLA and Stanford women on Friday, Oct. 22 at 6 pm at Drake Stadium. UCLA and Cal will meet on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2:30 pm following the UCLA-Cal women's game at Noon.
Bruins Rise To Seventh In National Rankings -- On the strength of a pair of shutout victories over No. 10 Stanford and No. 13 California, the Bruins shot up to No. 7 in the Soccer America national rankings, up 12 spots from No. 19. UCLA is also ranked No. 11 on the College Soccer News poll. NSCAA rankings come out on Tuesday morning.
Enfield Selected National Player of the Week -- Senior midfielder Mike Enfield was selected the College Soccer News National Player of the Week after a three-goal, one-assist performance over the weekend. Enfield had a hand in each goal at Cal, scoring the game-winner on the first goal of the game, assisting on the second and scoring the third. Against Stanford, he scored a critical insurance goal in the 71st minute to help UCLA defeat the Cardinal for the sixth-straight game. Enfield was also named to College Soccer News' Team of the Week and was chosen the UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week.
Last Time Against Stanford -- The Bruins recorded their seventh consecutive shutout against Stanford, 2-0, on a pair of second-half goals. Just three minutes after halftime, Benny Feilhaber scored the game-winner off assists from Kamani Hill and Richard Flores. Mike Enfield also scored a goal in the 71st minute to give UCLA some breathing room. The Bruin defense didn't need it, however, as goalkeeper Eric Reed recorded his fourth shutout. Reed had five saves on the day, including four in the first half. UCLA now leads the all-time series with Stanford, 31-2-4, and has won six straight contests.
Last Time Against Cal -- UCLA scored three second-half goals to put away California, 3-0. Mike Enfield had a hand in every goal, scoring two and assisting on another. He scored his first goal just two minutes into the second half and earned his second goal the hard way in the 84th minute. He earned a penalty kick after being taken down in the penalty box by Cal goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, who was ejected. Backup keeper Mike Oseguera blocked Enfield's penalty shot, but Enfield followed through on the shot and kicked the rebound back into the net. UCLA outshot Cal, 14-4, in the contest. The Bruins now lead the all-time series with Cal, 29-7-3.
Second-Half Thunder -- A lack of scoring in the first half of games has not deterred the Bruins this season. UCLA has turned on the afterburners quite often, scoring 13 of its 18 goals following halftime. UCLA's defense has been equally impressive in second halves, allowing only three goals.
M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch -- 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. Lopez has been the heart of UCLA's defense this season, leading the defensive unit to a 0.69 team goals against average and five shutouts. 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 and the Pac-10 with eight goals and 17 points.
UCLA Hosts NCAA College Cup -- The NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup comes to Southern California for the first time ever 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.