UCLA Earns No. 6 Seed In NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament
Nov. 15, 2004
UCLA's road to the NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup begins on Tuesday, Nov. 23 with an NCAA second round game versus the winner of the first round match between Loyola Marymount and Cal State Northridge. The second round game will be played at Drake Stadium at 7 pm and will be broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.
The Bruins (13-3-2 and ranked No. 3 by Soccer America) received an automatic bid into the tournament after capturing their third consecutive Pac-10 championship. UCLA has now advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the last 22 years.
'While we may have wanted a higher seed, the most important thing right now is our first game at home,' said UCLA first-year head coach Jorge Salcedo, who is trying to become the third straight Bruin head coach to make the College Cup in his first season. 'We just need to prepare for that game and not think ahead.'
UCLA faced both Cal State Northridge and Loyola Marymount earlier this season. The Bruins defeated Cal State Northridge at home, 3-1, on Sept. 16 and then tied Loyola Marymount at The Home Depot Center, 0-0, on Sept. 19. Northridge and LMU will play on Nov. 20 at Noon on Sullivan Field on the LMU campus. If UCLA wins its second round game, it will host 11th-seeded St. John's, Dartmouth or Boston University on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 pm.
The Bruins are 4-2-1 this season against the 48-team tournament field.
The seeded teams in the tournament are: 1. Wake Forest (15-5-1), 2. Indiana (14-4-1), 3. Maryland (15-5-1), 4. Virginia (17-4-0), 5. Notre Dame (13-2-3), 6. UCLA (13-3-2), 7. SMU (15-3-1), 8. UNC Greensboro (18-2-1), 9. UC Santa Barbara (17-2-1), 10. Penn State (10-4-7), 11. St., John's (10-5-4), 12. Old Dominion (13-5-2), 13. New Mexico (16-1-1), 14. Creighton (13-4-1), 15. Boston College (12-4-2), 16. Virginia Commonwealth (11-5-2).
For the complete bracket, click HERE.
UCLA is hosting the NCAA College Cup (semifinals and finals) on Dec. 10 & 12 at The Home Depot Center in Carson. This will be the first year it has ever been held in Southern California and the first year it has been held in the state of California since Stanford hosted in 1981. California schools have been mainstays in past College Cups, having advanced to the national semifinals 18 of the last 20 years and to the championship game in 10 of the last 20 years.