Sixth-Seeded Bruins Host 11th-Seeded St. John's In NCAA Men's Soccer 3rd Round
Nov. 24, 2004
Up Next -- The sixth-seeded and third-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (14-3-2) continues its drive towards the NCAA College Cup with a NCAA third round game against 11th-seeded St. John's. The game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 pm at Drake Stadium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and youth. UCLA needs to win two more matches to advance to the NCAA College Cup, which it is hosting at The Home Depot Center in Carson.
Follow The Bruins On The Internet -- A free, live broadcast of Saturday's game will be available on internet radio at www.uclabruins.com. Danny Lee and Stacey Waite will call the action. Live stats will be available on the NCAA webpage at www.ncaasports.com.
Bruins Reach Tournament For 22nd Straight Year -- UCLA's selection into the NCAA Tournament is its 22nd consecutive and 32nd overall. UCLA's NCAA streak is the second-longest active streak in the nation, and the 32 NCAA appearances are second only to Saint Louis' 42. UCLA has won national championships in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002. The Bruins' all-time NCAA record is 55-28.
UCLA vs. Tournament Field -- The Bruins went 4-2-1 record versus the tournament field in the regular season. UCLA's victories came against Cal State Northridge (3-1), California (3-0 and 4-3, ot)) and Washington (2-1). The Bruins also have a tie against Loyola Marymount (0-0) on Sept. 19. UCLA's losses came to Creighton (4-3) on Sept. 10 and Washington (1-0) on Oct. 3.
A Look At The Red Storm -- One year removed from reaching the NCAA Championship game, St. John's has posted an 11-5-4 record. The Red Storm, which is coached by Dave Masur, has a strong defensive crew that has posted a team goals against average of 0.77. Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette holds a 0.68 GAA with eight shutouts and 52 saves. Leading the way offensively is freshman Andrei Gotsmanov, who has scored nine goals and four assists for 22 points. Andre Schmid (4g, 8a - 16 points) and Matt Groenwald (3g, 6a - 12 points) join Gotsmanov in double figure scoring.
Comparing the Bruins and Red Storm -- The two teams match up well defensively. UCLA has a slight edge in goals against average (0.76-0.77) and shots allowed (138-200), but St. John's has 10 shutouts to UCLA's eight. Offensively, UCLA has outscored St. John's 37-29. The Bruins have been on fire as of late, scoring 10 goals in their last three games. St. John's has also turned it up recently, scoring eight goals in its last three games. In the last 10 games, UCLA has scored 24 goals to St. John's 16. The two teams have just one common opponent this year - Washington. St. John's defeated Washington 1-0 on opening weekend Sept. 6, while UCLA split with the Huskies, losing 1-0 on Oct. 3 and then winning 2-1 on Nov. 5.
The Series Between UCLA-St. John's -- UCLA holds a slight edge in the series, 1-0-1. The two teams last played on Oct. 6, 2002 and played to a 0-0 tie at the Rutgers Classic. Aaron Lopez was red-carded in that game, but despite playing a man down for 48 minutes, the Bruins kept St. John's off the boards and preserved the scoreless tie. In the only other game against St. John's, UCLA won 2-1 on Sept. 30, 1994, also at the Rutgers Classic.
Potential Quarterfinal Matchup -- The winner of Saturday's game will move on to play the winner of the Maryland/Creighton third round game. If UCLA wins its third round game and faces Creighton, the game will take place at Drake Stadium on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 pm. Ticket prices for that game will be $9 for adults and $7 for youth/students. If UCLA meets up with Maryland, that game will be held at College Park on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 pm ET.
Coincidence ... Or Not? -- To get to the 2004 College Cup, UCLA's path has a similar one to its path to the NCAA title in 2002. That season, the Bruins won the Pac-10 Championship under a first-year head coach (Tom Fitzgerald) and defeated LMU in their first game in the second round. LMU had reached that round by defeating Cal State Northridge in the first round, 1-0, the same score the Lions beat the Matadors by this year. Also in 2002, Wake Forest was the No. 1 seed in the tournament, as they are this year. UCLA's last two coaches (Todd Saldaña and Fitzgerald) made it to the College Cup in their first seasons. This year, rookie head coach Jorge Salcedo will try to make it three straight. Also, in each of the two years UCLA has faced St. John's, the Bruins went to the College Cup - in 1994 and 2002.
UCLA In The National Rankings -- UCLA ended the regular season ranked No. 3 in the Soccer America poll and No. 8 in the NSCAA poll. The Bruins are also ranked fifth by Soccer Times.com and sixth by College Soccer News.
Bruins Win Third-Straight Pac-10 Title -- UCLA won its third consecutive Pacific-10 Conference title with a 6-2-0 record. The Bruins clinched the title after a 2-1 comeback win at Washington on Nov. 5. Down 1-0 at halftime, the Bruins scored two second-half goals to snatch away the victory. Senior Ahmed Khalil notched the equalizer, his second goal in three games, at 64:39, and sophomore Benny Feilhaber recorded the game-winner at 79:08, knocking down a blistering shot from the top of the box to the upper left corner of the goal. Feilhaber's goal was his third of the year and his second game-winner.
Ianni, Salcedo Honored By Pac-10 -- Three-time Pac-10 champion UCLA placed nine players on the all-conference team, including Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Patrick Ianni. In addition, first-year head coach Jorge Salcedo received Co-Coach of the Year honors. It is the second consecutive year in which a UCLA player and coach have earned these awards. In 2003, Matt Taylor was the Player of the Year, and Tom Fitzgerald was the Coach of the Year. In addition to Ianni, seniors Mike Enfield and Aaron Lopez earned first-team honors for the first time (Lopez was a second-team selection in 2003 and 2002, Enfield earned honorable mention acclaim in 2002). Sophomores Chad Barrett, Benny Feilhaber and Brandon Owens received second-team acclaim. For Feilhaber, it was his first all-conference selection. Barrett and Owens both received honors last season. On the honorable mention team were Jordan Harvey, Kamani Hill and Eric Reed.
UCLA Sets NCAA Record With 38th Consecutive Winning Season -- With yet another winning season in the books, the Bruins have set a new NCAA record for consecutive winning seasons with 38 from 1967-present. The record was previously held by Saint Louis (37 consecutive from 1959-1996). The Bruins have 14 more years of winning seasons from 1953-1966, but soccer was not an NCAA sport at UCLA at the time.
Lopez A Semifinalist For M.A.C. Hermann Trophy -- Senior defender Aaron Lopez has been chosen for the second consecutive year as a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. Lopez has been the heart of UCLA's defense this season, leading the team to a 0.81 team goals against average (15th-best in the nation) and seven shutouts. The Soccer America pre-season All-American has also scored two goals, including the game-winner against Cal at home in overtime. Under Lopez's watch, the Bruin defense has made goalkeeper Eric Reed's job easy. UCLA's defense has allowed just 128 shots (64 on goal), resulting in just 49 saves, the lowest total by a Bruin team since 1992 (44). Opposing teams have been limited to single-digit shot totals 11 times, including a one-shot Bruin defensive shutdown at home against Stanford.
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). Individual tickets for the semifinals and final are now on sale and start at only $15 per ticket. Save by purchasing a Two-Day Pass, starting at only $20. Purchase your tickets now at The Home Depot Center Box Office, through TicketMaster outlets, by calling 866-LA-GROUP or visiting www.aeggrouptickets.com. The Home Depot Center is the premier soccer facility in the nation and is home to the Los Angeles Galaxy. It was also the site of the 2004 MLS Cup and 2004 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Owens, Wynne Earn U.S. U-20 National Team Duty -- Defenders Brandon Owens and Marvell Wynne took a brief break from practice in Westwood two weeks ago to join up with the U.S. Under-20 National Team training camp in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Bruin duo started and played all 90 minutes in helping the U.S. earn a 2-0 shutout over Honduras on Nov. 19. Wynne earned his first career cap, and Owens received his 36th overall. The U-20s are coached by former UCLA head coach Sigi Schmid.
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. In his first season, Salcedo led the Bruins to their third consecutive Pac-10 title and earned Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year honors. Salcedo was a four-year starter at UCLA and, as a freshman, scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 1990 NCAA Championship game.