UCLA To Face Nationally-Ranked Local Foes
Oct. 11, 2005
This Week -- The No. 12 (Soccer America)/17 (NSCAA) ranked UCLA men's soccer team (7-3-0, 3-1-0 in the Pac-10) will face a pair of nationally-ranked local opponents with a road game on Friday, Oct. 14 (3 pm) against No. 23 (Soccer America) Cal State Northridge (6-2-2 with a Tuesday game against Cal State Fullerton) and a home Pac-10 Conference game against No. 19/25 San Diego State (7-1-3, 1-1-2 in the Pac-10) on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 pm. Sunday's game will have a live audio broadcast on UCLA All-Access via uclabruins.com. Northridge will provide live stats via gomatadors.com.
Two Of Nation's Top Three Goalies To Face Off -- Two of the premier goalkeepers in the nation will face off on Sunday when UCLA and San Diego State meet. Bruin junior Eric Reed ranks second in the nation with a 0.341 goals against average, just ahead of Aztec junior Tally Hall, who ranks third with a 0.346 GAA (Frank Peabody of Butler leads the nation with a 0.25 GAA). Hall has eight shutouts in 11 games and has made 36 saves while allowing four goals. Reed has six solo shutouts in nine games and has made 28 saves while allowing just three goals. Reed leads the nation in shots on goals save percentage (0.903), while Hall ranks second (0.900).
Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA dropped six to No. 12 in the Soccer America rankings and are down five to No. 17 in the NSCAA/adidas poll after a split against Washington (1-0 win) and Oregon State (1-0 loss). The Bruins remain No. 5 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and rank No. 9 on the College Soccer News poll and No. 11 in the Soccer Times poll.
UCLA In NCAA Statistics -- The Bruins rank sixth nationally in shutout percentage (0.70), are tied for 11th in team goals against average (0.60) and rank 14th in shots on goals save percentage (0.85). Individually, goalkeeper Eric Reed ranks second in goals against average (0.341) and first in shots on goals save percentage (0.903). Forward Kamani Hill is tied for 20th in assists per game (0.60).
M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch -- Junior midfielder/defender Patrick Ianni and sophomore defender Marvell Wynne have been named to the 2005 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Bruin duo were starters on the U.S. Under-20 National Team that advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2005 World Youth Championships. Their defense helped the U.S. shut out all three of its opponents in group play. Wynne also had an assist on the game-winning goal against Argentina. Both players were regular starters for UCLA in 2004 and played in all 20 games. Ianni, the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, has two goals and an assist this season, while Wynne has a goal and three assists. Ianni assisted Wynne on Wynne's game-winning goal against third-ranked Cal on Sept. 30. The goal was Wynne's first of his career. Ianni scored the game-winning goal in the road victory over Washington. Defensively, the two players were instrumental in UCLA's seven shutouts this year (4-0 vs. Maryland and Loyola Marymount, 1-0 vs. Penn State and Washington, 3-0 vs. UNLV and 2-0 vs. Cal and Stanford) and helped limit a high-scoring Maryland team to zero shots on goal. The Bruin defense has held its opponent to single-digit shot totals in three of the last five games.
Scouting the Matadors -- Cal State Northridge is coming off a 2-2 tie against Big West foe UC Santa Barbara and will host Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The Matadors are led by two-time all-region selection Willie Sims, who has scored eight goals and two assists this season. All-conference performer Daniel Paladini has also put up big numbers this year with five goals and two assists. Northridge has been to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three years. Backup goalkeeper Ian McClung is UCLA defender Kiel McClung's older brother. Ian has not yet played for the Matadors this season, while Kiel is just getting back into the starting lineup after sitting out a few weeks with an ankle injury. Midfielder Taylor Canel played two seasons at UCLA before transferring to Northridge this summer.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA has never lost to Cal State Northridge, winning all 12 games in the series. UCLA won the last matchup, 3-1, in Westwood. After a scoreless first half, Northridge struck first with a Daniel Paladini goal in the 53rd minute, but UCLA scored three unanswered goals to take the victory. Chad Barrett found Mike Enfield for a pair of diving headers in the 66th and 85th minute, and Kamani Hill gave UCLA some breathing room with a goal in the 87th minute. The Bruins dominated offensively, outshooting the Matadors 22-6 and owning a whopping 19-0 advantage in corner kicks. UCLA has not played in Northridge since a wild 2-1 double overtime win in 1999, during which the Bruins' McKinley Tennyson Jr. scored the tying goal with 46 seconds left in regulation. UCLA won the game in overtime on an own goal.
Scouting the Aztecs -- San Diego State enters the week with a 7-1-3 record. The Aztecs suffered their first loss of the season last Friday at Oregon State and then tied Washington on Sunday. Goalkeeper Tally Hall has allowed just four goals this season and ranks third in the nation in goals against average (0.346). Kraig Chiles, who was high school teammates with UCLA defender Marvell Wynne at Poway HS, leads the team in scoring with seven goals and 14 points. Head coach Lev Kirshner coached UCLA midfielder Jonathan Bornstein at the 2005 Maccabiah Games, where the U.S. won a silver medal.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA leads the all-time series against San Diego State, 25-3-5, and has won the last 10 meetings, not including last year's exhibition contest, which was won, 4-1, by UCLA. Mike Enfield, Mike Zaher, Evan Corey and Benny Feilhaber scored for the Bruins before the Aztecs got on board on a deflected shot by Heath Creager in the final two minutes of the game. UCLA won the last regular season matchup, 7-0, in 2002. In that contest, UCLA's Tim Pierce recorded the fifth-fastest goal in NCAA history, scoring just 16 seconds into the game. Pierce went on to score two more goals to earn the hat trick and also added one assist .
Bruins Split In Pacific Northwest -- UCLA split on the road in the Pacific Northwest, defeating Washington, 1-0, on Friday night on a Patrick Ianni goal off a free kick, and then dropping a 1-0 decision to Oregon State on Sunday afternoon. UCLA outshot the Beavers, 9-4 overall and 4-1 on shots on goal, but the one shot on goal by Oregon State went in for the game's only goal in the 10th minute.
Reed, Bruin Defense Untouchable At Home -- Goalkeeper Eric Reed and the Bruin defense have been impenetrable at home in 2005, going 4-0 and allowing just 25 shots (6.25 avg.) and zero goals. Reed, who ranks second in the nation with a 0.341 goals against average, has shut out opponents in seven of his nine games played and has six solo shutouts. He currently holds a career goals against average of 0.61, which ranks second on UCLA's all-time list behind only Brad Friedel (0.60).
Hill Taking Charge Of Offense -- Sophomore forward Kamani Hill has taken over the team lead in scoring with 12 points off three goals and a team-high six assists. Hill has been involved in nine of UCLA's 20 goals this year and has scored either a goal or an assist in six of UCLA's 10 games. He has already surpassed his point total from last year (nine points) and currently ranks 20th in the nation in assists per game (0.60).
Scoring By Committee -- After 10 games this season, 11 different players have found the back of the net for the Bruins, who have totaled 20 goals. Five players have scored multiple times - senior midfielder Jonathan Bornstein (4 goals), sophomore forward Kamani Hill (3 goals), senior defender Jordan Harvey (3 goals), junior midfielder Patrick Ianni (2 goals) and freshman forward Maxwell Griffin (2 goals).
European Vacations -- Five Bruins spent parts of the summer in Europe with the U.S. Youth National Teams. Junior Patrick Ianni and sophomore Marvell Wynne played with the Under-20s in Holland for the World Youth Championships. Sophomore Greg Folk and freshmen Jason Leopoldo and Sal Zizzo played with the Under-18s at the Lisbon Tournament in Portugal and won the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
UCLA Soccer A Family Affair -- Several members of the 2005 Bruin squad have extensive and long-standing ties to the UCLA soccer program, starting with head coach Jorge Salcedo. The 1990-93 UCLA letterwinner also had family members involved in the program. Father Hugo was a UCLA assistant coach from 1978-79, and younger brother Eddie was a letterwinner in 1995. Three Meschures brothers are involved with the current team. Eli and Michael are on the team, and middle brother Harry is the team manager. Junior midfielder Patrick Ianni and freshman forward Maxwell Griffin each have older brothers who won NCAA titles at UCLA - Tayt Ianni in 1990 and Leonard Griffin in 2002.
Bravo, Bruin Alumni Up For MLS All-time Best XI List -- UCLA assistant coach Paul Bravo and 10 former Bruins are up for selection to the MLS All-Time Best XI list, which is determined by fan voting. Players on this list were either named Best XI in a particular season or selected to play in at least three All-Star games. Bravo played for San Jose in 1996 and Colorado from 1997-2001 and was a three-time All-Star. He was the first player in Rapids history to record 100 career points, and he finished his career with 131 points on 52 goals and 27 assists. Joining Bravo on the list are Bruin alumni Brad Friedel (1990-92), Kevin Hartman (1995-96), Carlos Bocanegra (1997-99), Frankie Hejduk (1992-94), Greg Vanney (1993-95), Jimmy Conrad (1996-97), Cobi Jones (1988-91), Eddie Lewis (1992-95), Chris Henderson (1989-90) and Ante Razov (1992-95). Voting concludes on the last day of the regular season, Oct. 16. Fan ballots account for 50 percent of the final vote total. Media and MLS coaches and general managers will also participate in the other half of the voting process. To vote, visit the MLS website (http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/mls/events/season_10/best_11.jsp).