Pac-10 Champion Bruins End Regular Season With Two Games In San Diego
Nov. 8, 2005
This Week -- The No. 6/7 UCLA men's soccer team (11-3-3, 6-1-2 in the Pac-10) ends the regular season with a pair of games in San Diego. The Bruins will first play at the University of San Diego (8-5-5) on Thursday, Nov. 10 in Torero Stadium at 7 pm. The regular season finale will take place on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 pm at 18th-ranked San Diego State (9-2-6, 2-2-5 in the Pac-10). Both San Diego and San Diego State will offer live stats on their websites - usdtoreros.com and goaztecs.com.
Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA continues to climb in the rankings, moving up one spot to No. 6 in the Soccer America poll and up a whopping eight spots from 15th to seventh in the NSCAA/adidas rankings. The Bruins are also up to No. 4 in the College Soccer News poll and No. 8 in the SoccerTimes poll.
Reed, Bruin Defense Top NCAA Statistics -- Goalkeeper Eric Reed and the Bruin defense are proving they are amongst the best in the country. Reed leads the nation in goals against average (0.26) and shots on goals save percentage (0.927). The Bruin team ranks No. 1 in the nation in team goals against average (0.40) and shutout percentage (0.76) and No. 2 in shots on goals save percentage (0.896). The Bruin defense is led by Jordan Harvey, Brandon Owens, Marvell Wynne, Brad Rusin, Luke Mehring and Kiel McClung, along with defensive midfielders Patrick Ianni and Greg Folk. These eight players no doubt have experience on their side - they have been capped by U.S. National Teams a combined total of 123 times and have played a combined total of 353 games for UCLA.
UCLA Wins Fourth Consecutive Pac-10 Title -- The Bruins became the first team to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament after clinching the Pac-10 title with a 1-0 win over Stanford and a 1-1 tie against Cal. The Pac-10 title was UCLA's fourth consecutive, making seniors Jordan Harvey, Evan Corey, Nate Pena and Ryan Valdez the first players in UCLA history to win a conference championship all four years.
San Diego Stars Wynne, Zizzo Return Home -- Sophomore defender Marvell Wynne and freshman midfielder Sal Zizzo will play before their hometown crowd when the Bruins play two games in San Diego this week. Wynne attended Poway HS, where he was a two-sport (soccer, track & field) star. In soccer, he was an NSCAA/adidas All-American in 2003 and had his jersey number 3 retired. In track and field, he broke school records in the 200m dash (21.87) and 400m dash (48.10). Zizzo is a 2005 graduate of Patrick Henry HS and another two-sport star, earning All-CIF honors in both soccer and baseball. Zizzo was also an NSCAA/adidas All-American. Wynne and Zizzo played club soccer with Hotspurs USA.
Reed Selected Pac-10 Player Of The Week -- Goalkeeper Eric Reed has been named this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading the Bruins to their fourth-straight conference title with a shutout win over Stanford and a tie against Cal. Reed grabbed four saves in the Bruins' win at Stanford, including three in the second half, for his fifth consecutive shutout and 11th overall. Against Cal, he had two saves, including a crucial save in the first overtime. Although his shutout streak was snapped at 459 minutes, he preserved the tie to secure the Pac-10 win for UCLA. Reed is the fourth Bruin player this season and 25th all-time for UCLA to earn Player of the Week honors.
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 two assists 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 have been instrumental in UCLA's 13 shutouts this year and helped limit a high-scoring Maryland team to zero shots on goal. The Bruin defense has held its opponents to single-digit shot totals in seven games and ranks No. 1 in the nation with a 0.40 team goals against average and 0.76 shutout percentage.
Mehring Earns Academic Honors -- Junior defender Luke Mehring has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 menfs soccer team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Mehring, a history major who holds a cumulative GPA of 3.4, advances to the national ballot and will be up for consideration for Academic All-America honors.
Scouting the Toreros -- San Diego is coming off a pair of ties this past weekend, a 1-1 decision at fifth-ranked Santa Clara and a scoreless tie at San Francisco. Michael Caso (3g, 5a) and Dustin Guerrero (4g, 2a) lead the team offensively. Goalkeeper Lance Friesz holds a 1.06 goals against average with five shutouts. Junior forward Ryan Guy earned NSCAA All-Far West honors in 2004 and is tied for the team lead with five assists.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA leads the all-time series against San Diego, 16-4-3, and won last year's meeting, 4-0, at home. The Bruins dominated that game, outshooting San Diego, 15-2. Chad Barrett had two goals and an assist, and Mike Enfield and Richard Flores also added a goal apiece. The last time the two teams met in San Diego, they tied 2-2 in 2003, halting UCLA's winning streak at 15. The Bruins were actually down 2-0 in that game before tying the score with goals from Ryan Valdez and Barrett. San Diego's last win against the Bruins came on Oct. 5, 2001, 3-0 in San Diego.
Scouting the Aztecs -- San Diego State has been the surprise team of the Pac-10 in 2005. Picked to finish last in the conference in the pre-season conference poll, the Aztecs were in contention to win the conference title until this past week. San Diego State has just two losses this season, none at home, and a school record six ties. Only UCLA holds a lower team goals against average than San Diego State, whose 0.43 goals against average and 0.71 shutout average rank second in the nation. Goalkeeper Tally Hall ranks just below the Bruins' Eric Reed withy a 0.38 goals against average and 0.911 save percentage.
Prior Matchup -- In a battle between the top two defenses in the nation, it was only fitting that the teams played to a 0-0 tie on Oct. 16 at UCLA. The Bruins had 20 shots, eight of which were saved by Tally Hall. UCLA's Eric Reed made four stops on Aztec shots. UCLA leads the all-time series against San Diego State, 25-3-6, and the last Aztec win came on Oct. 11, 1989, 3-2 in overtime.
Bruins Shut Out All Home Opponents In 2005 -- After posting a pair of 1-0 victories over Oregon State and Washington last weekend, the Bruins became the first Pac-10 team and first ever UCLA team to shut out all home opponents in the regular season. In eight home games, the Bruins went 7-0-1 and allowed zero goals and just 63 shots (7.9 avg.). UCLA owns an all-time record of 47-7-3 at Frank W. Marshall Field.
By The Numbers -- UCLA has allowed just two goals in the last 1173 minutes and had a scoreless streak of 749 minutes snapped at Cal on Sunday ... Goalkeeper Eric Reed has shut out opponents in 12 of his 15 games played, with only Ohio State, Oregon State and Cal putting the ball past him ... Reed currently holds a career goals against average of 0.52, which would rank as the lowest career GAA in UCLA history. Brad Friedel holds the record with a 0.60 career mark ... With his 0.26 GAA this season, Reed is on pace to break UCLA's single-season school record for lowest GAA, held by Zach Wells (0.52, set in 2003). The NCAA single-season record is 0.26, held by John Putna of Indiana (1978) and Trey Harrington of Evansville (1990) ... With a team goals against average of 0.40, the Bruins are also on pace to break the school record of 0.52, set in 1989 and 2003.
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.