Oct. 12, 1998
UCLA vs. UC Irvine - The second-ranked Bruins (9-1, 2-0 in the MPSF) will travel Friday, Oct. 16 to face UC Irvine (6-5) in an MPSF match. The game will be held at Irvine's Anteater Field at 7:00 pm and is UC Irvine's conference opener. UCLA will be hoping to extend its winning streak to nine games.
The Series - UCLA owns the overall series lead, 10-1 and has won the last three matches in a row. Irvine's only win in the series came in 1994, a 4-2 win at home. Last year at Irvine, the Bruins received the game-winner from Carlos Bocanegra en route to a 4-0 win. Nick Rimando earned the shutout.
Scouting UC Irvine - Leading the way for the Anteaters is Pat Lee (6g, 1a, 13 points). Lee ranks seventh in the MPSF in points scored. Tyler Theslof, younger brother of former Bruin midfielder Nick Theslof, is the only other Anteater in double-figure scoring with 11 points.
UCLA vs. Cal State Fullerton - Soccer's version of the UCLA-USC rivalry will take place Sunday, Oct. 18 at 4:00 pm when UCLA faces Cal State Fullerton (7-3- 1) at Fullerton's Titan Stadium. The two teams have a history of fierce competition and rivalry, as Fullerton has become UCLA's nemesis, particularly on its home field. UCLA, which owns the overall series lead 23-5-2, will nonetheless be trying to avenge two consecutive losses to Fullerton at Titan Stadium. Last season, Fullerton handed UCLA one of its only two losses on the year, 3-1, and in the first round of the 1996 NCAA Championships, the Titans upset the Bruins 2-1. UCLA's last win over Fullerton came in 1996, a 2-0 home victory that saw Sasha Victorine and Seth George score for the Bruins.
Scouting Cal State Fullerton - The Titans are led by forward Colby Jackson (7g, 5a, 19 points) and midfielder Art Ramirez (9g, 1a, 19 points). In Fullerton's last two games, Ramirez scored two goals against Fresno State and a hat trick against Cal State Los Angeles. Ramirez leads the MPSF in goals scored.
Bruins Increase Home Winning Streak to 25 - The Bruins hold the longest active streak in the NCAA with 25 consecutive regular season home victories (29 overall), which ranks second all-time. Tulsa (1988-92) holds the record with 39 consecutive home wins. The Bruins have not dropped a home contest since Sept. 22, 1996 when they lost 2-1 in overtime to California.
Bocanegra Leads Defense, Offense against Stanford, Cal - Sophomore defender Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma, Calif.) came through offensively and defensively against No. 8 Stanford Oct. 9. Bocanegra scored the game's only goal in the 14th minute on a header from a Shaun Tsakiris corner kick and led the Bruin defense to the shutout. Against Cal Oct. 11, the U.S. Under-20 National Team member had an assist and helped preserve the 5-0 shutout. Behind UCLA's backfield trio of Bocanegra, Ryan Lee (Alta Loma, Calif.) and Steve Shak (Cerritos, Calif.), UCLA has shut out eight opponents and given up just three goals, for a team goals against average of 0.29.
Rimando Makes Big Saves in Two Bruin Shutouts - Sophomore goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair, Calif.) continued his outstanding play in 1998, shutting out Stanford and Cal to lower his goals against average to a paltry 0.33. Rimando, who has totaled five solo and three shared shutouts, made a career high-tying six saves against the Cardinal Friday while holding on to a 1-0 lead. One save in particular was vintage Rimando. Stanford's Corey Woolfolk had a breakaway one-on-one near the Bruin goal in the 11th minute. While back-pedaling to the goal, Rimando slipped but managed to get back up and tip Woolfolk's shot wide of the goal. Three minutes later, Carlos Bocanegra scored the game's only goal to give UCLA the win. Against Cal, Rimando had three saves and shared the shutout with Kevin Perrault, who maintained his unblemished goals against average.
George Totals Three Assists vs. Cal After Scoring Streak Snapped - Just two days after seeing his scoring streak snapped at nine games, senior forward Seth George (Mission Viejo, Calif.) rebounded to tally a career high-tying three assists versus California Oct. 11. George, announced last week as a M.A.C. Sports Foundation Player of the Year candidate, now has 110 career points, good for seventh all-time, and 26 assists, 11th-most in school history. He leads UCLA in 1998 with eight goals, seven assists and 23 points.
Unusual Suspects Score vs. Cal - A few new faces emerged as stars in UCLA's 5-0 win over Cal. Junior midfielder Shea Travis came into the game with just one goal all year and came away with two more goals. Senior midfielder Junior Gonzalez recorded his first goal of the season and was assisted by sophomore midfielder Caleb Westbay, who tallied his first career point. Martin Bruno, UCLA's second-leading scorer with 14 points, also scored two goals.
Head Coach Sigi Schmid - Last season's NSCAA Coach of the Year is in his 19th season as head coach at UCLA. Schmid, a 1996 inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, has guided his Bruins to three NCAA titles - 1985, 1990 and 1997. He currently holds an all-time career record of 314-60-33 and ranks second amongst active coaches in winning percentage (.812). Schmid also coaches the U.S. Under-20 National Team, of which five Bruins are members (Carlos Bocanegra, Ryan Futagaki, Nick Rimando, McKinley Tennyson, Jr. and Shaun Tsakiris). That Under-20 National Team has qualified for the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championships.
The Assistant Coaches - Schmid has behind him two assistant coaches who have experienced great success on all levels. First year assistant coach Steve Rammel (Rutgers '91) played in two MLS Championship games, one as a member of the 1996 MLS Champion DC United and the other for runner-up Colorado in 1997. Rammel, a U.S. National Team member in 1991, was the 1990 Hermann Trophy runner-up while playing at Rutgers. Fourth-year goalkeeper coach David Vanole (UCLA '86) shut out American University through eight overtimes to give UCLA its first NCAA soccer title in 1985. Vanole was a member of the 1990 U.S. World Cup team and a 1988 Olympian. He also serves as the goalkeeper coach for the UCLA women's team. His protege Lindsay Culp holds a goals against average of 0.43, while his pupil on the men's side, Nick Rimando, holds a goals against of 0.33. Combined, Vanole-coached Bruin keepers hold a GAA of 0.36.