Sept. 19, 2005
UCLA will travel to Malibu this Sunday for a non-MPSF contest with Pepperdine. UCLA last weekend split four games at the SoCal Tournament; the Bruins defeated Bucknell and UC Irvine on Saturday but fell to Stanford and Cal on Sunday. UCLA finished fourth at the tournamnet behind two-time champs USC, Stanford (2) and Cal (3).
UCLA Takes Fourth at SoCal
Senior David Pietsch scored a combined seven goals against Bucknell and UC Irvine as UCLA swept its matches on day one of the 2005 SoCal Tournament in Irvine last weekend. The Bruins defeated Bucknell 12-2 but needed overtime to defeat the Anteaters, 9-7. Goalkeepers Will Didinger and Matt Kellogg combined to allow just nine goals while saving 16 shots in those first two matches. Then, just like in 2004, in day two action at the tournament, the Bruins fell to both Cal and Stanford and ultimately finished fourth. In the semifinal match, Stanford used a sudden-victory overtime goal to take the 10-9 edge and in the third-place match against Cal, the Golden Bears downed the Bruins 8-7 in yet another overtime contest.
Deja Vu All Over Again
In 2004, UCLA entered the SoCal Tournament with a 3-0 record and then went on to sweep Pepperdine and Cal Baptist in the tournament's first day before falling to Stanford (8-7 in OT) and California (10-9 in OT) in day two action. Ironically enough, the 2005 Bruins entered this year's SoCal Tournament with a 4-0 record, swept through the tournament's first day, only to lose to Stanford (10-9 in overtime again) and Cal (8-7 in OT) again. Last year's squad went on to win 18 straight games and eventually a national title after the back-to-back losses at the SoCal Tournament, only time will tell for the 2005 squad.
Riding the Waves
UCLA leads the all-time series over Pepperdine 55-29-1 and won both matches between the schools in 2004 by scores of 11-4 (at SoCal Tournament) and 7-6 (MPSF match at Pepperdine). The Waves enter this week with a 6-2 mark after winning two of four at the SoCal Tournament last weekend. Pepperdine will face UC Irvine on Saturday before welcoming in the Bruins on Sunday.
With it's 30-2 victory over Chaminade on Sept. 3, the 2005 UCLA team joined the 1970 and 1971 teams as the only Bruin squads to ever scored 30 points in a match. That 1970 team set what is still the UCLA record for goals in a game as it notched 39 against Air Force. The most goals that had been scored since 1970 was 27, a feat accomplished by both the 1988 and 1990 teams.
Senior David Pietsch after just eight games this season already has notched 18 goals, half of his three-year career total of 36 coming into the season. Pietsch will reach his career high for a season (19 set in 2004) with just one more score.
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