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Men's Soccer Begins MPSF Title Defense
By: UCLA Athletics

October 6, 1998

UCLA vs. Stanford - The Bruins (7-1, ranked #2 by Soccer America) will open MPSF play Friday, Oct. 9 at home against eighth-ranked Stanford (7-2). The game will take place at UCLA's Spaulding Field at 7:30 pm and will be televised by Fox Sports Net on a tape-delayed basis Thur., Oct. 15 at 1:00 pm.

Scouting Stanford - The Cardinal, coached by Bobby Clarke, has proven to be one of the best defensive teams in the nation the past two seasons. In 1998, Stanford has allowed just four goals and has shut out seven opponents. Sophomore goalkeeper Adam Zapala holds a goals against average of 0.45, third-best amongst MPSF starters, behind Oregon State's Bryan Hill (0.29) and UCLA's Nick Rimando (0.40). Offensively, the Cardinal is led by Simon Elliott and A.J. Sauer (3g, 3a, 9pts).

The Series - UCLA owns the overall series lead, 22-1-3 and have won the last three matches in a row. The Bruins defeated Stanford 1-0 last season in the MPSF Championship game at Spaulding Field behind a penalty kick goal by Pete Vagenas. Stanford's last win came in 1987, 1-0 at home.

UCLA vs. Cal - UCLA will face California (3-5) Sunday, Oct. 11 at the North Athletic Field at 2:00 pm. The last time Cal came to UCLA, it defeated the Bruins 2-1 in overtime Sept. 22, 1996. That was the last time UCLA lost a home game. The Bruins have gone on to win 23 consecutive regular season home games. UCLA leads the overall series against Cal, 20-5-3 and won the last meeting 4-0 in the MPSF Championship game in 1996.

Bruins Increase Home Winning Streak to 23 - The Bruins hold the longest active streak in the NCAA with 23 consecutive regular season home victories (27 overall), which ranks second all-time, tying with Virginia (twice, 1983-84 and 1987-88) and Philadelphia Textile (1968-72). 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.

Shutout Streak Ends at Five - The UCLA defense allowed a goal for the first time in five games. When Loyola Marymount scored a goal in the third minute of the game Sunday, it ended a shutout streak at 483 consecutive minutes. It also ended sophomore goalkeeper Nick Rimando's shutout streak at 447 minutes. So far this season, only two teams have scored on the Bruins - South Carolina and Loyola Marymount. The Bruins have shut out six opponents this season and, dating back to last season, 11 of their last 14. The Bruins have allowed just three goals all season, giving UCLA an MPSF-leading team goals against average of 0.36. Meanwhile, the Bruin offense has scored 25 goals, an MPSF-leading average of 3.13 per game.

By George, He Does it Again - Senior forward Seth George (Mission Viejo, Calif.) provided the heroics once again, scoring both goals in UCLA's 2-1 double overtime win over Loyola Marymount Sunday. The two goals extended George's point scoring streak to nine games, third-best in UCLA history. He is one of only three players in NCAA Division I soccer who have scored a goal or assist in each game this season. George, announced this week as a M.A.C. Sports Foundation Player of the Year candidate, now has 42 career goals, seventh-most in school history (tied with Tim Ngubeni, 1976-78 and Billy Thompson, 1986-90). He also has 107 career points, good for eighth all-time, and 15 career game-winning goals, good for second all-time. George, the top scorer in the MPSF, is scoring at a 2.5 points per game pace, which projects to 47 by the end of the regular season.

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