April 26, 2002
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA men's soccer squad handed out its 2001-02 team awards Friday night at the annual year-end banquet. Goalkeeper Zach Wells was honored as the Team MVP, Scot Thompson earned Defensive MVP honors, and Tim Pierce was selected the Offensive MVP.
Wells set a new school record in 2001 with 101 saves, the most by any UCLA player in a single-season. The redshirt sophomore from Costa Mesa, Calif. recorded a 0.85 goals against average and earned nine shutouts in 23 starts.
Thompson, one of just three Bruins to start all 23 games, helped the Bruin defense post nine shutouts and a team goals against average of 0.88. The junior from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2001 and was also named to the all-tournament team at the UCLA Pacific Soccer Classic.
Pierce led the 2001 Bruins in scoring with 10 goals, four of which were game-winners, and 22 points. The junior forward from Dana Point, Calif. earned multiple honors last season, including first-team All-Pac-10 and third-team NSCAA All-Far West. He was twice named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and also earned recognition two times on Soccer America's Team of the Week.
Team awards are voted upon by the team members.
2001-02 UCLA Men's Soccer Team AwardsMost Inspirational - Tony Lawson
Most Improved - Ryan Valdez
Rookie of the Year - Aaron Lopez
MVP Defense - Scot Thompson
MVP Offense - Tim Pierce
MVP Team - Zach Wells