Feb. 26, 1998
LOS ANGELES - NCAA Division I men's soccer champion UCLA will play NCAA Division II champion Cal State Bakersfield in a charity exhibition match in Bakersfield Friday, March 13 at 7 pm. All proceeds from the game will benefit Couples Against Cancer.
The event was the brainchild of CSUB Head Coach Simon Tobin, who conceived the idea shortly after CSUB won its first NCAA Division II Soccer title in December. When UCLA won its third NCAA Division I national championship the next week, Tobin formulated the plan to make the event a reality.
"After we won the championship, the idea came to me almost immediately, and I became a big UCLA fan hoping they would win the Division I championship," said Tobin. "I had the privilege of coaching against (UCLA head coach) Sigi Schmid at the Umbro Select National All-Star Soccer Classic and used that opportunity to discuss my ideas about the game. I can't begin to express how thankful I am for his willingness to bring his team to Bakersfield to support such a wonderful cause. Without his generosity, none of this would be possible."
Said Schmid, "It should be an entertaining evening between the Division I and Division II national champions. We are looking forward to the trip and are excited to be able to help out a very worthy cause."
"This game is about giving something back to the Bakersfield community which has supported us so generously," said Tobin. "It is such a privilege not only to give our fans the chance to see the premier Division I program in the country, but to have the opportunity to support a worthy cause like Couples Against Cancer at the same time."
Tickets for the game are on sale now and can be purchased at the CSUB ticket office or at Soccer Warehouse. For ticket information, call (805) 664-3472. Ticket prices are $8 adult/$5 children with the proceeds going to benefit Couples Against Cancer.