Bruins Aiming For Another Title

Dec. 9, 1999

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Indiana has been to the NCAA soccer Final Four 13 times in 27 seasons under coach Jerry Yeagley, winning four times.

UCLA has been to 10 Final Fours, Connecticut five and Santa Clara four.

"It's like eating ice cream when you're a kid, though," Yeagley said as the Hoosiers (19-3) prepared to play UCLA (19-2) in Friday's semifinals. "You get a taste of that ice cream and you want a little more. It's always nice to get back."

Santa Clara (15-3-3) plays No. 4 Connecticut (19-4) in the other game.

"There are some very rich traditions," Yeagley said. "And I think it'll be an entertaining demonstration, fun for the crowd and the players as well."

UCLA has won its last three games against Indiana, including a 1-0 victory in the 1997 NCAA semifinals.

"I bet they've probably got some pent-up anger about that," UCLA midfielder Pete Vagenas said.

The event is in Charlotte after being staged the last four years in Richmond, Va., where crowds in excess of 20,000 were common.

Now that the event is moving to the home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers, early indications are that soccer is a tough sell in a region dominated by pro football, the NBA and college basketball.

The 73,250-seat facility was chosen in part because organizers had hoped to fill up the lower seating bowl, which holds about 31,000, to accommodate what was perceived as a growing demand for the sport. But as the event approached this week, only about 13,000 tickets had been sold.

"When I heard it was moving to Ericsson Stadium, I thought they were gambling a bit," U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena said. "But it's good for the sport, good for motivation. How will it look during the championship game with 10,000 or 20,000 in the stands?"

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Tuesday, Aug 18
vs. Mexican U-17 ...
Los Angeles, CA
T, 1 - 1
Saturday, Aug 22
vs. San Francisco
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. New Mexico
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 04 - 4:00 PM PST
at Maryland
College Park, MD
Monday, Sep 07 - 10:00 AM PST
at Georgetown
Washington, DC
Sunday, Sep 13 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. UC Riverside
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Sep 21 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 25 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. VCU
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 1:30 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Sunday, Oct 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Monday, Oct 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 16 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Oct 19 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 8:00 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 3:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 10:00 AM PST
at Akron
Akron, OH
Friday, Nov 06 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 14 - 7:00 PM PST
at San Diego State
San Diego, CA
Thursday, Nov 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Sunday, Nov 29 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round