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Oct. 19, 2005

With just nine regular season contests remaining, UCLA stands at 13-4 after last weekend's 2-2 showing at the NorCal Tournament. The Bruins this weekend will continue their MPSF schedule with a Saturday afternoon contest at home against UC Santa Barbara. But before the Bruins jump back into conference play, UCLA will host UC San Diego on Friday afternoon in non-MPSF action. After this weekend, just seven contests will remain, six against MSPF opponents.

UCLA TAKES 4TH AT NORCAL
Just like in September at the SoCal Tournament, UCLA finished in fourth place at last weekend's NorCal Tournament, hosted by California. The Bruins defeated UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine by scores of 8-3 and 8-7 on Saturday before falling to California and Stanford on the tournament's final day. The victories over the Waves and Gauchos propelled the Bruins into a semifinal showdown against the Golden Bears, whom the Bruins defeated 7-4 on Oct. 8 in both team's MPSF opener. However, Cal overcame UCLA's halftime lead this time and ultimately toppled the Bruins, 7-6. In the tournament's third-place match, UCLA again could not hold a halftime lead as Stanford rallied for a 6-5 win.

TOUGH COMPETITION
Since the start of the 2004 season, UCLA has faced 18 different opponents (some several times) and have lost to only two of them: Stanford and Cal. The Golden Bears and Cardinal have accounted for all seven of UCLA's losses over the past two seasons. In that span the Bruins have not only defeated those teams a total of five times but have also claimed victories over 16 other collegiate opponents.

DIDINGER HONORED
Junior goalkeeper Will Didinger was named the MPSF/Mikasa Player of the Week on Oct. 11 for his part in UCLA's victories over No. 1 California and No. 12 Princeton. For Didinger, a Manhattan Beach native, the honor was the first of the season and of his career. Didinger tallied 14 saves in the two wins and against the Cal, Didinger held the Golden Bears to their lowest point total all season (4) and shut them out in the third period

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
The Bruins' last loss against either of this week's opponents (UCSB and UCSD) came 13 years ago when the Gauchos knocked off the Bruins 12-8 at the 1992 49er Invitational. All-time against UCSB, the Bruins are 82-16-1 and have won 25 consecutive matches against the Gauchos, including an 8-3 victory at this year's NorCal Tournament. Against UCSD, UCLA's record is even more impressive as the Bruins hold a 42-0 lead over the Toreros.

JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE
Led by UCLA redshirt freshmen Chay Lapin (goalkeeper) and Miguel Cidoncha-Simms (attacker), the U.S. Junior National Team took eleventh place earlier this month at the 2005 Junior World Championships in Argentina.

STATISTICS
With 32 goals, senior David Pietsch currently leads UCLA and is ninth in the conference. Will Didinger's 5.19 goals against average is third in the MPSF.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
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