Sept. 6, 2005
This Week -- The No. 15 (NSCAA)/7 (Soccer America) ranked UCLA men's soccer team (1-1-0) will travel across town to face local rival Loyola Marymount (1-1-0) in a non-conference matchup at LMU's Sullivan Field on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 pm.
Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA dropped to No. 7 in the Soccer America rankings and to No. 15 in the NSCAA/adidas poll after splitting with Santa Clara and Maryland last weekend. The Bruins remain No. 4 in the College Soccer News poll.
Ianni, Wynne Up For M.A.C. Hermann Trophy -- Junior midfielder/defender Patrick Ianni and sophomore defender Marvell Wynne have been named to the 2005 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Bruin duo were starters on the U.S. Under-20 National Team that advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2005 World Youth Championships. Their defense helped the U.S. shut out all three of its opponents in group play. Wynne also had an assist on the game-winning goal against Argentina. Both players were regular starters for UCLA in 2004 and played in all 20 games. Ianni was the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year. Wynne had two assists in 2004 and has equaled that total in just one weekend, recording an assist in the Santa Clara and Maryland games. He also had an assist on the tying goal in the Bruins' 2005 exhibition game against Indiana that finished in a 1-1 tie.
Scouting the Lions -- Loyola Marymount opened its season with a split at the UC Irvine College Classic, losing the opener, 2-0, to Illinois-Chicago and then blowing out North Florida, 8-0. The Lions set school records against North Florida for goals (8), assists (11) and points in a game (27). Former Bruin Trini Gomez scored two goals and had two assists in the contest.
UCLA vs. LMU -- UCLA leads the all-time series against Loyola Marymount, 22-2-1. The two teams met twice last season, with the regular-season contest finishing in a 0-0 tie and UCLA winning the post-season matchup, 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA has eliminated LMU from the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four years. LMU won the last game played at Sullivan Field, 2-0, in 2002.
Familiar Faces -- On the opposing side Sunday will be three former Bruins - LMU head coach Paul Krumpe, assistant coach Brian Irvin and sophomore midfielder Trini Gomez. Krumpe captained UCLA to the 1985 NCAA Championship and was a two-time NSCAA All-Far West selection. He was an assistant coach at UCLA from 1995-97 and helped lead the Bruins to the 1997 NCAA title. Irvin lettered at UCLA from 1993-96 and was twice voted UCLA's Most Inspirational Player. He was a member of the Bruins' 1994 NCAA Final Four team. Gomez, who transferred to LMU this summer, played in two games with one start in his 2004 redshirt freshman campaign.
Zizzo Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week -- Freshman midfielder Sal Zizzo became the first player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 2005. Zizzo earned the honor after recording a goal and two assists in the 4-0 upset victory over Maryland. Zizzo's honor is the 22nd all-time for UCLA, and he becomes the first Bruin freshman ever and eighth freshman from any school to win the award in the six years the Pac-10 has sponsored men's soccer.
Bruins Upset Maryland After Comeback Effort Thwarted By Santa Clara -- Two days after their comeback efforts were thwarted by Santa Clara in the season opener Sept. 2, the Bruins reversed their fortunes in a big way, upsetting second-ranked Maryland, 2-0. Against Santa Clara, the Bruins gave up two penalty kick goals to go down 2-0 at halftime. Not only were they down two goals, but they were also down a man due to a red-card ejection of defender Brandon Owens for an intentional hand-ball. Undeterred, the Bruins rallied in the second half, scoring two goals to tie. Jordan Harvey put UCLA on the boards just four minutes into the second half with a strike from long distance. Freshman Maxwell Griffin equalized two minutes after checking into the game, heading in a Marvell Wynne cross at 64:50. However, with a little over two minutes to play in regulation, Santa Clara's Keith DeVey scored the game-winner on a sharp-angle shot from the right. The Bruins put aside their heartbreaking loss when they faced Maryland, who had won its opening game, 7-0 over Cal State Fullerton. There would be no such offensive domination from the Terrapins against the Bruins, as the UCLA defense contained the Terrapins from start to finish, allowing just seven shots, none of which were on goal. Offensively, UCLA put the game away in the first half, scoring three goals. Griffin scored the first goal in the seventh minute, followed by Evan Corey and Luke Mehring with goals in the final nine minutes of the half. Sal Zizzo, who assisted on UCLA's first two goals, closed the scoring with a goal of his own in the 80th minute.
Freshmen Make Memorable Bruin Debuts -- Four Bruins saw action this weekend for the first time as collegiate players. Defender Brad Rusin was the only freshman in the starting lineup for the opener against Santa Clara, but midfielder Sal Zizzo and forward Maxwell Griffin both started two days later against Maryland and were instrumental in the victory, with Zizzo recording a goal and two assists and Griffin scoring the first goal. Griffin also had a goal in the Santa Clara game, tying the score at 2-2 despite playing with a man disadvantage. Midfielder Jason Leopoldo also saw action in both games.
UCLA Ties Top-Ranked Indiana In Exhibition -- The Bruins jumped right into action during the pre-season, facing top-ranked and two-time defending NCAA champion Indiana in an exhibition contest on Aug. 19. Indiana took a 1-0 first-half lead, but the Hoosiers were stymied in the second half by goalkeeper Eric Reed, who made six saves. Senior midfielder Ryan Valdez scored the tying goal in the 71st minute, and Reed made three saves in the final six minutes to preserve the tie.
European Vacations -- Five Bruins spent parts of the summer in Europe with the U.S. Youth National Teams. Junior Patrick Ianni and sophomore Marvell Wynne played with the Under-20s in Holland for the World Youth Championships. Sophomore Greg Folk and freshmen Jason Leopoldo and Sal Zizzo played with the Under-18s at the Lisbon Tournament in Portugal and won the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
Bruins Picked To Win Pac-10 -- UCLA received five of six first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to pick their own teams) and was chosen as the favorite to win the Pacific-10 Conference title for a fourth consecutive year. The Bruins had 25 total points in the pre-season poll. Washington was second with 19. Rounding out the poll were California (18 points), Stanford (13), Oregon State (10) and Pac-10 newcomer San Diego State (5).
Freshman Class Rated No. 4 In country -- College Soccer News rated UCLA's recruiting class No. 4 in the country, marking the third consecutive year the Bruin freshman class has been rated in the Top 5. The Bruins had the No. 1 ranked classes in both 2003 and 2004. The 2005 class has two U.S. Under-18 National Team members in Jason Leopoldo and Sal Zizzo, as well as prep All-Americans in Sean Alvarado and Brad Rusin.
UCLA Soccer A Family Affair -- Several members of the 2005 Bruin squad have extensive and long-standing ties to the UCLA soccer program, starting with head coach Jorge Salcedo. The 1990-93 UCLA letterwinner also had family members involved in the program. Father Hugo was a UCLA assistant coach from 1978-79, and younger brother Eddie was a letterwinner in 1995. Three Meschures brothers are involved with the current team. Eli and Michael are on the team, and middle brother Harry is the team manager. Junior midfielder Patrick Ianni and freshman forward Maxwell Griffin each have older brothers who won NCAA titles at UCLA - Tayt Ianni in 1990 and Leonard Griffin in 2002.
Bravo, Bruin Alumni Up For MLS All-time Best XI List -- UCLA assistant coach Paul Bravo and 10 former Bruins are up for selection to the MLS All-Time Best XI list, which is determined by fan voting. Players on this list were either named Best XI in a particular season or selected to play in at least three All-Star games. Bravo played for San Jose in 1996 and Colorado from 1997-2001 and was a three-time All-Star. He was the first player in Rapids history to record 100 career points, and he finished his career with 131 points on 52 goals and 27 assists. Joining Bravo on the list are Bruin alumni Brad Friedel (1990-92), Kevin Hartman (1995-96), Carlos Bocanegra (1997-99), Frankie Hejduk (1992-94), Greg Vanney (1993-95), Jimmy Conrad (1996-97), Cobi Jones (1988-91), Eddie Lewis (1992-95), Chris Henderson (1989-90) and Ante Razov (1992-95). Voting concludes on the last day of the regular season, Oct. 16. Fan ballots account for 50 percent of the final vote total. Media and MLS coaches and general managers will also participate in the other half of the voting process. To vote, visit the MLS website at http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/mls/events/season_10/best_11.jsp.
Head Coach Jorge Salcedo -- Former UCLA All-American Jorge Salcedo begins his second season as head coach of the Bruins. In his first year, he was selected the Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year and led UCLA to its third consecutive Pac-10 title. The Bruins went 14-4-2 in his first season. Salcedo was the Bruins' assistant coach from 2001-03 and helped lead UCLA to the 2002 NCAA Championship and to two Pac-10 titles. As a player, he was a four-year starter at UCLA and scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 1990 NCAA Championship game as a freshman.