July 29, 2002
Germantown, Md. - If the play of five Bruin players at the Snickers U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships is any indication, the 2002 UCLA Men's Soccer squad will have a very successful season. Juniors Adolfo Gregorio, Leonard Griffin and Ty Maurin and sophomores Mike Enfield and Ahmed Khalil led the San Bernardino Blast club team to an unprecedented runner-up finish for the U-19 James P. McGuire Cup. The Blast, which was making its first-ever appearance at the National Championships, lost in Sunday's title match to 2001 U-18 champ Texans '82/'83, 4-1.
Gregorio, a midfielder from Hilmar, Calif., scored the Blast's lone goal in the 69th minute after he was tripped in the penalty box. Gregorio successfully converted the penalty kick to cut the lead to 3-1. However, the Texans put the game away just a minute later with their final goal.
San Bernardino finished 1-2-1 in the tournament. Griffin, a defender from Palmdale, Calif., netted two goals in the tournament, and Gregorio scored one.
UCLA begins its 2002 season on Saturday, Aug. 24 with an exhibition game at Saint Louis University. The Bruins' first regular-season game will be Friday, Aug. 30 at 5:00 pm vs. Boston University at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Classic.