Nov. 6, 2006
Four-time NCAA champion UCLA earned a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament and will have a first round bye. The Bruins (10-5-4) will host a second round game on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium, playing the winner of the first round match between Binghamton (9-6-5) and Harvard (13-4-0). The second round game will be played at 7 pm and will be audio broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.
Tickets for the second round game will be $8 for adults and $6 for students/youth.
The Bruins received an at-large bid into the tournament and have now advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the last 24 years and in 34 years overall.
"We were rewarded for our strength of schedule and for the quality wins we had this season," said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. "Our team has been through a lot this season, and this was a nice reward."
Senior goalkeeper and team co-captain Eric Reed said, "We're definitely pleased with where we are seeded. We weren't sure where we would end up. But seed doesn't matter in the end when it's one loss and you're out. Either way, you have to win one game at a time."
UCLA has never faced Binghamton and has played Harvard just once, in 1984 (UCLA won 2-0 in Los Angeles). Harvard will host Binghamton on Nov. 10 or 11.
If UCLA wins its second round game, it will host ninth-seeded Clemson, UAB or Gardner-Webb in the third round.
The Bruins are 6-5-1 this season against schools in the 48-team tournament field, with victories against No. 10 seed Santa Clara, New Mexico, San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State and Washington. All of the Bruins' losses this year have come to teams in the tournament field, including four to Top 16 seeded teams.
The seeded teams in the tournament are: 1. Duke (16-3-1), 2. Wake Forest (15-3-3), 3. SMU (17-1-4), 4. Virginia (14-3-1), 5. Maryland (15-4-1), 6. West Virginia (15-2-3), 7. Indiana (14-4-2), 8. UCLA (10-5-4), 9. Clemson (12-4-2), 10. Santa Clara (12-4-4), 11. St. Louis (13-4-2), 12. Notre Dame (13-5-2), 13. California (12-5-1), 14. North Carolina (11-5-3), 15. Towson (14-1-3) and 16. Lehigh (15-1-2).