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UCLA Men's Soccer Earns No. 2 Preseason Ranking
By: UCLA Athletics

Aug. 7, 2012

Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA men's soccer team has earned the preseason No. 2 ranking by the NSCAA, as announced by the organization today. The Bruins, who finished with a record of 18-4-2 and reached the NCAA College Cup in 2011, return five starters from last year's squad. Returning are two-time NSCAA All-West Region honoree Matt Wiet, 2011 All-Pac-12 honoree Ryan Hollingshead, and senior Fernando Monge (starter in 22 of 24 matches in 2011). Junior defenders Joe Sofia (started all 24 matches in 2011) and Patrick Matchett (0 g, 7 a) return as well while juniors Victor Munoz (1 g, 8 a) and Victor Chavez (2010 Pac-12 leading goal scorer) will look to earn increased roles in 2012. Sophomore Earl Edwards will look to take over in goal for departed All-American Brian Rowe as well.

UCLA will kick off the 2012 season at home against sixth-ranked New Mexico on Fri., Aug. 24 at 7 pm out at Drake Stadium. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins will also play three other teams ranked in the preseason top 25 - No. 9 Maryland (Aug. 31), No. 11 UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 21) and No. 13 UC Irvine (Sept. 9). For tickets to all UCLA men's soccer home matches, click here.

2012 NSCAA Preseason Poll
1. North Carolina
3. Creighton
4. Connecticut
5. South Florida
6. New Mexico
7. Louisville
8. Charlotte
9. Maryland
10. Akron
11. UC Santa Barbara
12. Indiana
13. UC Irvine
14. Boston College
15. St. John's
16. SMU
17. Coastal Carolina
18. Saint Mary's
19. James Madison
20. Northwestern
21. UAB
22. Brown
23. Old Dominion
24. Furman
25. Bradley

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