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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
2. UCLA
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

EVENT INFORMATION
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Tuesday, Aug 18
vs. Mexican U-17 ...
Los Angeles, CA
T, 1 - 1
Saturday, Aug 22
vs. San Francisco
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. New Mexico
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 04 - 4:00 PM PST
at Maryland
College Park, MD
Monday, Sep 07 - 10:00 AM PST
at Georgetown
Washington, DC
Sunday, Sep 13 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. UC Riverside
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Sep 21 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 25 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. VCU
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 1:30 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Sunday, Oct 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Monday, Oct 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 16 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Oct 19 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 8:00 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 3:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 10:00 AM PST
at Akron
Akron, OH
Friday, Nov 06 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 14 - 7:00 PM PST
at San Diego State
San Diego, CA
Thursday, Nov 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Sunday, Nov 29 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
TBA
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