Men's Soccer Concludes Successful Spring Season, Looks Ahead to 2007

May 2, 2007

The UCLA men's soccer team wrapped up a successful Spring season on Apr. 29 with a 4-1 victory over the Chivas USA Reserves. With strong showings against professional teams and U.S. National Teams, the Bruins look ahead with confidence to 2007, when they open the season in August.

Against Chivas USA, the Bruins burst out to a 3-0 lead behind goals by Chance Myers, Michael Stephens on a penalty kick, and Mike Zaher off a Stephens assist. After Chivas USA got on the board, Jason Leopoldo made it 4-1 after a great run, scoring unassisted.

UCLA went 2-1-1 against professional teams in the Spring, also emerging victorious against the Chicago Fire on Mar. 9. Goals by David Estrada and Stephens gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead before the game ended in a 2-1 UCLA victory. The Bruins tied the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves, 1-1, on Apr. 13, with Estrada netting the tying goal. The one loss to a professional team came on Feb. 16, 3-0. The Bruins were missing starters Sal Zizzo, Leopoldo and Tony Beltran and hung in against a Galaxy squad that consisted of much of its current starting lineup, including All-Star players Landon Donovan, Joe Cannon, Chris Albright and Cobi Jones.

The Bruins also played early spring games against the U.S. National Team on Jan. 27 and the U.S. Olympic Team on Feb. 12. UCLA lost by a 3-2 margin to the Full National Team, with Zaher scoring on a penalty kick and Kyle Nakazawa on a direct free kick. Goalkeeper Brian Perk shut out the U.S. team in the second half. Against the Under-23 squad, Perk and the Bruins earned a first-half shutout but conceded two goals in the second half and had the misfortune of having two shots hit the post in the first half.

UCLA also had a 1-1 tie against Cal State Dominguez Hills after the Apr. 13 Galaxy game. Nakazawa scored the only goal for the Bruins.

The Bruins return all but two starters from last season's NCAA finalist squad. The 2007 season begins with an Aug. 25 exhibition game at North Carolina State. The Bruins travel to Indiana Aug. 31-Sept. 2 for games against NCAA quarterfinalist Notre Dame and seven-time NCAA champion Indiana. UCLA opens at home against Penn State on Sept. 14 and Ohio State on Sept. 16. In all, the Bruins have 11 games scheduled against 2006 NCAA Tournament teams.

2007 UCLA Men's Soccer Schedule (tentative)
Aug. 25 - at North Carolina State, 7 pm (exhibition)
Aug. 31 - vs. Notre Dame (@ Bloomington, IN), 5 pm
Sept. 2 - at Indiana, 2 pm
Sept. 8 - at Creighton, 7:30 pm
Sept. 14 - Ohio State, 7:30 pm
Sept. 16 - Penn State, 2:00 pm
Sept. 20 - at San Francisco, 7:00 pm
Sept. 22 - at Santa Clara, 7:00 pm
Sept. 29 - at Cal State Northridge, 4:00 pm
Oct. 3 - at San Diego, 7:00 pm
Oct. 7 - at San Diego State, 1:00 pm
Oct. 12 - Stanford, 7:30 pm
Oct. 14 - California, 2:30 pm
Oct. 19 - at Oregon State, 7:30 pm
Oct. 21 - at Washington, 1:00 pm
Oct. 26 - Oregon State, 5:00 pm
Oct. 28 - Washington, 1:00 pm
Nov. 2 - at Stanford, 7:30 pm
Nov. 4 - at California, 2:30 pm
Nov. 17 - San Diego State, 7:00 pm

All times are local to site. Home games are indicated in boldface.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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
at Maryland
College Park, MD
L, 1 - 2 (OT)
Monday, Sep 07
at Georgetown
Washington, DC
L, 1 - 3
Sunday, Sep 13
vs. UC Riverside
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2 (OT)
Friday, Sep 18
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Monday, Sep 21
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Friday, Sep 25
vs. VCU
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Sep 27
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3 (OT)
Friday, Oct 02
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1 (2OT)
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
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Sunday, Nov 29 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Quarterfinals
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Kansas City, MO
Sunday, Dec 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Kansas City, MO