Matt Taylor
Matt Taylor

Player Profile

Irvine, CA

High School:
Irvine HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 165



2003 -- Pac-10 Player of the Year and first-team All-Pac-10 selection ... UCLA's leading scorer for the second consecutive year ... Scored a career-best 14 goals with eight assists for 36 points, the most points by a Bruin player since Seth George scored 37 in 1998 ... Nationally ranked in the Top 25 for goals and points per game all season ... Named the College Soccer News National Player of the Week Oct. 19 after a three goal, one assist performance against Cal and Stanford ... Twice selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 2, Oct. 21) ... Selected to Soccer America's Team of the Week three times (Aug. 29-31, Oct. 6-12, Oct. 13-19) and to College Soccer News' Team of the Week twice (Aug. 31, Oct. 19) ... Offensive MVP at the CS Fullerton SoccerTown Classic after a hat trick iagainst Penn State ... Earned his second hat trick of the year against Cal State Fullerton to set a new school record for career hat tricks with three ... Had six game-winning goals on the year - against Penn State, Cal State Fullerton, New Mexico, Fresno State, Cal and Stanford ... Assisted on both goals in the win at Stanford ... Four multiple goal games this season tied UCLA's school record ... Had seven multiple-goal games in his career, tied for third-most in UCLA history since 1983 ... Fifth in UCLA's record books with 12 career game-winning goals ... Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic.

2002 -- Earned All-Tournament honors at the NCAA College Cup ...Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection for the second consecutive year ...Second-team Pac-10 All-Academic with a 3.13 GPA in Sociology ...Led the team in goals scored (12, tied), assists (8) and points (32) ...Scored a tournament-high five goals in the playoffs ...Scored the game's first goal in the 2-1 semifinal win over Maryland ...Recorded his first career hat trick and also had two assists in the Bruins' 7-1 quarterfinal win over Penn State ...His eight points in the game ranked as the second-highest single-game point total in UCLA history ...Scored the game-winning goal in UCLA's 3-2 win over Cal in the NCAA third round ...Recorded two goals and one assist in the win over San Diego State ...Scored the game-winning goals against Cal State Fullerton and Cal ...Also scored at home against San Diego and Oregon State and on the road at Fresno State.

2001 -- Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection ...Ranked second on the team with seven goals and 16 points ...Tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in goals and ranked ninth in points ...Came on strong towards the end of the season, scoring five goals and two assists in UCLA's final nine games ...Had a two-goal game against San Diego in the NCAA second round ...Scored the game-winners against San Diego State, Oregon State and San Diego ... Scored on a bicycle kick with 1:26 to play to send the game to overtime against Washington ...Also had an assist on UCLA's first goal in that game ... Scored his first career goal in a 4-0 win over San Francisco ...Selected to Soccer America's Team of the Week for Oct. 22-28.

2000 -- Seven-game starter who played in 18 games ...Recorded an assist in UCLA's season opener against Butler ... Also had an assist against San Diego State.

High School -- Member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team pool ...Scored a goal and an assist in three games played with the U-20s ...Four-year letterman at Irvine HS under coach Rich Breeza ...Irvine HS's all-time career goal scorer with 63 ... Also accumulated 30 assists in his career ...Sea View League and team MVP as a senior after scoring a single-season school record 38 goals with six assists ...Also named to the LA Times and Orange County Register all-county teams ... Led his team in scoring with 12 goals and eight assists as a junior despite missing three-quarters of the season ...Earned second-team all-league honors and was named the team's Offensive MVP as a sophomore after recording 12 goals and 12 assists ...Played club soccer for the Irvine Strikers, which won the Coast Soccer League championship in 1998 ... Leading goal scorer for the Strikers.

Personal -- Lists his biggest athletic thrill as winning the 2002 NCAA Championship ... Enjoys surfing and basketball ... Full name is Matthew Steven Taylor ...Born October 17, 1981 in Columbus, OH ... Sociology major.

Career Statistics

Yr GP GS Sh Gl A Pts
2000 18 7 14 0 2 2
2001 23 14 46 7 2 16
2002 24 15 45 12 8 32
2003 22 19 58 14 8 36
Totals 87 55 163 33 20 86