Zach Wells
Zach Wells

Player Profile

Costa Mesa, CA

High School:
Newport Harbor HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 187



2003 -- Sports Illustrated On Campus National Player of the Year ... First-team NSCAA All-Far West Region selection ... College Soccer News second-team All-American ... First-team All-Pac-10 selection after earning second-team honors in 2001 and 2002 ... Set the UCLA school record for single-season goals against average with a 0.52 GAA, breaking Anton Nistl's 0.53, set in 1989 and 1986 ... Final career GAA was 0.71, fourth-best in school history ... Posted 11 solo shutouts on the year (fourth-most in school history) and allowed only 11 goals, one on a penalty kick ... Set a new school record for career saves with 269, surpassing All-American Nistl's 261 ... Earned 49 career victories, second-most in school history ... Made eight saves on 19 shots while shutting out Virginia ... Also had eight saves on 12 shots in a shutout win over Rutgers ... Recorded seven saves in 79 minutes of play against Cal State Fullerton ... Second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, only the second Bruin soccer player ever to earn this honor ... First-team CoSIDA Academic All-District and Pac-10 All-Academic selection.

2002 -- College Cup Defensive MVP after shutting out Stanford in the championship game ...College Soccer News Honorable Mention All-American ...Second-team NSCAA All-Far West and All-Pac-10 selection ... Also named to the Pac-10's All-Academic second team with a 3.19 GPA ...Ranked second in the conference in goals against average (0.76) ...His 90 saves on the year ranked tied for third on UCLA's single-season saves chart (he set the school record with 101 in 2001) ...Ranked amongst the Top 20 in the nation in GAA ...Named the Pac-10 Player of the Week twice (Oct. 8 and Oct. 29) ...Tied the school record with 11 saves in a 3-0 shutout at Oregon State Oct. 25, facing a school-record tying 25 shots ...Also recorded his first career assist on the Bruins' third goal in that contest ...Shut out top-ranked St. John's over 110 minutes and top-ranked Stanford over 92 minutes in consecutive games on Oct. 6 and 18 ... His 0.76 GAA was the lowest by a Bruin starting keeper since Nick Rimando posted a 0.66 GAA in 1998 ... His 17 victories ranked tied for fifth on UCLA's single-season charts.

2001 -- Voted by teammates as UCLA's MVP ...Second-team All-Pac-10 selection ...Set a new single-season school record with 101 saves ...Ranked second amongst Pac-10 starters with a 0.85 goals against average ...Earned a Pac-10 high nine shutouts, including five in his last eight games ...Held a shutout streak of 541 minutes from Oct. 21-Nov. 11 ... Saved 10 shots, one away from the school record, at Virginia ... Recorded seven saves in back-to-back games against Santa Clara and UC Irvine ...Held a save percentage of .828 ...Opponents were 1-2 in penalty kicks against him ...One of three Bruins to start all 23 games ... Defensive MVP at the UCLA Pacific Soccer Classic ...Named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and selected to Soccer America's Team of the Week for Oct. 30-Nov. 6.

2000 -- Played in four games and earned three shared shutouts ...Did not allow a goal in 92 minutes of play ...Recorded a save in both the San Diego State and San Francisco games ...Member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team pool ... Recorded a 1.00 GAA in two games played with the U-20s ... Also earned a tie and an assist ... Member of the Director's Honor Roll.

1999 -- Redshirted due to injury.

High School -- Talented two-sport athlete who excelled in soccer and volleyball ... Won four letters in soccer and two in volleyball at Newport Harbor HS ... Set a school record as a freshman with 82 saves, one of them coming on a penalty kick which sent Newport Harbor into the CIF quarterfinals ... Broke his own saves record the next year with 104 saves ... Recorded a goals against average of 0.75 as a freshman and 0.76 as a sophomore ... Played at sweeper his junior year due to a broken thumb and scored one goal ... Scored three goals his senior year as a field player and played three games in goal after recovering from torn shoulder ligaments ... Three-time All-Sea View League selection ... Named the team's Impact Player of the Year as a senior ... Played club soccer with the Irvine Strikers, which he captained to the Coast League championship and the 1999 Celtic Cup ... Played on the ODP U-17 Regional team ... Lettered two years in volleyball as an opposite hitter ... Led his team to league championships as a junior and senior ... MVP of the junior varsity team as a sophomore ... Played club volleyball with the Balboa Bay Volleyball Club ... Won a silver medal with the volleyball team at the U.S. Junior Olympics.

Personal -- Enjoys surfing ... Admires Iker Casillas of Real Madrid ... Lists his biggest athletic thrill as winning the national championship ... Served as chairperson of the Bruin Athletic Council in 2001-02 ...Full name is Zachary Stephen Wells ...Born February 26, 1981 in Costa Mesa, CA ... American Literature & Culture major.

Career Statistics

2000 4 0 92 2 0(3) 0 0.00 0-0-0
2001 23 23 2220 101 9 21 0.85 12-7-4
2002 23 23 2131 90 7 18 0.76 17-3-3
2003 23 23 1897 76 11 11 0.52 20-2-1
Totals 73 69 6340 269 27 50 0.71 42-12-8