Nov. 16, 2012
This Week -- Sixth-seeded UCLA (13-2-3) will open up NCAA Tournament play this weekend when they take on San Diego (12-8-0) on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5 pm out at Drake Stadium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and youth and can be purchased at the gate.
Live Coverage -- Fans can follow the match on the internet via a live audio broadcast at uclabruins.com. John Ramey, Mike Sondheimer and Matias Friz will have the call. Fans can also follow the match via Gametracker. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page.
Bruins Reach Tournament For 30th Consecutive Year -- UCLA earned its 30th consecutive and 40th overall NCAA Tournament berth by winning the Pac-12 Championship and earning a No. 6 seed in the tournament. The Bruins' NCAA streak is the second-longest active streak in the nation behind Virginia (32 straight appearances), and their 40 all-time NCAA appearances are second only to Saint Louis' 47. UCLA has an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 67-36 with 13 College Cup appearances and national championships in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002.
UCLA vs. Tournament Field -- The Bruins have played six matches against NCAA Tournament teams this season and own a 3-2-1 record against those teams. UCLA defeated Virginia, No. 11 seed Tulsa and Washington all by scores of 1-0 and lost 3-2 to 13th-seeded New Mexico and 2-1 at home against Washington. The Bruins also played to a 2-2 draw at second-seeded Maryland back on Aug. 31.
In The Rankings -- UCLA finished the regular season ranked No. 4 by Soccer America and the NSCAA. The Bruins are also ranked No. 3 by Top Drawer Soccer and No. 5 by College Soccer News. In the NCAA RPI, UCLA finished the regular season at No. 5. San Diego is ranked No. 36 by Top Drawer Soccer and finished the regular season ranked No. 81 in the NCAA RPI.
How They Got Here: UCLA -- UCLA received an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament after winning their second consecutive Pac-12 Championship. The Bruins earned the No. 6 seed in the tournament and a bye in the first round by virtue of their 13-2-3 overall record and 8-1-1 conference record. UCLA finished the season winning five of its last six matches and has suffered only one loss in its last 17 matches.
How They Got Here: San Diego -- San Diego advanced to the NCAA second round after defeating Cal State Northridge on the road by a score of 2-1 in double overtime. Connor Brandt scored the game-winner in the 103rd minute to give the Toreros the win. The Toreros earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament by winning the West Coast Conference with a regular season record of 11-8-0. San Diego is making their 13th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament and first since 2009 when the Toreros lost to UC Santa Barbara 1-0 in the first round. Head coach Seamus McFadden was named WCC Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career while the Toreros landed 10 players on the All-WCC team, led by first-team selection and leading goal-scorer Dan Delgado. San Diego has a record of 9-11-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
The Series With San Diego -- The Bruins have a record of 21-5-4 all-time against the Toreros. The two teams met last year down in San Diego where the Bruins prevailed, 1-0, in overtime on a Kelyn Rowe golden goal. In 2010, the two sides met at Drake Stadium where UCLA again defeated San Diego, 3-2, in overtime. Evan Raynr scored the game-winner in overtime while Rowe and Victor Chavez added goals of their own. The Bruins have won the last three meetings against San Diego and are unbeaten in their last six matches against the Toreros. UCLA also owns a 3-3 record against the Toreros in NCAA Tournament play. The two schools last met in the second round back in 2001 in a match that resulted in a 4-0 UCLA win.
Last Time Out For UCLA -- The Bruins took home their fourth Pac-12 title in five years and eighth overall by defeating the San Diego State Aztecs, 2-1, back on Nov. 9. Kevin Bick put the Aztecs ahead, 1-0, with a goal in the 54th minute, but UCLA responded quickly, getting the equalizer just two minutes later when Ryan Hollingshead headed in a cross from Evan Raynr for the tying goal. Then in the 73rd minute, the Bruins found the go-ahead goal when Reed Williams took a great through ball from Raynr and blasted one far post for his team-leading seventh goal of the year, giving UCLA the 2-1 win and the Pac-12 championship. In the 13 years that the Pac-12 has competed in men's soccer, UCLA has won the conference eight times, by far the most amongst the Pac-12 schools.
NCAA Experience -- 12 UCLA players have had at least one game of NCAA Tournament experience in their time at the school. Senior captain Ryan Hollingshead and senior Evan Raynr have the most Tournament experience of the group, playing in 10 NCAA matches in their careers. Junior forward Victor Chavez has three NCAA Tournament goals in seven matches to lead the team while Hollingshead leads the squad with five assists in NCAA Tournament play, giving him a team-high nine points in the postseason. Hollingshead was also named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team last season after scoring a goal and recording four assists in the 2011 Tournament. UCLA has made it to at least the Quarterfinal stage in the last three seasons with a College Cup appearance in 2011.
Ryan Hollingshead Named Pac-12 Player of the Year -- On Tuesday, senior midfielder Ryan Hollingshead became the fifth UCLA player all-time to be named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Hollingshead, a senior captain from Granite Bay, Calif., joins Matt Taylor (2003), Patrick Ianni (2004), Michael Stephens (2008) and Kelyn Rowe (2011) as UCLA's Pac-12 Players of the Year. This season, Hollingshead leads the Bruins with 20 points (6 g, 8 a) on the year, good for third best in the conference, and is second in the conference with eight assists. Hollingshead has started all 18 matches for UCLA this year and was named to National Teams of the Week on four separate occasions.
Jorge Salcedo Named Pac-12 Coach of the Year -- In addition to Hollingshead earning Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, head coach Jorge Salcedo took home his second consecutive Pac-12 Coach of the Year award after leading the Bruins to their fourth conference title in five years in 2012. UCLA only dropped two matches this season, despite playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, and went undefeated on the road with an 8-0-2 mark. This is the fourth time that Salcedo has been named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, winning the award in 2011, 2008 and 2004. He currently has a record of 118-44-28 in his time at UCLA and has a conference record of 59-15-14. Salcedo also starred for UCLA as a player, scoring the deciding penalty kick in the 1990 NCAA Championship game as a freshman to give UCLA its second national title. He was also a first-team NSCAA All-American in 1993.
Nine Bruins Named to the All-Pac-12 Team -- The Bruins also landed nine players on the Pac-12 All-Conference team in 2012, highlighted by four first-team selections. Seniors Ryan Hollingshead and Fernando Monge, junior Reed Williams and sophomore Leo Stolz all earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors while seniors Matt Wiet and Evan Raynr, and juniors Victor Chavez and Joe Sofia were named to the second team. Sophomore goalie Earl Edwards received honorable mention. This is the third straight year that Hollingshead, Chavez and Raynr made the All-Conference team while it marks the second time that Williams, Wiet and Sofia have been named to the team. Edwards, Monge and Stolz all received Pac-12 honors for the first time in their careers.
Pac-12 Leaderboard -- Several UCLA players find themselves at the top or near the top of the leaderboard in major statistical categories in the Pac-12. Senior Evan Raynr leads the Pac-12 with nine assists and 0.50 assists per game. Pac-12 Player of the Year Ryan Hollingshead is second to Raynr in assists and assists per game with eight and 0.47 respectively. Hollingshead is also tied for third in the conference with three game-winning goals and is third in points with 20. In addition, sophomore Leo Stolz is tied for third in the conference with seven assists on the year. Sophomore goalie Earl Edwards is second in the Pac-12 in both GAA (0.96) and save percentage (.797). Meanwhile, junior Max Estrada is tied with Hollingshead for third in the Pac-12 with three game-winning goals while Reed Williams is tied for third with seven goals overall. Williams is also fourth in the conference in points with 18. As a team, UCLA has the most assists (43) in the conference. Nationally, Raynr is tied for 15th in assists while Hollingshead and Stolz are tied for 26th and 45th respectively.
Defending Drake -- The Bruins hold a record of 15-4 in NCAA Tournament games at Drake Stadium, and are 95-17-15 all-time, good for a .807 winning percentage. Last season, the Bruins went 8-2-0 at Drake Stadium, including two wins in the NCAA 2nd and 3rd rounds over Delaware and Rutgers respectively. This season, they are 5-2-1 at Drake. The Bruins began playing their home games full-time at Drake Stadium in 2000.