Oct. 24, 2012
This Week -- After having last week off, the sixth-ranked UCLA Bruins (9-2-2, 4-1-0 Pac-12) will return to the pitch by making a trip to the Pacific Northwest to square off against Oregon State (6-7-2, 1-5-1 Pac-12) on Friday, Oct. 26 at 1 pm and Pac-12 leaders Washington (10-3-3, 5-0-2 Pac-12) on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 pm.
Live Coverage -- Both matches will be nationally broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks (National and Los Angeles). Mark Rogondino will provide the play-by-play and Cobi Jones will provide the analysis for the Oregon State match while Rogondino and Kelly Gray will call the Washington match. In addition, fans can follow the matches via gametracker. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page. Fans can find out if they get Pac-12 Networks by visiting Pac-12.com or by contacting their television provider.
In The Rankings -- The Bruins stayed at No. 6 in the Soccer America poll and No. 7 in the NSCAA poll this week after having a bye last week. UCLA is also ranked No. 6 by both College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer. Washington is ranked No. 19 by Soccer America, No. 21 by Top Drawer Soccer, No. 23 by College Soccer News and No. 24 by the NSCAA. Oregon State is unranked in all polls.
Scouting The Beavers -- Oregon State enters the week with a record of 6-7-2 on the year and 1-5-1 in Pac-12 play. The Beavers are coming off back-to-back losses at Cal and Stanford last weekend and have lost their last three matches. They are led up front by senior Emery Welshman, who leads the Pac-12 Conference with 22 points (9 g, 4 a) and was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2011. Senior midfielder Alex Penny and sophomore Khiry Shelton are second to Welshman on the team with 11 and 10 points respectively. Finally, freshman Matt Bersano will man the goal for the Beavers, sporting a 1.17 GAA with 57 saves on the season.
The Series With Oregon State -- The Bruins have a record of 25-4-1 all-time against Oregon State. Last year, UCLA swept both matchups against the Beavers, winning 2-1 in Corvallis and 1-0 in double overtime at Drake Stadium. In the match at Corvallis, Victor Munoz scored the game-winning goal with just over 30 seconds left in the match to seal the victory for the Bruins. Then on senior day at Drake Stadium, Fernando Monge scored a golden goal in the 102nd minute to give UCLA a 1-0 win over the Beavers. This season, Victor Chavez scored the only goal of the match to lift the Bruins to a 1-0 victory over the Beavers back on Oct. 5. UCLA is unbeaten against the Beavers in their last 14 matchups and has won the last five meeings in the series.
Scouting The Huskies -- Monday's match against Washington will be a crucial one in deciding the winner of the Pac-12 conference. The Huskies currently own an overall record of 10-3-3 and have a five point advantage over the second place Bruins in the Pac-12, having played two more conference games than UCLA. Overall, Washington is led by senior midfielder Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, who has seven goals and 14 points thus far. Freshman midfielder James Moberg leads the team in assists with five on the season while junior goalkeeper Spencer Richey has a conference-best seven shutouts and a 0.82 GAA. Finally, head coach Jamie Clark is in his second season as head coach of the Huskies.
The Series With Washington -- UCLA leads the overall series with Washington 22-12-3 and has won five of the last six meetings with the Huskies. Last season, the Bruins beat the Huskies 4-1 up in Seattle, getting goals from Kelyn Rowe, Ryan Hollingshead, Eder Arreola and Victor Chavez to earn the victory. Patrick Matchett and Chandler Hoffman had two assists apiece in the game as well. Then in the rematch at Drake Stadium, UCLA won 1-0 after Joe Sofia scored the game-winner in the 71st minute. This season, the Huskies downed the Bruins 2-1 back on Oct. 8, ending UCLA's 16 conference match winning streak. UCLA is 8-1-1 against the Huskies in the last 10 games played in Seattle and has won the last five meetings at Washington.
Last Time Out -- UCLA last played back on October 12 at San Diego State and defeated the Aztecs 4-3 in a high-scoring affair. Junior defender Joe Sofia scored the first goal of the match after he headed in a Leo Stolz cross from three yards out for his second goal of the year. Junior Reed Williams scored the next two goals for the Bruins before junior Victor Chavez scored the game-winner in the 84th minute to seal the 4-3 victory for UCLA. Senior captain Ryan Hollingshead set a career-high with three assists in the match, which was the most in a single match by a UCLA player since Adolfo Gregorio had three back on Oct. 17, 2003. Fellow senior Evan Raynr registered two assists in the match as well.
Monge Returns Home -- Senior midfielder Fernando Monge will be making a return trip to his home state this weekend when the Bruins take on Washington on Monday night. The Seattle, Wash. native played for three years at Eastside Catholic HS in Seattle before enrolling early at UCLA in the winter of 2008. Monge earned first-team all-district honors as a junior at Eastside Catholic and was an all-league selection as a sophomore. Monge also played club soccer for Crossfire Premier, helping the club win the 2004 Manchester United Premier Cup.
Pac-12 Leaderboard -- Several UCLA players find themselves near the top of the leaderboard in major statistical categories in the Pac-12. Senior captain Ryan Hollingshead currently leads the conference in assists (7) and assists per game (0.54). Senior Evan Raynr is right behind him with six assists while Leo Stolz is tied for fifth with five assists. Sophomore goalie Earl Edwards leads the Pac-12 with a .800 save percentage and is currently second in the conference with a 1.09 GAA on the year. Meanwhile, junior Max Estrada is tied for second in the Pac-12 with three game-winning goals. As a team, UCLA has the most goals scored (12) and assists (17) in conference play. In the last four seasons, the Bruins have compiled a 34-5-6 conference mark, the best amongst the Pac-12 teams.
Road Warriors -- UCLA is unbeaten in their last 15 road matches dating back to September 18 of last year, going 13-0-2 in that time frame. The Bruins won seven consecutive road matches a year ago, including a win in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Louisville, and are 6-0-2 on the road this year, earning ties at No. 1 Maryland and No. 25 UC Santa Barbara and victories at Virginia, Loyola Marymount, Stanford, California, San Diego State and Cal Poly. UCLA has also won their last 12 Pac-12 road matches with their last conference road loss coming on October 15, 2010 at Stanford.
Coming Up -- UCLA will begin its final homestand of the year by taking on Stanford on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 pm and California on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 5 pm at Drake Stadium. Both matches will be nationally televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.