Stanford vs. #6 UCLA
Thursday, Oct. 10 - 5:30 pm
Live Stats - uclabruins.com
TV - Pac-12 Networks (Talent: Christian Miles/Brian Dunseth)
Radio - uclabruins.com (Talent: John Ramey/Erin Cole)
The 6th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (6-2-1, 1-0-0) will play host to two big Pac-12 opponents this week, taking on Stanford (6-2-1, 1-1-0) on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. before squaring off against top-ranked California (7-0-2, 1-0-1) on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.
Live Coverage — Both matches this weekend will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. Christian Miles will provide the play-by-play for both matches while Brian Dunseth will provide the analysis for the Stanford match. Cobi Jones will be the analyst for the California match. Fans can also listen to both matches through a live audio broadcast at uclabruins.com. John Ramey and Erin Cole will have the call live from Drake Stadium. Finally, live stats will be provided for both matches on uclabruins.com.
In The Rankings — UCLA continued to move up in the polls this week, moving to No. 5 in the Soccer America poll and No. 6 in the NSCAA poll. The Bruins also jumped up to No. 5 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and No. 8 in the College Soccer News poll. California is ranked No. 1 in the Soccer America poll, the NSCAA poll and the Top Drawer Soccer poll. The Golden Bears are also ranked No. 2 in the College Soccer News poll while Stanford is unranked in all polls.
Scouting the Cardinal — Stanford will enter its matchup with UCLA with an identical 6-2-1 record on the year. The Cardinal are 1-1 in conference play after splitting their matches against Washington and Oregon State last weekend. Overall, junior forward Zach Batteer leads Stanford with five goals and one assist on the year to give him a team-high 11 points. Freshman forward Jordan Morris is right behind him, scoring three goals and notching three assists in nine matches. 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Aaron Kovar leads the Cardinal in the midfield, recording a team-high four assists on the season. In goal, Stanford will turn to senior Drew Hutchins, who has a 1.19 GAA and 24 saves thus far.
The Series with Stanford — The Bruins have a record of 41-6-7 all-time against the Cardinal and have won the last five meetings in the series. Last year, UCLA won both matches vs. Stanford, winning, 3-1, up in Palo Alto before defeating the Cardinal, 2-1, in overtime in Los Angeles. Fernando Monge and current seniors Max Estrada and Reed Williams scored the three goals for the Bruins in their victory up in Stanford while senior Victor Chavez and Monge provided the goals in the rematch at Drake Stadium. Monge scored a golden goal in the 103rd minute in that match in Los Angeles to give UCLA the overtime win. The Bruins and Cardinal have a history in the postseason as well, meeting back in the 2002 NCAA Championship match. UCLA went on to win that match, 1-0, behind Aaron Lopez's goal with just over a minute to play. It was the first time in NCAA history that two schools from the same conference battled for the NCAA men's soccer title.
Scouting the Golden Bears — California enters this week with a record of 7-0-2 on the year, 1-0-1 in the conference. The Golden Bears are led by senior defender Steve Birnbaum, who is tied for the conference lead with six goals and 13 points. Birnbaum has also scored on six of his seven shots on goal. Junior Stefano Bonomo leads California up front, scoring four goals and registering two assists in nine matches thus far. Senior Alec Sundly will pace the Golden Bears in the midfield, as he is tied with Leo Stolz for the Pac-12 lead in game-winning goals (3). Redshirt junior Justin Taillole will look to get the start in goal for California on Sunday. Taillole has posted a GAA of 0.53 in nine matches while making 24 saves.
The Series with California — UCLA leads the series with California, 39-11-6. The Bruins took the first matchup last year in Berkeley by a score of, 3-1, getting goals from senior Victor Chavez, senior Victor Munoz and Ryan Hollingshead. Then in the rematch at Drake Stadium in November, the two sides played to a 1-1 draw with senior Reed Williams scoring UCLA's lone goal. In the last four meetings with the Golden Bears, UCLA is 3-0-1. The Bruins also own a record of 7-1-2 in their last 10 meetings with California. Additionally, either California or UCLA has won the last 11 Pac-12 conference championships.
Last Time Out — UCLA kicked off Pac-12 play over the weekend with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over San Diego State. The Bruins fell behind in the 25th minute when Jordan Ongaro scored for the Aztecs, but came roaring back with two goals in the final 15 minutes to grab the victory. Freshman Kevin De La Torre scored the tying goal in the 76th minute, controlling a cross from fellow freshman Brian Iloski and putting the ball into the back of the net to level the match at 1-1. Then with just over a minute to go, senior Victor Chavez put the Bruins ahead for good with a terrific header goal to give UCLA a 2-1 win. Junior Leo Stolz set the play up with a beautiful chip pass to the far post where Chavez finished the play.
UCLA Picked To Win Pac-12 — In a polling of the Conference's men's soccer head coaches, UCLA was selected as the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 in 2013. The Bruins, searching for their fifth conference title in six years and ninth title overall, received the maximum 25 total points with five first-place votes. In the last six seasons, the Bruins have compiled a 39-5-7 conference mark, the best amongst the Pac-12 teams. UCLA has also won their last 14 Pac-12 road matches and has reached the NCAA Tournament in 30 consecutive seasons, the second-longest active streak in the nation.
Scoring Spree — Junior midfielder Leo Stolz has done a great job of finding the back of the net lately, scoring at least one goal in four of his last six matches. Stolz has also recorded at least one point in five of his last six matches. The Munich, Germany native scored the game-winning goal in UCLA's 1-0 win over UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 13 before adding another in the Bruins' 3-2 overtime victory over San Diego on Sept. 15. After being held without a goal at UC Irvine on Sept. 19, Stolz punched in two more in UCLA's win at Cal State Northridge before burying a penalty kick against UC Riverside on Sept. 26 to bring his season total to five. He is currently tied for the Pac-12 lead in points (13) and game-winning goals (3) while ranking third with five goals. Stolz's five goals and 13 points are also 40th best in the nation. Last season, Stolz earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors after registering eight assists.
Putting Up Zeroes — UCLA has shut out four of its nine opponents this season. Junior keeper Earl Edwards Jr. has been in goal for all four clean sheets, which matches his entire total from 2012. Overall, Edwards has 23 saves thus far. The backline of Patrick Matchett, Joe Sofia, Aaron Simmons and Javan Torre, along with freshmen defenders Michael Amick and Nathan Smith have also done a great job of limiting the opposition's opportunities.
Five Bruins On To TDS's "100 Players To Watch" List — Seniors Victor Munoz, Reed Williams and Joe Sofia, and juniors Leo Stolz and Aaron Simmons were all named to the Top Drawer Soccer "100 Players to Watch" list. Munoz came in at No. 49 while Williams was ranked No. 51. Stolz came in at No. 69 on the list while Simmons and Sofia were ranked No. 78 and No. 81 respectively.
Road Warriors — UCLA has posted a terrific record on the road in the last few seasons, going 17-1-4 in its last 22 road or neutral site matches. The Bruins went unbeaten on the road last season, going 8-0-2, and have started off the season with a 2-1-1 record in road and neutral site contests. Prior to the loss at UC Irvine on Sept. 19, the Bruins had not lost a road or neutral site match since 2011.
Foreign Influence — The Bruins currently have four international members on its 2013 squad, the most the program has had since the late 1970's. Freshman Felix Vobejda (Germany), sophomore Jordan Vale (New Zealand), and juniors Victor Munoz (Spain) and Leo Stolz (Germany) make up UCLA's four international players. As mentioned above, Stolz leads the Bruins with five goals and 13 points on the season. Vobejda has appeared in all nine matches thus far, logging two assists in 367 minutes of action. Munoz, a 2011 honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection, has played in all nine matches while recording one goal and two assists, while Vale has played in eight matches, scoring one goal in 458 minutes played.
Head Coach Jorge Salcedo — UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo is in his 10th season at the helm of the program, posting an all-time record of 124-47-29. He has coached UCLA to eight Pac-12 Titles as an assistant coach or head coach and is a four-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year (co-coach in 2004, winner in 2008, 2011 and 2012). Salcedo has also led UCLA to two College Cup appearances and is the second-longest tenured men's soccer head coach in UCLA's NCAA history.
Defending Drake — The Bruins hold a record of 99-19-15 all-time at Drake Stadium, good for an .801 winning percentage. UCLA began playing its home games full-time at Drake Stadium in 2000.
Bruins on TV — The UCLA men's soccer team will continue to enjoy increased national exposure in 2013 with 12 games scheduled to be televised. 11 of those matches will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks, including seven home matches. The Big Ten Network televised UCLA's game at Indiana on Sept. 1 as well. Fans can find out if they get Pac-12 Networks by visiting Pac-12.com or by contacting their television provider.
Coming Up — The Bruins will travel to the Pacific Northwest next week to face Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. before flying up to Seattle to square off against Washington on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Both matches will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.