#5 UCLA vs. Oregon State
Friday, Oct. 18 - 1 pm
Live Stats - uclabruins.com
TV - Pac-12 Networks (Talent: Christian Miles/Kelly Gray)
#5 UCLA vs. #3 Washington
Monday, Oct. 21 - 7 pm
Live Stats - uclabruins.com
TV - Pac-12 Networks (Talent: Christian Miles/Cobi Jones)
The 5th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (7-3-1, 2-1-0) will travel to the Pacific Northwest this weekend to play its first conference road matches of the season. The Bruins will take on Oregon State (7-5-0, 0-3-0) on Friday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. before squaring off against third-ranked Washington (9-0-3, 2-0-1) on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 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 Kelly Gray will provide the analysis for the Oregon State match. Cobi Jones will be the analyst for the Washington match. Live stats for both matches will also be provided on uclabruins.com.
In The Rankings — The Bruins came in at No. 5 in this week's Soccer America and NSCAA polls, No. 6 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and No. 8 in the College Soccer News poll. Washington is ranked No. 3 by the NSCAA Soccer America, Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News while Oregon State is unranked in all polls.
Scouting the Beavers — Oregon State enters Friday's matchup with the Bruins with a record of 7-5-0, 0-3-0 in Pac-12 play. The Beavers have started out the season with a 6-0 home record, but are 1-5 on the road. Junior forward Khiry Shelton leads Oregon State with four goals on the season, adding an assist to give him nine points. Freshman midfielder and Norway native Ole Sandnes is right behind Shelton with three goals and one assist (seven points) while senior forward Borce Atanasov leads the Beavers with four assists thus far. In goal, Oregon State will likely turn to sophomore Matt Bersano for Friday's match. Bersano has posted a 1.01 GAA in 12 matches this season while making a Pac-12 leading 51 saves.
The Series with Oregon State — The Bruins have a record of 26-4-1 all-time against Oregon State. Last year, UCLA swept both matchups against the Beavers, winning 1-0 at Drake Stadium before earning a 2-1 victory in Corvallis. Senior Victor Chavez scored the only goal of the match at Drake Stadium while he added another in the rematch in Corvallis. Ryan Hollingshead scored the game-winner at Oregon State. In addition, UCLA is unbeaten against the Beavers in its last 15 matchups and has won the last six meeings in the series.
Scouting the Huskies — Washington is one of two undefeated teams in the conference entering this weekend, posting a 2-0-1 Pac-12 record and a 9-0-3 mark overall. The Huskies have a 5-0-1 record at home thus far. Senior defender Taylor Peay leads Washington with six goals on the year, which is good for second-best in the Pac-12. Junior forward Darwin Jones is the Huskies' leader up front, netting three goals and recording four assists to give him 10 points. Sophomore James Moberg serves as the anchor in the midfield for Washington, garnering a conference-leading six assists in 2013. Finally, sophomore Ryan Herman will man the goal for the Huskies after senior Spencer Richey went down with a knee injury earlier in the year. Herman has a Pac-12 leading 0.55 GAA and has recorded 25 saves.
The Series with Washington — UCLA leads the overall series with Washington 23-12-3 and has won six of the last seven meetings with the Huskies. Last season, the two teams split their two meetings, with each side winning on the other's home field. After the Huskies beat the Bruins, 2-1, at Drake Stadium on October 8, UCLA returned the favor with a 1-0 victory in Seattle on October 29. Ryan Hollingshead scored the lone goal for the Bruins in that match, getting an assist from current senior Reed Williams. UCLA is 9-1-1 against the Huskies in the last 11 games played in Seattle and has won the last six meetings at Washington.
Last Time Out — UCLA welcomed the Bay Area schools to Westwood last weekend and went 1-1 against Stanford and California, defeating the Cardinal, 1-0, before falling to the top-ranked Golden Bears, 3-2, in overtime. On Thursday vs. Stanford, junior Aaron Simmons scored with just over a minute to go in the match to propel the Bruins to a one-goal victory. Junior keeper Earl Edwards Jr. made three stops to earn his fifth clean sheet of the year while the back line of Ryan Lee, Michael Amick, Joe Sofia and Patrick Matchett, with help from Simmons, held the Cardinal to just six shots. Then on Sunday against California, the Bruins got goals from senior Victor Chavez and sophomore Jordan Vale but ultimately fell to the Golden Bears by a goal after Stefano Bonomo scored a golden goal for Cal 30 seconds into overtime.
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. UCLA has also won its last 14 Pac-12 road matches dating back to 2010.
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 40-6-7 conference mark, the best amongst the Pac-12 teams.
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 eight matches. Stolz has also recorded at least one point in six of his last eight 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 second in the Pac-12 in points (14) while tying for the conference lead in game-winning goals (3). Stolz is also tied for third in the Pac-12 with teammate Victor Chavez with five goals. Last season, Stolz earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors after registering eight assists.
Joe Sofia Named Senior Class Award Finalist — Earlier this week, senior defender Joe Sofia was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Men's Soccer Senior CLASS Award. Sofia, a native of Dove Canyon, Calif., has upheld a 3.965 cumulative GPA in communication studies and is on track to graduate after the Fall quarter after just three years and one quarter. He has held the highest GPA among all of UCLA’s student-athletes since the spring of 2012 and has made the Director’s Honor Roll in every one of his quarters at UCLA (nine times in total). Sofia has been very active in the community as well, developing an anti-bullying curriculum with some fellow student-athletes that will be distributed to local middle schools later this fall. On the field, Sofia has played in 73 matches in his three-year career, starting 72 of them. This season, he has started 10 of UCLA's 11 matches while serving as the team captain and the anchor of the back line. Additionally, Sofia leads the Bruins in minutes with 928.
Putting Up Zeroes — UCLA has shut out five of its 11 opponents this season. Junior keeper Earl Edwards Jr. has been in goal for all five clean sheets, which is tops in the Pac-12. Overall, Edwards has 29 saves thus far. The backline of Patrick Matchett, Joe Sofia, Michael Amick and Ryan Lee, along with freshman Nathan Smith, sophomore Javan Torre and junior Aaron Simmons 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.
Foreign Influence — The Bruins currently have four international members on their 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 14 points on the season. Meanwhile, Vobejda has appeared in all 11 matches thus far, logging two assists in 480 minutes of action. Munoz, a 2011 honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection, has played in all 11 matches as well while recording one goal and three assists to give him five points. Finally, Vale has played in 10 matches, scoring two goals in 611 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 125-48-29. 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.
Coming Up — UCLA will play its final two regular season home contests next weekend, playing Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. before matching up against Washington on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. in the regular season home finale. Both matches will be at Drake Stadium and televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.