Oregon State vs. #4 UCLA
Friday, Oct. 25 - 6 pm
Live Stats - uclabruins.com
TV - Pac-12 Networks (Talent: Christian Miles/Cobi Jones)
Radio - uclabruins.com (Talent: John Ramey/Erin Cole)
The 4th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (7-3-3, 2-1-2) will play its final two regular season home matches of the season this weekend, taking on Oregon State (7-6-1, 0-4-1) on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. before wrapping up the home season vs. No. 3 Washington (10-0-4, 3-0-2) on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.
Live Coverage — Both matches this weekend will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. Christian Miles and Cobi Jones will call both of the matches live from Drake Stadium. Fans can also listen to both matches through a live audio broadcast at uclabruins.com. John Ramey and Erin Cole will have the call. Finally, live stats will be provided for both matches on uclabruins.com.
In The Rankings —The Bruins came in at No. 4 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. UCLA is also ranked No. 10 in the NCAA RPI. 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.
Senior Day — Sunday's match against Washington will mark the final regular season home match for seven graduating seniors on the UCLA squad. Defenders Patrick Matchett, Ryan Lee and Joe Sofia, midfielder Victor Munoz and forwards Max Estrada, Reed Williams and Victor Chavez will all be honored for their accomplishments prior to the match. Each of these seniors has won at least one Pac-12 title in their time at UCLA and helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of their seasons in Westwood.
Scouting the Beavers — Oregon State enters Friday's matchup with the Bruins with a record of 7-6-1, 0-4-1 in Pac-12 play. The Beavers also enter Friday's match with a 1-5 record on the road. Junior forward Khiry Shelton leads Oregon State with four goals on the season, adding an assist to give him nine points, but has been out of the lineup for the past few weeks. 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 1.00 GAA in 14 matches this season while making a Pac-12 leading 63 saves.
The Series with Oregon State — The Bruins have a record of 26-4-2 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 16 matchups, has won the last six of the last seven meeings in the series and has never lost at home to Oregon State (15-0-1).
Scouting the Huskies — Washington is one of two undefeated teams in the conference entering this weekend, posting a 3-0-2 Pac-12 record and a 10-0-4 mark overall. Senior defender Taylor Peay leads Washington with six goals on the year, which is good for third-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 seven 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 0.88 GAA and has recorded 26 saves.
The Series with Washington — UCLA leads the overall series with Washington 23-12-4 and has won six of the last eight 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. Additionally, UCLA has won four of the last five meetings against Washington at Drake Stadium.
Last Time Out — The Bruins took on Oregon State and Washington last weekend up in the Pacific Northwest, earning a draw in both matches. On Friday in Corvallis, UCLA outshot the Beavers 25-12 and dominated the majority of possession, but could only muster a 1-1 tie. After Oregon State went ahead 1-0 in the 73rd minute, freshman Gage Zerboni tied things up in the 88th minute with his first collegiate goal. In overtime, both sides had a flurry of chances but neither side could score and the match ended in a draw. Junior keeper Earl Edwards Jr. made a season-high seven saves in the match. Then on Monday in Seattle, UCLA earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw with the Huskies. Washington went ahead 1-0 in the first half on a UCLA own goal before junior Leo Stolz and senior Max Estrada scored goals two minutes apart at the start of the second half to put the Bruins on top 2-1. Washington would eventually score on another own goal with three minutes left in regulation and after a scoreless overtime the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Edwards matched his season-high with seven saves in the match as well.
Defending Drake — The Bruins hold a record of 100-20-15 all-time at Drake Stadium, good for an .796 winning percentage. This season, UCLA is 5-2 at home. The Bruins began playing its home games full-time at Drake Stadium in 2000.
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 40-6-9 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 five 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 and adding another on Monday night at Washington. He is currently third in the Pac-12 in points (16) and goals (6) while tying for the conference lead in game-winning goals (3). Last season, Stolz earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors after registering eight assists.
Joe Sofia Named Senior Class Award Finalist — Senior defender Joe Sofia has been 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 75 matches in his three-year career, starting 73 of them. This season, he has started 11 of UCLA's 13 matches while serving as the team captain and the anchor of the back line. Additionally, Sofia leads the Bruins in minutes with 1,054.
Putting Up Zeroes — Junior keeper Earl Edwards Jr. has posted five clean sheets on the season, which is tops in the Pac-12. Overall, Edwards has 43 saves thus far and six of his 17 goals allowed have either come from own goals or on penalty kicks. 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.
Six Bruins On To TDS's "100 Players To Watch" List — Seniors Joe Sofia and Victor Chavez and junior Leo Stolz were all named to Top Drawer Soccer's Midseason "100 Players to Watch" list. Stolz came in at No. 9 on the list while Sofia is ranked No. 18. Chavez is ranked as the No. 29 player to watch. Additionally, three Bruins were selected to Top Drawer Soccer's "Top 100 Freshmen to Watch" list. Michael Amick (No. 12), Brian Iloski (No. 22) and Nathan Smith (No. 85) were all selected to the list.
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 six goals and 16 points on the season. Meanwhile, Vobejda has appeared in all 13 matches thus far, logging two assists in 514 minutes of action. Munoz, a 2011 honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection, has played in all 13 matches as well while recording one goal and a team-high five assists to give him seven points, third-most on the team. Finally, Vale has played in 11 matches, scoring two goals in 826 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 125-48-31. 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 — The Bruins will travel up to the Bay Area next week to take on Stanford on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. before facing off against top-ranked California on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.