September 14, 1998
UCLA vs. Gonzaga - The Bruins (3-1, ranked #3 by Soccer News) will face the Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-2) Thursday, Sept. 17 at UCLA's Spaulding Field at 7:30 pm in the first meeting between the two teams. A year ago, Gonzaga pulled in a 14-4 record and narrowly missed making the NCAA playoffs. The road to the NCAAs in 1998 will be tougher without departed senior Jeff McAllister, who ranked sixth in the nation last year in scoring (19 goals, 46 points). Abbas Faridnia and Brett Fink lead this year's squad with three goals apiece.
UCLA vs. San Francisco - UCLA will face San Francisco (0-4) on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the North Athletic Field at 2:00 pm (note: this is a change from previous schedules). UCLA will be looking to even up the overall series, which San Francisco currently leads, 18-17-4. The Bruins, however, have won the last four games, including a 3-1 victory on the road last year. Alex Akerjordet leads the Dons with two goals and four points.
Former NCAA Rivals Meet - One of the most storied rivalries in the West Coast will renew when UCLA, winners of three NCAA Championships and San Francisco, winners of four NCAA titles, meet on Sunday. The two teams had a heated rivalry in the 1970s, when the Bruins knocked the Dons out of the playoffs three times. USF ousted the Bruins in the playoffs five consecutive times, from 1975-77 and in 1980 and 1983.
Bruins Continue Home Winning Streak - UCLA has won 24 consecutive home contests, the longest active streak in the NCAA. The Bruins' 20 consecutive regular season home victories rank 10th all-time. One win this week would put UCLA in seventh place; two wins would tie the Bruins for fifth place. Tulsa (1988-92) holds the record with 39 consecutive home wins.
George Moves into UCLA's Top 10 in Career Scoring, Eyes Century Mark - With two goals and one assist last week, senior forward Seth George (Mission Viejo, Calif.) moved into UCLA's Top 10 list for career points. George, with 96 points, is now tied for 10th place with Tom Silvas (1983-86) and is just four points away from reaching the century mark. George, with 37 goals, is also one goal away from reaching the Top 10 for career goals. UCLA's leading scorer with nine points, he has scored a goal or assist in every game this year.
Rimando Records Two Straight Shutouts - Sophomore goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair, Calif.) notched two shutouts last week, blanking Davidson and Fresno State by scores of 3-0. Rimando set a new career-high in saves with five against the Bulldogs Sunday. He also achieved another first in that game, registering his first collegiate point with an assist on the game-winning goal. After making a save in the seventh minute, Rimando threw an outlet pass to Tom Poltl along the right sideline. Poltl then sent a through ball to Martin Bruno, who hit a rocket into the net. Rimando has shut out three of UCLA's four opponents this year and holds a goals against average of 0.55 (0.33 career).