September 28, 1998
UCLA vs. LMU - The Bruins (6-1, ranked #2 by Soccer America) will host Loyola Marymount (3-5) Sunday, Oct. 4 at UCLA's North Athletic Field at 2:00 pm. The Lions have scored just five goals this season, compared to 23 by the Bruins. Sophomore forward Robert Palikuca leads LMU with two goals. UCLA, which is riding a five-game shutout streak, has never lost to LMU in 16 games and won the last contest, a 3-1 comeback at home last season.
Krumpe, Irvin Return to UCLA - Former UCLA standout and assistant coach Paul Krumpe returns to lead his Loyola Marymount squad against his former team. Krumpe, an assistant under UCLA head coach Sigi Schmid from 1995-97, is in his first season as head coach of the Lions. Another former Bruin player, Brian Irvin (1993-96), is a member of Krumpe's staff at Loyola.
Bruins Look to Continue Home Winning Streak - UCLA will be trying to continue its home winning streak Sunday when it faces Loyola Marymount. The Bruins hold the longest active streak in the NCAA with 22 consecutive regular season home victories (26 overall), which rank them fifth all-time, tying with Saint Louis (1968-1972) and Notre Dame (1977-1978). Tulsa (1988-92) holds the record with 39 consecutive home wins. The Bruins have not dropped a home contest since Sept. 22, 1996 when they lost 2-1 in overtime to California.
Bruins Extend Shutout Streak to 5 - The UCLA defense has been outstanding all season, shutting out six of seven opponents and five in a row. The Bruins have not allowed a goal in 481 consecutive minutes. Dating back to last season, UCLA has shut out 11 of its last 13 opponents. The Bruins have allowed just two goals all season, giving UCLA a team goals against average of 0.29. Meanwhile, the Bruin offense has scored 23 goals, an MPSF-leading average of 3.29 per game.
Rimando Extends Shutout Streak to 445 minutes - Sophomore goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair, Calif.) has proven to be a more than worthy successor to last year's Final Four Defensive MVP Matt Reis. In seven games this season, Rimando has shut out six opponents (four solo shutouts) and allowed just two goals for a GAA of 0.32. In UCLA's 2-0 win over San Diego last Friday, Rimando made a career-high six saves on eight USD shots and extended his shutout streak to 445 minutes.
George Climbs Up Top 10 Charts, Extends Point Scoring Streak to 8 Games - With a goal Friday against San Diego, senior forward Seth George (Mission Viejo, Calif.) extended his point scoring streak to eight games, fourth-best in UCLA history. The goal also gave George 40 for his career, ranking him ninth all-time at UCLA (tied with Ante Razov). George has scored a goal or assist in every game this season and leads the team with 16 points, an average of 2.3 points per game. He is on pace to score 43 points by the end of the regular season, which would give him 130 career points and place him in UCLA's Top 5.
Tsakiris Hits Second Game-Winner in Three Games - Sophomore midfielder Shaun Tsakiris (Saratoga, Calif.) notched his second game-winning goal in the last three games, scoring the Bruins' first goal in UCLA's 2-0 win over San Diego Friday. Tsakiris, along with George, has the hot foot for the Bruins, scoring two goals and two assists in his last three games. He now ranks tied for third on the team in scoring with eight points (three goals, two assists).