Oct. 17, 2005
This Week -- The 12th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (7-3-2) will face its third consecutive ranked opponent when it hosts 22nd-ranked UC Santa Barbara (7-2-3) on Thursday, Oct. 20. The game will take place at Frank W. Marshall Field at 7 pm. The game will be audio broadcast live on UCLA All-Access via uclabruins.com.
Bruins In National Rankings -- UCLA remained at No. 12 in the Soccer America rankings after a pair of 0-0 ties against 23rd-ranked Cal State Northridge and 19th-ranked San Diego State. The Bruins are ranked No. 6 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and No. 11 on the College Soccer News poll.
UCLA In NCAA Statistics -- The Bruin defense is proving it is amongst the best in the country, ranking No. 1 (tied with San Diego State) in the nation in shutout percentage (0.75), No. 4 in team goals against average (0.48) and No. 3 in shots on goals save percentage (0.872). Junior goalkeeper Eric Reed ranks third in goals against average (0.300) and second in shots on goals save percentage (0.914).
M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch -- Junior midfielder/defender Patrick Ianni and sophomore defender Marvell Wynne have been named to the 2005 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Bruin duo were starters on the U.S. Under-20 National Team that advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2005 World Youth Championships. Their defense helped the U.S. shut out all three of its opponents in group play. Wynne also had an assist on the game-winning goal against Argentina. Both players were regular starters for UCLA in 2004 and played in all 20 games. Ianni, the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, has two goals and an assist this season, while Wynne has a goal and three assists. Ianni assisted Wynne on Wynne's game-winning goal against third-ranked Cal on Sept. 30. The goal was Wynne's first of his career. Ianni scored the game-winning goal in the road victory over Washington. Defensively, the two players have been instrumental in UCLA's nine shutouts this year and helped limit a high-scoring Maryland team to zero shots on goal. The Bruin defense has held its opponent to single-digit shot totals in four of the last seven games and ranks fourth in the nation with a 0.48 team goals against average.
Scouting the Gauchos -- UC Santa Barbara is unbeaten in its last five games, winning three and tying two. The Gauchos defeated UC Davis in their last match, 1-0. Senior forward Ivan Becerra leads the team in scoring with eight goals and 18 points. Sophomore midfielder Tyler Rosenlund is on the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Last season, the Gauchos advanced all the way to the NCAA Championship game, where they lost in penalty kicks to Indiana.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA holds an all-time 28-2-1 series advantage over UC Santa Barbara. The two teams have not met since playing to a scoreless tie in 2001 at Santa Barbara. UCLA has a 15-game unbeaten streak against the Gauchos, whose last win in the series came on Oct. 30, 1982 (3-1 at Santa Barbara).
Bruins Fit To Be Tied -- UCLA shut out opponents over 220 minutes last week but could not get on the scoreboard either, recording a pair of scoreless ties against No. 23 Cal State Northridge and No. 19 San Diego State. The stats were dead-even against the Matadors, with each team taking 12 shots and making three saves. UCLA shut out the Matadors despite playing short-handed for the final 33 minutes of the game after midfielder Patrick Ianni was red-carded. Senior Nate Pena picked up the shutout, his first this season. Against San Diego State, UCLA had a big 20-9 shot advantage but was stopped eight times by Aztec goalkeeper Tally Hall. Eric Reed picked up his seventh solo shutout of the season, making four saves.
Reed, Bruin Defense Remain Untouchable At Home -- Goalkeeper Eric Reed and the Bruin defense have been impenetrable at home in 2005, going 4-0-1 and allowing zero goals and just 34 shots (6.8 avg.). Reed, who ranks third in the nation with a 0.300 goals against average, has shut out opponents in eight of his 10 games played and has seven solo shutouts. He currently holds a career goals against average of 0.58, which would rank as the lowest career GAA in UCLA history. Brad Friedel holds the record with a 0.60 career mark. Reed is on pace to break the school record for lowest GAA, held by Zach Wells ( 0.52 set in 2003), and the team GAA of 0.48 tops the school record of 0.52 set in 1989 and 2003.
By The Numbers -- UCLA has allowed just one goal in the last 701 minutes and no goals in the last 300 consecutive minutes ... Eleven different players have scored 20 goals for UCLA.