Sept. 19, 2012
This Week -- The ninth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (4-1-1) will look to continue its winning streak as they travel north to play rivals UC Santa Barbara (5-0-1) on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6 pm at Harder Stadium and Cal Poly (4-2-0) on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 4 pm at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Live Coverage -- The UC Santa Barbara match will be nationally televised live by Fox Soccer Channel as the NSCAA College Game of the Week. Steve Bell will do the play-by-play and Keith Tabatznik will provide the color commentary. Fans can also follow both matches via gametracker. The links are available at uclabruins.com on the front page on the events calendar.
In The Rankings -- The Bruins moved up two spots in the Soccer America poll, coming in at No. 9 this week. UCLA is also ranked No. 12 by the NSCAA, No. 8 by College Soccer News and No. 10 by Top Drawer Soccer. UC Santa Barbara is ranked No. 3 by the NSCAA, No. 5 by Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer and No. 9 by College Soccer News. Cal Poly is unranked in all polls.
Scouting The Gauchos -- UC Santa Barbara enters their match with the Bruins with an undefeated 5-0-1 record on the year. Their No. 3 ranking from the NSCAA is also the highest they've been ranked in the poll since 2009. Junior forward Achille Campion leads the Gauchos with five goals and 11 points on the year, scoring in five out of the Gauchos' six contests this year. Junior Dom Sarle leads the team with four assists thus far while freshman goalkeeper Austin Mansker has received the bulk of the playing time in goal, tallying 13 saves and a 0.87 GAA on the season. Finally, head coch Tim Vom Steeg is in his 14th season as head coach of the Gauchos and owns a 186-72-27 record with one NCAA Championship in 2006.
The Series With UC Santa Barbara -- The schools have a long storied rivalry dating back to 1967, with UCLA leading the overall series 32-4-2. The two teams met last season at Drake Stadium where the Bruins prevailed 3-2 behind a hat trick from Chandler Hoffman. The last time the two schools played in Santa Barbara, the Gauchos won 2-0 in front of a crowd of 15,896, the second-largest ever to watch a regular season NCAA soccer game. The two teams also met in the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament in 2009 where the Bruins won 2-1 at Drake Stadium. Fernando Monge and Ryan Hollingshead each tallied goals for the Bruins in that match with Hollingshead netting the game-winner in the 37th minute. Finally, the Bruins and Gauchos met back in 2006 in the NCAA Championship game in St. Louis, Mo. Santa Barbara defeated the Bruins 2-1 to claim the NCAA title.
Scouting The Mustangs -- Cal Poly has a record of 4-2-0 on the year and has a three-match winning streak entering the week. The Mustangs are led up front by junior forward Mackenzie Pridham, who leads the team with three goals and six points. Midfielders George Malki and Matt LaGrassa are tied for the team in assists with two apiece. In goal, freshman Wade Hamilton and sophomore Chase Hauser have played three matches each, combining for 15 saves. Hauser has the slightly better numbers with a 0.67 GAA and a 3-0 record. Finally, Paul Holocher is in his seventh season as head coach of Cal Poly and owns a record of 51-44-22 at the school.
The Series With Cal Poly -- UCLA leads the overall series with the Mustangs, 9-1-3. The two sides last played in 2010, playing to a scoreless draw up in San Luis Obispo in front of the 10th largest regular season crowd in NCAA history (8,717). Before that, UCLA and Cal Poly played in the 2008 NCAA first round in Los Angeles where the Mustangs won 1-0. Prior to those two meetings, the Bruins had won nine straight in the series.
Recapping the Weekend -- The Bruins upped their winning streak to four games over the weekend after defeating Loyola Marymount 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Hollingshead scored the only goal of the match in the 54th minute when he took an Evan Raynr cross in the middle of the box and one-touched it past the keeper for the goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Earl Edwards returned to the pitch after missing four matches with an injury and made three saves to earn his first victory of the year. It was also Edwards' first collegiate shutout. "It was a solid performance and a good win," UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo said after the match. "Our possession and moments to create goal-scoring opportunities were good. We just lacked some finishing. We look forward to our next match and continuing to improve."
Putting Up Zeroes -- Dating back to last year, the UCLA defense has done a remarkable job of shutting out the opposition. The Bruins have shut out 11 of their last 15 opponents, including a school record tying eight in a row last season. A lot of that is due to the play of the back line of Matt Wiet, Joe Sofia, Patrick Matchett, who were starters a year ago and have continued their stellar defensive play this year. Senior Chris Cummings and freshman Grady Howe have also contributed to the Bruins' strong defensive play, helping UCLA earn three shutouts in six matches in 2012. Sophomore Earl Edwards and freshman Juan Cervantes have combined for three shutouts in goal this year as well, with Cervantes logging two and Edwards one.
Road Warriors -- UCLA is unbeaten in their last 10 road matches dating back to September 18 of last year, going 9-0-1 in that time frame. The Bruins won seven consecutive road matches a year ago, including a win in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Louisville, and are 2-0-1 on the road this year, earning a tie at No. 1 Maryland and victories at Virginia and Loyola Marymount.
Hollingshead Nominated for Senior CLASS Award -- Senior midfielder Ryan Hollingshead has been named as one of the 30 candidates for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. Hollingshead is on track to graduate after the Fall quarter after just three years and one quarter and has twice earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors. He has also volunteered for UCLA's I'm Going To College program, giving campus tours and doing autograph signings for the collegiate community outreach effort, Adopt-A-Classroom, in which players correspond and meet with elementary school children, and Marathon Kids, a school and community-based fitness program. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.