Bruins Host UC Santa Barbara Friday, Travel to San Diego Sunday

Sept. 13, 2011

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This Week -- No. 16 UCLA (2-2-1) will play two games this weekend, hosting No. 6/9 UC Santa Barbara (4-0-1) on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 pm at Drake Stadium and then travelling down the freeway to face the University of San Diego (3-2-0) on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 5 pm at Torero Stadium.

Live Coverage -- The UC Santa Barbara match will be audio broadcast live on the internet at John Ramey, Mike Sondheimer and Allison Taylor will have the call. Fans can also follow both games via Gametracker. Links are available at on the events calendar on the front page.

In The Rankings -- The Bruins moved up one spot in the Soccer America poll to No. 16 and are also ranked No. 30 by both College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer. UC Santa Barbara is ranked No. 6 by the NSCAA and Top Drawer Soccer, No. 7 by College Soccer News and No. 9 by Soccer America. San Diego is unranked in all polls.

Scouting The Gauchos -- UC Santa Barbara comes into their matchup with UCLA with a 4-0-1 record on the season. This past weekend, the Gauchos defeated 9th ranked West Virginia 2-0 at home and played to a 0-0 draw with Villanova. Luis Silva and David Opoku scored the goals for Santa Barbara in the West Virginia game and goalkeeper Andre Grandt made four saves in the tie with Villanova. Opoku leads the Gauchos with four goals and eight points on the year while preseason All-American Sam Garza has one goal and one assist. Garza led the Gauchos last season with nine goals and 24 points. Overall, UCSB returns six starters from their 2010 squad that went 14-5-3 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Series With UC Santa Barbara -- UCLA leads the overall series with UC Santa Barbara 31-4-2. The two teams met last season in front of a record crowd at Santa Barbara's Harder Stadium in a game that the Gauchos won 2-0. The crowd of 15,896 ranked as the second-largest ever to watch a regular season NCAA soccer game. Santa Barbara got goals from David Opoku and Danny Barrera in the match. 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.

Scouting The Toreros -- San Diego has a record of 3-2-0 thus far. After dropping their first two matches to UC Irvine and Drake, the Toreros have won three in a row against San Diego State, Penn and Manhattan. Nine different players have scored one goal for San Diego while midfielder Christian Duke leads the team in assists with three. Junior forward Patrick Wallen is the Toreros' star player, as he was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2010. Head coach Seamus McFadden is in his 33rd season as San Diego head coach and has been named the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year a record seven times. Last season, San Diego went 9-7-3 and finished in fourth place in the WCC.

The Series With San Diego -- The Bruins have a record of 20-5-4 all-time against San Diego. UCLA has won the last two meetings against the Toreros, winning 3-2 in OT last season at Drake Stadium and 2-1 in San Diego in 2009. Last season, Evan Raynr scored a golden goal in the 95th minute against the Toreros to give UCLA the 3-2 victory. Kelyn Rowe and Victor Chavez each tallied goals in that match as well. Marcelo Carminatti scored both goals for the Toreros.

Defending Drake -- The Bruins are 82-13-14 all-time at Drake Stadium, good for a .817 winning percentage. Last season UCLA went 9-1-0 at Drake Stadium, including two wins in the NCAA 2nd and 3rd rounds. The Bruins began playing their home games full-time at Drake Stadium in 2000.

Recapping the Weekend -- The Bruins picked up two victories at home over the weekend, defeating both Saint Mary's and Loyola Marymount by scores of 2-1. In the first match against the Gaels, UCLA got on the board in the 48th minute with Chandler Hoffman's third goal of the season to put them up 1-0. Kelyn Rowe followed that up with a beautiful goal in the 73rd minute, blasting a shot from just outside the right edge of the box into the far post for his first goal of the season. Rowe's goal would prove to be the game winner as the Bruins held on for a 2-1 victory. In a physical game against LMU, the Bruins got first half goals from transfer Ryan Lee and Hoffman to propel them to victory. The Lions helped UCLA out when they went down to 10 men in the first half and in the second half the Bruins did a great job of maintaining possession and limiting LMU"s scoring chances.

Man on Fire -- Junior forward Chandler Hoffman has been on a tear for the Bruins as of late, scoring a goal in each of the last four games. Hoffman has picked up right where he left off last season, scoring 10 goals in his last 11 games for UCLA and leading the Pac-12 in points (8) and goals (4) this season. Overall, Chandler has also recorded either a goal or an assist in 10 of his last 11 games.

Alumni Game to be Played on Oct. 2 -- UCLA's annual alumni game will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 am on the North Athletic Field. For more information on the game, visit

Coming Up -- UCLA will host two home matches next weekend, taking on Seattle University on Friday, Sept. 23 at 5 pm and SMU on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 pm. Both matches will be played at Drake Stadium.

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