Oct. 31, 2006
This Week -- The 16th-ranked (Soccer America) UCLA men's soccer team (9-5-3, 4-3-2 in the Pac-10) will host 22nd-ranked (NSCAA) San Diego State (9-5-3, 5-2-2 in the Pac-10) and San Diego (10-6-1) in the regular season finale this weekend at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. The Bruins will first take on San Diego State on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 pm before hosting San Diego on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 pm. Both of this weekend's games will be audio broadcast on uclabruins.com, with live stats also provided.
Senior Day Sunday -- Seniors Kiel McClung and Eric Reed will be honored prior to Sunday's game against San Diego. The duo will be playing in their final regular season home game. McClung, a defender from Palmdale, Calif. has played in 65 career games with 49 starts. He has scored four goals and four assists while also leading the Bruins to two of the best defensive seasons in school history. In 2003, the Bruin defense recorded a school record 0.52 goals against average, and in 2005, they recorded the second-most shutouts in school history with 14. Reed, a goalkeeper from Mission Viejo, Calif., has been UCLA's starter since 2004 and has compiled a career goals against average of 0.81 with 21 shutouts. Last season, Reed ranked sixth in the nation with a 0.60 goals against average and earned third-team NSCAA All-Far West honors and first-team All-Pac-10 acclaim. He is also a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection. Both McClung and Reed have been members of three Pac-10 Championship teams.
In The Rankings -- UCLA ranks No. 16 in the Soccer America poll, No. 18 in Soccer Times and No. 20 in College Soccer News. San Diego State is ranked No. 22 in the NSCAA poll.
Second Place At Stake -- Friday's game between UCLA and San Diego State will be for second place in the final Pac-10 standings. California has clinched first place with 22 points. San Diego State currently sits in second with 17 points, and UCLA and Stanford are tied for third with 14 points. UCLA needs to defeat San Diego State to finish in a tie for second place. California and Stanford will also play each other on Friday evening.
Scouting the Aztecs -- San Diego State is led by All-American goalkeeper Tally Hall (six shutouts, 1.00 GAA), midfielder Kraig Chiles (6g, 4a) and forward Andrew DiCicco (5g, 4a). Freshman defender Nick Cardenas was called up to the U.S. Under-20 National Team camp along with UCLA freshman goalkeeper Brian Perk earlier in the month.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA is 27-3-6 all-time against San Diego State and is unbeaten in 14 straight matchups against the Aztecs. San Diego State has not beaten UCLA since Oct. 11, 1989, a 3-2 overtime win at San Diego. Earlier this season, on Oct. 8, UCLA defeated the Aztecs by a 2-1 score in San Diego. David Estrada scored the game's first goal, and the Bruins benefited from an own goal in the second half to increase their lead to 2-0. The Aztecs scored four minutes later to trim the lead in half, but the Bruins held on for the victory.
Scouting the Toreros -- San Diego has put up impressive offensive numbers, outscoring its opponents, 46-20. Six players are in double figures in points, including leading scorers Ryan Guy (8g, 6a for 22 points) and Michael Caso (7g, 6a for 20 points).
Prior Matchups -- UCLA is 16-5-3 all-time against San Diego. The Toreros won last season's matchup in San Diego, 4-2, but the Bruins won the last contest in Westwood, 4-0 in 2004. Jonathan Bornstein and Maxwell Griffin scored for the Bruins in the 2005 game.
Last Time Out -- The Bruins went 0-1-1 last weekend, tying Stanford, 1-1, and losing to California, 4-1. Freshman forward David Estrada scored both of the Bruins' goals, increasing his season total to a team-best six goals.
Estrada Goal Extravaganza -- Freshman forward David Estrada has been on a scoring tear as of late, netting goals in five of his last six games to move into the team lead in goals scored (six) and points (14). He has scored 12 of his 14 points in the last seven games alone. The walk-on from Salinas, Calif. had a pair of dramatic goals this weekend. Against Stanford on Oct. 27, he scored the tying goal with 4:12 remaining in regulation to help the Bruins salvage a tie. Estrada's goal against California on Oct. 29 was also a tying goal, 4:16 into the second half just seconds after a missed penalty kick.
Beltran Returns From Ankle Surgery -- Sophomore midfielder Tony Beltran made a relatively quick return to the field after undergoing an ankle arthroscopy on Sept. 29. Beltran came off the bench to play 49 effective minutes against Stanford on Oct. 27 and started and played all 90 minutes against California on Oct. 29.
Bruins Overcome Injuries, Difficult Schedule -- UCLA has played arguably the toughest schedule in the nation, with nine of 17 games against opponents ranked in either the Soccer America or NSCAA polls. The Bruins have handed three Top 10 teams (Santa Clara, San Francisco and Washington) their first losses of the season. In addition to the tough schedule, the Bruins have had to overcome multiple injuries to key players. First, all-conference defender Brandon Owens went down with a torn ACL during the spring season. Then in pre-season training, junior defender Edwige Ligonde suffered a stress fracture in his left leg. Freshman forward Robert Georgiefski tore his left ACL and medial meniscus in an exhibition game on Aug. 20. Leading scorer Maxwell Griffin tore his left ACL in the third minute of action at Cal on Sept. 22. Starting midfielder Tony Beltran also went down in that game and underwent a right ankle arthroscopy on Sept. 29 that put him out four weeks. Freshman defender Chance Myers also missed three games after spraining an ankle in the Washington game on Sept. 29.
Freshmen Making Significant Contributions -- UCLA's 12-man freshman class has jumped into the fray with both feet this season. Forward David Estrada leads the team in scoring with six goals and 14 points. Midfielder Kyle Nakazawa has started in all 17 games and ranks fifth on the team in scoring with eight points (2g, 4a). Midfielder Michael Stephens has started in the last 15 games and has seen action in all 17. He has recorded one goal and two assists on the year. Defender Chance Myers has played in 14 games with five starts and also has two assists. Midfielder James Jaramillo has played in 15 games with eight starts and scored the game-winning goal in double overtime against Washington. Midfielder Andrew Sinderhoff has logged three starts and played in 12 games, recording his first collegiate goal against Oakland. Goalkeeper Brian Perk has posted a record of 3-1-2 with 25 saves. Defender Patrick Rickards has played in six games, Ryan White five and Danny Suits four.
Perk Makes Second In-Season Trip With U-20s -- Freshman goalkeeper Brian Perk earned his second call-up to the U.S. Under-20 National Team this season, joining the squad for a four-day training camp in Florida from Oct. 8-12 and a game against Haiti on Oct. 11. Perk, the youngest player in the camp (just turned 17 on July 21), made the start in the Haiti game, playing 45 shutout minutes. He was previously called up to play with the U-20s at the Busan International Tournament in Korea from Aug. 25-Sept. 2. He recorded two caps when he got the start against both Korea and Argentina. Perk earned the victory against Argentina, allowing just one late goal while making five saves. Perk now has 20 career caps with the U-17s, U-18s and U-20s.
Zizzo Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List -- Sophomore midfielder Sal Zizzo has been selected as one of 25 student-athletes named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Zizzo is a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team that advanced to the finals of the 2006 Milk Cup in August. Last season, he earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors after leading all conference rookies with five assists and seven points. Zizzo, who is one of just three underclassmen on the men's watch list, earned All-Freshman national honors and second-team All-Pac-10 acclaim in 2005. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 12 points (2 goals, 8 assists) and is tied for 12th nationally in assists per game (0.50).
Alumni News -- Former Bruin Jonathan Bornstein (2004-05) has been named the Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year after his outstanding first season with Chivas USA. A steal as a fourth-round pick, Bornstein led all MLS field players in minutes played (2,878) and was Chivas' third leading scorer with six goals and four assists. He is the second former UCLA player to earn league Rookie of the Year honors, joining Carlos Bocanegra (2000). Matt Reis (1994-97) not only made two saves in the penalty kick shootout in the Eastern Conference semifinal game between New England and Chicago, but he also converted a penalty kick attempt to help the Revolution advance to their fifth consecutive conference final. Benny Feilhaber (2003-04) is now starting with the first team at Hamburg FC in the German Bundesliga.