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#14 UCLA Hosts Tulsa, #11 UC Irvine in Non-Conference Matchups
By: UCLA Athletics

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This Week -- The 14th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (1-1-1) returns home this weekend to host Tulsa (2-1-0) on Friday, Sept. 7 at 4:30 pm and 11th-ranked UC Irvine (3-0-0) on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 pm in two non-conference matches that will be broadcast live by the Pac-12 Networks.

Live Coverage -- Both matches will be nationally broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks (National and Los Angeles). Mark Rogondino will provide the play-by-play and Cobi Jones will provide the analysis. Fans can also follow the match on the internet via a live audio broadcast at John Ramey and Matias Friz will have the call. In addition, fans can follow the match via gametracker. Links are available at on the events calendar on the front page. Fans can find out if they get Pac-12 Networks by visiting or by contacting their television provider.

In The Rankings -- UCLA came in at No. 14 this week in the NSCAA poll after going 1-0-1 on their east coast road trip last weekend. The Bruins are also ranked No. 8 by College Soccer News, No. 12 by Soccer America and No. 15 by Top Drawer Soccer. UC Irvine is ranked No. 11 by the NSCAA, No. 12 by Top Drawer Soccer, No. 13 by College Soccer News and No. 16 by Soccer America. Tulsa is ranked No. 24 by Soccer America and No. 30 by College Soccer News.

Friday/Sunday Doubleheader -- Soccer fans will get a chance to see UCLA's two Top 20 teams in action this weekend when the Bruin women and men host a Drake Stadium doubleheader on Friday and Sunday. On Friday, the men will kick off the doubleheader with their match against Tulsa at 4:30 pm while the No. 1 ranked women's team will cap off the doubleheader against Loyola Marymount at 7 pm. Then on Sunday, the men's team will play UC Irvine at 2:30 pm followed by the women taking on No. 20 Tennessee at 4:30 pm. Tickets for the matches are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (16 years and younger), and can be purchased the day of the match at the Drake Stadium box office or by clicking here. UCLA students can get in free with their Bruin ID.

Scouting The Golden Hurricane -- Tulsa enters Friday's match against the Bruins with a 2-1 record after scoring a big upset over third-ranked New Mexico last weekend, ending the Lobos' 23-match winning streak. Freshman Bryce Follensbee leads the Golden Hurricane with three goals and six points this year while senior goalie Mark Pais has made 13 saves and sports a 0.99 GAA on the season. Overall, Tulsa returns eight starters from the 2011 squad and they are led by head coach Tom McIntosh, who is in his 18th year at the helm of the Golden Hurricane.

The Series With Tulsa -- The Bruins and Golden Hurricane have only met twice in their history, with UCLA winning both matches. The two sides last met in 2003, where the Bruins defeated Tulsa 3-2 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Jorge Salcedo has never faced Tulsa in his head coaching career.

Scouting The Anteaters -- UC Irvine is 3-0 entering the weekend after tallying wins over San Diego, LIU Brooklyn and Detroit to start the season. The Anteaters are led by junior transfer Gor Kirakosyan, who has netted three goals and six points to start the 2012 season. Cameron Isawa, Christopher Santana, Enrique Cardenas and Lester Hayes III are all tied for second on the team with three points (1 g, 1 a). Sophomore Michael Breslin will man the goal for UC Irvine with a record of 3-0 and a 0.33 GAA in 2012. Finally, George Kuntz is in his 18th season as head coach of the Anteaters and has a record of 149-130-46 at the school.

The Series with UC Irvine -- UCLA owns an all-time record of 14-2-0 against the Anteaters. The last time these two schools met was back in 2004, when then first-year head coach Jorge Salcedo led the Bruins to a 1-0 road win over UC Irvine. The Anteaters are 1-8 all-time on the road against the Bruins.

Recapping the Weekend -- The Bruins played two tough opponents last weekend as they traveled east to face Maryland and Virginia. On Friday, UCLA earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw against the sixth-ranked Terrapins in front of a hostile crowd of over 6,500. Freshman goalkeeper Juan Cervantes made his first start in place of the injured Earl Edwards and performed admirably, making five key saves to preserve the draw. Junior Reed Williams provided the scoring for UCLA, scoring two goals in the first half with assists from Ryan Hollingshead, Fernando Monge and Victor Munoz. Then on Sunday against Virginia, the Bruins picked up their first win of the season with a 1-0 overtime victory over the Cavaliers. Junior defender Joe Sofia scored a golden goal in the 99th minute to lift UCLA to victory while Cervantes earned his first career shutout with three saves. The defensive play of Sofia, Matt Wiet, Chris Cummings, Patrick Matchett and Grady Howe was exceptional as well, as they held Virginia to just three attempts on goal in the second half.

Cervantes Named Pac-12 Player of the Week -- UCLA freshman goalkeeper Juan Cervantes was named the Pac-12 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2. The Gardena, Calif. native filled in for injured starter Earl Edwards and allowed only two goals in his first two career starts over the weekend. He helped the Bruins preserve a tie on Friday at No. 6 Maryland by making five saves, including a game-saving stop in the third minute of overtime, in front of a hostile crowd of over 6,500. Cervantes then tallied three saves to earn his first career shutout in a 1-0 overtime win over Virginia on Sunday. It was Cervantes' first weekly honor and UCLA's 47th all-time player of the week, the most in the Conference.

Sofia Named to National Team of the Week -- For his efforts over the weekend, junior defender Joe Sofia earned National Team of the Week honors from Top Drawer Soccer. Sofia played every single minute in both of UCLA's matches this weekend, leading a back line that was able to hang tough against 22 Maryland shots, as UCLA earned a 2-2 draw with the Terrapins. Then on Sunday against Virginia, he scored a golden goal in the 99th minute to lift UCLA to a big 1-0 road win over the Cavaliers. Sofia now has scored three goals in his UCLA career, all of them game-winners.

Defending Drake -- The Bruins hold a record 90-16-14 all-time at Drake Stadium, good for a .808 winning percentage. Last season, UCLA went 8-2 at Drake including two victories in the NCAA 2nd and 3rd Rounds. The Bruins were also 3-0 at North Athletic Field a year ago. UCLA began playing their home games full-time at Drake Stadium in 2000.

Coming Up -- The Bruins will head down the 405 freeway to take on the Loyola Marymount Lions on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 pm at Sullivan Field on the LMU campus.

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