Nov. 29, 2011
This Week -- 13th-seeded UCLA (17-4-1) will make its third consecutive NCAA Quartefinal appearance this weekend as they travel to Louisville, Ky. to face the 12th-seeded Louisville Cardinals (14-6-2) on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4 pm PT in a rematch of last year's NCAA Quarterfinal match.
Live Coverage -- Fans at home can watch a free, live video broadcast of the match on ncaa.com as well as follow along with Gametracker live stats. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page.
UCLA Into Quarterfinals For 21st Time -- The Bruins have reached the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 21st time in school history and for the third consecutive year. UCLA is 12-8 all-time in the Quarterfinal round.
Bruins Reach Tournament For 29th Consecutive Year -- UCLA earned its 29th consecutive and 39th overall NCAA Tournament berth by winning the Pac-12 Championship and earning a No. 13 seed in the tournament. UCLA's NCAA streak is the second-longest active streak in the nation behind Virginia (31 straight appearances), and the 39 NCAA appearances are second only to Saint Louis' 46. UCLA has an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 66-35 with national championships in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002.
In The Rankings -- UCLA finished the regular season ranked No. 4 by Soccer America and the NSCAA. The Bruins are also ranked No. 3 by Top Drawer Soccer and No. 4 by College Soccer News. In the NCAA RPI, UCLA finished the regular season No. 12. Louisville finished the regular season ranked No. 15 by the NSCAA and No. 18 by Soccer America. The Cardinals are also ranked No. 15 by College Soccer News and No. 5 by Top Drawer Soccer. In the NCAA RPI, Louisivlle finished the regular season ranked No. 18.
How They Got Here: UCLA -- UCLA received an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Pac-12 Championship. The Bruins earned the No. 13 seed in the tournament by virtue of their 15-4-1 regular season record and undefeated 10-0-0 conference record. UCLA finished the regular season with five straight shutout wins and victories in 10 of its last 12 games. The Bruins earned victories over Delaware in the second round and Rutgers in the third round to advance to the Quarterfinals.
How They Got Here: Louisville -- Louisville earned the No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament after going 12-6-2 during the regular season and falling in the Big East Tournament Semifinals 1-0 to Connecticut. In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinals defeated Bradley 3-2 in double-overtime behind a Nick DeLeon golden goal in the 108th minute. Louisville then upended fifth-seeded Maryland on the road 4-2 to advance to the Quartefinals to face the Bruins.
The Series With Louisville -- The Bruins are 0-2 all-time against Louisville, falling to the Cardinals in the NCAA Quarterfinals last year and losing again to Louisville in the season opener. In last year's NCAA Quartefinal match, the Cardinals defeated the Bruins 5-4 in what head coach Jorge Salcedo called "one of the wildest matches I have ever been a part of." Eder Arreola got the scoring started for the Bruins in 8th minute and then was followed up by teammate Kelyn Rowe, who scored on a free kick in the 18th minute to make it 2-0 Bruins. Louisville cut the deficit in half in the 29th minute off of a free kick but Chandler Hoffman regained UCLA's two goal advantage by scoring in the 33rd minute. The Cardinals would add consecutive goals though, one right before and one right after halftime, to tie the match at 3-3. Nick DeLeon of Louisville then put the Cardinals ahead 4-3 in the 55th minute before Victor Chavez scored the equalizer for UCLA in the 81st minute. With the game coming down to the wire, Louisville eventually proved to be too much for UCLA as Aaron Horton put the Cardinals into the College Cup with a goal in the 90th minute, ending UCLA's 2010 campaign in the process. The two teams met again in the 2011 season opener where Louisville prevailed once again 2-0. UCLA put in an own goal in the 6th minute and Louisville senior forward Colin Rolfe added another goal later to hand the Bruins the loss.
Third Round Recap -- The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Quartefinals after defeating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 3-0 out at Drake Stadium. Chandler Hoffman continued his scoring spree by scoring two goals on the night while Victor Chavez added one of his own to earn the victory. Hoffman scored his first goal just 41 seconds into the game off of a cross from Patrick Matchett and Chavez scored right before halftime after a blistering shot from Kelyn Rowe was saved and the rebound came to Chavez, who promptly put the ball in the back of the net. Hoffman would add another goal in the 49th minute and the Bruin defense took over from there as UCLA cruised to the 3-0 win. Brian Rowe made three saves in the contest while Kelyn Rowe and Ryan Hollingshead each had two assists. The win over Rutgers also gave the Bruins their 17th win of the season, which is the most by a UCLA team since the 2003 squad won 20 games. The 17 wins are also the most by any team during Jorge Salcedo's tenure as UCLA head coach.
Chandler Hoffman Named to National Teams of the Week -- For his two-goal performacne against Rutgers, junior forward Chandler Hoffman was named to the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Teams of the Week for the week of Nov. 21-27. This is the third time this season that Chandler has been named to both publications' National Teams of the Week, earning the honor after scoring a hat trick against UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 16 and scoring two goals against San Diego State on Oct. 16.
Shutting Out the Opposition -- By shutting out Rutgers, the Bruins earned their seventh straight shutout of the opposition, which is just one shutout shy of tying the school record for consecutive games without allowing a goal. In addition, it was the 11th time that UCLA has shut out the other team all year, which is the most by a UCLA team since the 2005 squad had 14 shutouts. The Bruins have not allowed a goal in 646 minutes and senior goalkeeper Brian Rowe has started all 11 shutouts. The back line of Shawn Singh, Matt Wiet, Joe Sofia and Patrick Matchett has played a key role in defense in those shutouts as well.
NCAA Experience -- 22 UCLA players have had at least one game of NCAA Tournament experience in their time at the school, including all 11 starters. Senior captain Andy Rose has the most Tournament experience out of this group, playing in nine NCAA games in his career. Chandler Hoffman leads the team in NCAA Tournament goals with seven goals in eight games and also leads the squad with 15 points. Sophomores Reed Williams and Kelyn Rowe, and junior Ryan Hollingshead lead the team in assists with four assists each, with Rowe and Williams playing in five NCAA games and Hollingshead in eight. Senior goalie Brian Rowe has also played in five Tournament games for UCLA and has made 21 saves.The Bruins return all 11 starters from last year's team that made it all the way to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The team also made the NCAA Quarterfinal stage back in 2009.
Goal Scoring Machine -- Chandler Hoffman has had an outstanding season for UCLA so far, scoring 18 goals in 22 games for the Bruins this season and leading the team with 40 points. Earlier this season, he tied the UCLA record for consecutive games with a goal by scoring in five straight games and he has now scored an astounding 24 goals in his last 28 games as a Bruin. In addition, Chandler leads the Pac-12 in goals (18), goals per game (0.82), points (40) and points per game (1.82). Nationally, Hoffman is sixth in points scored, tied for fourth in goals, is seventh in goals per game and is 11th in points per game. Also, Chandler's 18 goals are the most by a UCLA player since Joe-Max Moore scored 18 for the Bruins in 1991 and his 40 points are the most by a Bruin player since Seth George had 42 in 1997.
Top of the Charts -- Many UCLA players this season find themselves at the top or near the top of major statistical categories in the Pac-12. In addition to Chandler Hoffman leading the league in goals and points, Pac-12 Player of the Year Kelyn Rowe is third in points with 20 and tied for fourth in goals with five. Rowe also leads the Pac-12 and is tied for seventh nationally in assists with 10. Sophomore midfielder Victor Munoz is second to Rowe in assists with eight while sophomore defender Patrick Matchett and junior midfielder Ryan Hollingshead are tied for fourth in assists with six apiece. Chandler Hoffman is also tied for first in the league with five game-winning goals. Finally, senior goalkeeper Brian Rowe leads the conference with a GAA of 0.74 on the season and has a Pac-12 best 11 shutouts as well.