Nov. 17, 2011
Live Coverage -- Fans can follow the match on the internet via a live audio broadcast at uclabruins.com. John Ramey and Allison Taylor will have the call. Fans can also follow the game via Gametracker. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page.
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 64-35 with national championships in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002.
UCLA vs. Tournament Field -- The Bruins have played four games against NCAA Tournament teams this season, going 2-2 with a 2-1 win at home against Saint Mary's and a 3-2 home victory over 15th-seeded UC Santa Barbara. UCLA has losses to 6th-seeded SMU at home and 12th-seeded Louisville on the road.
In The Rankings -- UCLA finished the regular season ranked No. 4 by Soccer America and the NSCAA. The Bruins are also ranked No. 4 by Top Drawer Soccer. In the NCAA RPI, UCLA finished the regular season No. 12. Delaware is ranked No. 23 by Soccer America and No. 43 by Top Drawer Soccer. The Fightin' Blue Hens also finished the regular season ranked No. 38 in the NCAA RPI.
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 overall record and undefeated 10-0-0 conference record. UCLA finished the season with five straight shutout wins and victories in 10 of its last 12 games.
How They Got Here: Delaware -- Delaware advanced to the NCAA second round after recording a 1-0 double overtime victory over Virginia in the first round. John Dineen scored a golden goal in the 106th minute to give the Fightin' Blue Hens the win. Like UCLA, Delaware received an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after winning the CAA Tournament. The Fightin' Blue Hens finished the regular season fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 6-4-1 conference record, but ran the table in the CAA Tournament by defeating Northeastern, and then upsetting top-seed James Madison and No. 2 seed Old Dominion. This is only Delaware's third all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and the first time that they have made the NCAA Tournament in 41 years. They come into their match with UCLA with a 13-5-4 overall record.
The Series With Delaware -- This will be the first all-time meeting between UCLA and Delaware. The Bruins are 4-1-1 all-time against CAA teams, last playing a match against a CAA opponent back in 1993, where they beat Old Dominion 4-2 in Los Angeles.
Last Time Out For UCLA -- The Bruins ended the regular season with a 2-0 win at San Diego State. Victor Chavez and Chandler Hoffman each scored goals for the Bruins while Shawn Singh, Kelyn Rowe and Victor Munoz provided the assists. Senior goalkeeper Brian Rowe made five saves in the match to earn his single-season best ninth shutout of the year with the help of a defense that has now shut out five straight opponents. The win improved the Bruins' Pac-12 record to 10-0-0 on the season, the first time UCLA has gone undfeated in Pac-12 play since 2003.
Kelyn Rowe Named Pac-12 Player of the Year -- On Tuesday, sophomore midfielder Kelyn Rowe was awarded the 2011 Pac-12 Player of the Year by the Pac-12 Conference. Rowe (Federal Way, WA/Federal Way HS) is the fourth UCLA player all-time to win Pac-12 Player of the Year, joining Matt Taylor (2003), Patrick Ianni (2004) and Michael Stephens (2008). He is currently tied with Victor Munoz for the conference lead in assists (8) and is also third in points (18). In addition, three of his five goals this season were game-winners and he is second on the team only to Chandler Hoffman in points (18) and goals (5). Last season, Kelyn was Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and earned first-team All-Conference honors.
Jorge Salcedo Named Pac-12 Coach of the Year -- In addition to Kelyn Rowe winning Pac-12 Player of the Year, UCLA Head Coach Jorge Salcedo was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for 2011. Salcedo led the Bruins to their seventh Pac-12 title this season and their third in four years. He also guided the team to an undefeated 10-0 record in Pac-12 play this season, marking the first time the Bruins have gone 10-0 in the Pac-12 since 2003. Despite getting off to a rocky 0-2-1 start, Coach Salcedo stayed the course and led the Bruins to 15 wins in their last 17 games. This is the third time that he has earned Coach of the Year honors, previously winning the award in 2008 and earning Co-Coach of the Year in 2004. This season, Coach Salcedo earned his 100th win as UCLA head coach after defeating Cal 2-0 on Nov. 4, which was also the game in which the Bruins' clinched the Pac-12 title. He currently has a record of 102-42-24 in his time at UCLA and has a conference record of 51-14-13. As a player for the Bruins, Salcedo scored the deciding penalty kick in the 1990 NCAA Championship game as a freshman to give UCLA its second national title and was a first-team NSCAA All-American in 1993.
12 Bruins Named to the All-Pac-12 Team -- UCLA landed 12 players on the 2011 All-Pac-12 teams, which is the most since they have had since 14 players were named to the squad in 2002. Earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors were senior midfielder Eder Arreola, junior forward Chandler Hoffman, senior midfielder Andy Rose, Pac-12 Player of the Year Kelyn Rowe and senior goalkeeper Brian Rowe. Junior midfielder Ryan Hollingshead and junior defender Matt Wiet each made the second team while sophomore forward Victor Chavez, sophomore midfielder Victor Munoz, junior midfielder Evan Raynr, senior defender Shawn Singh and sophomore defender Joe Sofia picked up honorable mention nods.
Brian Rowe Named Pac-12 Player of the Week -- For his efforts against San Diego State, UCLA senior goalkeeper Brian Rowe was named the Bank of the West Pac-12 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for the week of November 8-14. The Eugene, Ore., native helped UCLA record its fifth-straight victory to end the regular season on a high note as the Bruins defeated San Diego State 2-0. Rowe faced 12 shots in the match and made five saves to earn his ninth shutout of the year, a single-season best for him. His nine shutouts are also the most by a Bruin goalkeeper since Eric Reed had 12 in 2005. Rowe has a 0.82 goals against average on the season and finished conference play with a 0.20 goals against average. This was Brian's first weekly honor and UCLA's 46th all-time Player of the Week.
Defending Drake -- The Bruins hold a record of 13-4 in NCAA Tournament games at Drake Stadium, and are 86-15-14 all-time, good for a .809 winning percentage. Last season UCLA went 9-1-0 at Drake Stadium, including two wins in the NCAA 2nd and 3rd rounds. This season they are 4-2 at Drake and 3-0 at North Athletic Field. The Bruins began playing their home games full-time at Drake Stadium in 2000.
NCAA Experience -- 20 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 seven NCAA games in his career. Chandler Hoffman leads the team in NCAA Tournament goals with four goals in six games and also leads the squad with nine points. Sophomore Reed Williams leads the team in assists with three assists in three NCAA Tournament games. Senior goalie Brian Rowe has also played in three Tournament games for UCLA and has made 15 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.