Oct. 4, 2011
Live Coverage -- Fans can follow both games via Gametracker. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page. For Friday's game, Washington will be providing a live video brodcast at gohuskies.com.
In The Rankings -- The Bruins come in at No. 13 in the latest Soccer America poll and No. 15 in the NSCAA poll. UCLA is also ranked No. 14 by both College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer. Washington and Oregon State are unranked in all polls.
Rowes Return Home -- Two Bruin stars return to their home states for this weekend's games. Federal Way, Wash. native Kelyn Rowe will make his second appearance in his home state on Friday while Eugene, Ore. native Brian Rowe gets his third opportunity to play in nearby Corvallis on Sunday against the Beavers. Kelyn starred at Federal Way HS, where he was Class 4A soccer Player of the Year and the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune Area Player of the Year and scored 32 of his team's 49 goals. Brian was a two-time All-State goalkeeper at South Eugene HS and led his team to four league titles and three State quarterfinal appearances. In three years as a starter, he gave up just three goals in league play and set a school and league record as a sophomore by shutting out every league opponent. In last year's contest, Brian made a career-high eight saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Beavers up in Corvallis while Kelyn played all 90 minutes of the game in Seattle and had two shots on goal in the Bruins' 1-0 win over the Huskies.
Scouting The Huskies -- The Huskies come into their matchup with UCLA with a 5-2-2 record and are coming off a loss to Oregon State last weekend. Brent Richards leads the team with 13 points and six goals and is second only to Chandler Hoffman in both categories in the Pac-12. Goalkeeper Spencer Richey leads the Pac-12 with a 0.52 GAA on the season and has made 30 saves thus far. Finally, midfielder Jacob Hustedt leads the Huskies with four assists, good for a tie for third amongst all Pac-12 players.
The Series With Washington -- UCLA leads the overall series with Washington 20-11-3 and have won the last three meetings with the Huskies. Last season, UCLA defeated Washington both times by a score of 1-0. In the first match at Drake Stadium, the Bruins got an early goal on a Joe Sofia header off a Kelyn Rowe corner kick in the ninth minute. Bruin goalkeeper Brian Rowe earned the shutout with six saves. In Seattle, Chandler Hoffman scored the only goal of the match in the 64th minute to give the Bruins the 1-0 victory. UCLA is 7-1-1 against the Huskies in the last nine games played in Seattle.
Scouting The Beavers -- Oregon State has a record of 3-5-1 on the year and has dropped two of its last three games coming into this weekend. Last weekend though, the Beavers pulled off a 2-1 upset of then No. 22 Washington behind goals from Emery Welshman and Mike Reckmeyer. Welshman leads the team with 7 points (2 g, 3 a) while midfielder Alex Eckerson leads the team in goals with three. Oregon State is 1-0-0 in conference play but just 1-3-0 at home this season.
The Series With Oregon State -- The Bruins have a record of 22-4-1 all-time against Oregon State. Last season, UCLA swept both matchups against the Beavers, winning 3-0 in Corvallis and 4-1 at Drake Stadium. Victor Chavez had a hat trick in the game at Drake Stadium while Reed Williams added a goal of his own to lead the Bruins. In the second game at Oregon State, Shawn Singh, Chavez and Hoffman each had a goal to lead the Bruins to the 3-0 win. UCLA is unbeaten against the Beavers in their last 11 matchups and has not lost in Corvallis since 2005.
Recapping the Weekend -- UCLA took home victories in their first two conference matches of the season, defeating Cal 1-0 in overtime on Friday night and Stanford 2-0 on Sunday afternoon. On Friday, both the Bruins and the Golden Bears were scoreless for the first 90 minutes of play even though UCLA outshot Cal 16-6 in regulation. Then in the 91st minute, Kelyn Rowe played the ball short off of a corner kick to Victor Munoz, who passed to Shawn Singh on the left edge of the box. Singh sent a cross into the box that got through all the way to the far post, where Andy Rose played the ball to his feet and put the game-winner past Cal keeper Kevin Peach. It was Singh's fourth assist on the year and Rose's first goal of the year. It was also the first golden goal of Andy's career. On Sunday, UCLA took on Stanford at the North Athletic Field and got goals from Ryan Hollingshead and Rose to earn the 2-0 victory. Hollingshead looked to be the man of the match, as he put a nice through ball from Eder Arreola in the back of the net in the 52nd minute and drew a penalty in the box just seven minutes later, giving the Bruins a penalty kick that Rose promptly converted. With the wins, the Bruins improved to 2-0-0 in Pac-12 play.
Shutting Out the Pac-12 -- After last weekend's victories, the Bruins have now shut out four of their last five conference opponents dating back to last season. Brian Rowe has started all four of those shutouts and made a total of 13 saves in those games. UCLA has also shut out Pac-12 opponents in eight of the last 13 conference games and won six straight contests against Pac-12 foes. In the last three seasons the Bruins have compiled a 22-4-6 conference mark, the best amongst the Pac-12 teams.
Three Bruins Named to National Teams of the Week -- Senior Andy Rose, junior Matt Wiet and sophomore Joe Sofia were all named to National Teams of the Week following their performances against Cal and Stanford this weekend. Rose was named to College Soccer News' National Team of the Week while Wiet and Sofia were named to Top Drawer Soccer's. Rose scored two goals over the weekend against Cal and Stanford while Wiet and Sofia were instrumental on defense in shutting out both the Golden Bears and the Cardinal.
Hoffman on Fire -- Chandler Hoffman has been on a tear this season, scoring nine goals in his last 11 games for the Bruins and leading the team with 18 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 15 goals in his last 17 games as a Bruin. In addition, Chandler leads the Pac-12 in goals (9), goals per game (0.82), points (18) and points per game (1.64). Nationally, Hoffman is tied for fifth in goals, tied for 13th in points scored and 12th in goals per game. Finally, he has also recorded either a goal or an assist in 13 of his last 17 games.
Coming Up -- The Bruins return home next weekend to take on the San Diego State Aztecs at Drake Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 5 pm.