Bruins to Open Pac-12 Play at Home Against Cal, Stanford

Sept. 27, 2011

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This Week -- No. 16/25 UCLA (5-3-1) will begin conference play this weekend, hosting California (3-2-2) on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 pm and Stanford (3-4-1) on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3 pm. Both matches will be played at Drake Stadium.

Live Coverage -- Fans can follow both games on the internet via a live audio broadcast at John Ramey, Mike Sondheimer and Allison Taylor will have the call. Fans can also follow both games via Gametracker. Links are available at on the events calendar on the front page.

In The Rankings -- The Bruins fell three spots in the Soccer America poll to No. 16 and fell seven spots in the NSCAA poll to No. 25. UCLA is also ranked No. 23 by College Soccer News and No. 27 by Top Drawer Soccer. Cal is ranked No. 35 by Top Drawer Soccer while Stanford is unranked in all polls.

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 Drake Stadium doubleheaders on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. The No. 2 ranked women's team will kick off the doubleheader on Friday when they take on the Oregon Ducks at 5 pm. Then the men's team will open up Pac-12 play against Cal at 7:30 pm. On Sunday, the women's team will host Oregon State at 12 pm while the men will cap off the doubleheader by taking on Stanford at 3 pm. All matches will be played at Drake Stadium. Tickets for the matches are $7 for adults and $5 for youth (16 years and younger), and can be purchased the day of the game at the Drake Stadium box office. UCLA students can get in free with their Bruin ID.

Alumni Game to be Played on Sunday -- UCLA's annual alumni game will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 am on the North Athletic Field before the Stanford match. Alumni participants and a guest will receive admission to the UCLA Soccer doubleheader at Drake Stadium. Following the men's game, invited guests will gather in the J.D. Morgan Center Hall of Fame for a postgame social with the current Bruin team. For more information on the game, visit

UCLA Picked To Win Pac-12 -- In a polling of the Conference's men's soccer head coaches, UCLA has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 in 2011. The Bruins, searching for their third conference title in four years and seventh title overall, received the maximum amount of points (25) with five first-place votes. In the last three seasons the Bruins have compiled a 20-4-6 conference mark, the best amongst the Pac-12 teams.

Scouting The Golden Bears -- The Golden Bears return just three starters from last year's squad that went 14-2-4, won the Pac-10 Confernce Championship and made it all the way to the NCAA Quarterfinals. This season, the Golden Bears are off to a 3-2-2 start and are led by freshman midfielder Seth Casiple and junior forward John Fitzpatrick. Casiple leads the Pac-12 with five assists while Fitzpatrick leads Cal with six points. After starting 1-1-2, the Golden Bears have won two of their last three games, defeating then No. 15 Kentucky at home 3-2 before falling to Santa Clara 4-2 at home the next week. Last weekend, Cal defeated Vermont 3-0 behind 10 saves from goalkeeper Kevin Peach, who was making his first start of the season. Head coach Kevin Grimes is a five-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and has compiled a record of 128-71-25 in 12 seasons at Cal.

The Series With California -- UCLA leads the overall series with Cal 36-11-5. Last season, the two teams split their two matches with each side winning on the road. In the first matchup, the Bruins travelled to Berkeley and won 1-0 in double overtime on a Kelyn Rowe golden goal. Brian Rowe made five saves to earn the shutout. In the second match at Drake Stadium, the Golden Bears returned the favor, winning 1-0 in overtime on a Davis Paul golden goal. The Bruins have taken three of the last four games against the Golden Bears and head coach Jorge Salcedo owns a record of 8-4-1 all-time against Cal.

Scouting The Cardinal -- Stanford dropped four of its first five games to open the season, but are unbeaten in their last three matches to give them a 3-4-1 record on the year. The team is led by junior forwards Adam Jahn and Dersu Abolfathi, who both lead the Cardinal in goals with two. Junior midfielder Eric Anderson leads the team in assists with three. Last weekend, Stanford earned a pair of victories at home over Harvard and Vermont at the Stanford Nike Classic. Jahn scored the game-winner against Harvard while Abolfathi found the back of the net against Vermont. Bret Simon is in his 11th year as head coach of the Cardinal and has a record of 88-79-28 since taking over at Stanford in 2001.

The Series With Stanford -- The Bruins have a record of 37-6-7 all-time against Stanford. UCLA also split their two games with Stanford last season, winning at Drake Stadium but falling up in Palo Alto. In their first game at Stanford, the Bruins lost 2-1 after giving up the game-winning goal to Stanford's Dersu Abolfathi in the 85th minute. Kelyn Rowe scored UCLA's only goal of the game. The two sides met just a week later at Drake Stadium with UCLA coming out on top this time 1-0. Evan Raynr scored the only goal of the match in the 72nd minute off an assist from Eder Arreola. Stanford and UCLA have split their last six meetings.

Recapping the Weekend -- UCLA split their two home games over the weekend, defeating Seattle University 2-1 on Friday night and falling to SMU 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. In the Seattle match, the Bruins got a first half goal Chandler Hoffman to give them the early lead with an assist from Kelyn Rowe. In the second half, the Bruins went down to 10 men when Eder Arreola was called for a handball in the box and Seattle tied the game up at 1-1 after the ensuing penalty kick. Despite being down a man, the Bruins managed to pull out the victory thank to Kelyn Rowe's game-winning goal in the 78th minute. On Sunday, UCLA gave up two early goals and simply could not recover as they fell 2-1 to the SMU Mustangs. Hoffman scored his ninth goal of the season in the first half but it wasn't enough as UCLA's five game winning streak was snapped.

Hoffman on Fire -- Chandler Hoffman has been on a tear this season, scoring nine goals in his last nine 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 15 games as a Bruin. In addition, Chandler leads the Pac-12 in goals (9), goals per game (1.00) and points (18). Nationally, Hoffman is tied for third in goals, ninth in points scored and tied for sixth in goals per game. Finally, he has also recorded either a goal or an assist in 13 of his last 15 games.

Coming Up -- UCLA will travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Washington Huskies on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 pm and the Oregon State Beavers on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 pm.

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