Oct. 25, 2011
Live Coverage -- Fans can follow both games 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 games via Gametracker. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page.
In The Rankings -- The Bruins come in this week at No. 10 in the Soccer America poll and No. 12 in the NSCAA poll. UCLA is also ranked No. 10 by College Soccer News and No. 15 by Top Drawer Soccer. Washington is ranked No. 19 by Soccer America and No. 20 by the NSCAA. The Huskies also come in at No. 26 in the College Soccer News poll and No. 37 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll. Oregon State is unranked in all polls.
Senior Day -- Sunday's match against Oregon State will mark the final home game for eight graduating seniors on the UCLA squad. Defenders Zack Zerrenner, Oscar Reyes, Shawn Singh and Victor Yanez, midfielders Andy Rose, Daren Flitcroft and Eder Arreola, and goalkeeper Brian Rowe will all be honored for their accomplishments prior to the match. This group of seniors has won two Pac-10 Titles and played in the NCAA Tournament each of their four seasons at UCLA, including reaching the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2009 and 2010.
Scouting The Huskies -- The Huskies come into their matchup with UCLA with a 10-3-2 record and are coming off a sweep of the Bay Area Schools last weekend. In their matchup against Stanford, the Huskies won 2-1 off of goals from Jacob Hustedt and Abdul Aman and against Cal, they won 1-0 off of a penalty kick from Brent Richards. Richards leads the team with 10 goals and 23 points and is second only to Chandler Hoffman in both categories in the Pac-12. Goalkeeper Spencer Richey leads the Pac-12 with a 0.83 GAA on the season and also leads the conference with 61 saves thus far. Midfielder Jacob Hustedt leads the Huskies with five assists, good for a tie for fifth amongst all Pac-12 players. Finally, head coach Jamie Clark is in his first season as head coach of Washington.
The Series With Washington -- UCLA leads the overall series with Washington 21-11-3 and has won the last four 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. Earlier this year, the two teams met up in Seattle where the Bruins beat the Huskies 4-1. UCLA got goals from Kelyn Rowe, Ryan Hollingshead, Eder Arreola and Victor Chavez to earn the victory. Patrick Matchett and Chandler Hoffman had two assists apiece in the game as well.
Scouting The Beavers -- Oregon State has a record of 5-8-2 on the year and like Washington, is coming off of a sweep of Cal and Stanford this past weekend. In Friday's game against Cal, the Beavers won 2-1 behind goals from Emery Welshman and Roberto Farfan while on Sunday, they defeated Stanford 1-0 in overtime on a golden goal by Josh von Allworden. Welshman leads the team and the Pac-12 conference with seven assists on the season and also leads the Beavers with 13 points. Farfan and sophomore midfielder Alex Eckerson lead the team in goals with four. Finally, Steve Simmons is in his third season as head coach of Oregon State and has compiled a record of 20-25-5 heading into this weekend's matchups.
The Series With Oregon State -- The Bruins have a record of 23-4-1 all-time against Oregon State. Last year, 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 Chandler Hoffman each had a goal to lead the Bruins to the 3-0 win. This season, the two sides met in Corvallis where the Bruins prevailed 2-1 over the Beavers. Kelyn Rowe and Victor Munoz each scored goals in the win, with Munoz scoring with just 30 seconds left in the match to seal the victory. UCLA is unbeaten against the Beavers in their last 12 matchups.
Recapping the Weekend -- On Saturday night, the Bruins were upended by Cal State Northridge 3-2 at Drake Stadium. The Matadors struck first in the 33rd minute when Christian Gonzalez got a ball on the right side of the box and put a shot past Brian Rowe to give Northridge a 1-0 lead. The Bruins would answer quickly though, getting two goals in five minutes from Chandler Hoffman in the 38th and 43rd minutes, giving UCLA a 2-1 lead going into the half. The Bruins looked to be on their way to a victory, but Northridge got two late goals from Brian Behrad (82nd minute) and Edwin Rivas (86th minute) to upset UCLA 3-2. With the loss, the Bruins fell to 10-4-1 on the season while Northridge improved to 7-7-1. Eder Arreola assisted on each of Hoffman's goals while Andy Rose and Fernando Monge provided assists of their own in the match. Brian Rowe made two saves in the match as well while the Bruins were outshot by the Matadors 11-8.
Hoffman on Fire -- Chandler Hoffman has been on a tear this season, scoring 13 goals in his last 15 games for the Bruins and leading the team with 28 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 19 goals in his last 21 games as a Bruin. In addition, Chandler leads the Pac-12 in goals (13), goals per game (0.87), points (28) and points per game (1.87). Nationally, Hoffman is tied for 9th in goals and tied for 10th in both points scored and goals per game. Also, Chandler's 13 goals are the most by a UCLA player since Matt Taylor scored 14 for the Bruins in 2003.
Coming Up -- The Bruins will travel to the Bay Area to face California on Friday, Nov. 4 at 3:30 pm and Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 pm.