Sept. 20, 2011
Live Coverage -- Fans can follow both games on the internet via a live audio broadcast at UCLABruins.com. John Ramey, Mike Sondheimer and Allison Taylor will have the call. Fans can also follow both games via Gametracker. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page.
In The Rankings -- The Bruins moved up three spots in the Soccer America poll to No. 13 and re-entered the NSCAA poll this week at No. 18. UCLA is also ranked No. 19 by College Soccer News and No. 24 by Top Drawer Soccer. SMU is ranked No. 18 by Top Drawer Soccer while Seattle is unranked in all polls.
Friday 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 a Drake Stadium doubleheader on Friday night. First up will be the men's team, who will take on the Seattle Redhawks at 5 pm at Drake Stadium. The No. 2 ranked UCLA women's soccer team then opens up Pac-12 play against the Washington Huskies at 7 pm 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.
Scouting The Redhawks -- Seattle comes into their matchup with UCLA with a 1-2-2 record on the season. The Redhawks have not played a game since Sept. 14, but have played a match against three of UCLA's opponents this year. Seattle tied with both Washington (0-0) and UC Davis (1-1) while losing to UC Santa Barbara 3-1. The Redhawks return six starters from last year's squad that went 5-10-3 and 3-6-1 in MPSF play. This year, Seattle added 14 new members to their team and named midfielder Marshall Kosaka, and defenders Demaci Roussos and Elliot Richards team captains. The Redhawks are coached by Brad Agoos, who has compiled a record 47-36-7 in six seasons as head coach.
The Series With Seattle -- This is the first meeting between Seattle and UCLA. Seattle was reclassified as a Division I program back in 2008 and will earn full Division I membership in 2012.
Scouting The Mustangs -- SMU has a record of 3-3-0 thus far. The Mustangs came into the season ranked preseason No. 5, but dropped out of the rankings after dropping three of their first five games. Last weekend, SMU defeated Dartmouth 2-1 in OT and then had their game against Washington postponed due to weather. The Mustangs return five of its top six scorers from last year's squad that went 16-2-2 and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, including Second Team All-America selection Arthur Ivo (1 goal, 4 assists in 2011) and Conference USA Freshman of the Year Juan Castillo (1 goal, 1 assist). Both Ivo and Castillo were also named to the MAC Trophy Watch List earlier this season. Finally, the Mustangs are led by head coach Tim McClements, who is in his fourth season at the helm of SMU.
The Series With SMU -- The Bruins have a record of 5-4-1 all-time against SMU. UCLA has lost the last two meetings against the Mustangs, with the most recent matchup coming in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament where the Bruins lost 3-0 at Drake Stadium. UCLA last defeated SMU back in 1996.
Defending Drake -- The Bruins are 83-13-14 all-time at Drake Stadium, good for a .818 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 1-0. The Bruins began playing their home games full-time at Drake Stadium in 2000.
Recapping the Weekend -- The Bruins picked up a big victory at home over the weekend, defeating rivals UC Santa Barbara 3-2 at Drake Stadium on Friday night. Chandler Hoffman had a huge night, going off for three goals in the second half to lead UCLA. Hoffman scored at the 52nd, 68th and 71st minutes and tied a UCLA record by scoring at least one goal in five consecutive games. Sophomore Kelyn Rowe assisted on two of Hoffman's goals and goalie Brian Rowe made six saves to preserve the victory. On Sunday, the Bruins travelled down to San Diego to face the San Diego Toreros, winning the match 1-0 in overtime. Kelyn Rowe scored a golden goal in the 91st minute to break the scoreless tie and give UCLA the win. The Bruins have now won four games in a row heading into this weekend's matchups.
Hoffman Named Pac-12/CSN Player of the Week -- For his three goal performance against UC Santa Barbara, forward Chandler Hoffman earned College Soccer News National Player of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. In addition, Chandler was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week and the LA Soccer News Player of the Week for his efforts.
More Hoffman -- In addition to tying the UCLA record for consecutive games with a goal, Chandler Hoffman has also scored seven goals in his last six games for the Bruins and leads the team with 14 points. He now has an astounding 13 goals in his last 13 games as a Bruin and also leads the Pac-12 in goals (7), goals per game (1.00) and points (14). Hoffman is also tied for fifth nationally with his seven goals and tied for ninth nationally with his 14 points. Overall, Chandler has recorded either a goal or an assist in 11 of his last 13 games.
Alumni Game to be Played on Oct. 2 -- UCLA's annual alumni game will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 am on the North Athletic Field. Alumni participants and a guest will receive admission to the UCLA Soccer doubleheader at Drake Stadium. The UCLA women will host Oregon State at Noon, and the UCLA men host Stanford at 3 pm. 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 uclabruins.com.