Oct. 11, 2011
Live Coverage -- Fans can follow the match 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 -- UCLA is ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA poll and No. 10 in the Soccer American poll. The Bruins are also ranked No. 10 by College Soccer News and No. 12 by Top Drawer Soccer. San Diego State comes in at No. 22 in the Soccer America and College Soccer News polls, No. 24 in the NSCAA poll and No. 30 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
Scouting The Aztecs -- San Diego State comes into their matchup with UCLA with an 8-2-2 record overall and a 3-1-0 record in Pac-12 play. The Aztecs trail the Bruins by three points for the Pac-12 lead. Last weekend, the Aztecs split a pair of games in the Pacific Northwest, defeating the Oregon State Beavers 3-1 and falling to the Washington Huskies 3-2, snapping an eight game unbeaten streak. Sophomore forwards Miles Byass and Jordan Ongaro lead the team with 13 and 12 points respectively, with Ongaro leading the team in goals with five and Byass leading the team in assists with five. Sophomore goalie Blake Hylen is second in the Pac-12 with a 0.97 GAA, making 40 saves on the year. Head Coach Lev Kirshner is in his 12th season as head coach of the Aztecs.
The Series With San Diego State -- UCLA leads the overall series with San Diego State 30-4-11. Last season, the Bruins swept the season series with the Aztecs, defeating San Diego State by scores of 1-0 and 3-1. In their first matchup at Drake Stadium, Kelyn Rowe scored the only goal of the game in the 77th minute to give UCLA the 1-0 victory. Bruin goalkeeper Brian Rowe earned the shutout with three saves on the evening. The two teams met again in the regular season finale down in San Diego where the Bruins won 3-1, getting goals from Andy Rose, Chandler Hoffman and Reed Williams. Brian Rowe once again came up big for the Bruins, making seven saves to earn the win.
Recapping the Weekend -- UCLA continued its hot start to Pac-12 play, scoring two victories over Washington and Oregon State on the road. On Friday, the Bruins travelled up to Seattle to take on the Huskies and cruised to a 4-1 victory. Kelyn Rowe, Ryan Hollingshead, Eder Arreola and Victor Chavez all scored goals to lead UCLA to the win. Chandler Hoffman and Patrick Matchett each had two assists on the night as well. Sunday's game in Corvallis was a little bit more of a dogfight, but the Bruins managed to take home a 2-1 victory over Oregon State. The Beavers struck early in the 4th minute getting a goal off of a header off a corner kick, but the Bruins responded before the end of the half when Kelyn Rowe scored his fifth goal of the season to tie the match at 1-1 in the 43rd minute. The game looked destined for overtime as neither side scored for most of the second half, but in the 89th minute, Ryan Hollingshead fed Victor Munoz in the box and the sophomore midfielder found the back of the net to give UCLA the 2-1 win. Munoz also assisted on Rowe's first goal to give him a goal and an assist in the match.
Victor Munoz Named Pac-12 Player of the Week -- Sophomore midfielder Victor Munoz was named the Bank of the West Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 4-10, as announced by Commissioner Larry Scott on Tuesday. The sophomore transfer from Madrid, Spain helped the Bruins improve to 4-0 in Pac-12 play with victories over Washington and Oregon State. In Friday's 4-1 win over the Huskies, Munoz played just 21 minutes, but recorded an assist on Victor Chavez's goal in the 88th minute. In Sunday's match against Oregon State, Munoz tallied one goal and one assist in 18 minutes of play. Munoz first set up Kelyn Rowe's game-tying goal in the 43rd minute before scoring the game-winning goal with 30 seconds left on the clock to give the Bruins the 2-1 win. He now has one goal and five assists on the season. This is Victor's first Pac-12 weekly honor and UCLA's 43rd all-time Pac-12 Player of the Week.
Kelyn Rowe Named to Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week -- Sophomore midfielder Kelyn Rowe was honored this week by being named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week for the week of Oct. 3-9. The Federal Way, Wash. native scored two goals over the weekend as he helped lead the Bruins to two conference victories over Washington and Oregon State. On Friday against the Huskies, Rowe scored the first goal of the game after completing a nice give-and-go with Chandler Hoffman and curling a shot past Huskie keeper Spencer Richey to give the Bruins the lead. In Sunday's match, Kelyn scored the game-tying goal in the 43rd minute to help lead UCLA to a 2-1 comeback win over Oregon State. Rowe is second on the team in goals (5) and points (15), trailing only Chandler Hoffman in both categories. He is tied with Victor Munoz for the team lead in assists with five.
A Look Around the Conference -- After picking up two more victories at Washington and Oregon State, the Bruins find themselves atop the Pac-12 standings with a 4-0 record. Right behind them are the San Diego State Aztecs at 3-1, as they defeated Oregon State on Friday but fell to Washington on Sunday. The Huskies and Beavers are currently tied for third place at 1-2 while Cal and Stanford are at the bottom of the standings at 0-2-1 after playing to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Coming Up -- UCLA will host Cal State Northridge in a non-conference matchup on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm at Drake Stadium.