Aug. 29, 2012
Weekly Notes | UCLA Men's Soccer on Facebook
This Week -- The 11th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (0-1-0) will head to the east coast this weekend to square off against No. 6 Maryland (1-0-0) on Friday, Aug. 31 at 4:30 pm PT and Virginia (0-1-0) on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 4 pm PT.
Live Coverage -- The Maryland match will be broadcast nationally live on ESPN3.com. John Sadak will handle the play-by-play and Charlie Slagle will provide the color commentary. Fans can also follow both the Maryland and Virginia matches this weekend on Gametracker. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page.
In The Rankings -- The Bruins dropped to No. 11 in the NSCAA poll after their 3-2 loss to New Mexico in the opener. UCLA is also ranked No. 8 by College Soccer News, No. 14 by Soccer America and No. 16 by Top Drawer Soccer. Maryland is ranked No. 3 by Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America, No. 5 by College Soccer News and No. 6 by the NSCAA. Virginia is ranked No. 29 by Top Drawer Soccer.
Scouting The Terrapins -- Maryland enters Friday's match with a 1-0-0 record after they defeated Louisville 3-0 in the season opener. The Terrapins return eight starters from last year's team that reached the NCAA Third Round and are led by senior All-American midfielder John Stertzer, who scored 14 goals and tallied 32 points in 2011. Senior captain Taylor Kemp is also a key member for the Terrapins, as the defender is a four-year starter and was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List earlier this season. Sophomore Keith Cardona enters his first in goal after making four starts for Maryland in 2011. Finally, Head Coach Sasho Cirovski is in his 20th season as Maryland head coach and has led the Terrapins to two NCAA Championships (2005 and 2008).
The Series With Maryland -- The Bruins have an all-time record of 3-4-0 against Maryland. The two teams last met back in 2009 in College Park, where UCLA upset the No. 1 ranked Terrapins 2-0. Current UCLA players Fernando Monge, Evan Raynr and Ryan Hollingshead all played in the match. Hollingshead also scored first collegiate goal in that upset. Head Coach Jorge Salcedo has a record of 2-2 against Maryland.
Scouting The Cavaliers -- Virginia returns seven starters off of the 2011 squad that went 12-8-1 and reached the NCAA Tournament. However, 18 of the 27 players on the roster are underclassmen. The Cavaliers are led by senior Will Bates, who scored 14 goals in 15 game last year and was a first-team All-ACC selection before suffering a season ending knee injury last October. Virginia also brought in a highly touted recruiting class led by freshman defender Zach Carroll, who scored his first collegiate goal last weekend in the Cavaliers' 2-1 loss to Georgetown in the season opener. Carroll was also the 2011 NSCAA High School Player of the Year. Finally, George Gelnovatch is in his 17th year as the head coach of Virginia and led the school to the 2009 NCAA Championship.
The Series with Virginia -- UCLA leads the series with Virginia with a record of 6-2-1. The last time these two schools met was in the semifinals of the 2006 College Cup, where the Bruins defeated the Cavaliers 4-0 to advance to the NCAA Championship match. Coach Salcedo is 1-1 against Virginia in his career.
Bruins Fall in Season Opener -- Last Friday, UCLA kicked off their 2012 season at home against New Mexico in a wild contest that the Lobos won 3-2. Devon Sandoval scored two goals to lead New Mexico while Evan Raynr and Ryan Hollingshead scored UCLA's two goals. The Bruins struck first in the 44th minute after Hollingshead headed a cross from Reed Williams to give UCLA a 1-0 lead going into the half. New Mexico then responded with goals from Sandoval in the 57th minute and Blake Smith in the 60th minute to make it 2-1 Lobos. Raynr then evened the match at 2-2 just a minute later with a beautiful header off of a free kick from sophomore Leo Stolz before Sandoval scored the game-winner in the 75th minute to seal the win for New Mexico. The match was also the first live UCLA event televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
Head Coach Jorge Salcedo -- UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo is in his ninth season at the helm of program and has an all-time record of 105-43-25. He has coached UCLA to seven Pac-12 Titles as an assistant coach or head coach and is a three-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Salcedo has also led UCLA to two College Cup appearances and is the second-longest tenured men's soccer head coach in UCLA's NCAA history.
Wiet and Hollingshead Named To TDS's "100 Players To Watch" List -- Seniors Matt Wiet and Ryan Hollingshead have been named to Top Drawer Soccer's "100 Players to Watch" list (sophomores, juniors and seniors only). Wiet came in at No. 13 while Hollingshead was named the No. 33 player to watch.
Bruins on TV -- The UCLA men's soccer team will enjoy increased national exposure in 2012 with the launch of the new Pac-12 Networks. A total of 12 of UCLA's matches will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks including every single UCLA home match. The Bruins will also have two of their non-conference matches nationally televised live by other outlets, with their match against Maryland on Aug. 31 being shown on ESPN3.com and their Sept. 21 match at UC Santa Barbara being televised by Fox Soccer Channel.
Coming Up -- UCLA returns home next weekend to play Tulsa on Friday, Sept. 7 at 4:30 pm and UC Irvine on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 pm in two non-conference matches.