UCLA Travels to NorCal to Face Santa Clara, UC Davis

Aug. 30, 2011

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This Week -- No. 6/13 UCLA (0-1-0) will hit the road again this week, traveling to Northern California to face Santa Clara (1-0-0) on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 pm at Buck Shaw Stadium and UC Davis (0-1-0) on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 5 pm at Aggie Soccer Stadium.

Live Coverage -- Santa Clara is offering live stats and a FREE live video broadcast of Friday's match. Both links are available at santaclarabroncos.com. Fans can follow the UC Davis match via gametracker. The link for gametracker is available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page.

In The Rankings -- The Bruins dropped to No. 13 in the NSCAA poll after their 2-0 loss to Louisville in the opener. UCLA is also ranked No. 4 by College Soccer News, No. 6 by Soccer America and No. 7 by Top Drawer Soccer. Santa Clara is ranked No. 24 by Top Drawer Soccer while UC Davis is unranked in all polls.

Scouting The Broncos -- Santa Clara enters Friday's match with a 1-0-0 record after they defeated Stanford 1-0 in the season opener. Senior Alex Fitschen scored the only goal of the match for the Broncos and was assisted on the goal by senior David Castellanos. Like UCLA, the Broncos return all 11 starters from last year's squad that went 10-6-5 and won the WCC Championship. Head Coach Cameron Rast is in his 10th season at the helm of Santa Clara and has compiled a record of 53-14-19 during that time.

The Series With Santa Clara -- UCLA leads the overall series with Santa Clara 16-9-4. The two teams last met in 2008 at Drake Stadium where the Bruins won 2-0. Current Bruins Andy Rose, Zack Zerrenner, Chris Cummings and Fernando Monge all played in that match. UCLA is just 2-3 against the Broncos in their last five meetings.

Scouting The Aggies -- UC Davis opened the season with a 1-0 loss at Saint Mary's. The team put three shots on goal against the Gaels while Aggie goalkeeper Omar Zeenni recorded three saves in the loss. UC Davis returns four starters from the 2010 team that went 6-12-0 and finished tied for 4th in the Big West Conference. Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer is in his 15th season as head coach of the Aggies.

The Series With UC Davis -- The Bruins have never lost to the Aggies, compiling a record of 14-0-0 all-time. UCLA won the last meeting between these two teams 4-0 back in 2009 at Drake Stadium. Current UCLA forwards Chandler Hoffman and Evan Raynr each had goals in that game, with Hoffman scoring two and Raynr adding one.

Bruins Fall in Season Opener -- Last weekend UCLA paid a visit to No. 1 Louisville to face off in a rematch of last year's NCAA Quarterfinal match that the Cardinals won 5-4. This time would be no different, as Louisville defeated the Bruins 2-0 in the season opener for both teams. UCLA fell behind early after an own goal in the sixth minute that gave Louisville a 1-0 lead. Then forward Colin Rolfe tacked on another goal in the 47th minute to put the Cardinals up for good at 2-0. UCLA goalkeeper Brian Rowe did his best to keep the team in the match with four saves while the Bruins could only muster two shots on goal against the Cardinals. The match was also played in front of a crowd of 7,821, which marked the largest crowd that Louisville has ever had for a soccer match at Cardinal Park.

Seven Bruins Named To TDS's "100 Players To Watch" List -- Seven UCLA players have been named to Top Drawer Soccer's "100 Players to Watch" list (sophomores, juniors and seniors only). Midfielder Kelyn Rowe topped the list at No. 1 and was joined by teammates Eder Arreola (No. 23), Victor Chavez (No. 70), Andy Rose (No. 73), Brian Rowe (No. 79), Shawn Singh (No. 89) and Joe Sofia (No. 93).

Rose Nominated for Lowe's Senior Award -- Senior midfielder/defender Andy Rose has been named as one of the 30 candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Rose is on track to graduate after the Fall quarter after just three years and one quarter and has twice earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors. Andy has also volunteered for UCLA's I'm Going To College program, giving campus tours and doing autograph signings for the collegiate community outreach effort; Adopt-A-Classroom, in which players correspond and meet with elementary school children; and Marathon Kids, a school and community-based fitness program. To be eligible for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

Coming Up -- UCLA will host Saint Mary's at Drake Stadium on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 pm in the home opener. The Bruins will also host Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5 pm.

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