Nov. 7, 2012
This Week -- The fourth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (12-2-3, 7-1-1 Pac-12) will look to win their fourth Pac-12 title in five years when they take on the San Diego State Aztecs (7-8-3, 1-6-2 Pac-12) in the regular season finale on Friday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 pm out at Drake Stadium.
Live Coverage -- The San Diego State match will be nationally broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks (National and Los Angeles). Mark Rogondino will provide the play-by-play and Cobi Jones will provide the analysis. Fans can also follow the match on the internet via a live audio broadcast at uclabruins.com. John Ramey and Matias Friz will have the call. In addition, fans can follow the match via gametracker. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page. Fans can find out if they get Pac-12 Networks by visiting Pac-12.com or by contacting their television provider.
In The Rankings -- After going 2-0-1 last week, the Bruins stayed in the top five in the polls, remaining at No. 4 in the Soccer America poll and No. 5 in the NSCAA poll. UCLA is also ranked No. 4 by Top Drawer Soccer, No. 5 by College Soccer News and is No. 3 in the NCAA RPI. San Diego State is unranked in all polls.
A Look at the Pac-12 Title Race -- UCLA still controls their destiny in the Pac-12, needing only a win against San Diego State to win their eighth Pac-12 title. The Bruins (7-1-1 Pac-12) are two points ahead of second place Washington (6-1-2 Pac-12) with each team having just one match remaining. UCLA can also win the Pac-12 crown if Oregon State earns a win or a draw against the Huskies on Friday afternoon in Corvallis. If UCLA earns a draw and Washington defeats the Beavers, then the two teams will be co-champions and the automatic qualifying spot for the NCAA Tournament would come down to goal differential. A Bruin loss and a Washington win would give the Huskies the Pac-12 title.
Senior Day -- Friday's match against San Diego State will mark the final regular season home match for five graduating seniors on the UCLA squad. Defenders Chris Cummings and Matt Wiet, and midfielders Fernando Monge, Evan Raynr and Ryan Hollingshead will all be honored for their accomplishments prior to the match. Each of these seniors has won at least one Pac-12 title in their time at UCLA and helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA College Cup in 2011.
Scouting The Aztecs -- San Diego State enters their matchup with UCLA with a record of 7-8-3 on the year, 1-6-2 in Pac-12 play. The Aztecs are coming off of a split against the Bay Area teams last weekend, defeating California by a score of 2-1 before falling to Stanford in the home finale, 4-0. San Diego State also enters their match with UCLA this Friday with a road record of 1-3-2. Junior forward Jordan Ongaro leads the Aztecs with 15 points thus far (7 g, 1 a) while junior midfielder Kody Duff is second on the team with 13 points (6 g, 1 a). Junior goalkeeper Blake Hylen has seen the majority of time in goal for San Diego State and has made 45 saves this season while sporting a 1.48 GAA. Finally, head coach Lev Kirshner is in his 13th season as head coach of the Aztecs.
The Series With San Diego State -- The Bruins have a record of 33-4-11 all-time against San Diego State. Last year, UCLA swept both matchups against the Aztecs, winning by matching scores of 2-0. The two sides first met at Drake Stadium on Oct. 16, where Chandler Hoffman scored two goals to lead the Bruins to the 2-0 win. Then in the season finale in San Diego, the two schools fought through a rainy afternoon as UCLA prevailed 2-0 again behind goals from Victor Chavez and Hoffman. This year, the Bruins survived a shootout in San Diego, winning by a score of 4-3. Reed Williams scored twice to lead the Bruins while Ryan Hollingshead recorded three assists on the night. Joe Sofia and Chavez scored the other two goals for the Bruins while Evan Raynr notched two assists of his own. UCLA is unbeaten in their last 10 matches against the Aztecs, with their last loss to San Diego State coming on Oct. 6, 2007. The Bruins have also won the last five matches in the series.
Recapping the Weekend -- UCLA kicked off their final regular season homestand of the year with matches against Stanford and California this past weekend, earning a win and a tie against the Bay Area schools. On Thursday against the Cardinal, senior Fernando Monge scored a golden goal in the 103rd minute to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 double-overtime victory. Monge scored when he took a great long ball from Chris Cummings just outside of the box and shot one that hit the crossbar and went in for the game-winner. Then on Sunday against California, UCLA and the Golden Bears played to a 1-1 tie in front of a crowd of over 2,400 fans. Junior Reed Williams scored the only goal of the match for the Bruins as they outshot California by a wide margin of 28-11.
Monge Named Pac-12 Player of the Week -- For his efforts last week, senior midfielder Fernando Monge was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week. Monge, a native of Seattle, Wash., helped lead the Bruins to two wins and a tie as UCLA played a grueling four matches in 10 days. He started the week off by playing strong defense and registering two shots to help UCLA defeat then No. 20 Washington, 1-0. Then on Thursday against Stanford, Monge gave the Bruins a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime victory with a golden goal in the 103rd minute. In the final match of the week, Monge tallied a match-high six shots as the Bruins played to a 1-1 tie with California. This is Monge's first-career weekly honor and UCLA's fourth weekly honor of the season. The Bruins lead the conference with 50 all-time Pac-12 players of the week.
Pac-12 Leaderboard -- Several UCLA players find themselves at the top or near the top of the leaderboard in major statistical categories in the Pac-12. Senior captain Ryan Hollingshead currently leads the conference in assists (8), is second in assists per game (0.47), tied for second with three game-winning goals, and is third in points with 18. Senior Evan Raynr leads the Pac-12 with 0.50 assists per game and is right behind Hollingshead with seven assists, good for a tie for second in the conference. Sophomore goalie Earl Edwards leads the Pac-12 with a .809 save percentage and is second in GAA with a 0.96 mark. Meanwhile, junior Max Estrada is tied with Hollingshead for second in the Pac-12 with three game-winning goals while Reed Williams is tied for fifth with six goals overall. Williams is also fourth in the conference in points with 16. As a team, UCLA has the most goals scored (18), assists (25) and points (61) in conference play. Nationally, Hollingshead is tied for 20th in assists and 24th in assists per game. Raynr is tied for 13th in assists per game and is 38th in assists. Finally, Edwards is ranked 58th nationally in GAA and 35th in save percentage.
Four Bruins Named to CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team -- Seniors Ryan Hollingshead and Evan Raynr and juniors Joe Sofia and Reed Williams have each been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. Hollingshead owns a 3.48 GPA as a Psychology major and has been named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team two years in a row. This is also the second year in a row that Hollingshead has earned Capital One Academic All-District honors. Raynr is also a psychology major and has a 3.36 GPA while twice being named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team. Sofia has an outstanding 3.95 GPA as a Communications major and was a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection in 2011 while Williams sports a 3.34 GPA as a Business Economics major. The Bruins have now landed 11 players all-time on the Capital One Academic All-District Team and an all-time best four players this year.
NCAA Selection Show -- The Bruins will find out their postseason draw when the NCAA airs its selection show on Monday, Nov. 12 at 2:30 pm PT live on NCAA.com.