Nov. 22, 2011
Live Coverage -- Fans can follow the match on the internet via a live audio broadcast at uclabruins.com. John Ramey and Mike Sondheimer will have the call. Fans can also follow the game via Gametracker. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page.
Bruins Reach Tournament For 29th Consecutive Year -- UCLA earned its 29th consecutive and 39th overall NCAA Tournament berth by winning the Pac-12 Championship and earning a No. 13 seed in the tournament. UCLA's NCAA streak is the second-longest active streak in the nation behind Virginia (31 straight appearances), and the 39 NCAA appearances are second only to Saint Louis' 46. UCLA has an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 65-35 with national championships in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002.
In The Rankings -- UCLA finished the regular season ranked No. 4 by Soccer America and the NSCAA. The Bruins are also ranked No. 4 by both College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer. In the NCAA RPI, UCLA finished the regular season No. 12. Rutgers is ranked No. 13 by Top Drawer Soccer and finished No. 26 in the NCAA RPI. How They Got Here: UCLA -- UCLA received an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Pac-12 Championship. The Bruins earned the No. 13 seed in the tournament by virtue of their 15-4-1 regular season record and undefeated 10-0-0 conference record. UCLA finished the regular season with five straight shutout wins and victories in 10 of its last 12 games.
How They Got Here: Rutgers -- Unseeded Rutgers advanced to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament by defeating Colgate 4-2 in the first round at home and then upsetting fourth-seeded Boston College on the road in the second round. In their first match against Colgate, seniors Bryant Knibbs and Nate Bourdeau each contributed a goal while freshman Juan Pablo Correa added one of his own. Colgate also put in an own goal to give the Scarlet Knights the 4-2 win. In the second round against Boston College, the Scarlet Knights found themselves down 1-0 to the Eagles in the waning moments when senior Ibrahim Kamara put in a goal off of a corner kick in the 86th minute to score the equalizer for Rutgers. The two teams went through both overtime periods without scoring a goal and the game went to penalty kicks, where Rutgers prevailed 4-3 to move onto the Third Round. Correa and sophomore forward Kene Eze lead the Scarlet Knights in goals with six apiece while Correa leads the team in assists with five.
The Series With Rutgers -- UCLA leads the all-time series with the Scarlet Knights 5-1-1 and are 1-0 all-time against Rutgers in the NCAA Tournament. The two sides met in the 1990 NCAA Championship Game where UCLA prevailed 1-0 (4-3 on penalty kicks). Head Coach Jorge Salcedo converted the winning penalty kick to give the Bruins their second NCAA Championship in men's soccer. Rutgers nearly ended the match on a golden goal at the end of the first overtime, but defender Alexi Lalas's header hit the crossbar. UCLA is unbeaten against Rutgers in their last five meetings dating back to 1990.
Second Round Recap -- The Bruins advanced to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 1-0 out at Drake Stadium in the second round. Chandler Hoffman scored the only goal of the match in the 84th minute when Ryan Hollingshead's cross deflected off a sliding Delaware defender and landed at Hoffman's feet, where he promptly sent the ball far post for his 16th goal of the season. The Bruin defense was also stout, as the back line of Patrick Matchett, Matt Wiet, Joe Sofia and Shawn Singh limited the Fightin' Blue Hens' chances and kept goalkeeper Brian Rowe from being seriously tested. This was UCLA's sixth straight shutout and the 10th time this year that they have shut out the opposition.
School-Record 11 UCLA Players Named to Pac-12 All-Academic Team -- An all-time program-best 11 UCLA men's soccer players were selected to the Pac-12 All-Academic teams earlier this week. Junior forward Chandler Hoffman and sophomore defender Joe Sofia earned first-team honors. Junior midfielders Ryan Hollingshead and Evan Raynr were named to the second team, and seniors Andy Rose, Brian Rowe and Shawn Singh, junior Matt Wiet, and sophomores Patrick Matchett, Kelyn Rowe and Reed Williams received honorable mention acclaim.
Defending Drake -- The Bruins hold a record of 14-4 in NCAA Tournament games at Drake Stadium, and are 87-15-14 all-time, good for a .810 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 7-2 at Drake and 3-0 at North Athletic Field. The Bruins began playing their home games full-time at Drake Stadium in 2000.
NCAA Experience -- 22 UCLA players have had at least one game of NCAA Tournament experience in their time at the school, including all 11 starters. Senior captain Andy Rose has the most Tournament experience out of this group, playing in eight NCAA games in his career. Chandler Hoffman leads the team in NCAA Tournament goals with five goals in seven games and also leads the squad with 11 points. Sophomore Reed Williams leads the team in assists with four assists in as many NCAA Tournament games. Senior goalie Brian Rowe has also played in three Tournament games for UCLA and has made 18 saves.The Bruins return all 11 starters from last year's team that made it all the way to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The team also made the NCAA Quarterfinal stage back in 2009.
Hoffman Keeps Scoring -- Chandler Hoffman has had a great season for UCLA so far, scoring 16 goals in his last 21 games for the Bruins and leading the team with 36 points. Earlier this season, he tied the UCLA record for consecutive games with a goal by scoring in five straight games and he has now scored an astounding 22 goals in his last 27 games as a Bruin. In addition, Chandler leads the Pac-12 in goals (16), goals per game (0.76), points (36) and points per game (1.71). Nationally, Hoffman is seventh in points scored, tied for seventh in goals, and is 14th in points per game and goals per game. Also, Chandler's 16 goals are the most by a UCLA player since Seth George scored 16 for the Bruins in 1997.