Bruins Host Matadors in Non-Conference Matchup on Saturday Night

Oct. 18, 2011

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This Week -- Pac-12 leader and No. 7/8 UCLA (10-3-1, 5-0-0 Pac-12) will play host to the Cal State Northridge Matadors (6-6-1, 3-2-0 Big West) in a non-conference match on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm out at Drake Stadium.

Live Coverage -- Fans can follow the match on the internet via a live audio broadcast at John Ramey and Allison Taylor will have the call. Fans can also follow the game via Gametracker. Links are available at on the events calendar on the front page.

In The Rankings -- UCLA climbed into the top 10 of all polls this week, coming in at No. 7 in the Soccer America poll and No. 8 in the NSCAA poll. The Bruins are also ranked No. 7 by Top Drawer Soccer and No. 8 by College Soccer News. Cal State Northridge is unranked in all polls.

Scouting The Matadors -- Cal State Northridge comes into this week with a record of 6-6-1 overall and a 3-2-0 record in the Big West. Last week, the Matadors split a pair of conference games, defeating Cal Poly 2-0 and losing to UC Davis 2-1 in overtime. Sophomore midfielders Thomas Ramos and Chris Smith lead the team with 10 points apiece while Ramos and freshman forward Edwin Rivas lead the team in goals with four. Junior goalkeeper Michael Abalos has started 12 of Cal State Northridge's 13 games and has a GAA of 1.12 on the year. Finally, Head Coach Terry Davila is in his 13th season as head coach of the Matadors.

The Series With Cal State Northridge -- The Bruins have a record of 13-1-3 all-time against Cal State Northridge. Last season, the two sides met in a midweek matchup out in Northridge where UCLA defeated the Matadors 2-1. Victor Chavez scored both goals for the Bruins while goalkeeper Brian Rowe tied a career-high by making eight saves.

Recapping the Weekend -- UCLA continued its winning streak against Pac-12 opponents, defeating the San Diego State Aztecs by the score of 2-0 behind two second half goals from Chandler Hoffman. After neither side scored in the first half, Hoffman connected on shots in the 69th and 83rd mintues to secure the victory. With the win, the Bruins moved six points clear of the Aztecs in the Pac-12 race and kept their undefeated record in conference play. Victor Chavez, Kelyn Rowe, Joe Sofia and Victor Munoz all had assists in the game as well. Rowe and Munoz are now tied for the Pac-12 lead in assists with six.

Chandler Hoffman Named to National Teams of the Week -- For his efforts against San Diego State, junior forward Chandler Hoffman was named to the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Teams of the Week for the week of Oct. 10-16. The Birmingham Ala. native scored two second half goals to lead the Bruins to a big 2-0 victory over San Diego State, scoring in the 69th minute off of a long ball from Kelyn Rowe and in the 83rd minute after receiving a cross from Victor Munoz and taking a shot that deflected off a SDSU defender and into the goal. This is the second time this season that Chandler has been named to both publications' National Teams of the Week. He previously earned Team of the Week honors after scoring a hat trick in UCLA's 3-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara back on Sept. 16.

Pac-12 Streaks -- With the win over San Diego State, the Bruins have now won eight straight contests against Pac-12 foes and shut out five of those opponents dating back to last season. Brian Rowe has started all five of the shutouts and made a total of 18 saves in those games. UCLA has also shut out Pac-12 opponents in nine of the last 15 conference games. In the last three seasons the Bruins have compiled a 25-4-6 conference mark, the best amongst the Pac-12 teams.

A Look Around the Conference -- Through the first half of the conference season, the Bruins find themselves atop the Pac-12 standings with a 5-0 record. After losing to UCLA, San Diego State fell into a tie with Washington for second place with a record of 3-2. The Huskies jumped up into a tie with the Aztecs after sweeping the Bay Area schools at home over the weekend, beating Stanford 2-0 and Cal 2-1 in overtime. Oregon State is tied for fourth place with Stanford with a conference record of 1-3-1 while Cal is at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings with an 0-3-2 record in Pac-12 play.

Hoffman on Fire -- Chandler Hoffman has been on a tear this season, scoring 11 goals in his last 14 games for the Bruins and leading the team with 24 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 17 goals in his last 20 games as a Bruin. In addition, Chandler leads the Pac-12 in goals (11), goals per game (0.79), points (24) and points per game (1.71). Nationally, Hoffman is tied for 11th in goals, tied for 15th in points scored and 14th in goals per game.

Coming Up -- UCLA will play its final two home regular season matches next weekend, hosting the Washington Huskies on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 pm and the Oregon State Beavers on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 pm. Both matches will be played at Drake Stadium.

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