UCLA to Open 2011 Season on the Road Against No. 1 Louisville

Aug. 23, 2011

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This Week -- No. 2/6 UCLA opens the 2011 season on Sat., Aug. 27th, against the No. 1 ranked Louisville Cardinals at Cardinal Park in Louisville, KY. The match is slated to start at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT and is a rematch of last season's NCAA Quarterfinal match in which the Cardinals ended the Bruins' 2010 season with a 5-4 victory.

Live Coverage -- Fans can follow the game via Gametracker. The links are available at UCLABruins.com on the events calendar on the front page. Louisville is offering a webcast for Saturday's game as well and the link for the webcast is available at uoflsports.com.

In The Rankings -- In the preseason rankings, UCLA is ranked No. 6 by the NSCAA and Top Drawer Soccer and No. 2 by Soccer America and College Soccer News. Louisville is ranked No. 1 by the NSCAA, Soccer America and College Soccer News outlets. The Cardinals are ranked No. 4 by Top Drawer Soccer.

Scouting The Cardinals -- Louisville, which went 20-1-3 and finished as the National runner-up last year, is led by senior Colin Rolfe, who is a preseason first-team All-American and was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy last year. The Cardinals are also led by All-American defender Austin Berry, who was named the preseason Big East Defensive Player of the Year for 2011. Louisville kicked off the 2011 season with a pair of exhibition games last weekend, shutting out both Saint Louis and Michigan 2-0.

The Series With Louisville -- Last year's NCAA Quarterfinal match was the only meeting between UCLA and Louisville. The Cardinals defeated the Bruins 5-4 and head coach Jorge Salcedo called it "one of the wildest matches I have ever been a part of." Eder Arreola got the scoring started for the Bruins in 8th minute and then was followed up by teammate Kelyn Rowe, who scored on a free kick in the 18th minute to make it 2-0 Bruins. Louisville cut the deficit in half in the 29th minute off of a free kick but Chandler Hoffman regained UCLA's two goal advantage by scoring in the 33rd minute. The Cardinals would add consecutive goals though, one right before and one right after halftime, to tie the match at 3-3. Nick Deleon of Louisville then put the Cardinals ahead 4-3 in the 55th minute before Victor Chavez scored the equalizer for UCLA in the 81st minute. With the game coming down to the wire, Louisville eventually proved to be too much for UCLA as Aaron Horton put the Cardinals into the College Cup with a goal in the 90th minute, ending UCLA's 2010 campaign in the process.

Bruins In Season Openers -- UCLA is 34-6-4 all-time in season openers since beginning NCAA play in 1967. Last year the Bruins started the season by defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1-0 in Bloomington, IN.

UCLA Picked To Win Pac-12 -- In a polling of the Conference's men's soccer head coaches, UCLA has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 in 2011. The Bruins, searching for their third conference title in four years and seventh title overall, received the maximum amount of points (25) with five first-place votes. In the last three seasons, the Bruins have compiled a 20-4-6 conference mark, the best amongst the Pac-12 teams.

A Look At The Bruins -- With all eleven starters back from last season's squad that made the NCAA Quarterfinals, expectations are sky high in Westwood for 2011. The Bruins come into the season ranked second in the nation by College Soccer News and Soccer America and are looking to improve on last year's playoff run. Below is a position-by-position breakdown of how the Bruins will look heading into the 2011 season.

Midfielders -- Leading the way for the Bruins is sophomore midfielder Kelyn Rowe, who earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Honors in 2010 and was named a third-team All-American by the NSCAA. Rowe also led the team with 10 assists last season, tying the school's freshman record, and ranked second on the squad in goals scored (7) and points (24). This season, Kelyn was named a preseason first-team All-American by College Soccer News and is also a part of the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Senior midfielder Andy Rose, who was last season's team captain and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2010, also returns after starting all 22 games last year. Junior midfielder Ryan Hollingshead, who ranked third on the team with five assists, is also back as is second-team All-Pac-10 selection Eder Arreola. Arreola was second on the team in assists last season with seven and third on the team in points with 15.

Forwards -- The Bruins have a lot of depth at the forward position and are led up front by last season's Pac-10 leading goal scorer Victor Chavez. Chavez, a sophomore, registered 10 goals and 5 assists last season which was good for a team-high 25 points. Chavez was also named second-team All-Pac-10, first-team All-Rookie by Top Drawer Soccer and was voted UCLA's Offensive MVP for 2010. Joining Chavez up front will be junior Chandler Hoffman, who scored six goals in 11 games in an injury plagued 2010 season, and sophomore Reed Williams, who tallied five goals in 2010.

Defenders -- The back line in 2011 will be led by senior Shawn Singh and junior Matt Wiet. Singh, a former walk-on, earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2010 while Wiet, a transfer from Indiana, was voted as UCLA's Defensive MVP. Sophomores Patrick Matchett and Joe Sofia will return to the defense as well. Matchett started 15 games a year ago and recorded two assists while Sofia scored a goal and notched three assists in 20 games.

Goalkeepers -- In goal, the Bruins return last year's starter Brian Rowe, who registered 91 saves and a Pac-10 leading eight shutouts a year ago. Rowe was also named UCLA's Team MVP. Redshirt freshman Earl Edwards will look to earn playing time as well after seeing time wtih the U.S. U-20 National Team earlier this year.

Fresh Faces -- The Bruins welcome six new faces to the team, led by ESPN RISE First-Team All-American Reed McKenna. McKenna, a forward, led his high school to a section title and a CIF Regional semifinal appearance in 2011 while also being named All-San Diego Section Player of the Year. UCLA also added two goalkeepers in freshmen Jake Tenzer and Alex Padilla and signed midfielder/defender Nati Schnitman. Finally, the Bruins picked up two transfers in the offseason in junior Ryan Lee (Ohio State) and sophomore Victor Munoz (Iona). Munoz was named MAAC Rookie of the Year for Iona in 2010 while Lee made nine starts for the Buckeyes last season.

Seven Bruins Named To TDS's "100 Players To Watch" List -- Seven UCLA players were named to Top Drawer Soccer's "100 Players to Watch" list earlier this week, with midfielder Kelyn Rowe topping the list at No. 1. Joining Rowe on the list are 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 travel to Northern California to face off against Santa Clara on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 pm and UC Davis on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 5 pm.

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