Nov. 1, 2011
Live Coverage -- Fans can follow both matches via Gametracker. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page.
In The Rankings -- The Bruins come in this week at No. 8 in both the Soccer America poll and the NSCAA poll. UCLA is also ranked No. 8 by College Soccer News and No. 10 by Top Drawer Soccer. California and Stanford are unranked in all polls.
A Glimpse at the Pac-12 Race -- At 7-0-0, the UCLA Bruins have a commanding lead in the 2011 Pac-12 race. They find themselves three points clear of Washington having played two less conference games than the Huskies and nine points ahead of San Diego State. Both the Bruins and the Aztecs have three conference games remaining on the schedule while Washington only has one. UCLA could secure their seventh Pac-12 title as early as this weekend as they only need to earn one point in their final three games to clinch the conference title.
Scouting The Golden Bears -- Cal comes into their matchup with UCLA with a 3-7-4 overall record. The Golden Bears have been held without a win in their last seven matches and are still searching for their first win in Pac-12 play (0-5-2 Pac-12 record). Last week, the Golden Bears had a bye and have not played a match since Oct. 23. Junior forward John Fitzpatrick leads the team in goals (5) and points (10) while freshman midfielder Seth Casiple leads Cal in assists (6), which puts him in a tie for third amongst all Pac-12 players. Head coach Kevin Grimes is a five-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and has compiled a record of 131-78-29 in 12 seasons at Cal.
The Series With California -- UCLA leads the overall series with Cal 37-11-5. Last season, the two teams split their two matches with each side winning on the road. In the first matchup, the Bruins travelled to Berkeley and won 1-0 in double overtime on a Kelyn Rowe golden goal. Brian Rowe made five saves to earn the win. In the second match at Drake Stadium, the Golden Bears returned the favor, winning 1-0 in overtime on a Davis Paul golden goal. This season, Cal and UCLA met at Drake Stadium back on Sept. 30 with the Bruins winning 1-0 in overtime again on an Andy Rose golden goal in the 91st minute. The Bruins have taken four of the last five games against the Golden Bears and head coach Jorge Salcedo owns a record of 9-4-1 all-time against Cal.
Scouting The Cardinal -- Stanford has a record of 4-9-2 on the season and has one win in their last seven matches. The Cardinal also have a record of 1-5-1 in conference play and like Cal, were off last week, playing their last game on Oct. 23. Senior midfielder Garrett Gunther leads the team with eight points and is tied with junior forward Adam Jahn for the team lead in goals with three. Junior midfielder Eric Anderson leads the team in assists with three. Finally, Bret Simon is in his 11th year as the head coach of the Cardinal and has a record of 92-88-29 since taking over at Stanford in 2001.
The Series With Stanford -- The Bruins have a record of 38-6-7 all-time against Stanford. UCLA also split their two games with Stanford last season, winning at Drake Stadium but falling up in Palo Alto. In their first game at Stanford, the Bruins lost 2-1 after giving up the game-winning goal to Stanford's Dersu Abolfathi in the 85th minute. Kelyn Rowe scored UCLA's only goal of the game. The two sides met just a week later at Drake Stadium with UCLA coming out on top this time 1-0. Evan Raynr scored the only goal of the match in the 72nd minute off an assist from Eder Arreola. Earlier this season, the two sides met at North Athletic Field where the Bruins won 2-0. Ryan Hollingshead got the scoring started by putting one in the back of the net in 52nd minute and Andy Rose scored on a penalty kick just seven minutes later to secure the victory.
Recapping the Weekend -- Last weekend, the Bruins picked up a pair 1-0 shutout wins over the Washington Huskies and the Oregon State Beavers. On Friday against the Huskies, sophomore Joe Sofia scored the only goal of the match in the 70th minute to earn the win. The play started when Kelyn Rowe put a throw-in into the box to Andy Rose, who flicked the ball back with his head right to Sofia who tapped it in for the goal. It was the sophomore defender's first goal on the year and Rowe and Rose's seventh and second assists respectively. On Sunday, UCLA fought through a physical game with the Beavers and got a golden goal in the 102nd minute from Fernando Monge to earn another 1-0 win. Monge scored after picking up a rebound from Victor Chavez's shot that hit the post and putting it into the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Brian Rowe made three saves in the game to earn his sixth shutout of the season while the Bruins outshot the Beavers 24-9 in the match.
Joe Sofia Named Pac-12 Player of the Week -- Sophomore defender Joe Sofia was named the Bank of the West Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of October 25-31, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Tuesday. The Dove Canyon, Calif., native played a key role in the Bruins' 1-0 victories over Washington and Oregon State. On Friday against the Huskies, Joe scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute while also contributing to UCLA's stout defense that allowed no shots on goal. On Sunday, Sofia and the Bruins held Oregon State to just three shots on goal in the shutout win.
Pac-12 Streaks -- With wins over Washington and Oregon State this weekend, the Bruins have now won ten straight contests against Pac-12 foes, which is now the third longest streak in school history. The Bruins have also shut out seven of those ten opponents dating back to last season. Brian Rowe has started all seven of the shutouts and made a total of 21 saves in those games. UCLA has also shut out Pac-12 opponents in 11 of the last 17 conference games. In the last three seasons the Bruins have compiled a 27-4-6 conference mark, the best amongst the Pac-12 teams.
Coming Up -- UCLA will wrap up its regular season on the road against the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 pm.