Oct. 3, 2012
This Week -- The fifth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (7-1-2, 2-0-0 Pac-12) returns home this weekend to face conference foes Oregon State (5-3-1, 0-1-0 Pac-12) on Friday, Oct. 5 at 3 pm and Washington (6-3-1, 1-0-0 Pac-12) on Monday, Oct. 8 at 7 pm out at Drake Stadium.
Live Coverage -- Both matches 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 for both matches. 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 -- UCLA moved up one spot in both the NSCAA and Soccer America polls, climbing to No. 5 in Soccer America and No. 8 in the NSCAA. The Bruins are also ranked No. 5 by College Soccer News and No. 6 by Top Drawer Soccer. Both Oregon State and Washington are ranked by Top Drawer Soccer, with Oregon State being ranked No. 26 and Washington No. 29.
Scouting The Beavers -- Oregon State enters the week with a record of 5-3-1 on the year and 0-1-0 in Pac-12 play. The Beavers are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Washington in their Pac-12 opener, but have won three of their last four matches. They are led up front by senior Emery Welshman, who leads the Pac-12 Conference with 15 points (6 g, 3 a) and was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2011. Senior midfielders Alex Penny and Roberto Farfan are second to Welshman on the team with eight points apiece while Farfan is tied for first in the Pac-12 with six assists thus far. Oregon State as a team also leads the conference in total points (77), goals (24) and assists (29). Finally, freshman Matt Bersano will man the goal for the Beavers, sporting a 0.88 GAA and 33 saves on the season.
The Series With Oregon State -- The Bruins have a record of 24-4-1 all-time against Oregon State. Last year, UCLA swept both matchups against the Beavers, winning 2-1 in Corvallis and 1-0 in double overtime at Drake Stadium. In the match at Corvallis, Victor Munoz scored the game-winning goal with just over 30 seconds left in the match to seal the victory for the Bruins. Then on senior day at Drake Stadium, Fernando Monge scored a golden goal in the 102nd minute to give UCLA a 1-0 win over the Beavers. UCLA is unbeaten against the Beavers in their last 13 matchups and has won the last four meeings in the series.
Scouting The Huskies -- Washington owns an overall record of 6-3-1 heading into the weekend and is 1-0-0 in conference play after defeating Oregon State last weekend, 1-0. James Moberg scored the only goal of the match in the 10th minute. Overall, Washington is led by the Pac-12's leading goal scorer Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, who has seven goals and 14 points thus far. Moberg leads the team in assists with four on the season while junior goalkeeper Spencer Richey has a conference-best five shutouts and a 0.96 GAA. Finally, head coach Jamie Clark is in his second season as head coach of the Huskies.
The Series With Washington -- UCLA leads the overall series with Washington 22-11-3 and has won the last five meetings with the Huskies. Last season, the Bruins beat the Huskies 4-1 up in Seattle, getting goals from Kelyn Rowe, Ryan Hollingshead, Eder Arreola and Victor Chavez to earn the victory. Patrick Matchett and Chandler Hoffman had two assists apiece in the game as well. Then in the rematch at Drake Stadium, UCLA won 1-0 after Joe Sofia scored the game-winner in the 71st minute. The Bruins are also unbeaten in their last eight meetings against Washington, with their last loss to the Huskies coming back in 2007.
Recapping the Weekend -- UCLA kicked off the 2012 Pac-12 season with two impressive wins at Stanford and California last weekend. On Friday against Stanford, the Bruins won 3-1 behind goals from Fernando Monge, Max Estrada and Reed Williams. Sophomore Leo Stolz and senior Ryan Hollingshead also notched assists in the match while Williams added one of his own. UCLA continued their momentum into Sunday, defeating the California Golden Bears by a matching score of 3-1. Victor Chavez, Victor Munoz and Hollingshead scored the goals for the Bruins while Munoz, Hollingshead and Williams earned assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Earl Edwards made a career-high seven saves in each of the weekend's matches and now has 24 saves on the season.
Hollingshead Named Pac-12 Player of the Week -- For his efforts against Stanford and California, senior captain Ryan Hollingshead was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 24-30. The Granite Bay, Calif. native totaled four points in the opening weekend of Pac-12 Conference play to lead the Bruins to a sweep of the Bay Area schools. Hollingshead is tied for first on the team with nine points on the year (3 g, 3 a) and was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his performance as well. This is Hollinghead's first-career weekly honor and UCLA's third weekly honor this season. UCLA leads the conference with 49th all-time players of the week.
Pac-12 Leaders -- Two UCLA players find themselves at the top of the leaderboard in major statistical categories in the Pac-12. Sophomore goalie Earl Edwards currently leads the conference with a 0.81 GAA on the year while junior Max Estrada is tied for first in the Pac-12 with three game-winning goals.
Road Warriors -- UCLA is unbeaten in their last 14 road matches dating back to September 18 of last year, going 12-0-2 in that time frame. The Bruins won seven consecutive road matches a year ago, including a win in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Louisville, and are 5-0-2 on the road this year, earning ties at No. 1 Maryland and No. 4 UC Santa Barbara and victories at Virginia, Loyola Marymount, Stanford, California and Cal Poly.
Coming Up -- The Bruins will hit the road again next week as they travel south to San Diego to play the San Diego State Aztecs on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 pm.