Oct. 10, 2012
This Week -- Pac-12 leader UCLA (8-2-2, 3-1-0 Pac-12) will wrap the first half of conference play down in San Diego, Calif. when they take on the San Diego State Aztecs (4-5-2, 0-3-1 Pac-12) on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 pm at the SDSU Sports Deck.
Live Coverage -- San Diego State will be providing live stats for the match. The link is available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page.
In The Rankings -- The Bruins earned their highest ranking of the season from Soccer America this week, coming in at No. 4 in the poll. UCLA is also ranked No. 5 by the NSCAA and College Soccer News and No. 6 by Top Drawer Soccer. San Diego State is unranked in all polls.
Scouting The Aztecs -- San Diego State enters the week with a record of 4-5-2 on the year and is 0-3-1 in Pac-12 play. The Aztecs have not won a match since Sept. 21 and have also scored just one goal in their last four matches. San Diego State also enters their match with UCLA with a 2-2-1 home record. Junior forward Jordan Ongaro leads the Aztecs with 13 points thus far (6 g, 1 a) while junior midfielder Kody Duff is second on the team with 10 points (5 g, 0 a). Junior goalkeeper Blake Hylen has seen the majority of time in goal for San Diego State and has made 40 saves this season with a 1.29 GAA. Finally, head coach Lev Kirshner is in his 13th season as head coach of the Aztecs.
The Series With San Diego State -- The Bruins have a record of 32-4-11 all-time against San Diego State. Last year, UCLA swept both matchups against the Aztecs, winning by matching scores of 2-0 in both matches. The two sides first met at Drake Stadium on Oct. 16, where Chandler Hoffman scored two goals to lead the Bruins to the 2-0 win. Then in the season finale in San Diego, the two schools fought through a rainy afternoon as UCLA prevailed 2-0 again behind goals from Victor Chavez and Hoffman. UCLA is unbeaten in their last nine matches against the Aztecs with their last loss to San Diego State coming on Oct. 6, 2007. The Bruins have also won the last four matches in the series.
Recapping the Weekend -- UCLA returned home this past weekend after a five-match road trip and split two conference matches against Oregon State and Washington. On Friday against the Beavers, UCLA earned yet another shutout by defeating Oregon State by a score of 1-0. Victor Chavez score the lone goal of the match in the 64th minute with assists from Chris Cummings and Evan Raynr. Earl Edwards made four saves in the match to earn his third clean sheet of the year. Then on Monday against Washington, the Bruins fell to the Huskies 2-1 despite controlling possession for most of the match. The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Evan Raynr got one back for the Bruins to make it 2-1 with 20 minutes left to play. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they could not find the equalizer and suffered their first conference defeat in almost two years. Despite the loss, UCLA still sits in first place in the Pac-12 standings with a 3-1 conference record.
Putting Up Zeroes -- Dating back to last year, the UCLA defense has done a remarkable job of shutting out the opposition. The Bruins have shut out 13 of their last 21 opponents, including a school record tying eight in a row last season. Much of that success is due to the back line of Matt Wiet, Joe Sofia, Chris Cummings and Grady Howe, who have continued the stellar defensive play this year. Sophomore Earl Edwards and freshman Juan Cervantes have combined for five shutouts in goal this year, with Edwards tallying three and Cervantes two.
Pac-12 Leaderboard -- Several UCLA players find themselves near the top of the leaderboard in major statistical categories in the Pac-12. Sophomore goalie Earl Edwards leads the Pac-12 with a .821 save percentage and is currently second in the conference with a 0.86 GAA on the year. Meanwhile, junior Max Estrada is tied for second in the Pac-12 with three game-winning goals while Ryan Hollingshead, Victor Munoz, Evan Raynr and Leo Stolz are all tied for third in the conference with four assists each. As a team, UCLA has the most goals scored (8), assists (10) and saves (22) in conference play.
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. 8 UC Santa Barbara and victories at Virginia, Loyola Marymount, Stanford, California and Cal Poly.
Torre Named to U.S. U-20 National Team Roster -- Earlier this week, freshman defender Javan Torre was named to the the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team 19-man roster that will compete in the 2012 Marbella Cup in Spain from Oct. 6-17. Torre, a freshman from Santa Monica, Calif., has played in six matches for UCLA thus far, making one start. He previously trained with the U.S. U-20 National Team this past winter and competed for the U.S. U-18 National Team at the 2011 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, helping the team to a third-place finish. Torre also was a member of the LA Galaxy U-17/18 Academy Team and played in two reserve games for the club.
Coming Up -- UCLA will have all of next week off before traveling to the Pacific Northwest to face Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 26 at 1 pm and Washington on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 pm. Both matches will be nationally televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.