Nov. 8, 2011
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 come in this week at No. 6 in both the Soccer America poll and the NSCAA poll. UCLA is also ranked No. 6 by College Soccer News and No. 7 by Top Drawer Soccer. San Diego State is unranked in all polls.
Scouting The Aztecs -- San Diego State comes into their matchup with UCLA with an 10-5-3 record overall and a 4-4-1 record in Pac-12 play. Last weekend, the Aztecs failed to get a win up in the Bay Area, losing to Stanford 4-1 on Friday and playing to a 1-1 draw with Cal on Sunday. Sophomore forward Miles Byass leads the team with 16 points while senior defender Daniel Steres, sophomore forward Jordan Ongaro and Byass are all tied for the team lead in goals with five. Steres and Ongaro have 13 points apiece as well. Sophomore goalie Blake Hylen has a 1.25 GAA on the season and has made 69 saves thus far. Head Coach Lev Kirshner is in his 12th season as head coach of the Aztecs.
The Series With San Diego State -- UCLA leads the overall series with San Diego State 31-4-11. Last season, the Bruins swept the season series with the Aztecs, defeating San Diego State by scores of 1-0 and 3-1. In their first matchup at Drake Stadium, Kelyn Rowe scored the only goal of the game in the 77th minute to give UCLA the 1-0 victory. Bruin goalkeeper Brian Rowe earned the shutout with three saves on the evening. The two teams met again in the regular season finale down in San Diego where the Bruins won 3-1, getting goals from Andy Rose, Chandler Hoffman and Reed Williams. Brian Rowe once again came up big for the Bruins, making seven saves to earn the win. Earlier this season, the two teams met at Drake Stadium back in October where the Bruins won 2-0 behind two goals from Chandler Hoffman. Hoffman scored his first goal in the 63rd minute off an assist from Kelyn Rowe and added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute off an assist from Victor Munoz. Brian Rowe made five saves in the win to earn his fourth shutout of the year. UCLA has not lost to San Diego State since 2007.
2011 Pac-12 Champions -- Last weekend, the Bruins clinched their seventh Pac-12 title, and their third conference championship in four years, by defeating Cal by the score of 2-0 on Friday afternoon. The Bruins got goals from Eder Arreola and Chandler Hoffman to earn the shutout win and secure the Pac-12 Conference crown. The defense also allowed no shots on goal to the Golden Bears. On Sunday afternoon, UCLA travelled down to Palo Alto and earned their fourth consecutive shutout by beating Stanford 3-0. Victor Chavez and Shawn Singh scored goals for the Bruins and Stanford put in an own goal in the win. Once again the Bruin defense was fantastic, allowing just one shot on goal to the Cardinal. Goalkeeper Brian Rowe earned his 12th and 13th victories of the season over the weekend and now has eight shutouts on the season.
Jorge Salcedo Wins 100th Game as UCLA Head Coach -- By defeating the California Golden Bears on Friday, head coach Jorge Salcedo won his 100th game as UCLA head coach. In eight seasons at the helm, Coach Salcedo has coached UCLA to seven conference titles as an assistant coach or head coach (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011) and is a two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2004 and 2008). He currently has a record of 101-42-24 in his time at UCLA and has a conference record of 50-14-13. As a player for the Bruins, Salcedo scored the deciding penalty kick in the 1990 NCAA Championship game as a freshman to give UCLA its second national title and was a first-team NSCAA All-American in 1993.
Shawn Singh Named Pac-12 Player of the Week -- For his efforts against Cal and Stanford, senior defender Shawn Singh was named the Bank of the West Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 1-7. The Bakersfield, Calif. native had a great weekend for the Bruins as UCLA wrapped the 2011 Pac-12 Championship. In Friday afternoon's 2-0 win over Cal, Singh contributed to the Bruins' staunch defense that allowed no shots on goal for the Golden Bears. On Sunday against Stanford, Singh scored a wonderful goal when he bent the ball from 30 yards out to the far post to score his first goal of the year, helping the Bruins defeat the Cardinal 3-0. UCLA has not allowed a goal in their last four games and Singh has played a big part in defense in each of those four shutouts. Shawn was also named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week following his stellar weekend.
Pac-12 Streaks -- With the wins over Cal and Stanford this weekend, the Bruins have now won 12 straight contests against Pac-12 foes, which is now the second longest streak in school history. The Bruins have also shut out nine of those 12 opponents dating back to last season. Brian Rowe has started all nine of the shutouts and made a total of 22 saves in those games. UCLA has also shut out Pac-12 opponents in 13 of the last 19 conference games. In the last four seasons the Bruins have compiled a 29-4-6 conference mark, the best amongst the Pac-12 teams.
Hoffman Keeps Scoring -- Chandler Hoffman has had a great season for UCLA so far, scoring 14 goals in his last 19 games for the Bruins and leading the team with 32 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 20 goals in his last 25 games as a Bruin. In addition, Chandler leads the Pac-12 in goals (14), goals per game (0.74), points (32) and points per game (1.68). In addition, he is tied for ninth in the conference with four assists. Nationally, Hoffman is tied for ninth in goals, tied for 10th in points scored, is 16th in points per game and 14th in goals per game. Also, Chandler's 14 goals are the most by a UCLA player since Matt Taylor scored 14 for the Bruins in 2003.
Top of the Charts -- Many UCLA players this season find themselves at the top or near the top of major statistical categories in the Pac-12. In addition to Chandler Hoffman leading the league in goals and points, Kelyn Rowe is third in points with 17 and tied for third in goals with five. Rowe is also tied for the league lead in assists with seven. Sophomore midfielder Victor Munoz is tied with Rowe atop the assists category with seven whil senior midfielder Eder Arreola finds himself in the top 10 in points (10) and assists (4). Sophomore defender Patrick Matchett, Hoffman and and senior defender Shawn Singh are all in the top 10 in assists as well with five, four and four respectively. Finally, senior goalkeeper Brian Rowe is second in the conference with a GAA of 0.86 on the season and is tied for first in shutouts with eight.
Hollingshead and Hoffman Named to Academic All-District Teams -- Junior midfielder Ryan Hollingshead and junior forward Chandler Hoffman were both named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams, as announced by the organization on Monday. Hoffman has a 3.74 GPA in Communication Studies and was a First-Team Pac-10 All-Academic selection in 2010. Meanwhile, Hollingshead sports a 3.59 GPA as a Psychology major and has two goals and three assists on the season so far. Ryan was also a Second-Team Pac-10 All-Academic selection last season.
Coming Up -- The Bruins will await NCAA selection on Monday, Nov. 14. As the Pac-12 champion, UCLA is guaranteed an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection show will air on ncaa.com at 1:30 pm PT.