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6th-Ranked UCLA Opens 2013 Home Slate with Cal Poly
By: UCLA Athletics
This Week
UCLA vs. Cal Poly
Thursday, Sept. 5 - 7 pm
Audio - (Talent: Ghizal Hasan/Erin Cole)
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This Week — The sixth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team will play its first home match of the 2013 season, taking on the Cal Poly Mustangs on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. out at Drake Stadium.

Live Coverage — Fans can follow the Cal Poly match through a live audio broadcast on Ghizal Hasan and Erin Cole will have the call live from Drake Stadium. Fans can also follow the match through a live stats link on

In The Rankings — UCLA moved up in the rankings this week in all polls, moving up four spots in the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer polls, three spots in the NSCAA poll and seven spots in the Soccer America poll. The Bruins are ranked No. 6 in both the Soccer America and NSCAA polls and No. 3 in the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News polls. Cal Poly is unranked in all polls.

Scouting the Mustangs — Cal Poly returns eight starters off of last year's team that went 11-7-1. The Mustangs are led by senior striker Mackenzie Pridham, who scored two goals in the team's opening matches this past weekend after scoring 11 goals last season and earning Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors. Pridham was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List for this year as well. In goal, the Mustangs will most likely turn to sophomore Wade Hamilton, who played in 12 matches in 2012 while logging a 1.10 GAA. Finally, head coach Paul Holocher is in his eighth season as head coach of Cal Poly and has posted a record of 63-52-3.

The Series with Cal Poly — The Bruins lead the all-time series with Cal Poly, 10-1-3. The two teams met last year at Alex G. Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif., where UCLA defeated the Mustangs, 1-0, on a goal by Fernando Monge in the 46th minute. Additionally, head coach Jorge Salcedo is 2-1-1 against Cal Poly.

Recapping the Weekend — UCLA got its season off to a great start over the weekend, going 1-0-1 at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington, Ind. On Friday afternoon, the Bruins battled sweltering conditions to earn a scoreless draw with seventh-ranked Notre Dame. Junior goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. made five saves in the tie to earn his fifth career shutout. Then on Sunday against No. 1 Indiana, the Bruins pulled out a 1-0 win in overtime thanks to a Victor Chavez golden goal. Chavez took a through ball in the box from senior Victor Munoz 49 seconds into overtime, poked the ball away from the Hoosier keeper and then finished in the open net for the goal. It was UCLA's first win over Indiana since 2000, snapping a four-match losing streak. The Bruins played the final 16 minutes of the match with 10 men after senior Joe Sofia was handed a red card in the 75th minute for a foul in the box. For their efforts at the tournament, Chavez, freshman Brian Iloski and sophomore Jordan Vale were all selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Earl Edwards Jr. Named to College Soccer News Team of the Week — Junior goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week this week after posting two clean sheets for the Bruins at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington, Ind. On Friday against Notre Dame, Edwards made five saves to help UCLA earn a scoreless draw against the seventh-ranked Fighting Irish. It was the fifth shutout of his career and the first time that any team had shut out Notre Dame in 24 matches. Then on Sunday against top-ranked Indiana, Edwards was superb, making four saves to lead the Bruins to a 1-0 overtime win over the Hoosiers. Edwards made a critical save in the 15th minute, leaping up and knocking a ball out of play that was sure to be a goal, before stopping a penalty kick in the 75th minute to keep the match tied at 0-0. Edwards has started out the season by going 201 straight minutes without giving up a goal.

Nathan Smith Named to Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week — Edwards was not the only UCLA player to earn National Team of the Week honors, as freshman defender Nathan Smith was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. Smith played all 110 minutes in UCLA's 0-0 draw with No. 7 Notre Dame on Friday, helping the Bruins earn their first shutout of the year. Then on Sunday against top-ranked Indiana, Smith again played every single minute for the Bruins, setting up Victor Chavez's game-winning goal in overtime with his first assist of the season. Smith was the only UCLA position player to play every single minute over the weekend and was instrumental in helping the Bruins earn a runner-up finish at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.

Reed Williams Named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List — UCLA senior forward Reed Williams has been named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2013 season. Williams is among 34 players and 13 forwards on the watch list. The senior from Newport Beach, Calif. was a third-team NSCAA All-Far West selection in 2012 and received first-team All-Pac-12 honors. He played in all 19 of UCLA’s matches last season, finishing tied for the team lead in goals with seven and second on the team in points with 18 (7 g, 4 a). In 2011, Williams scored his only goal of the season in the second overtime of the NCAA quarterfinal match at Louisville, sending UCLA to the College Cup. As a freshman in 2010, he ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 14 points and in goals scored with five. Williams appeared in both matches over the weekend for the Bruins, playing 63 minutes and recording two shots. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The recipients are selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Joe Sofia Selected as a Candidate for Senior CLASS Award — Senior defender Joe Sofia has been named as one of 30 men's soccer candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. Sofia, a native of Dove Canyon, Calif., has upheld a 3.965 cumulative GPA in communication studies and is on track to graduate after the Fall quarter after just three years and one quarter. He has held the highest GPA among all of UCLA’s student-athletes since the spring of 2012 and has made the Director’s Honor Roll in every one of his quarters at UCLA (nine times in total). Sofia has been very active in the community as well, developing an anti-bullying curriculum with some fellow student-athletes that will be distributed to local middle schools later this fall. On the field, Sofia has played in 65 matches in his four-year career, starting 64 of them. Playing mostly at center back, he’s helped lead UCLA to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, Pac-12 titles in 2011 and 2012, and the 2011 College Cup Semifinals.

Road Warriors — UCLA is unbeaten in their last 20 road and neutral site matches dating back to 2011, going 16-0-4 in that time frame. The Bruins were unbeaten on the road last season, going 8-0-2, and have started off the season with a 1-0-1 record in road and neutral site contests. UCLA's last road or neutral site loss came on September 18, 2011, a 2-1 loss to UC Davis in overtime.

Five Bruins Named To TDS's "100 Players To Watch" List — Seniors Victor Munoz, Reed Williams and Joe Sofia, and juniors Leo Stolz and Aaron Simmons were all named to the Top Drawer Soccer "100 Players to Watch" list. Munoz came in at No. 49 while Williams was ranked No. 51. Stolz came in at No. 69 on the list while Simmons and Sofia were ranked No. 78 and No. 81 respectively.

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 2013. The Bruins, searching for their fifth conference title in six years and ninth title overall, received the maximum 25 total points with five first-place votes. In the last five seasons, the Bruins have compiled a 38-5-7 conference mark, the best amongst the Pac-12 teams. UCLA also enters the season having won their last 14 Pac-12 road matches and has reached the NCAA Tournament in 30 consecutive seasons, the second-longest active streak in the nation.

Head Coach Jorge Salcedo UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo is in his 10th season at the helm of the program, posting an all-time record of 119-45-29. He has coached UCLA to eight Pac-12 Titles as an assistant coach or head coach and is a four-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year (co-coach in 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2012). Salcedo has also led UCLA to two College Cup appearances and is the second-longest tenured men's soccer head coach in UCLA's NCAA history.

Bruins on TV — The UCLA men's soccer team will continue to enjoy increased national exposure in 2013 with 12 games schedule to be televised. 11 of those matches will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks, including seven home matches. The Big Ten Network televised UCLA's game at Indiana on Sept. 1 as well. Fans can find out if they get Pac-12 Networks by visiting or by contacting their television provider.

Coming Up — UCLA will continue its homestand next weekend, hosting two Southern California opponents. The Bruins will play rivals UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. and San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. Both matches will be played at Drake Stadium and televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

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