June 18, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - A total of 11 UCLA men's soccer games will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks in 2013, as announced by the conference today. The Bruins open up the 2013 season at Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington, Indiana as they take on Notre Dame on Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. PT.
UCLA will face a tough non-conference slate that includes five teams that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, including the aforementioned neutral site match against Notre Dame and a road match at defending NCAA champions Indiana on Sept. 1. Home highlights include the opener against Cal Poly on Sept. 5, a Sept. 13 matchup against rivals UC Santa Barbara, a rematch of last year's NCAA 2nd round game against San Diego on Sept. 15 and a Sept. 26 match against UC Riverside. In addition, UCLA will travel to Irvine and Northridge to face Southern California foes UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge on Sept. 19 and Sept. 22 respectively.
The Bruins begin conference play on Oct. 5 against San Diego State and will have a Pac-12 leading 11 appearances on the Pac-12 Networks. Below is a complete listing of UCLA matches that will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks. Home matches are in bold.
Sept. 13 - UC Santa Barbara (7 pm)
Sept. 15 - San Diego (4 pm)
Oct. 5 - San Diego State (TBD)
Oct. 10 - Stanford (5:30 pm)
Oct. 13 - California (1 pm)
Oct. 18 - at Oregon State (1 pm)
Oct. 21 - at Washington (7 pm)
Oct. 25 - Oregon State(6 pm)
Oct. 27 - Washington (1 pm)
Nov. 1 - at Stanford (6 pm)
Nov. 3 - at California (1 pm)
All times Pacific Standard Time
The Bruins return numerous major contributors from last year's squad that won its second straight Pac-12 title and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 30th consecutive year. Leading the Bruins in 2013 will be senior forward Reed Williams, who was a third-team NSCAA All-West Region selection and a first-team All-Pac-12 honoree. Williams finished tied for the team lead in goals with seven in 2012 while recording 18 points as well (7 g, 4 a). Also returning up front is senior Victor Chavez, who was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2012 after scoring five goals for the Bruins. Chavez led the Pac-12 as freshman with 10 goals in 2010.
On the defensive side, senior Joe Sofia will anchor the UCLA defense after starting 19 games a year ago and leading the team with 1,789 minutes. Senior Patrick Matchett also returns for UCLA after battling injuries in 2012 and will look to make a big impact in 2013. In the midfield, sophomore Grady Howe is back after playing in all 19 games a year ago and earning second-team Freshman All-America honors from College Soccer News. 2012 first-team All-Pac-12 honoree Leo Stolz returns as well after finishing second in the Pac-12 in assists with eight in 2012. Finally, senior Victor Munoz is back in the midfield after playing in 14 games last season and recording one goal and five assists.
In goal, junior Earl Edwards returns after starting 15 games a year ago and posting a record of 10-3-2 with four shutouts and 61 saves.
The Bruins will also bring in the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation this fall. UCLA's 2013 freshman class features four players who were ranked in the top 25 in College Soccer News's list of Top Recruits for the 2013 season, including six players who have experience playing with their respective Youth National Teams. Overall, four transfers (Gregory Antognoli (F), Edgar Contreras (D), Jordan Vale (MF) and Aaron Simmons (D)) and seven incoming freshman (Michael Amick (D), Kevin De La Torre (F), Michael Griswold (D/MF), Willie Raygoza (MF), Nathan Smith (D), Gage Zerboni (F) and Brian Iloski (MF)) will join the Bruins this fall.
To view the complete 2013 schedule, click here.
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