UCLA To Face UC Santa Barbara Thursday In Nationally Televised Game
Oct. 3, 2006
This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (6-3-2, 2-1-1 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 11 by Soccer America and No. 17 by the NSCAA), travels to UC Santa Barbara (6-4-0) on Thursday, Oct. 5 for the NSCAA College Match of the Week. The game will be televised live at 8:00 pm on Fox Soccer Channel. On Sunday, Oct. 8, the Bruins resume conference play with a 2:30 pm match at San Diego State (7-3-1, 3-1-0 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 25 by Soccer America and No. 22 by the NSCAA) that could cause a shift in the Pac-10 standings. San Diego State sits atop the Pac-10 leaderboard with nine points, while UCLA is close behind in second place with seven points.
Live Coverage -- Thursday's game at UC Santa Barbara will be televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. Live stats will be available for the San Diego State game at goaztecs.com.
In The Rankings -- UCLA has moved up to No. 11 in the Soccer America poll, No. 16 in the NSCAA poll, No. 7 in College Soccer News and No. 9 in Soccer Times. UC Santa Barbara is ranked No. 28 by College Soccer News. San Diego State is 22nd in the NSCAA poll, tied for 25th in the Soccer America poll and 26th in the College Soccer News poll.
Scouting The Gauchos -- UC Santa Barbara went 1-1 last weekend, losing 5-0 at Cal State Northridge on Sept. 27 and winning 1-0 in double overtime at home against Michigan. Freshman Bongomin Otii leads the team with five goals, but he has not scored a goal since the Gauchos played Illinois-Chicago on Sept. 8. Midfielder Brennan Tennelle and forward Tony Chinakwe will have to sit out Thursday's game after receiving red cards in Saturday's match against Michigan. The Gauchos average nearly 2,000 fans to their home games.
Prior Matchups -- The Bruins are 29-2-1 all-time against UC Santa Barbara and have a 16-game unbeaten streak in the series. UCLA won last year's matchup in Los Angeles, 1-0, behind a third-minute goal by Brad Rusin. The two teams played to a scoreless tie the last time they played each other in Santa Barbara, in 2001. The Gauchos' last win in the series came on Oct. 30, 1982, a 3-1 victory at Santa Barbara.
Scouting the Aztecs -- San Diego State sits atop the leaderboard in the Pac-10 Conference with a 3-1-0 conference record. The Aztecs have won three consecutive games, including a 1-0 win over fourth-ranked Washington on Sunday that came despite playing a man down for 75 minutes when Nick Clemens was red-carded. All-American goalkeeper Tally Hall has posted four shutouts and a 0.97 goals against average for the Aztecs. Kraig Chiles leads the team in scoring with four goals and four assists (12 points).
Prior Matchups -- UCLA is 26-3-6 all-time against San Diego State and went 1-0-1 against the Aztecs last year. The two teams tied in the first matchup, 0-0, in Los Angeles, and Kamani Hill scored the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute to give UCLA a 1-0 win at San Diego in the regular season finale.
San Diego Standout Zizzo Returns Home -- Sophomore midfielder/forward Sal Zizzo will make a return appearance to his hometown of San Diego on Sunday. Zizzo, who is tied for second on the Bruin squad in scoring with eight points (2g, 4a) is a 2005 graduate of Patrick Henry HS and earned All-CIF honors in both soccer and baseball. He was also an NSCAA/adidas All-American and played club soccer with Hotspurs USA.
Injuries Continue To Pile Up -- Freshman defender Chance Myers joined UCLA's list of walking wounded when he sprained an ankle in the first half of UCLA's game against Washington on Sept. 29. Myers is doubtful for this week's games. Injured in previous weeks were leading scorer Maxwell Griffin (out for the season with a torn left ACL suffered Sept. 22), Tony Beltran (right ankle arthroscopy on Sept. 29, out 6-8 weeks), Brandon Owens (torn ACL in the spring), Edwige Ligonde (stress fracture in his left leg) and Robert Georgiefski (torn left ACL and medial meniscus on Aug. 20).
Bruins Take Down Another Unbeaten -- UCLA handed yet another unbeaten team its first loss of the season, downing fourth-ranked Washington on Sept. 29, 2-1, in double overtime. With 18 seconds left in the second overtime, freshman midfielder James Jaramillo scored on a rebound shot from Kyle Nakazawa that was saved but not controlled by the Washington goalkeeper. The goal was Jaramillo's first of his collegiate career. Mike Zaher scored the first goal for UCLA in the 32nd minute. Freshman goalkeeper Brian Perk made his first home start and had a career-high seven saves. The win was UCLA's third consecutive against an unbeaten Top 10 team. The Bruins also pinned the first losses on No. 7 Santa Clara (2-1 on Sept. 15) and No. 9 San Francisco (2-0 on Sept. 17).
Jaramillo, Nakazawa Honored -- Freshmen James Jaramillo and Kyle Nakazawa earned various honors for their performances against Washington and Oregon State. Jaramillo was selected the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime against undefeated Washington. Nakazawa earned Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week honors for the second time this season after recording a goal and an assist in the two games.
Tough Schedule -- If it is true that to be the best you have to play the best, then the Bruins are certainly on the right path, having already played seven Top 25 teams in 11 games, including five in the Top 10. UCLA is 3-3-1 in those games, with the three losses coming on the road and two coming against Top 3 squads Maryland and Virginia.
Freshmen Jumping In With Both Feet -- UCLA's 10-man freshman class has jumped into the fray with both feet this season. Midfielder Kyle Nakazawa has started in all 11 games and is tied for second on the team in scoring with eight points (2g, 4a). Midfielder Michael Stephens has started in the last nine games and has seen action in all 11. He has recorded two assists on the year. Defender Chance Myers has played in 10 games with four starts and also has two assists. Midfielder James Jaramillo has broken into the starting lineup in the last three games and scored the game-winning goal in double overtime against Washington. Midfielder Andrew Sinderhoff has logged three starts and played in nine games. He recorded his first collegiate goal against Oakland. Forward David Estrada has played in 10 games and scored his first collegiate goal in the win over San Francisco and assisted on the game-winning goal against Oregon State. Goalkeeper Brian Perk has posted a 0.87 GAA in three starts with a record of 2-0-1. Defender Ryan White made his first start on Sunday against Oregon State, and Danny Suits and Patrick Rickards each saw their first action this past weekend.
Zizzo Selected To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List -- Sophomore midfielder Sal Zizzo has been selected as one of 25 student-athletes named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Zizzo is a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team that advanced to the finals of the 2006 Milk Cup in August. Last season, he earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors after leading all conference rookies with five assists and seven points. Zizzo, who is one of just three underclassmen on the menfs watch list, earned All-Freshman national honors and second-team All-Pac-10 acclaim in 2005. He is currently tied for second on the team in scoring with eight points (2g, 4a) and is tied for third in the Pac-10 in assists.
Reed Named To Pre-Season All-America Team -- Senior goalkeeper Eric Reed has been selected to the College Soccer News pre-season All-America third team. Reed had a successful 2005 season, recording a 0.60 goals against average, which ranked sixth in the nation, and earning 12 shutouts, the third-most in school history. He flirted with the NCAA record for lowest goals against average late in the season, posting as low as a 0.21 GAA in the first week of November. He also earned first-team All-Pac-10, third-team All-Far West and first-team Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Season honors. Reed continued that high level of play in the Premier Developmental League (PDL) this summer, earning PDL Goalkeeper of the Year honors after posting a league-low 0.62 goals against average.
Perk Earns Two Caps With U-20s -- Freshman goalkeeper Brian Perk was called up to play with the U.S. Under-20 National Team at the Busan International Tournament in Korea from Aug. 25-Sept. 2 and earned two caps when he got the start against both Korea and Argentina. Perk earned the victory against Argentina, allowing just one late goal while making five saves. Perk now has 19 career caps with the U-17s, U-18s and U-20s.