UCLA Men's Soccer Looks To Rebound Against USD Tuesday

Oct. 1, 2007

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This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (3-4-1, ranked 18th by Soccer America) will host the University of San Diego (3-4-0) in a mid-week non-conference game on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 pm at Drake Stadium before starting up Pac-10 play on Saturday, Oct. 6 at San Diego State (4-2-2). Saturday's game will take place at the SDSU Sports Deck at 2 pm.

Game-Day Promotions -- Free t-shirts will be given to the first 100 UCLA students in attendance at Tuesday night's game. UCLA fans wearing blue will receive $2 off admission at the ticket booth at the main entrance.

Live Coverage -- UCLABruins.com will host Gametracker live stats and a free internet audio broadcast for Tuesday's game. Danny Lee will call the action. San Diego State will host Gametracker live stats at goaztecs.com.

In The Rankings -- UCLA drops eight spots to No. 18 in Soccer America's poll and is ranked 28th in the College Soccer News poll.

Scouting The Toreros -- San Diego enters Tuesday's contest having lost two straight and three of its last four games. Three players lead the squad in scoring with five points apiece - Fabrice Gautrat, JT Howlan and Tannen Wels.

UCLA's History With San Diego -- UCLA holds a 17-5-3 all-time record against San Diego and won the last meeting, 3-1, at home a year ago, thanks to goals from Jason Leopoldo, David Estrada and Kyle Nakazawa. San Diego's last victory came in 2005 at Torero Stadium, 4-2.

Scouting The Aztecs -- San Diego State enters the week unbeaten in its last five games. Last week, the Aztecs tied 25th-ranked UC Irvine, 0-0. Jamel Wallace (3g, 0a) and Kraig Chiles (2g, 2a) lead the team with six points apiece, and goalkeeper Brad Byrnes holds a 0.65 goals against average with four shutouts.

UCLA's History With San Diego State -- UCLA is 27-3-7 all-time against San Diego State and went 1-0-1 against the Aztecs a year ago. The Bruins won the first contest in 2006, 2-1 at San Diego after a David Estrada goal and an own goal. In Los Angeles, the teams tied, 1-1. Each team's freshman star scored in the game, with Estrada scoring the first goal and San Diego State's Nick Cardenas scoring the equalizer. San Diego State's last win over UCLA came in 1989, a 3-2 overtime decision in San Diego.

Bruins Shut Out At CSUN -- The Bruins suffered its first-ever defeat at the hands of Cal State Northridge, dropping a 3-0 decision at Northridge on Sept. 29. The Matadors scored three goals in a 10-minute span in the second half and outshot the Bruins, 15-4. UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk made a season-high eight saves in the game off 11 shots on goal. The Bruins, by contrast, had just two shots on goal in the game.

Estrada Returns To Lineup -- The Bruins' leading scorer in 2006, David Estrada, returned to the lineup last weekend, making his season debut at Cal State Northridge and playing 76 minutes. Estrada had missed the Bruins' first seven games with a fractured metatarsal. Last season, Estrada was Soccer America's Freshman of the Year after scoring 12 goals and four assists for 28 points, the second-most goals and points ever scored by a UCLA freshman. Estrada was selected a 2007 pre-season All-American by MLS Magazine.

Folk, Zaher Nominated For Senior CLASS Award -- UCLA defenders Greg Folk and Mike Zaher are amongst 20 seniors nominated for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for men's soccer. The award is presented annually in eight NCAA Division I sports to a senior student-athlete who excels both on and off the field. The areas of excellence are identified under classroom, community, character and competition. Both players have been exemplary student-athletes, twice earning Pac-10 All-Academic honors. In addition, Zaher won UCLA's Team GPA award in 2006. Both have remained active in the community, participating in several community outreach projects and fundraisers. The two team co-captains have been starters for UCLA since their sophomore seasons, and last year Zaher earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors and third-team NSCAA All-Far West acclaim. He was selected as a pre-season All-American in 2007 by College Soccer News.

Iron Men -- Three Bruins have played every minute of every game so far this year - defenders Tony Beltran and Greg Folk and goalkeeper Brian Perk have each totaled 744 minutes of play. This is nothing new for Folk, who played all 2,260 minutes a year ago.

Bruins A Big Draw -- The Bruins are a hot-ticket item on the road this year. UCLA road games this year (five away, one neutral) have averaged 4,007 fans. School attendance records were set at Indiana (7,423) and at Creighton (5,812), and the Bruins played in front of an over-capacity crowd of 3,143 at San Francisco. In addition, the team played in front of season-best crowds of 2,333 at Santa Clara and 1,095 at Cal State Northridge. Overall this season, the Bruins are playing in front of crowds averaging 3,258.

Alumni Day Set For Oct. 14 -- UCLA will host an Alumni Day on Sunday, Oct. 14 to honor 40 years of UCLA Soccer. The alumni game will take place at 10 am at the North Athletic Field, and members of the 1967 UCLA team (UCLA's first NCAA-sanctioned team) will be recognized at halftime of the UCLA-Cal game, which will take place at Drake Stadium at 2:30 pm.

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