UCLA Hosts Stanford, Cal In Big Conference Games
Oct. 9, 2007
This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (4-5-1, 0-1-0) will host Stanford and California in a pair of important Pac-10 Conference games this weekend. Stanford (4-2-4, 1-0-1) visits first on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm, followed by California (7-2-1, 2-0-0, ranked No. 16 by the NSCAA and No. 18 by Soccer America) on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2:30 pm. Both games are the second in a double-header with the top-ranked UCLA women's soccer team. On Friday, the Bruin women will take on Oregon State at 5 pm prior to the men's game with Stanford. On Sunday, the UCLA women host Oregon at Noon.
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. The 1967 Bruins were coached by the late Dennis Storer and went undefeated in their first 13 games before finishing with a 12-1-1 overall record.
Game-Day Promotions -- For Friday's game, members of the UCLA Alumni Association will receive four free admissions with their UCLA alumni card. UCLA hacky-sacks will be given away to 250 lucky fans in attendance. For Sunday's game, Cal South youth soccer players 13 and under wearing their soccer jersey will receive free admission (high school players must register online). Sunday is also The Den Event of the Week, as well as Veterans and Armed Forces Day and UCLA Faculty-Staff Day, which gives four free admissions with valid ID.
Live Coverage -- UCLABruins.com will host Gametracker live stats and a free internet audio broadcast for both games. Danny Lee will call the action.
Scouting The Cardinal -- Stanford enters the week unbeaten in its last five games with a 3-0-2 record since Sept. 21. Freshman Bobby Warshaw leads the team in scoring with 10 points on four goals and two assists, followed closely by Dan Shapiro, who also has four goals. Goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen is the Pac-10 leader with a 0.52 goals against average.
UCLA's History With Stanford -- UCLA is 34-2-6 all-time against Stanford and is unbeaten in 14-straight matchups against the Cardinal. Stanford has not beaten UCLA since Oct. 8, 2000, when the Cardinal claimed a 1-0 win in Palo Alto. The two teams tied 1-1 in both matchups a year ago. Stanford struck first in both contests, but Kiel McClung evened the score in the 78th minute in the game at Stanford on Sept. 24, and David Estrada scored the equalizer at UCLA on Oct. 28.
Scouting The Golden Bears -- Pac-10 leader and defending league champion California is undefeated in its last six games, posting a 5-0-1 record since Sept. 21. Freshman Andrew Wiedman, a member of the U.S. Under-18 National Team, leads Cal in all scoring categories with 4 goals, 4 assists and 12 points. Wiedman is tied with UCLA's Kyle Nakazawa for the Pac-10 lead in assists. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei leads the Pac-10 in saves with an average of 5.0 per game and is tied for the Pac-10 lead in shutouts with five.
UCLA's History With California -- UCLA is 31-9-4 all-time against California. Cal swept the season series a year ago, winning 3-1 in Berkeley on Sept. 22 and 4-1 in Westwood on Oct. 30. In the game at UCLA, Javier Ayala-Hil had a hat trick, and David Estrada scored the Bruins' lone goal.
Bruins Split Against San Diego Teams -- UCLA won one and lost one to the San Diego schools last week, defeating San Diego on Oct. 2, 1-0, before losing at San Diego State, 1-0. David Estrada scored the winning goal against the Toreros, slamming home the rebound after a shot by Andrew Sinderhoff was saved. At San Diego State on Oct. 6, the Bruins were thwarted by Aztec goalkeeper Brad Byrns, who stopped seven of UCLA's eight shots. The Aztecs scored the game-winner in the 85th minute.
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 924 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 (six away, one neutral) have averaged 3,542 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 2,767.