Pac-10 Leader UCLA Hosts Oregon State, Washington
Oct. 23, 2007
This Week -- The 24th-ranked and Pac-10 leading UCLA men's soccer team (7-5-2, 3-1-1 in the Pac-10) hosts Oregon State (5-8-0, 2-3-0) and Washington (6-6-2, 1-3-1) as the second half of conference play begins. The Bruins will play Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 26 at 5:00 pm in the first game of a doubleheader with the top-ranked UCLA women's team, which hosts second-ranked USC at 7:30 pm. On Sunday, Oct. 28, UCLA will host Washington at 1 pm. All games will be played at Marshall Field at Drake Stadium.
Live Coverage -- Gametracker live stats will be available for both games. The link can be found at UCLABruins.com. In addition, UCLABruins.com will offer a free audio broadcast for the games. Friday's game will be called by Jeff Knox, while Sunday's game will be called by Danny Lee.
Game Promotions -- The first 200 fans in attendance on Friday will receive a UCLA drawstring backpack. Fans can also get $2 off adult tickets or $1 off youth tickets by wearing blue on Friday. UCLA will celebrate Halloween a few days early at Sunday's game, with fans in costume receiving free admission. Sunday is also Bruin Kids Club Day, with members receiving free admission to the game.
Leader Of The Pac -- After starting the Pac-10 slate with a loss at San Diego State, the Bruins have surged to the top of the leaderboard by going unbeaten in their last four games. UCLA leads the Pac-10 with 10 points and a 3-1-1 conference record. California and San Diego State are tied for second with nine points and a 3-2 Pac-10 mark.
Here We Go Again -- For the second consecutive week, the Bruins will play Oregon State and Washington. The teams met up in the Pacific Northwest last weekend, with UCLA prevailing in both matches, 4-1 over the Beavers and 3-2 over the Huskies.
Sharing The Wealth -- The Bruins received balanced scoring this weekend, with seven different players scoring in the team's two games. Against Oregon State, Mike Zaher, Jason Leopoldo, Maxwell Griffin and David Estrada each found the back of the net in a 4-1 victory. Michael Stephens, Chance Myers and Kyle Nakazawa were the offensive heroes in the 3-2 win at Washington.
Scouting The Beavers -- Oregon State split at home last weekend, dropping a 4-1 decision to UCLA and then shutting out San Diego State, 2-0. Nick Webb continues to lead Oregon State in scoring with eight points (3g, 2a). Goalkeeper Packy Deenihan ranks third in the Pac-10 with 41 saves.
UCLA's History With Oregon State -- UCLA is 16-4-0 all-time against Oregon State and has won the last four meetings with the Beavers, including last Friday's 4-1 victory. The Bruins swept the season series in 2006, posting a 2-1 win in Los Angeles on Oct. 1 after goals by Kyle Nakazawa in the ninth minute and Jason Leopoldo to break the tie in the 54th minute. In the matchup in Corvallis on Oct. 20, Leopoldo scored two goals, and David Estrada had the game-winner in a 3-0 victory.
Leopoldo Keeps Busy Against Beavers -- Junior midfielder Jason Leopoldo has feasted off Oregon State the last two seasons. In the last three matchups, Leopoldo has recorded four goals and one assist. Last Friday, Leopoldo scored the game-winning goal in the 54th minute and assisted on Maxwell Griffin's goal that put the Bruins up 3-1 in the 62nd minute. In 2006, he had three goals in two games, including the game-winner in the matchup in Los Angeles.
Scouting The Huskies -- The Huskies also split their games last weekend, defeating San Diego State by a 3-1 score on Friday and then losing, 3-2, to UCLA on Sunday. Ely Allen had a hat trick in the San Diego State victory to move past injured teammate Kevin Forrest for the Pac-10 lead in goals scored with seven. The Huskies received goals from Ellis McLoughlin and Derek Crismier in the loss to the Bruins. Goalkeeper Stephen Fung made a career-high seven saves in the UCLA game.
UCLA's History With Washington -- UCLA is 15-10-2 all-time against Washington after earning a thrilling 3-2 victory in Seattle on Sunday. Washington answered with an equalizer each time UCLA took a lead until Kyle Nakazawa one-timed a cross from Jason Leopoldo into the back of the net for the game-winner with just 53 seconds left in regulation. UCLA and Washington split the season series in 2006, with each winning at home. The Bruins won a thriller in Westwood on Sept. 29, 2-1 in double overtime. Mike Zaher scored the game's first goal in the 32nd minute, but Ty Harden sent the game to overtime with a goal in the 89th minute. The teams were looking at a 1-1 tie before UCLA's James Jaramillo swooped in for the game-winning goal, the first of his career, with just 18 seconds left in the second overtime period. In Seattle on Oct. 22, Washington shut out UCLA by a 2-0 score on a pair of first-half goals by Ely Allen and George John.
UCLA Gets Perks Of Strong Goalkeeping -- Sophomore goalkeeper Brian Perk has been outstanding in goal for the Bruins in his first season as the full-time starter. Perk, the U.S. Under-20 National Team goalkeeper, has started all 14 games, recording a 0.97 goals against average and a Pac-10 best 60 saves. Perk is tied for second in the Pac-10 with five shutouts and has allowed just four goals in his last 570 minutes of play (0.63 GAA). After his two-shutout performance against Stanford and Cal two weeks ago, Perk was selected to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week and was named the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week.
Leopoldo, Nakazawa Honored -- After scoring the game-winner against Oregon State and assisting on the game-winner at Washington, junior midfielder Jason Leopoldo was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and selected to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week. Sophomore midfielder Kyle Nakazawa, who scored the game-winner against Washington with less than a minute left in regulation, earned Soccer America Team of the Week honors.
Zaher A Finalist For Senior CLASS Award -- UCLA defender Mike Zaher is one of 10 finalists 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. Zaher has been an exemplary student-athlete, twice earning Pac-10 All-Academic honors and being honored with UCLA's Team GPA award in 2006. He has also remained active in the community, participating in several community outreach projects and fund-raisers. The 2007 team co-captains has been a three-year starter for UCLA, and last year, he 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. Zaher currently ranks second on the team in goals (3), assists (3) and points (9). Fan voting at seniorclassaward.com helps determine the winner.
Iron Men -- Two Bruins have played every minute of every game so far this year - senior defender Greg Folk and sophomore goalkeeper Brian Perk have each totaled 1,304 minutes of play. This is nothing new for Folk, who played all 2,260 minutes a year ago. Two other Bruin players have totaled 1,300+ minutes - senior defender Mike Zaher (1,302) and junior midfielder Tony Beltran (1,300).
UCLA Fielding Top Lineup -- Various injuries to several key players this season (Brandon Owens - out three games with a knee sprain; David Estrada - out seven games with a fractured foot; Jason Leopoldo - out two games with a hamstring injury) have prevented UCLA from maintaining continuity in the starting lineup, but the Bruins are now fielding what appears to be their most productive lineup. With the aforementioned players in the starting lineup together since the Cal game on Oct. 14, the Bruins are 3-0.
Bruins A Big Draw -- The Bruins are a hot-ticket item on the road this year. UCLA road games this year (eight away, one neutral) have averaged 2,958 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. The Bruins' last home game against Cal drew a season high of 2,310 fans. Overall this season, the Bruins are playing in front of crowds averaging 2,379, and UCLA leads the Pac-10 in home attendance average (1,336).
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