UCLA Wraps Up Regular Season Saturday Night Against San Diego State
Nov. 12, 2009
This Week -- Pac-10 Champion UCLA (10-3-3, 5-1-3 in the Pac-10, ranked No. 5 by Soccer America and No. 10 by the NSCAA) wraps up regular season play on Saturday, Nov. 14 against San Diego State (6-6-5, 3-4-2 in the Pac-10). The game will take place at UCLA's Drake Stadium at 7 pm.
Live Coverage -- A free audio broadcast and Gametracker live stats will be available at UCLABruins.com.
In The Rankings -- UCLA remains ranked in the Top 10 in the Soccer America (5th), NSCAA (10th), College Soccer News and Soccer Times (7th) polls and is 15th in the Top Drawer Soccer tournament rankings.
Senior Salute -- UCLA will be honoring its eight seniors - Sean Alvarado, David Estrada, Kyle Nakazawa, Brian Perk, Luis Serrano, Andrew Sinderhoff, Michael Stephens and Danny Suits - in pregame ceremonies on Saturday. All eight seniors have played in at least half of the games this season, with seven earning starting positions in at least 11 games. Alvarado, Estrada and Nakazawa have started every game. Nakazawa and Estrada are the Bruins' leading scorers, with 23 and 13 points, respectively. As the team's starting goalkeeper, Perk has earned four shutouts and recorded a goals against average of 0.74 to lead the Pac-10. This senior class has won two Pac-10 Championships, played in the NCAA Championship game in 2006 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament every season. Collectively, they have scored 55 career goals and played in 459 career games.
Scouting The Aztecs -- San Diego State has picked up some big wins this season, going 4-1-1 against Top 20 teams, including wins against sixth-ranked UC Santa Barbara and California. With an overall record of 6-6-5, the Aztecs need to avoid a loss to stay eligible for postseason play. Raymundo Reza leads San Diego State in scoring with six goals and four assists for 16 points.
The Series With San Diego State -- UCLA holds a 28-4-10 advantage over San Diego State. The two teams tied in San Diego on Oct. 11, 2-2. That game was a physical one, featuring five yellow cards, two red cards and a hospital visit for Bruin goalkeeper Brian Perk, who was kicked in the face while he and an Aztec player were going after a loose ball in the box (he returned to action in time for the next game). Brian Rowe finished the game for Perk and made three saves in 51 minutes of play. Kyle Nakazawa scored the game's first game in the 15th minute, then San Diego State scored two unanswered goals to take a 2-1 lead into the 81st minute before David Estrada tied the game in the 83rd minute.
The Bruins' last win in the series came in the regular season finale at San Diego, 6-1. Michael Stephens tied a school record in that game with four assists, David Estrada added two goals and one assist, and Eder Arreola had a goal and two assists. San Diego State's last win in the series was a 1-0 win in 2007 at San Diego after an 85th minute goal by Khadim Diouf.
Back-To-Back Pac-10 Champions -- With a win and tie in last week's conference action, UCLA clinched the Pac-10 title for the second consecutive year and sixth year overall. The Bruins tied Oregon State 1-1 on Friday and earned a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Washington on Sunday to give UCLA an insurmountable lead in the conference standings. In the Washington game, the Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute. Kyle Nakazawa tied it up in the 21st minute, and David Estrada scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute.
Nakazawa, Estrada Named To National Team Of The Week -- Seniors Kyle Nakazawa and David Estrada were selected to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week after each contributing a goal and assist in UCLA's Pac-10 clinching win over Washington. Nakazawa scored the tying goal, while Estrada had the game-winner. This is the third time this season Nakazawa has been selected to a Team of the Week and the first time for Estrada.
Home Sweet Home -- The Bruins have been unbeatable at home this season, going 6-0-1 and outscoring their opponents, 15-3. Kyle Nakazawa and Chandler Hoffman have each scored four goals at home, with all of Hoffman's points this season coming at Drake Stadium.
All Goals Lead Through Nakazawa -- Senior midfielder Kyle Nakazawa has been UCLA's go-to guy this season, leading the team with a career-high 10 goals, six assists and 26 points. He has had a hand in 15 of UCLA's last 19 goals, and the Bruins are undefeated with a 8-0-2 record in games in which he has either scored a goal or assisted on a goal. He has contributed either a goal or assist on 62% (16-of-26) of UCLA's total goals this year.
NCAA Selection -- With UCLA assured of a spot in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Pac-10 title, the Bruins will tune in to ESPNews on Monday at 2:30 pm PT when the 48-team bracket is revealed. The Top 16 seeds receive a first round bye.