UCLA Hosts Sacramento State In Second Round Of NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament
Nov. 21, 2009
This Week -- Pac-10 champion and No. 6 seed UCLA (10-3-4) will participate in its 27th consecutive NCAA Tournament, opening up play with a second round home game against MPSF champion Sacramento State (12-5-3) on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5 pm. The game will take place at Drake Stadium. Tickets are $9 for adults/$7 for students and youth and can be purchased at the door.
Live Coverage -- A free audio broadcast and Gametracker live stats will be available for Sunday's game at uclabruins.com.
Bruins Reach Tournament For 27th Consecutive Year -- UCLA earned its 27th consecutive and 37th overall NCAA Tournament berth after claiming the Pac-10 title on Nov. 8. UCLA's NCAA streak is the second-longest active streak in the nation, and the 37 NCAA appearances are second only to Saint Louis' 46. UCLA has an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 60-33 with national championships in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002.
UCLA vs. Tournament Field -- The Bruins have played four games against NCAA Tournament teams this season, going 3-1 with a 2-0 win at Maryland, a 2-1 win at San Diego and a 2-0 win over Stanford. The lone loss came at Stanford, 2-0.
Back-To-Back Pac-10 Champions -- UCLA won its fifth Pac-10 title in the nine years that the Pac-10 has sponsored men's soccer. The Bruins clinched the victory on Nov. 2 with two weeks left to play in the season after a 2-0 win over Stanford coupled with a 1-0 loss by California to San Diego State. UCLA finished with a 7-1-2 league record.
In The Rankings -- UCLA ended regular season play ranked fifth in Soccer America's poll and eighth in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
How They Got Here: UCLA -- The Bruins received an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning the Pac-10 Championship, UCLA's second in a row. The Bruins went 5-1-4 in conference play.
How They Got Here: Sacramento State -- Sacramento State went undefeated in MPSF play (6-0-1) to earn the No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament and then bested New Mexico in penalty kicks in the championship game of the tournament to claim the MPSF's automatic NCAA berth and the first ever NCAA Tournament berth for the school. The Hornets came from behind three times in the game, and Hornet goalkeeper Bryan Oliver stopped New Mexico's last two penalty kick attempts.
Sacramento State played Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and came away with a 2-1 overtime win. Bryan Baker headed home the game-winning goal at the 96:14 mark off a free kick from Fernando Cabadas, giving the Hornets their first-ever NCAA Tournament win.
UCLA's History With Sacramento State -- UCLA leads the all-time series with the Hornets, 4-0, but the teams have not played since 1998. The Bruins have outscored the Hornets in those four games, 23-1.
Scouting The Hornets -- Sacramento State is undefeated in its last 10 games, boasting a 8-0-2 record since Oct. 16. The Hornets have a potent offensive attack, averaging 1.8 goals per game, and are led in scoring by Max Alvarez (9g, 3a, 21 points), Ernesto Carranza (6g, 6a, 18 points) and Fernando Cabadas (1g, 9a, 11 points). Goalkeeper Bryan Oliver has a 0.83 goals against average with four shutouts.
UCLA and Sac State have just two common opponents this season - UNLV and UC Davis. Both teams defeated UNLV once (Sac State is 1-0-1 against UNLV), and UCLA has a 4-0 win over UC Davis, while Sac State has a 1-0 loss.
Last Time Out For UCLA -- The Bruins ended the regular season with a 1-1 tie against San Diego State. UCLA senior Kyle Nakazawa scored the tying goal at 83:32 to send the game into overtime. The goal was his team-leading 11th of the season.
Okugo, Perk, Nakazawa Honored By Top Drawer Soccer -- Freshman midfielder Amobi Okugo was named the Top Drawer Soccer National Rookie of the Year, and seniors Brian Perk and Kyle Nakazawa were selected to the website's Team of the Season first team.
Okugo Named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year -- Midfielder Amobi Okugo became the fourth Bruin player and first since 2005 to be named the Pac-10 Freshman of Year. He joins Alex Yi (2000), Chad Barrett (2003) and Sal Zizzo (2005) as the only other Bruins to win the postseason accolade. Okugo started every game in a defensive midfield position for the Bruins, recording two assists and helping the Bruin defense to a Conference leading 0.78 team goals against average.
Six Bruins Named To All-Pac-10 Teams -- Six UCLA players were selected to the 2009 Men's Soccer All-Pac-10 teams. Seniors David Estrada, Kyle Nakazawa, Brian Perk and Michael Stephens earned first-team honors, while the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Amobi Okugo received second-team recognition. Senior Sean Alvarado picked up his first career all-conference nod with an honorable mention selection.
Home Sweet Home -- The Bruins have been unbeatable at home this season, going 6-0-2 and outscoring their opponents, 16-4. Kyle Nakazawa has scored five goals at home, while Chandler Hoffman has scored four. All of Hoffman's 10 points this season have come at Drake Stadium.
NCAA Battle-Tested -- UCLA's core group of players has plenty of NCAA experience, with three players remaining from the starting lineup of the Bruins' 2006 NCAA finalist squad (David Estrada, Michael Stephens and Kyle Nakazawa), plus two players who were reserves on that squad (Sean Alvarado and Brian Perk). Twelve Bruins have played in a total of 41 NCAA Tournament games, with Estrada and Stephens leading the way with eight games played each. Estrada is UCLA's leading active scorer in NCAA Tournament games with four goals (all in 2006). Nakazawa has recorded two goals, and Stephens has one. Two of UCLA's goalkeepers have started at least one game - Brian Perk in 2007 and 2008 and Trevor Hunter in the 2007 2nd round.
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 11 goals, six assists and 28 points. He has had a hand in 16 of UCLA's last 20 goals, and the Bruins are undefeated with an 8-0-3 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 63% (17-of-27) of UCLA's total goals this year.
Senior Leadership -- For the first time in Jorge Salcedo's tenure as head coach, the Bruins can truly call themselves a veteran team, with a substantially large senior class of eight, the largest senior class at UCLA since 2003. Leading the way are six returning senior starters - midfielder Michael Stephens, goalkeeper Brian Perk, midfielder Kyle Nakazawa, forward David Estrada, and defenders Danny Suits and Luis Serrano - as well as defender Sean Alvarado and midfielder Andrew Sinderhoff. Stephens is the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year, while Perk, Estrada and Suits were all-conference selections. Nakazawa was a preseason All-America selection before injuries limited him to just 10 games last season. Seven seniors (Stephens, Perk, Nakazawa, Estrada, Suits, Serrano and Alvarado) have started for the Bruins in at least 12 games, and three (Nakazawa, Estrada and Alvarado) have started in all 17. All eight Bruin seniors started in the last regular season game.
Fresh Faces -- A year after bringing in 12 new players, the Bruins welcomed eight new faces to the squad in the form of seven freshmen and a junior walk-on. This year's freshman class was rated the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation by both Soccer America and College Soccer News. Leading the class is Top Drawer Soccer's No. 1 recruit in the nation, Amobi Okugo, who is also a member of the U.S. U-20 and U-18 National Teams. Also joining the Bruins are U.S. U-18 National Team player Michael Roman and ESPN/Rise All-Americans Dakota Collins, Chandler Hoffman and Evan Raynr. Three of the freshmen (Collins, Hoffman and Okugo) were singled out as '100 Freshmen To Keep An Eye On' by College Soccer News. Okugo has started in all 17 games, while Hollingshead has played in all 17 with 10 starts. Hoffman and newcomer Shawn Singh have 12 starts each.