UCLA Men's Soccer Team To Host Pair Of Top 10 Teams

Sept. 12, 2006

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This Week -- The 16th-ranked (Soccer America) UCLA men's soccer team (2-2-1) returns home for a pair of games against highly-ranked West Coast Conference teams. The Bruins will first face ninth-ranked Santa Clara (4-0-1) on Friday, Sept. 15 at 8 pm following the UCLA-Cal State Northridge women's game, which begins at 6 pm. On Sunday, Sept. 17, the Bruins host eighth-ranked San Francisco (4-0-1) at 1 pm. All games will be played at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium.

Live Coverage -- UCLABruins.com will provide live internet radio and live scoring for both matches. Danny Lee and former Bruin player Luke Mehring will be calling the game.

Game Promotions -- Those in attendance for Friday's game against Santa Clara can receive free admission to Sunday's game against San Francisco. Present your ticket stub from Friday at the main gate of Drake Stadium to receive your free admission on Sunday. Also on Sunday is AYSO Day. All AYSO players 13 years & younger that wear their jerseys to the game will receive free admission. Due to NCAA rules, teams with high school aged players must register online at UCLABruins.com and will receive free admission via a gate list.

In The Rankings -- UCLA is ranked No. 16 in Soccer America's weekly poll, No. 8 in the College Soccer News rankings and No. 19 in the Soccer Times rankings. The Bruins are receiving votes in the NSCAA poll. Santa Clara ranks No. 7 in the NSCAA poll, No. 9 in Soccer America, No. 6 in Soccer Times and No. 11 in College Soccer News. San Francisco stands at No. 8 in the Soccer America poll, No. 11 in the NSCAA, No. 9 in College Soccer News and No. 10 in Soccer Times.

Scouting the Broncos -- Santa Clara has won its last three games by a 10-2 margin, and in its last contest, the Broncos defeated 18th-ranked St. Louis, 4-1. Peter Lowry and Jeff Cosgriff lead the team with three goals apiece. Goalkeeper Joseph Buttita holds a 0.58 goals against average with two shutouts. Santa Clara advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago and played in the College Cup in 2003.

Prior Matchups -- UCLA is 14-7-4 all-time against Santa Clara. The Broncos won the last matchup in 2005, defeating the Bruins at Fullerton, 3-2, in the season opener. In that game, UCLA nearly completed a miraculous comeback. Down 2-0 at halftime and with the Bruins playing a man down after Brandon Owens was red-carded in the first half due to a handball in the box, UCLA nonetheless came roaring back in the second half and tied the score with goals from Jordan Harvey and Maxwell Griffin. But just before the end of regulation at 87:52, Keith DeVey scored the game-winner for Santa Clara. UCLA's last win against Santa Clara came in 2001, a 1-0 victory at the USF Classic.

Scouting The Dons -- San Francisco has played stingy defense so far this season, allowing just one goal in five games for a 0.19 team goals against average. Six different players have scored a goal apiece for USF, and Aaron Chandler leads the team in scoring with four points. The Dons have won two consecutive West Coast Conference titles.

Prior Matchups -- UCLA is 21-18-5 against San Francisco all-time, but many of those losses came in the 60's and 70's. Since 1994, UCLA is 8-0-1 against the Dons, with the last match resulting in a 1-1 tie in 2002.

Bruins Win Two At New Mexico Tournament -- UCLA earned a pair of comfortable victories at the Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational, downing New Mexico 2-0 in front of 3,212 at the UNM Soccer Complex on Friday and routing Oakland 4-1 on Sunday. Maxwell Griffin scored both goals against the Lobos, and four different players - Kyle Nakazawa, Sal Zizzo, Andrew Sinderhoff and Mike Zaher - saw the back of the net for their first goals of the season on Sunday. Nakazawa also added two assists, and freshman goalkeeper Brian Perk picked up the win in his first collegiate start.

Griffin Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week -- Sophomore forward Maxwell Griffin was named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week after his two-goal performance in UCLA's 2-0 win at New Mexico. Griffin picked up his first career multiple-goal game in leading the Bruins to their first victory of the year. This was his first career Pac-10 weekly honor and the 26th all-time for UCLA.

Nakazawa Selected To TDS Team Of The Week -- Freshman midfielder Kyle Nakazawa was selected to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week after recording a goal and two assists in the Bruins' 4-1 win over Oakland. After the Grizzlies scored first in the game, Nakazawa tied the game on a penalty kick three minutes later and then assisted on the game-winning goal by Sal Zizzo. Nakazawa also assisted on the final goal of the game, sending a well-placed corner kick to Mike Zaher, who headed the ball into the back of the net.

Newcomers Seeing Significant Playing Time -- UCLA's newcomers are getting their feet wet early, with eight seeing action so far this season. Midfielder Kyle Nakazawa and Tony Beltran have started all five games. Nakazawa ranks third on the team in scoring with four points (1g, 2a). Michael Stephens has played in all five games with three starts. Andrew Sinderhoff recorded his first collegiate goal on Sunday against Oakland and has two starts under his belt. Chance Myers has started in one game and played in all five and picked up his first career point, assisting on Sal Zizzo's game-winner against Oakland. James Jaramillo and David Estrada have both seen action in all five games, and Ryan White has played in two games.

Zizzo Selected To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List -- Sophomore midfielder Sal Zizzo has been selected as one of 25 student-athletes named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Zizzo is a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team that advanced to the finals of the 2006 Milk Cup in August. Last season, he earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors after leading all conference rookies with five assists and seven points. Zizzo, who is one of just three underclassmen on the menfs watch list, earned All-Freshman national honors and second-team All-Pac-10 acclaim in 2005.

Reed Named To Pre-Season All-America Team -- Senior goalkeeper Eric Reed has been selected to the College Soccer News pre-season All-America third team. Reed had a successful 2005 season, recording a 0.60 goals against average, which ranked sixth in the nation, and earning 12 shutouts, the third-most in school history. He flirted with the NCAA record for lowest goals against average late in the season, posting as low as a 0.21 GAA in the first week of November. He also earned first-team All-Pac-10, third-team All-Far West and first-team Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Season honors. Reed continued that high level of play in the Premier Developmental League (PDL) this summer, earning PDL Goalkeeper of the Year honors after posting a league-low 0.62 goals against average.

Perk Earns Two Caps With U-20s -- Freshman goalkeeper Brian Perk was called up to play with the U.S. Under-20 National Team at the Busan International Tournament in Korea from Aug. 25-Sept. 2 and earned two caps when he got the start against both Korea and Argentina. Perk earned the victory against Argentina, allowing just one late goal while making five saves. Perk now has 19 career caps with the U-17s, U-18s and U-20s.

Injury Update -- Senior defender Brandon Owens is out of commission to start the season after tearing his ACL in the spring season. His return this season is still questionable. Junior defender Edwige Ligonde is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his left leg. Freshman forward Robert Georgiefski tore his left ACL and medial meniscus on Aug. 20 in an exhibition game and is out of the season.

Bruins-Gauchos Selected For FSC Match Of The Week -- UCLA's Oct. 5 game at UC Santa Barbara has been selected as the NSCAA College Match of the Week and will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel at 8 pm. This is the second consecutive year a UCLA game has been selected as the Match of the Week; the Bruins' game at Penn State last season was also televised live by Fox Soccer Channel.

Coming Up -- The Bruins' quest for a fifth consecutive Pac-10 Conference title begins next week in the Bay Area. UCLA will first face California on Friday, Sept. 22 in Berkeley before playing Stanford on Sunday, Sept. 24 in Palo Alto.

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