Men's Soccer Hosts Fourth-Ranked Washington, Oregon State
Sept. 26, 2006
This Week -- The 17th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team (4-3-2, 0-1-1 in the Pac-10), will host the nation's only unbeaten and untied team, fourth-ranked Washington (8-0-0, 1-0-0 in the Pac-10). The matchup will take place on Friday, Sept. 29 at 8 pm following the UCLA-San Diego women's game that starts at 6 pm. The UCLA men and women have another doubleheader on Sunday, Oct. 1, with the UCLA women hosting Gonzaga at 12 pm and the UCLA men hosting Oregon State (5-3-1, 0-1-0) at 2:30 pm. All four games will be played at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium.
Live Coverage -- This weekend's games will be audio broadcast on uclabruins.com, with live stats also provided.
Game Promotions -- Friday's game against Washington is the Den Event of the Week. All UCLA students are invited to receive free admission when they present their BruinCard at the lower entrance to Drake Stadium. The first 200 students will also receive free snacks courtesy of The Den, UCLA's Official Student Fan Group. In addition, all UCLA Faculty & Staff are invited to receive four (4) free admissions to this game when they present their BruinCard or pay stub at the main gate of Drake Stadium.
Sunday's contest against Oregon State is High School Team Day. All southern California high school boys soccer teams are invited to receive free admission to this game when they RSVP for this event online at UCLABruins.com. It is also Veterans & Armed Forces Day. All Veterans and Active Military personnel will receive four free admissions when they arrive in uniform or present proper ID at the main gate of Drake Stadium.
In The Rankings -- UCLA is ranked No. 16 in the Soccer America poll, No. 13 in College Soccer News and No. 19 in Soccer Times. Washington is ranked No. 4 by the NSCAA, Soccer America and Soccer Times and No. 6 by College Soccer News.
Scouting The Huskies -- Washington is the only team in NCAA Division I without a loss or tie. The Huskies are led by forward Kevin Forrest, who ranks third in the nation in goals scored with 10 in eight games. Half of Forrest's goals are game-winners. He is far from the only offensive threat on the Husky squad; Ely Allen has six goals and two assists on the year, and Jo Jo Katz leads the Pac-10 with six assists. Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger is a former UCLA assistant coach. UCLA is the Huskies' first ranked opponent of the season.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA is 13-9-2 all-time against Washington with victories in the last three matchups. The Bruins swept the season series last year with a pair of 1-0 victories. In game one on Oct. 7 in Seattle, Patrick Ianni scored the only goal in the 35th minute, and Eric Reed recorded the shutout with four saves. The Bruins also took game two by a 1-0 score after Sal Zizzo assisted on Kamani Hill's game-winner in the 61st minute. Reed had a then-career-high six saves in the shutout, and Washington's Chris Eylander had nine saves. Washington's last victory in the series came in 2004, a 1-0 win in Westwood. The last nine games between the two teams have resulted in one-goal decisions.
Scouting The Beavers -- Oregon State will be playing its fifth consecutive game away from home when it faces UCLA on Sunday. The Beavers are led by Robbie Findley, who has scored five goals and 12 points on the year.
Prior Matchups -- UCLA is 13-4-0 all-time against Oregon State and split the season series last year. The Beavers won game one on Oct. 9, 1-0, on a Lucas Egenwall goal in the 10th minute, and UCLA won game two in Westwood on Oct. 28, 1-0, on a 76th minute Kamani Hill goal that was assisted by Mike Zaher and Maxwell Griffin. Oregon State's four victories in the series have all come in Corvallis.
Injuries Knock Out Two More -- An already thin roster got even thinner on Friday when starters Maxwell Griffin and Tony Beltran went down with possibly serious injuries. Griffin, last week's National Player of the Week and UCLA's leading goal scorer with five goals, left the UCLA-Cal game in the third minute with a possible torn left ACL, and Beltran aggravated an ankle injury in the 20th minute and did not return. The status of both players for the rest of the season is uncertain at this point; an official prognosis is expected later in the week. UCLA was also hit earlier in the pre-season by injuries to Brandon Owens (torn ACL in the spring), Edwige Ligonde (stress fracture in his left leg) and Robert Georgiefski (torn left ACL and medial meniscus on Aug. 20).
Recapping Last Week -- A bruised and battered UCLA team went 0-1-1 in the Bay Area last weekend. The Bruins lost a 3-1 decision at Cal on Sept. 22. A Sal Zizzo second-half goal brought the Bruins back from a 1-0 deficit, but Cal scored two goals in the final six minutes to earn the victory. UCLA came back to tie Stanford 1-1 on Sept. 24. Kiel McClung scored in the 78th minute to help send the game to overtime, where the score remained knotted. Brian Perk made three saves in his second career start.
Tough Schedule -- If it is true that to be the best you have to play the best, then the Bruins are certainly on the right path, having already played six Top 25 teams, including four in the Top 10, in nine games. UCLA is 2-3-1 in those games, with the three losses coming on the road and two of the against Top 3 squads Maryland and Virginia.
Newcomers Making Significant Contributions -- UCLA's newcomers have been making significant contributions already this season. Midfielder Kyle Nakazawa has started in all nine games and is tied for third on the team in scoring with five points (1g, 3a). Prior to his injury, sophomore transfer Tony Beltran had started in seven games. Michael Stephens has played in all nine games with seven starts and assisted on the game-winner against San Francisco. Andrew Sinderhoff recorded his first collegiate goal against Oakland and has two starts under his belt. Chance Myers has started in three games and played in all nine. Myers has assisted on two game-winning goals, against Oakland and San Francisco. David Estrada scored his first collegiate goal in the win over San Francisco. James Jaramillo has seen action in eight games with one start, and Ryan White has played in two games. Goalkeeper Brian Perk has posted a 0.90 GAA in two starts.
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.
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.