Soccer Powers Collide Friday When UCLA Hosts Indiana

Sept. 9, 2008

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This Week -- The UCLA men's soccer team (1-2-1, ranked No. 24 by the NSCAA) hosts Indiana (1-1-2, ranked No. 15 by Soccer America and No. 19 by the NSCAA) on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 pm on Drake Stadium in a battle between traditional NCAA soccer powers. The two teams have combined for 11 NCAA championships in the last three decades, with UCLA winning in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002 and Indiana winning in 1982, 1983, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2004.

On Sunday, Sept. 14, Drake Stadium will be the site of a matchup between Indiana and San Diego (0-2-2) at 2 pm.

Tickets -- Tickets for Friday's UCLA-Indiana game can be purchased at the gate for $7 (adults)/$5 (students/youth). UCLA students are admitted free with valid student ID. Admission is free for Sunday's Indiana-San Diego game.

Promotions -- Friday's UCLA-Indiana day is AYSO Day. All players 13 and under who wear their jerseys will receive free admission to the game. AYSO teams with high-school age players must submit a registration form in advance. For more information, visit the UCLA soccer website and click on the AYSO Day button.

Live Coverage -- Gametracker live stats and a free audio broadcast will be available Friday night at

In The Rankings -- UCLA is ranked No. 24 by College Soccer News and No. 28 by Top Drawer Soccer. Indiana ranks 15th by Soccer America and 17th by College Soccer News. Indiana is the fourth Top 15 opponent UCLA will face in its first five games.

Scouting The Hoosiers -- Indiana ends a four-game road swing in Los Angeles this weekend. The Hoosiers won their opener against Duke, 2-1, but have not scored since, tying both Akron and South Florida, 0-0, and losing to Dartmouth, 4-0 on Sunday.

UCLA's History With Indiana -- The Hoosiers hold a slight edge in the overall series between UCLA and Indiana, 8-7. Indiana has won the last two meetings, including last year's 1-0 win in Bloomington. Forward Kevin Noschang scored the game's only goal in the 75th minute. The last time these two teams have met in Los Angeles, the Hoosiers came away with a 2-1 win in the third round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament. UCLA's last win over Indiana came on Sept. 2, 2000, a 2-1 victory at the IU Classic.

Former U.S. Teammates To Battle -- Former U.S. National Team teammates will face off on opposite ends this Friday. UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk and Indiana defender Ofori Sarkodie teamed up on the U.S. National Team at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup, taking the team all the way to the quarterfinals. Perk and UCLA teammate Eder Arreola also played with IU's Rich Balchan with the U-20s this summer. In addition, Perk and Bruin midfielder Kyle Nakazawa joined forces with Sarkodie and IU teammates Daniel Kelly and Kevin Alston at the 2005 Under-17 World Youth Championships.

Bruins Tie, Lose At Wake Forest Tournament -- Facing top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Wake Forest in the Demon Deacon's home opener, UCLA lost 3-0 last Friday after being unable to capitalize on scoring chances. The Bruins nearly faced the same fate on Sunday against 15th-ranked North Carolina, hitting wood twice in the second half and then falling behind 1-0 after a 79th-minute goal. But senior defender Brad Rusin brought the Bruins back into the game with a goal in the 86th minute, and UCLA settled for a 1-1 tie. Trevor Hunter made just his second career start and made three saves while allowing one goal in 110 minutes of play.

All-Tournament Honorees -- Three Bruins were named to the Wake Forest Deacon Fall Classic All-Tournament team - defender Brad Rusin and midfielders Michael Stephens and Jason Leopoldo.

Rusin Doubles Offensive Output -- With two goals this season, senior Brad Rusin has already doubled his previous career goal-scoring output. The central defender entered the 2008 campaign with just one career goal, in 2005, but he has scored goals in two of his last three games to tie forward Maxwell Griffin for the team lead in goals scored with two.

First-Timers -- Seeing their first NCAA Division I action on opening day against Maryland were starters Eder Arreola, Christian Vazquez, Chris Cummings and Luis Serrano and reserves Fernando Monge and Prince Lapnet. Other Bruin freshmen made their collegiate debuts two days later against UC Riverside - Oscar Reyes, Zack Zerrenner and Andy Rose. Monge and Lapnet made their first career starts last Friday at Wake Forest, and Zerrenner and Rose started for the first time against North Carolina on Sunday.

Nakazawa Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List -- Junior midfielder Kyle Nakazawa was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Nakazawa, UCLA's 2007 Team MVP, has started every game of his collegiate career (49 starts and counting) and compiled a total of seven goals and 17 assists. In 2007, he led the Bruins with seven assists and was second on the team in scoring with 13 points and two game-winning goals, both of which were scored in the final two minutes of the game, at Washington and against New Mexico in the NCAA first round. Nakazawa was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2007 and a Soccer America All-Freshman honoree in 2006. The former youth international totaled 21 career caps with the U.S. Under-17 National Team and was a starter on the U-17 team that placed fifth at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships. Nakazawa was also named to Soccer America's Pre-Season All-America first team.

Fresh Faces -- UCLA enters the season with 12 new players, including 11 true freshmen. The freshman class was rated the No. 9 recruiting class in the nation by College Soccer News and includes four players with U.S. Youth National Team experience - Eder Arreola, Chris Cummings, Oscar Reyes and Victor Yanez. In Bristol, England's Andy Rose, the Bruins have their first foreign player since Martin Bruno of Copenhagen, Denmark, by way of Terra Linda HS in the Bay Area, played on the team from 1996-99. The last UCLA player to come from a foreign school was Canadian Brad McAdams back in 1987.

Also new to the program are assistant coaches Kenny Arena and Ignacio Hernandez. Arena was an assistant coach at George Mason in 2007 and served as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, the University of Virginia in 2006. Arena played with the Cavaliers from 1999-2002 and was an All-ACC performer during his senior season. He also played in Major League Soccer with the NY/NJ MetroStars and DC United. Hernandez, UCLA's new volunteer assistant coach, was the goalkeeper coach for El Salvador's National Team from 2006-07 and the goalkeeper coach and assistant coach for the LA Galaxy when it won the MLS Cup title in 2005.

Returning Starters -- The Bruins brought back eight players who started 12 or more games in 2007. Kyle Nakazawa started all 21 games, while Michael Stephens and Brian Perk started 20 apiece. Brad Rusin had 19 starts, Jason Leopoldo totaled 16, and Maxwell Griffin, David Estrada and Danny Suits had 12 each.

Salcedo Gets Career Win No. 50 Against UCR -- UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo earned his 50th career Aug. 31 after the Bruins shut out UC Riverside, 3-0. The Bruins got on the board early after senior defender Brad Rusin put in a header after a free kick in the 10th minute. Michael Stephens successfully converted a penalty kick in the 43rd minute to put UCLA ahead by two, and Maxwell Griffin scored his second goal in as many games, shooting from close range after a Kyle Nakazawa chip over the top. Nakazawa had two assists in the game. UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk recorded the shutout and made two saves.

Off-Season Happenings -- Bruin players were busy in the off-season, with Brian Perk and Eder Arreola seeing regular action with the U.S. National Teams. The two played together on the Under-20 National Team in a friendly against Mexico in July. Perk earned the shutout, and Arreola came off the bench and played 11 minutes. Perk also joined the U-20s at the Milk Cup in Ireland in early August and shut out Belgium, 2-0, in the team's final game. Arreola also played with the U-18s at the Lisbon Tournament in May. Junior midfielder Michael Stephens helped the Chicago Fire Super-20 team capture the North American National Championship in August, assisting on the game-winning goal in the semifinals.

Bruins To Play Five Of Last Six NCAA Champions -- UCLA's 2008 schedule will pit the Bruins against five of the last six NCAA champions. UCLA opens with four of its first five games against prior champions - Maryland (2005), Wake Forest (2007), North Carolina (2001), and Indiana (2003, 2004). On Oct. 1, the Bruins will host 2006 champion UC Santa Barbara. The only two championship teams from this decade that UCLA will not face are itself (2002 champions) and 2000 champion Connecticut.

Looking Ahead -- The Bruins' grueling preseason schedule continues with a Saturday, Sept. 20 game against preseason No. 5 Santa Clara. The game will take place at 7 pm on Marshall Field at Drake Stadium.

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