UCLA Welcomes Stanford for Pac-12 Clash
UCLA (1-5-2, 0-4-2) vs. Stanford (6-1-1, 4-1-1)
Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 28 - 2:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (play-by-play: Christian Miles)
Audio Broadcast (play-by-play: Nick Koop)
Bruins Welcome No. 7 Stanford for Pac-12 Showdown
After playing four of five games on the road over the last three-plus weeks, the UCLA men's soccer team opens a two-game homestand by hosting No. 7 Stanford on Sunday starting at 2:00 p.m. That contest will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks and streamed on Pac-12.com/live and the Pac-12 Now app. Fans can follow along with live stats for both games at UCLAlivestats.com and live updates from the team Twitter account, @UCLAMSoccer.
Back Home At Last
Wednesday's contest at San Diego State marked the end of a stretch that saw the Bruins play four of five games away from home, the most road-heavy stretch on the 2020-21 schedule. Sunday's contest with the Cardinal will be just the second home game for UCLA since Feb. 20.
Right Back At It Again
This Sunday marks only the second time this season that UCLA will play multiple games in the same week. The clash also ends a stretch that sees UCLA play three games in nine days, its most concentrated portion of the schedule.
The Week in Review
The Bruins have played two games over the last week, taking one point from the pair of Pac-12 matchups despite playing well in both. The Bruins fell 2-0 at Cal last Saturday, outshooting the Golden Bears 14-4 but watching the hosts convert on their only two shots on goal in the contest. Andrew Paoli had UCLA's best chance in the contest, hitting the right post in the 78th minute. UCLA then rallied to eliminate a two-goal deficit and draw with San Diego State, 2-2, on Wednesday night at SDSU Sports Deck. Tommy Silva had three points (1-1) to lead the Bruins, scoring the team's first goal in the 40th minute before setting up Kevin Diaz's 79th minute equalizer. Both goals came off corner kicks for UCLA (Silva's directly, Diaz's on a second ball after Silva's initial corner was deflected back to him). The Bruins outshot SDSU 25-9 and had a 16-0 advantage in corner kicks. It was the first goal in a Bruin uniform for both Diaz and SIlva.
WInning the Shot Battle
The Bruins have outshot their opponents in each of their last three games, by an aggregate margin of 48-21. UCLA has had shot advantages of plus-10 (14-4 against Cal) and plus-16 (25-9 against SDSU) in its last two games, the latter representing the highest shot advantage ever for the Bruins under second-year head coach Ryan Jorden.
UCLA Records 25 Shots in Draw With SDSU
UCLA's shot output against the Aztecs was one of the most prolific in the modern history of the program. The Bruins' 22 shots in regulation were the program's most since Nov. 6, 2015 (against Oregon State) while the team's 25 shots overall were the most since Oct. 8, 2013 (also 25, and also against Oregon State).
Not Cutting Corners
The Bruins haven't allowed a corner kick to their opponent in either of the last two games, but have earned 25 of their own over that time. UCLA had a 16-0 advantage in corners at SDSU on Wednesday; the only other game in recent history where UCLA had double-digit corners while the opponent had zero was a Sept. 16, 2012 game against LMU (13-0), which the Bruins won by a score of 1-0.
UCLA's scheduled opponents for the 2020-21 season have accrued a .659 winning percentage as of Mar. 24, 2021. That figure is the sixth-highest in the nation, and the highest of any team in the country that's played more than three games. UCLA had the 12th-toughest schedule in the NCAA for the 2019 season (.609 opponents winning percentage) and was the only west coast school in the top-15.
Newcomers Making Contributions
Five of UCLA's seven goals (71%), five of eight assists (63%), and 15 of 22 points (68%) have been recorded by players who were not regulars on last year's squad. The Bruins are led in scoring by true freshman defender Tommy Silva (1-2-4),
Rank and File
This Sunday represents UCLA's fifth game this season against a team ranked inside the top-15. Earlier this season, the Bruins had a stretch where they played against a top-15 opponent in three straight and four out of five games.
Garces Impresses Between The Sticks
Junior goalkeeper Justin Garces is off to a hot start to the 2020-21 season, as he leads the Pac-12 Conference in total saves (25). The Miami, Fla. native recorded his 100th career save against San Diego State on Feb. 20, while his season-opening shutout of San Francisco was the seventh clean sheet of his career. He has also stopped the only PK attempt against him this year.
Silva Steps Up
With a first-half goal and a second-half assist on Wednesday against SDSU, Tommy Silva became the first Bruin to record a three-point game so far in 2020-21. He headed home a Riley Ferch corner kick in the 40th minute, then set up Kevin Diaz with a second-chance ball off a corner kick in the 79th minute. He's also the first Bruin defender to notch three points in a game since Alex Knox (2-1-5) against Oregon State on Oct. 26, 2017.