Bruins to Face No. 7 Washington in Road Test
UCLA (2-6-2, 1-5-2) at No. 7 Washington (9-2-0, 6-2-0)
Date/Time: Thursday, Apr. 8 - 4:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: Seattle, Wash. (Husky Soccer Stadium)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (play-by-play: Elise Woodward)
Bruins Battle Washington in Final Road Game of Season
The UCLA men's soccer team flies north this week for a contest at conference rival and No. 7-ranked Washington on Thursday afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m. The 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 at UCLAlivestats.com and live updates from the team Twitter account, @UCLAMSoccer.
Lights, Camera, Bruins
Starting with the Mar. 28 matchup against Stanford, the final four games on UCLA's 2020-21 schedule will all be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins are scheduled to have five games on television this season.
The Week in Review
UCLA had one game on the schedule last week, taking down No. 9 Oregon State at home by a score of 2-1. The Bruins scored the first two goals of the game - one on either side of the halftime break - before OSU made it interesting with a Gloire Amanda tally in the 78th minute. However, the Bruins held the Beavers without a shot on goal the rest of the way and just one shot attempt total, an Adrian Crespo drive that was blocked. Kevin Diaz (33') opened the scoring for UCLA with a penalty kick conversion after Grayson Doody was fouled while making a run into the box, then Constantinos MIchaelides (63') provided the game-winner after sprinting past the last man on a 2-v-1 and slotting the goalkeeper. UCLA narrowly outshot Oregon State, 10-9, and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Winning the Shot Battle
The Bruins have outshot their opponents in four of their last five games, holding a 58-30 shot advantage in those games and a 62-50 edge overall over the last five games. UCLA has had shot advantages of plus-10 (14-4 against Cal) and plus-16 (25-9 against SDSU) during that span, the latter representing the highest shot advantage ever for the Bruins under second-year head coach Ryan Jorden.
UCLA has scored multiple goals in two of the team's last three games, a first in 2020-21. While most of the goals have been a product of build-up and team play, three Bruins in particular have been all over the scoresheet over the last three games: Kevin Diaz (two goals), Tommy Silva (one goal, two assists), and Riley Ferch (two assists). Entering the week, those three have the most points on the roster for the 2020-21 season.
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 have accrued a 34-4 advantage in corner kicks over the last four games, including two contests where the opposition finished with zero corners for the whole game. UCLA had a 16-0 advantage in corners at SDSU on Mar. 24; 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 is averaging 6.60 corner kicks per game this season, second-most in the Pac-12 and No. 22 nationally.
UCLA's scheduled opponents for the 2020-21 season have accrued a .612 winning percentage as of Apr. 5, 2021, ranking ninth nationally. The Bruins are the only west coast school in the top-10. 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
Six of UCLA's nine goals (67%), six of 10 assists (60%), and 18 of 28 points (64%) have been recorded by players who were not regulars on last year's squad. The Bruins are co-led in scoring by a pair of newcomers in true freshman defender Tommy Silva (1-3-5) and Cerritos College transfer Kevin Diaz (2-1-5).
Spreading It Around
UCLA's nine goals this season have been scored by eight different players. The Bruins' eight unique goalscorers are second in the Pac-12 Conference only to Washington (nine).
Rank and File
This Thursday represents UCLA's third straight and seventh overall game against a team ranked inside the top-15 this year. This is the second time this season that the Bruins will face a top-15 team in three consecutive games.