UCLA Concludes 2020-21 Campaign at Home Against Cal
UCLA (2-7-2, 1-6-2) vs. California (4-4-1, 4-4-1)
Date/Time: Saturday, Apr. 17 - 2:30 p.m. (PT)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (play-by-play: Brian Webber)
Audio Broadcast (play-by-play: John Ramey)
Bruins Wrap Campaign With Home Contest Against Cal
The UCLA men's soccer team (2-7-2, 1-6-2) concludes the 2020-21 campaign with a home contest against California (4-4-1, 4-4-1) on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 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 absorbed a 5-1 loss at Washington on Thursday, Apr. 8, in the squad's final road game of 2020-21. Riley Ferch potted the lone goal of the game for UCLA, re-directing a Constantinos Michaelides cross from the left flank in the 69th minute to make it 4-1. Kevin Diaz also picked up an assist on the play, laying a ball down the left wing that Michaelides first-timed into the box for Ferch. Kendall Burks and Nick Scardina both notched braces for the visitors.
Winning the Shot Battle
The Bruins have outshot their opponents in four of their last six games, holding a 58-30 shot advantage in those games and a 71-68 edge overall over the last six 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 four games. 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, one assist), Tommy Silva (one goal, two assists), and Riley Ferch (one goal, two assists). Entering the week, those three have the most points on the UCLA roster for the 2020-21 season.
UCLA Records 25 Shots in Draw With SDSU
UCLA's shot output against the Aztecs on Mar. 24 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 38-10 advantage in corner kicks over the last five 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 6.4 corner kicks per game this season, second-most in the Pac-12 and No. 26 nationally.
UCLA's past opponents for the 2020-21 season have accrued a .620 winning percentage as of Apr. 14, 2021, ranking fifth nationally. 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 10 goals (60%), seven of 12 assists (58%), and 19 of 32 points (59%) have been recorded by players who were not regulars on last year's squad. Two of UCLA's top-three scores are newcomers in Cerritos College transfer Kevin Diaz (2-2-6) and true freshman defender Tommy Silva (1-3-5).
Spreading It Around
UCLA's 10 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
The Bruins have played a team ranked inside the top-15 nationally in seven of the team's 11 games this year, including two separate streaks that saw UCLA face a top-15 team in three consecutive games.
Garces Impresses Between The Sticks
Junior goalkeeper Justin Garces is having a strong season in net for UCLA, as his 33 total saves for the year are just one off the Pac-12 lead.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.
Bruins at Wallis Annenberg Stadium
UCLA is 11-11-3 in regular season contests at Wallis Annenberg Stadium since moving to that venue ahead of the 2018 season. The Bruins have taken points from three of five contests there this year, topping San Francisco 3-0 in the season-opener on Feb. 8, drawing 1-1 with San Diego State on Feb. 20, and upsetting No. 9 Oregon State by a score of 2-1 on Apr. 3.
Diaz Making Moves
Kevin Diaz has points in the last two and three of the last four games, scoring against SDSU on Mar. 24 and Oregon State on Apr. 3, then assisting on Riley Ferch's marker against Washington on Apr. 8. His five points in that span are the most by any Bruin over a four-game span this season. He had one assist over the team's first seven games, an assist on a Pablo Greenlee goal in the season-opener on Feb. 8.
Silva Steps Up
With a first-half goal and a second-half assist on Mar. 24 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.