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Bruins Set to Host No. 3 Washington

Nov 2, 2021
Tommy Silva (photo: Eric Hurd)

UCLA (8-5-1, 3-3-1) vs. No. 3 Washington (12-1-1, 4-1-1)
Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 4 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Christian Miles
Stream: Pac-12.com / Pac-12 Now app
Live Stats

UCLA Wraps Home Schedule With Pair of Top-5 Matchups
The UCLA men's soccer team (8-5-1, 3-3-1) hosts its final two games of the regular season this week, welcoming in No. 3 Washington (12-1-1, 4-1-1) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. before tackling No. 1 Oregon State (11-1-2, 6-0-1) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks, and can also be streamed on Pac-12.com/live and the Pac-12 Now app. Fans can also follow along with live stats on uclalivestats.com and live updates via the team Twitter account, @UCLAMSoccer. 

Quick Hits

  • UCLA is 5-3-1 in its last nine games, and 8-4-1 over its last 13 games
  • The Bruins have a pair of three-game winning streaks this season
  • For the season, UCLA is outscoring its opponents 23-16 and outshooting them 152-117
  • 12 of UCLA's 14 games this season have been decided by one goal or fewer, including the last eight in a row
  • The Bruins are 7-2-1 when scoring first, and 1-3-0 when the opponent scores first 

Home Cooking
The Bruins have posted a 7-2-0 record in home games so this far this season, good for a .778 winning percentage. UCLA last posted a home winning percentage north of 60% in 2015 (9-3-0, .750). 

Clinical From the Spot
At 2-for-2, UCLA's Yoni Sorokin is the only player in the Pac-12 Conference with multiple PK makes and a 100% conversion rate. Only 13 players nationwide have gone 3-for-3 or better in 2021. 

Fair or Foul
Thanks in part to a large advantage in possession numbers, UCLA is committing just 9.0 fouls per game to this point of the season. That figure ranks 8th in the country and is by far the lowest in the Pac-12, with no other league school sitting in the top-35. Only 23 schools nationwide are averaging single-digit fouls.  

Winning the Shots Battle
UCLA has outshot its opponent in 9-of-14 games (64%) so far this season, including the last four in a row and six of the last eight contests. The only two teams to out-shoot UCLA since early September were this week's opponents, Washington and Oregon State. 

Edwards Picks Up Slew of National Honors
After recording a brace against LMU on Oct. 14, Aaron Edwards picked up a number of weekly honors from national and local outlets. Edward earned the following awards (all for the first time in his career):

  • College Soccer News National Player of the Week (first Bruin since Milan Iloski; Sept. 8, 2019)
  • Pac-12 Player of the Week (first Bruin since Milan Iloski; Sept. 9, 2019)
  • UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week (first MSOC player since Justin Garces; Sept, 21, 2021)
  • College Soccer News Team of the Week (second straight week with a Bruin; Tucker Lepley)
  • TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week 

In The Polls
Despite not playing last week, UCLA dropped out of the top-25 in this week's United Soccer Coaches poll. The Bruins had previously made the top-25 in that poll in two consecutive weeks, and three weeks overall this season. UCLA did appear at No. 6 in this week's United Soccer Coaches Far West regional poll, the ninth straight week the team has appeared in those rankings. This week's opponents are the top-two ranked teams in the Far West region, with OSU appearing as high as No. 1 nationally (United Soccer Coaches, No. 2 in TopDrawerSoccer) and Washington appearing at No. 3 in both major national polls. 

On The Mark
So far this season, the Bruins have shown themselves to be adept at getting their shot attempts on target, with 70 of the team's 152 shots going on frame. UCLA's 46% shot accuracy as a team paces the Pac-12 Conference and ranks 31st in the country. 

Lepley Moves Into Team Lead for Scoring
Redshirt freshman MF Tucker Lepley has multiple points in four of his last eight games, a streak that has allowed him to move into the team lead for scoring with four goals and four assists for 12 points. In the Pac-12 Conference, he is tied for sixth in goals, fifth in assists, and seventh in points. UCLA has won the last six games in which Lepley has recorded a point (6-1 overall). 

Hitting Pay Dirt
UCLA scored multiple goals in four consecutive games before being limited to a single goal at No. 2 Washington on Oct. 3. It was the first time the Bruins scored multiple goals in four consecutive games since Oct. 25 to Nov. 8, 2015. UCLA has scored at least one goal in all but one game so far this season, and has notched multiple goals in 7-of-14 contests. 

The Series Against Washington
The Bruins have the advantage in the all-time series against Washington at 30-21-4, but have dropped six straight games to the Huskies. UCLA and Washington have split the last 10 games in the series played in Westwood, 5-5, with the Huskies taking away the win in the last two matchups (UCLA's most-recent win: Oct. 4, 2018; 1-0). 

Last Time Out Against Washington
The Bruins and Huskies previously met at Husky Soccer Stadium on Oct. 3 of this year, with the hosts scoring twice in the final seven minutes of the game to claim a comeback win. Kevin Diaz opened the game's scoring in the 80th minute, taking advantage of a UW miscue to score his fourth goal in a five-game span. With Washington on the ball deep in their defensive territory, the goalie took a too-strong touch on a back pass which allowed Diaz to pounce on the ball and punch it in from inside the six-yard box. Justin Garces made a season-high seven saves in the contest.