UCLA Hosts Top-Ranked Oregon State on Senior Day
UCLA (8-6-1, 3-4-1) vs. No. 1 Oregon State (12-1-2, 7-0-1)
Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 7 - 1:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Audio: Lean Player
Audio Talent: Nick Koop
Stream: Pac-12.com / Pac-12 Now app
UCLA Wraps Home Schedule With Pair of Top-5 Matchups
The UCLA men's soccer team hosts its final two games of the regular season this week, welcoming in No. 3 Washington on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. before tackling No. 1 Oregon State (12-1-2, 7-0-1) 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.
- UCLA is 5-4-1 in its last 10 games, and 8-5-1 over its last 14 games
- The Bruins have a pair of three-game winning streaks this season
- For the season, UCLA is outscoring its opponents 23-19 and outshooting them 165-143
- 12 of UCLA's 15 games this season have been decided by one goal or fewer, including eight of the last nine
- The Bruins are 7-2-1 when scoring first, and 1-4-0 when the opponent scores first
Kirberg Comes Up Clutch
Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Kirberg made 10 saves in 83:15 minutes of action on Thursday night against Washington. That figure is a new UCLA program record for saves in a relief appearance, and is just one off the program record for single-game saves. The 10 stops also established a new single-game career-high for Kirberg, and tripled his previous career total for saves (Kirberg entered the game with five saves over five career appearances totaling 293:18 minutes).
The Bruins have posted a 7-3-0 record in home games so this far this season, good for a .700 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 14 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 9.2 fouls per game to this point of the season. That figure ranks 10th 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-15 games (60%) so far this season, including four of the team's last five contests. The only two teams to out-shoot UCLA since early September are 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 76 of the team's 165 shots going on frame. UCLA's 46% shot accuracy as a team paces the Pac-12 Conference and ranks 32nd in the country.
Lepley Moves Into Team Lead for Scoring
Redshirt freshman MF Tucker Lepley has multiple points in four of his last nine 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 eighth 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 two games so far this season, and has notched multiple goals in 7-of-15 contests.
The Series Against Oregon State
The Bruins own a 35-10-3 record all-time against Oregon State. UCLA had a four-game losing streak against the Beavers before taking them down at Wallis Annenberg Stadium during the spring 2021 season. The Bruins are seeking consecutive home wins over the Beavers for the first time since the 2017-18 seasons.
Last Time Out Against Oregon State
The Bruins and Beavers previously met at Paul Lorenz Field on Sept. 30 of this year, with the hosts scoring three times over a three-minute span during the second half to record a 4-3 win. The Bruins had previously scored three consecutive goals of their own to build a 3-1 lead in the 63rd minute. Kevin Diaz was instrumental in UCLA's first two goals, dummying a ball in the box that led to an easy score at the far post for Jose Contell in the 32nd minute, then heading home a Tommy Silva cross at the 35:29 mark for the go-ahead goal. Riley Ferch scored off the counter in the 63rd minute to make it 3-1 for UCLA.