Bruins Conclude Road Trip at Cal on Sunday
No. 14 UCLA (3-2-0) at No. 2 Stanford (4-0-1)
Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 15 - 6:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: Stanford, Calif. (Cagan Stadium)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Troy Clardy
Stream: Pac-12.com / Pac-12 Now app
UCLA WRAPS ROAD TRIP AT CALIFORNIA
No. 14 UCLA (3-2-1, 0-0-1) concludes a three-game road trip on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. with a Pac-12 showdown at California (2-1-3, 1-0-0). The contest will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks (Joe Castellano on the call) with a live stream available through Pac-12.com/live. Fans can also follow along with live stats and updates via the team Twitter account, @UCLAMSoccer.
- UCLA is 3-2-1 overall on the year, and is coming off a scoreless draw against Stanford on Thursday in the Pac-12 opener for both teams
- 11 different players have recorded a point so far for UCLA, including six separate goalscorers
- UCLA's three shutouts on the season are tied for No. 9 in the country
- The Bruins have a +2 goal differential on the year, and have kept a clean sheet in three out of six regular season games
- UCLA has out-shot its opponent in four of six games so far
- The Bruins are 3-0 when scoring first, and 0-2 when conceding first
- 2021: 11-7-1, reached second round of NCAA Tournament, +8 goal differential (all best since 2015)
IN THE POLLS
UCLA appeared in two of three major national polls this week, checking in at No. 14 (TopDrawerSoccer) and No. 25 (United Soccer Coaches). Some notes on the Bruins' ranking:
UCLA has been ranked every week this season, debuting at No. 20 in the preseason polls and moving up as high as No. 4
The Bruins' No. 4 ranking earlier this season was the program's highest since Sept. 1, 2015 (No. 1)
Half of the Pac-12 is nationally ranked (others: No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Washington)
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
UCLA has gone 0-1-1 over the last week, dropping a 2-0 result at Portland last Saturday before battling to a scoreless draw at No. 2 Stanford on Thursday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Sophomore keeper Nate Crockford made a season-high four saves in both contests, and junior left back Tommy Silva paced the Bruins in shots in both games (two shots in each game). Kevin Diaz had the Bruins' best look at a goal against Stanford, just missing connecting with a Constantinos Michaelides cross on a diving tap-in attempt. UCLA's draw at Stanford pushed the team's unbeaten streak against the Cardinal to three games, and the Bruins have now recorded a tie at Cagan Stadium in back-to-back seasons.
UCLA won its first three games of the 2022 season, a first for the program in 20 years (last: 2002). It's the second straight year that UCLA has started strong out of the gate, as last year's squad went 6-2-0 for the program's best eight-game start since 2009.
BRUINS HELPING BRUINS
UCLA entered the week ranked No. 20 in the country in assists (14). Eleven different Bruins have logged a helper this season, including two apiece from Pablo Greenlee, Tommy Silva, and Jose Sosa. The Bruins have recorded the full two assists on seven of the team's nine goals this year.
FIVE ON FRIDAY
The Bruins' five-goal output against Liberty on Sept. 2 was one of the program's most-prolific in recent memory:
- It was the program's most in a single game since Oct. 6, 2019, matching the most single-game goals under fourth-year HC Ryan Jorden
- Riley Ferch's five points matched the most by a Bruin since Milan Iloski potted five goals in that Oct. 6, 2019 games against the Aztecs
- UCLA had eight unique players record a point against the Flames, the most in a single game since Oct. 26, 2017
NO GOALS FOR YOU
In the first week of the season, UCLA recorded back-to-back shutouts against UC Irvine and Virginia Tech...
- For the second time ever under fourth-year head coach Ryan Jorden
- UCLA was one of just 36 teams in the country with no goals against in the season's first week (only 10 of which played multiple games)
- The Bruins have kept a clean sheet in three of six games, second in the Pac-12 and tied for No. 9 in the country
NO SHOTS FOR YOU, EITHER
Not only did the Bruins not allow a goal against UCI and VT, they didn't even allow a shot on goal:
- First time allowing zero shots on goal in a game since Oct. 7, 2018 vs. Oregon State
- First time allowing 0 SOG in consecutive games since at least 1999 (the years in which single-game box scores are available)
- UCLA allowed 0 SOG twice in a three-game span in 2011
- UCLA was the only school in the country with 0 SOG against over the season's first week
- Including exhibitions, UCLA is averaging just 2.4 shots on goal against per game (17 SOG over seven games)
PLENTY OF CONTINUITY
UCLA returns the vast majority of its offensive production from a season ago, including:
- 31 of 33 goals (94%)
- 36 of 42 assists (86%)
- 98 of 108 points (91%)
- 10 of 11 game-winning goals (91%)
- Seven of 10 outfield starters
- The top six, and nine of the top 10, scorers from a year ago (on points)
KEEPING IT CLEAN
Thanks in part to a large advantage in possession numbers, UCLA is committing just 7.83 fouls per game to this point of the season. That figure ranks 11th lowest in the country, and second-lowest in the Pac-12 behind Washington's 7.80.
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST CALIFORNIA
UCLA owns a 47-20-8 record all-time against California. The two teams have split the season series in each of the last three years under Ryan Jorden. The home team has had the upper hand lately in the head-to-head series, with UCLA's Sept. 27, 2018 win in Berkeley representing the last victory by an away team (a span of eight games). The Bruins are seeking their first outright season series win over Cal since 2018.
LAST YEAR AGAINST THE GOLDEN BEARS
UCLA and California split the season series a year ago, with both teams taking away a win on their home field. Tucker Lepley and Tommy Silva both netted in the first half at Wallis Annenberg Stadium on Sept. 19, 2021 (the latter an off-foot golaso from above the box), and the Bruins outshot Cal 11-1 in the second half en route to a 2-1 victory. Cal returned the favor with a 2-1 victory on Oct. 21, as the Golden Bears scored twice in the second half to grab the comeback win.
ONE WAY OR ANOTHER
Prior to Thursday's result, UCLA had gone 28 consecutive games without a full-time draw (the Bruins' one tie over that span, against Stanford on Oct. 24, 2021, was called after 90 minutes due to poor field conditions caused by rain). UCLA has never tied in back-to-back games under Ryan Jorden, with the Bruins' last consecutive ties coming on Sept. 12-14, 2014 against Santa Clara and Cal Poly.