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UCLA Continues Homestand, Hosts No. 2 Washington

Sep 30, 2022
Riley Ferch (photo: Scott Chandler)

No. 14 UCLA (5-3-1, 1-1-1) vs. No. 2 Washington (8-0-1, 1-0-0)
Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 2 - 4:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Jim Watson (pbp), Eric Wynalda (analyst)
Audio: UCLABruins.com
Audio Talent: Nick Koop
Stream: Pac-12.com / Pac-12 Now app
Live Stats

UCLA CONTINUES HOMESTAND AGAINST WASHINGTON ON SUNDAY
No. 14 UCLA (5-3-1, 1-1-1) continues a four-game homestand this week with matchups against conference rivals Oregon State (Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:00 p.m. PT) and No. 2 Washington (Sunday, Oct. 2, 4:00 p.m. PT). Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, with an audio broadcast available through UCLABruins.com. Fans can also follow along with a live stream through Pac-12.com/live, as well as live stats via uclalivestats.com and live updates via the team Twitter account, @UCLAMSoccer. 

QUICK HITS

  • UCLA is 5-3-1 overall on the year, and has just one loss in its last four games (2-1-1)
  • The Bruins entered the week atop the league table with four points, though UW and OSU hadn't yet played any league contests
  • 12 different players have recorded a point so far for UCLA, including six separate goalscorers
  • UCLA's four shutouts on the season were tied for No. 16 in the country at week's open
  • The Bruins have a +3 goal differential on the year, and have kept a clean sheet in four out of nine regular season games
  • UCLA has out-shot its opponent in five of nine games so far
  • The Bruins are 4-0 when scoring first, and 1-3 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 every major national poll this week, checking in as high as No. 14 (TopDrawerSoccer) while also appearing at No. 21 (United Soccer Coaches) and No. 23 (College Soccer News). 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 Washington, No. 6 Stanford)
  • Both UCLA (No. 3) and Cal State Fullerton (No. 6) were ranked in this week's United Soccer Coaches Far West Region poll

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
UCLA has gone over 1-1-0 in a pair of home games over the last week, blanking Cal State Fullerton 1-0 last Saturday before dropping a 1-0 decision to Oregon State on Thursday night. Constantinos Michaelides had the lone goal against CSF, heading home a Riley Ferch cross off a 35-yard set piece in the eighth minute. The Bruins needed a few stellar defensive plays to keep the clean sheet, as goalie Nate Crockford made a highlight-reel knock-away on a 1v1 in the 31st minute before Andre Ochoa made the play of the game with a sliding goal line clearance in the 69th minute. Crockford made a season-high four saves against the Beavers, helping keep the Bruins within a goal. The loss against OSU was UCLA's first this year in Pac-12 competition. 

ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST WASHINGTON
UCLA owns a 30-22-4 record all-time against Washington. The Huskies have had the upper hand in the head-to-head series in recent years, winning seven consecutive matches. Current Bruins to have recorded points against Washington include Kevin Diaz (1G, 1A, 4 GP), Riley Ferch (1G, 6 GP), Constantinos Michaelides (1A, 6 GP), and Jose Contell (1A, 2 GP). 
LAST YEAR AGAINST THE HUSKIES

  • UCLA went 0-2 against Washington last year, including a 2-1 heartbreaker in Seattle on Oct. 3 and a 3-0 defeat in Westwood on Nov. 4. 
  • Oct. 3 at UW: Kevin Diaz took advantage of a Washington miscue to open the scoring in the 80th minute, but UW responded with two goals in the final seven minutes to take a heartbreaking 2-1 decision from UCLA. Since-graduated keeper Justin Garces made a season-high seven saves in the game. Jose Contell helped set up the Bruin goal, pressuring the UW back line and forcing them to pass back to the keeper. From there, the UW keeper took too big a touch and Diaz beat him to a 50-50 ball and put it in the net. 
  • Nov. 4 at UCLA: Dylan Teves broke through in the 22nd minute for UW, and the visitors added a pair of late goals to account for the final scoreline. Tyler Kirberg made a career-high 10 saves in relief for UCLA, matching a program freshman record. He was pressed into duty when Garces was knocked out of the game after colliding with a Washington attacker at the 6:45 mark. 

KEEPING IT CLEAN
Thanks in part to a large advantage in possession numbers, UCLA is committing just 8.78 fouls per game to this point of the season. That figure leads the Pac-12 Conference and ranks 10th nationally (1st: UCF, 7.00). 

GOOD START
At 5-2-1 entering the week, UCLA picked up two losses over its first eight games for the second consecutive season. Prior to that, the Bruins hadn't accomplished that feat since 2014. Earlier this year, UCLA jumped out to a 3-0 start, the program's first since 2002.

BRUINS HELPING BRUINS
UCLA enters the week ranked No. 24 in the country in assists (19). Twelve different Bruins have logged a helper this season, including a team-high four from Tommy Silva. UCLA has no unassisted goals so far this year, and has recorded the full two assists on nine of the team's 11 goals.

SILVA IS SIZZLING
Left back Tommy Silva paces the team with four assists, tied for 42nd in the country. He's twice been recognized nationally this season, making the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week on Aug. 29 after helping UCLA to a pair of season-opening 1-0 victories and then making the College Soccer News Team of the Week on Sept. 19 following his two-assist performance against Cal. That game against Cal marked the first multi-assist outing of his career, and the first by a Bruin this season. All-time, UCLA is 11-1-1 when Silva records a point.

HOME COOKING
The Bruins have been tough to beat at home of late, going 15-5 over the last 20 games at Wallis Annenberg Stadium (18-5-1 counting exhibitions). UCLA was 9-3 (.750) at home last fall, the program's first time posting a win percentage north of 60% at home since the 2015 season (also 9-3). 

STAYING CLOSE
The Bruins have shown a penchant for close games in recent times. Dating back to last season, UCLA has had 21 of the last 27 games (and 18 of the last 21) decided by one goal or fewer. UCLA's three-goal margin of victory over Liberty on Sept. 2, 2022 was its largest since taking down San Diego State 4-1 on Nov. 12, 2021.