Men's Soccer Wraps Regular Season at SDSU on Friday
UCLA WRAPS REGULAR SEASON AT SAN DIEGO STATE
The UCLA men's soccer team concludes its regular season schedule this week, driving south for a Pac-12 Conference game at San Diego State (5-8-4, 1-5-3) on Friday, Nov. 11 starting at 7:00 p.m. The contest will be streamed live by SDSU. Fans can also follow along with live stats, via uclalivestats.com, and live updates on the official team Twitter account, @UCLAMSoccer.
- UCLA is 9-6-1 overall on the year, and is fourth in the Pac-12 table with 10 points (3-4-1)
- The Bruins allowed one goal or fewer in 10 consecutive games from Sept. 15 to Oct. 29, conceding just four goals total in that span
- The 10-game streak with 1 goal against or fewer was the program's longest since 2005
- UCLA entered the week ranked No. 29 in the RPI
- The Bruins will learn their postseason fate during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, Nov. 14 at 10:00 a.m. PT
- UCLA has kept a clean sheet in four of its last six games
- 14 different players have recorded a point so far for UCLA, including 10 separate goalscorers
- UCLA's eight shutouts on the season are tied for No. 12 in the country
- UCLA is 8-0 this season when scoring first, and 1-6 when conceding first
- In all competitions, the Bruins are averaging just 3.8 shots on goal against
- 2021: 11-7-1, reached second round of NCAA Tournament, +8 goal differential (all best since 2015)
IN THE POLLS
UCLA received votes in the United Soccer Coaches and College Soccer News national polls, and was tabbed No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches Far West Region poll
UCLA had been nationally ranked every week up until Oct. 11, and has received votes in at least one national poll every week since
The Bruins debuted at No. 20 in the preseason polls and moved 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)
UCLA was ranked No. 4 in this week's United Soccer Coaches Far West Region poll
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
UCLA had two games on the schedule last week but ultimately ended up playing just one, as Sunday's contest at Oregon State was canceled due to poor field conditions caused by sustained rain in Corvallis. In the game that did go forward, the Bruins dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to top-ranked Washington. UCLA became just the second team this season to pot multiple goals against the Huskies, with Tucker Lepley and Thomas Raimbault notching their first goals of the campaign. Lepley equalized for the Bruins, 1-1, pouncing on the ball after a muffed catch by the UW keeper in the 30th minute. Raimbault made it a one-goal game at the 88:37 mark after popping home a low Lepley cross for his first collegiate score.
HOLDING IT DOWN
UCLA allowed one goal or fewer in 10 consecutive games between Sept. 15 and Oct. 29, conceding just four goals total over that span:
- It was the program's longest streak of games with 1 GA against or fewer since 2005
- The team went 6-3-1 during the streak
- UCLA kept six clean sheets over those 10 games
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST SAN DIEGO STATE
UCLA owns a 47-7-15 record all-time against San Diego State, including a 22-4-9 mark since the Aztecs joined the Pac-12 Conference as an affiliate for men's soccer in 2005. UCLA has won or split the seriesin all but one year (2007) during that time, and carries a seven-game unbeaten streak into Saturday's game. The Bruins are 5-0-2 against SDSU under fourth-year head coach Ryan Jorden, with a plus-10 goal differential. Current Bruins to have scored against SDSU in their careers include Tommy Silva (4G, 2A, 5 GP), Riley Ferch (4A, 7 GP), Tucker Lepley (2G, 1 A, 3 GP), Kevin Diaz (1G, 1A, 5 GP), Jose Contell (1G, 1A, 3 GP), Ollie de Visser (1G, 4 GP), Jose Sosa (1G, 6 GP), and Aaron Edwards (1A, 3 GP).
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST SDSU
The Bruins scored a pair of second-half goals as part of a 2-0 win over San Diego State on Oct. 7 of this season at Wallis Annenberg Stadium. Jose Sosa opened the scoring with a 65th minute penalty kick goal, UCLA's first of the season (and only, to date). Junior right back Grayson Doody earned the PK after putting in a left-footed shot from the edge of the box that went off an SDSU defender's hand. Tommy Silva then doubled the lead about 20 minutes later, closing on a SDSU defender deflecting an attempted clearance from inside the six-yard box back into SDSU's net. It was Silva's fourth goal in five career games against SDSU.
LAST YEAR AGAINST THE AZTECS
- UCLA went 2-0-0 last year against San Diego State, outscoring the Aztecs 5-1 on aggregate
- Oct. 8, 2021 at UCLA: Tucker Lepley scored a 98th minute golden goal to lead UCLA to a 1-0 victory at Wallis Annenberg Stadium. Jose Contell made the play possible, pressing high and knocking the ball loose near the SDSU box with a sliding tackle. The loose ball came to Riley Ferch atop the box, who slid in a ball for Lepley inside the 18. Lepley first-timed a low shot past the keeper for the game-winner. UCLA limited the visitors to three shots on goal and dominated possession and scoring chance opportunities.
- Nov. 12, 2021 at SDSU: Tommy Silva scored two goals in the first 10 minutes as part of a career-high five-point night as the Bruins captured a 4-1 victory to close out the 2021 regular season. Tucker Lepley and Jose Contell each had three-point nights (G, A) as well. Silva got the Bruins on the board less than 30 seconds in to the game, and UCLA never ceded the lead the rest of the way. The Bruins were clinical as can be in San Diego, hitting the back of the net with half of their eight shot attempts.
KEEPING IT CLEAN
Thanks in part to a large advantage in possession numbers, UCLA is committing just 9.19 fouls per game to this point of the season. That figure ranks second in the Pac-12 Conference and No. 12 nationally (1st: Missouri State, 7.27).
NATE THE GREAT
UCLA keeper Nate Crockford enters the week at or near the top of the Pac-12 in practically every goalkeeping statistic:
- 1st – solo shutouts (8), save percentage (.778), minutes (1,440 - tied)
- 2nd – GAA (0.88), saves (49), wins (9)
- 3rd – GA (14)
- He's allowed one goal or fewer in 10 of the last 11 games, and is averaging 4.1 saves over his last 12 games
- Crockford was named to the Nov. 1 TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week after stopping a PK as part of a six-save shutout of Rutgers
- His eight shutouts are tied for sixth-most of any keeper in the country
FEELING LIKE A 10
With its next win, UCLA will hit the 10-win plateau for the season. The Bruins are seeking their 63rd season with 10 wins all-time, and the first back-to-back campaigns with double-digit wins since 2015-16.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Bruins are in the midst of a four-game road swing to close out the regular season. It marks the first time the Bruins have played four consecutive games away from home since the 2014 season, and the first time playing four true road games in succession since the 2012 season.