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UCLA Hosts Cal Baptist in NCAA Tourney Opener

Nov 15, 2022
Pietro Grassi (photo: Don Liebig)

UCLA (10-6-1) vs. California Baptist (10-6-4)
NCAA Tournament - First Round
Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 17 - 5:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
Stream: ESPN+
Stream Talent: Nick Koop
Live Stats

UCLA (10-6-1) is set to begin postseason action this week, hosting WAC Tournament Champion California Baptist (10-6-4) in an NCAA First Round game at Wallis Annenberg Stadium on Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m. The contest will be streamed live on ESPN+, with Nick Koop on the call. Fans can also follow along with live stats on, and live updates on Twitter from @UCLAMSoccer. 


  • UCLA is 10-6-1 overall on the year, and finished fourth in the Pac-12 table with 13 points (4-4-1)
  • The Bruins are making their 47th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, going 74-42 and winning four titles
  • UCLA 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 one goal against or fewer was the program's longest since 2005
  • Jose Sosa and Tommy Silva were named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team (four others were honorable mentions)
  • UCLA ended the regular season with an RPI of 26
  • The Bruins have kept a clean sheet in four of the last seven 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. 21 in the country
  • UCLA is 9-0 this season when scoring first, and 1-6 when conceding first
  • In all competitions, the Bruins are averaging just 4.0 shots on goal against 
  • 2021: 11-7-1, reached second round of NCAA Tournament, +8 goal differential (all best since 2015)


  • UCLA earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament after going 10-6-1 overall and finishing fourth in the Pac-12
  • Last year, the Bruins defeated UC Santa Barbara at home in the first round before dropping a 2-1 heartbreaker at Duke
  • This is UCLA's 47th appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament
  • UCLA is tied with Indiana for the second-most NCAA Tournament appearances of any school (St. Louis: 50)
  • The Bruins qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 34 consecutive seasons from from 1983-2016
  • UCLA is 15-6 all-time in first round games, including a 5-1 mark in its last six first-round matchups
  • The Bruins have won four national championships in program history: 1985, 1990, 1997, 2002

UCLA finished the regular season by posting a 2-1 win on the road at San Diego State on Friday, Nov. 11. Tucker Lepley and Andre Ochoa each recorded second-half goals to lead the win, as the Bruins never trailed. Lepley opened the scoring in the 53rd minute, drilling a left-footed shot from the penalty arc off a Grayson Doody feed. SDSU equalized shortly thereafter, but Ochoa provided the game-winner against his former team in the 73rd, smashing a right-footed shot from inside the box after Jose Contell ran down a ball before the end line and tapped a pass back to the top of the box for a crashing Ochoa. Nate Crockford matched a season-high with six saves in the win. 

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

Thanks in part to a large advantage in possession numbers, UCLA is committing just 9.29 fouls per game to this point of the season. That figure ranks second in the Pac-12 Conference and No. 10 nationally (1st: Missouri State, 7.12). 
UCLA keeper Nate Crockford enters the postseason at or near the top of the Pac-12 in practically every goalkeeping statistic:

  • 1st – solo shutouts (8), saves (55), save percentage (.786)
  • 2nd – GAA (0.88), GA (15, tied)
  • 3rd – wins (10)
  • He's allowed one goal or fewer in 11 of the last 12 games, averaging 3.9 saves per game over that span
  • Crockford was named to the Nov. 1 TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week after stopping a PK as part of a six-save shutout at Rutgers
  • His eight shutouts are tied for ninth-most of any keeper in the country

With its regular-season-closing win at San Diego State, UCLA hit the 10-win plateau for the season. It marks the program's 63rd season all-time with 10 wins, and the first back-to-back campaigns with double-digit wins since 2015-16. 

This Thursday's game marks the first-ever meeting between UCLA and California Baptist. The Lancers are in their inaugural season of NCAA Tournament eligibility after completing their transition period from Division II to Division I. All-time, UCLA is 42-8-6 against current Western Athletic Conference members (with most of that action coming against San Jose State and UNLV). The Bruins are 0-1 against WAC teams this year, dropping a 3-2 decision at home to Grand Canyon on Sept. 5 (the Bruins battled UNLV to a scoreless draw on Aug. 20 at UCLA in a preseason exhibition). 

The Pac-12 Conference unveiled its 2022 all-conference team on Nov. 15, and the Bruins had six players represented:

  • 2nd Team (2): Tommy Silva (D), Jose Sosa (M)
  • Honorable Mention (4): Jose Contell (F), Nate Crockford (GK), Kevin Diaz (F), Pietro Grassi (D)
  • UCLA's six honorees were tied for second-most in the league, trailing only Washington's nine