No. 14 UCLA (5-3-1, 1-1-1) vs. No. 2 Washington (8-0-1, 1-0-0)
Date/Time: Sunday, October 2 – 4:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: Los Angeles, California (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV talent: Jim Watson (pbp), Eric Wynalda (analyst)
Audio talent: Nick Koup
Stream: Pac-12.com app / Pac-12 Now
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 p.m. PT) and the #2 Washington (Sunday, Oct. 2, 4:00 p.m. PT). Both games will be televised on Pac-12 networks, with audio streaming available through UCLABruins.com. Fans can also follow a live stream via Pac-12.com/live, as well as live stats via uclalivestats.com and live updates via the team’s Twitter account, @UCLAMSoccer.
- UCLA is 5-3-1 overall on the year and has only suffered 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 have yet to play league competition.
- 12 different players have scored a point so far for UCLA, including six separate scorers
- UCLA’s four shutouts on the season were tied for No. 16 in the nation as the week opened
- The Bruins have a +3 goal differential on the year and have kept a clean sheet in four of nine regular season games
- UCLA have beaten their opponent in five of nine games so far
- Bruins are 4-0 when scoring first and 1-3 when conceding first
- 2021: 11-7-1, reached NCAA Tournament second round, +8 goal differential (best since 2015)
UCLA appeared in every major national poll this week, reaching No. 14 (TopDrawerSoccer) while also appearing at No. 21 (United Soccer Coaches) and No. 23 (College Soccer News). A few notes on the Bruins standings:
- UCLA has been ranked every week this season, debuting 20th in preseason polls and rising as high as 4th.
- The Bruins’ No. 4 ranking earlier this season was the highest on the program since Sept. 1, 2015 (No. 1)
- Half of the Pac-12 are nationally ranked (others: No. 2 Washington, No. 6 Stanford)
- 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 went 1-1-0 in two home games last week, beating Cal State Fullerton 1-0 last Saturday before dropping a 1-0 decision to Oregon State on Thursday night. Constantinos Michaelides scored the only goal against CSF, heading home Riley Ferch scratching a 35-yard free kick in the eighth minute. The Bruins needed a few stellar defensive plays to keep the clean sheet, as a goaltender Nate Crockford scored a 1v1 knockout in the 31st minute before Andre Ochoa made the game of the game with a sliding clearance from the goal line in the 69th minute. Crockford made a season-high four saves against the Beavers, helping to keep the Bruins within a goal. The loss to OSU was UCLA’s first this year in Pac-12 competition.
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST WASHINGTON
UCLA holds an all-time record of 30-22-4 against Washington. The Huskies have had the upper hand in the head-to-head series in recent years, winning seven straight games. The current Bruins who have recorded points against Washington include Kevin Diaz (1G, 1A, 4GP), Riley Ferch (1G, 6GP), 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 at Seattle on Oct. 3 and a 3-0 loss at Westwood on Nov. 4.
- October 3 at UW: Kevin Diaz capitalized on a Washington error 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 over UCLA. Certified goalkeeper since Justin Garces made a season-high seven saves in the game. Jose Contell helped set up the Bruins’ goal, putting pressure on the UW back line and forcing them back to goalie. From there, the UW goaltender took too big a touch and Diaz beat him to a 50-50 ball and put it in the net.
- November 4 at UCLA: Dylan Teves broke through in the 22nd minute for UW, and the visitors added a pair of late goals to explain the final score. Tyler Kirberg had a career-high 10 relief saves for UCLA, tying a freshman record for the program. He was pressed into action when Garces was knocked out of the game after colliding with a Washington forward at 6:45.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Thanks in part to a large possession advantage, UCLA is committing just 8.78 fouls per game at this point in the season. That number leads the Pac-12 conference and ranks 10th nationally (1st: UCF, 7.00).
At 5-2-1 at the start of the week, UCLA suffered two losses in 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 got off to a 3-0 start, the program’s first since 2002.
THE BRUINS HELP THE BRUINS
UCLA enters the week ranked 24th in the nation in assists (19). Twelve different Bruins have recorded an assist this season, including a team-high four of Tommy Silva. UCLA has not scored unassisted goals so far this year and has recorded both assists on nine of the team’s 11 goals.
SILVA IS GRILLING
Leaving behind Tommy Silva leads the team with four assists, tied for 42nd in the nation. He’s been recognized nationally twice this season, making the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week on August 29 after helping UCLA to a pair of season-opening 1-0 wins and then making part of the College Soccer News Team of the Week on Sept. 19 after his two-assist performance against Cal. That game against Cal marked the first multi-assist outing of his career, and the first for a Bruin this season. All-time, UCLA is 11-1-1 when Silva records a point.
COOKING AT HOME
The Bruins have been tough to beat at home lately, going 15-5 in the last 20 games at Wallis Annenberg Stadium (18-5-1 including exhibitions). UCLA was 9-3 (.750) at home last fall, the first time the program has posted a winning percentage north of 60% at home since the 2015 season (also 9-3).
The Bruins have shown a penchant for close games lately. Since last season, UCLA has had 21 of the last 27 games (and 18 of the last 21) decided by a goal or less. UCLA’s three-goal margin of victory over Liberty on September 2, 2022 was the largest since San Diego State lost 4-1 on November 12, 2021.