UCLA hosts Stanford on senior day

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UCLA (8-4-1, 3-2-1) vs. No. 5 Stanford (8-1-4, 2-1-3)

Date/Time: Sunday, October 23 – 3:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: Los Angeles, California (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV talent: Christian Miles (pbp), Tracey Bailey (analyst)
Audio: UCLABruins.com

Audio talent: Nick Koup

Flow: Pac-12.com / Pac-12 Now app
Live statistics

UCLA CONCLUDE SCHEDULE AT HOME AGAINST CAL, STANFORD
UCLA puts an arc to its regular-season home schedule this week, hosting conference rivals California (Thursday, 7:30 p.m. PT) and No. 5 Stanford (Sunday, 3:00 p.m. PT) in a pair of Pac-12 Networks- television games. There will be halftime ceremonies for both competitions, as the Bruins honor their 1997 and 2002 national championship teams on Thursday and salute the team’s six active seniors in Sunday’s game. In addition to TV coverage, fans can follow a live audio stream, live stats and live updates on Twitter via @UCLAMSoccer.

QUICK KEYS

  • UCLA is 8-4-1 overall on the year and is second in the Pac-12 table with 10 points (3-2-1)
  • The Bruins went 1-0-1 at Cal/Stanford earlier this season, the team’s first undefeated road trip to P12 Bay Area Schools since 2013
  • 12 different players have scored a point so far for UCLA, including eight separate scorers
  • UCLA’s seven shutouts this season are tied for 9th in the nation
  • The Bruins have allowed one goal or less in eight consecutive games, conceding just three goals in total during that span.
  • UCLA is 7-0 this season when scoring first and 1-4 when conceding first
  • In all competitions, the Bruins are averaging just 3.5 shots against
  • 2021: 11-7-1, reached NCAA Tournament second round, +8 goal differential (best since 2015)

IN POLLS

UCLA received votes in the United Soccer Coaches and College Soccer News polls this week.

  • UCLA had been ranked nationally every week until October 11 and has received votes in both polls since.
  • The Bruins debuted 20th in preseason polls and climbed all the way to 4th
  • The Bruins’ No. 4 ranking earlier this season was the highest on the program since Sept. 1, 2015 (No. 1)
  • UCLA was ranked No. 3 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Far West Region poll, behind only Washington and Stanford

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

UCLA played just one game last week, earning a 2-0 victory at Loyola Marymount on Friday, October 14. The Bruins scored two goals in the first half and the second-year goaltender Nate Crockford made a season-high six saves to earn his Pac-12-leading sixth solo shutout of the year. Tommy Silva set up UCLA’s game opener in the 28th minute, playing a long cross from the left wing for Jose Contellwho on the right side for the first time threw a low ball into the penalty area to Kevin Diaz, who put it home for his third goal of the year. UCLA doubled their lead 10 minutes later when a back heel pass from Diaz in the box was thrown into the net by an LMU defender. Pierre Grassi cleared a fly ball from the line for the Bruins in the 65th, in what was arguably LMU’s best scoring chance. It was LMU’s first loss (8-3-2) since September 8 (a span of seven games).

ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST STANFORD
UCLA holds an all-time record of 45-17-12 against Stanford. The Bruins are undefeated in three straight games against Stanford and went 1-0-1 against them last year, marking a turnaround in recent series history (the win ended a 10-game losing streak and to a 14-game scoreless streak against Stanford, and UCLA won the season series for the first time since 2013).

LAST TIME AGAINST STANFORD
The Bruins and Cardinals played out a scoreless tie at Cagan Stadium on Sept. 15 in Stanford, Calif. Nate Crockford made some huge saves to save a point for the Bruins, including a pair in the final 10 minutes. In the 81st he clung to his left post but shifted to his right and got his hands on a hard-hit shot from Liam Doyle that was destined for the back post, pushing him to the far corner to put in places a UCLA clearance. In the final 20 seconds of the match, Stanford came forward and looked like they could steal a late winner. However, Crockford came out of his net to reduce the angle on a dangerous shot from Fletcher Bank. The rebound came to Stanford’s Carlo Agostinelli inside the 18, but his open-net volley went over the bar. Tommy Silva had both UCLA shot attempts for the game.

LAST YEAR AGAINST THE CARDINAL
UCLA won the season series against Stanford in 2021, recording a 2-0 victory at home on September 16 before drawing 1-1 away on October 24. Riley Ferch took a penalty in the 50th minute and has since graduated Yoni Sorokin converted on the PK, to score the winning goal against the Cardinal at the Wallis Annenberg Stadium, and Kevin Diaz added an insurance goal off the counter in the 79th minute. UCLA controlled possession throughout and especially late in the game, limiting the Cardinal to one shot in the final 35 minutes. UCLA and Stanford battled to a 1-1 draw in pouring rain at Cagan Stadium, with both teams scoring late in the second half. Jose Contell found the opener in the 74th minute, kicking in a corner at the far post. Stanford responded with a score in the 82nd minute from a set-piece to equalize. The match was called off at the end of regulation due to poor pitch conditions caused by the weather.

KEEP IT CLEAN
Thanks in part to a large possession advantage, UCLA is committing just 9.23 fouls per game at this point in the season. That number ranks second in the Pac-12 Conference and No. 14 nationally (1st: St. Bonaventure, 7.36).

NATE THE GREAT
UCLA Guardian Nate Crockford enters Sunday’s game standings at or near the top of the Pac-12 in virtually every goalie stat. He is alone in the league with seven solo shutouts and is tied for the lead in minutes (1,170). His eight wins, 37 saves, .77 goals-against average and .787 save percentage all rank second. He has allowed one goal or less in eight consecutive games and has averaged 3.7 saves per game in his last nine games.

STAY CLOSE
The Bruins have shown a penchant for close games lately. Since last season, UCLA has had 23 of the last 31 games (and 19 of the last 24) 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.

HOLD IT DOWN
UCLA has allowed one goal or less in eight consecutive games since the Sept. 15 scoreless tie against Stanford. The Bruins allowed just three goals in total over that span, while going 5-2-1. This is the longest such game streak for UCLA under the fourth-year head coach ryan jordan, eclipsing a seven-game streak from August 29 to September 29. September 25, 2021. The last time a UCLA team held their opponent to one goal or less in eight straight games was September 2-October 2. 5, 2012 (nine games).

SILVA IS GRILLING
Leaving behind Tommy Silva paces the team with six assists, tied for fourth in the Pac-12 conference. 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 14-1-1 when Silva records a run.

CLOSE THEM
UCLA enters the weekend with three straight shutouts, outscoring opponents 5-0 in that span. It’s the first time the Bruins have had three consecutive shutouts since Sept. 12-20, 2014. No Bruins team has kept four straight clean sheets since the 2011 team, which set a program record with eight shutouts consecutive.

COOKING AT HOME
The Bruins have been tough to beat at home lately, going 17-6 in the last 23 games at Wallis Annenberg Stadium (20-6-1 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).

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