No. 14 UCLA (5-2-1, 1-0-1) vs. Oregon State (3-2-1, 0-0-0)
Date/Time: Thursday, September 29 – 6:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: Los Angeles, California (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV talent: Christian Miles (pbp), Tracey Bailey (analyst)
Audio talent: Nick Koup
UCLA HOSTS OREGON STATE THURSDAY NIGHT ON PAC-12 NETWORKS
No. 14 UCLA (5-2-1, 1-0-1) 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 5-2-1 overall on the year and is undefeated in its last three games (2-0-1)
- The Bruins enter the week atop the league table with four points, though UW and OSU have yet to play in league competition
- 12 different players have scored a point so far for UCLA, including six separate scorers
- UCLA’s four shutouts this season are tied for No. 16 in the nation
- The Bruins have a +4 goal differential on the year and have kept a clean sheet in four of eight regular season games
- UCLA have beaten their opponent in five of eight games so far
- Bruins are 4-0 when scoring first and 1-2 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 played just one game last week, beating Cal State Fullerton 1-0 at Wallis Annenberg Stadium on Saturday, September 24. Constantinos Michaelides had the only goal of the game, returning home a 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. It was UCLA’s second 1-0 result against a Big West team this year, following the team’s opener Aug. 25 against UC Irvine.
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST OREGON STATE
UCLA holds an all-time record of 36-10-3 against Oregon State. The home team has won each of the last four games in the head-to-head series, with the Bruins and Beavers splitting the series for the season in spring 2021 and fall 2021. UCLA is seeking its first victory in series against OSU since 2017. (2-0-0). Active Bruins with strong career stats against OSU include Riley Ferch (3G, 1A, 6GP), Kevin Diaz (3G, 1A, 4GP), Constantinos Michaelides (3G, 6GP), Tommy Silva (3A, 4 GPs), and Jose Contell (1G, 1A, 2GP).
LAST YEAR AGAINST THE BEASTS
- UCLA and Oregon State split the season series last year, with OSU taking a 4-3 decision on Sept. 30, 2021 at Corvallis before the Bruins bounced back to a 3-2 victory on Nov. 8, 2021.
- The Beavers were the highest-ranked team in the country when they lost, the second time in three years under ryan jordan that UCLA defeated the No. 1 team in the nation (last: UCLA 3-2 Maryland, Sept. 6, 2019).
- UCLA and OSU combined for 12 goals in two games last year, the most goals in a season ever in the head-to-head series
- Sept. 30 at OSU: UCLA took a 3-1 lead in 63 minutes, but OSU scored three goals in quick succession to take the result 4-3. Kevin Diaz was the Bruins’ most hard-hitting offensive player, setting up UCLA’s first goal with a dummy that allowed Jose Contell to score easily, heading home with a cross in the 36th minute to give UCLA the lead, then grabbing the first assist on a counterattacking streak that culminated in a Riley Ferch objective. Tyrone Mondi scored just 26 seconds after Ferch, the first of three goals in 3:09 for OSU.
- November 8 at UCLA: Constantinos Michaelides notched his first career brace to lead UCLA past the No. 1 OSU, scoring from close range in the 47th and 59th minutes to give the Bruins a solid lead. After OSU retired a goal in the 65th, Kevin Diaz put the game aside with a score in the 83rd minute on a counter-rush. Nate Crockford made his NCAA debut in that game, making two saves and picking up the win.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Thanks in part to a large possession advantage, UCLA is committing just 8.12 fouls per game at this point in the season. That number leads the Pac-12 conference and ranks sixth nationally (1st: UCF, 7.00).
At 5-2-1, 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 19th 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.
COOKING AT HOME
The Bruins have been tough to beat at home lately, going 15-4 in the last 19 games at Wallis Annenberg Stadium (18-4-1 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).
SILVA IS GRILLING
Leaving behind Tommy Silva leads the team with four assists, tied for 35th 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 scores a run.
The Bruins have shown a penchant for close games lately. Since last season, UCLA has had 20 of the last 26 games (and 17 of the last 20) 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.