No. 19 UCLA (12-6-1) at No. 7 Vermont (15-3-2)
UCLA VISITS VERMONT FOR NCAA THIRD ROUND OF NCAA TOURNAMENT
After beating California Baptist at home and No. 6 seed Clemson on the road last week, UCLA travels to face No. 7 Vermont for an NCAA Tournament third round game on Saturday, November 26 at 4:00 p.m. PT (7:00 a.m. local). The game will be streamed live on ESPN+ (subscription required). Fans can also follow live stats at uclalivestats.com and live updates on Twitter from @UCLAMSoccer.
• UCLA are 12-6-1 overall on the year and enter the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014
• The Bruins make their 47th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, going 76-42 and winning four titles
• UCLA allowed 1 goal or less in 10 straight games Sept. 15-October 29, gave up = 1 GA in 13 of last 14 games
• The streak of 10 consecutive games with a goal against or less was the longest in the program since 2005
• Jose Sosa and Tommy Silva were named to the Pac-12 conference second team (four others were honorable mentions)
• UCLA finished the regular season with an RPI of 26 • 15 different players have scored a point so far for UCLA, including 10 separate scorers
• UCLA’s eight shutouts this season are tied for 21st in the nation
• UCLA is 9-0 this season when scoring first and 3-6 when conceding first
• In all competitions, the Bruins are averaging just 4.14 shots against
• 2021: 11-7-1, reached NCAA Tournament second round, +8 goal differential (best since 2015)
The winner of Saturday’s UCLA-Vermont game will face the winner of (3) Syracuse vs. (14) Cornell, Dec. 2 or 3. Syracuse (15-2-4) hosts Cornell (14-3-1) starting at 11 a.m. PT on Sunday.
NCAA POST-SEASON BRUINS
• UCLA won an overall bid for the NCAA Tournament after going 10-6-1 overall in the regular season and finishing fourth in the Pac-12
• Last year the Bruins beat UC Santa Barbara at home in the first round before unleashing 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 1983 to 2016
• UCLA is 7-3 all-time in NCAA Third Round games
• The Bruins have won four national championships in program history: 1985, 1990, 1997, 2002
Saturday’s game marks the 35th time the Bruins have reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. UCLA is 22-12 all-time in such games, going 7-3 in third-round games (since 2001) and 15-9 in applicable second-round games (the NCAA Tournament went from 32 to 48 teams in 2001, adding one round to the tournament).
UCLA REACHES SWEET SIXTEEN AFTER CLEMSON ROAD OVERTURN
The Bruins picked up a second straight win on Sunday, shaking off a first-half PK to post a 2-1 victory over the No. 6 seed and defending national champion Clemson.
• It was UCLA’s first-ever win against a defending NCAA Tournament champion, having previously gone 0-6.
• Clemson opened the scoring at 22:10 on a successful Hamady Diop penalty, after striker Mohamed Seye seized the opportunity after tangling his feet with a UCLA defender inside the 18
• The Bruins trailed only eight minutes, while Andre Ochoa equalized at 30:17. Grayson Doody set up the play, cutting against a defender at the corner of the 18, drawing a second defender towards him, then playing a pass to Ochoa above the box. Ochoa entered it for the first time by curling a shot into the top right corner of the net. The Clemson keeper didn’t even move to make a save.
• Tucker Lepley scored the winning goal in the 79th minute. Kevin Diaz started the occasion by attempting to play in a cross from the left side. That first attempt was led by a Clemson defender, and UCLA Jose Contell finally torso down in the center inside the box. From there he moved wide as Lepley rushed in from above the box and drilled a shot into the side netting.
• Clemson was held without a dangerous scoring chance the rest of the way
UCLA ADVANCE AFTER FIRST ROUND VICTORY AGAINST CBU
behind the goals of Jose Contell and Kevin DiazUCLA overcame an early deficit to post a 2-1 win over CBU on Thursday night at Westwood.
• The result was eerily similar to the Bruins’ first-round game in the 2021 tournament. In both contests, UCLA conceded first but equalized via Contell and received a game-winning goal from Diaz. Last year’s game also saw the Bruins defeat a Southern California midfielder before heading across the country to face an ACC opponent in the second round.
• First-year goaltender Sam-Joseph made his college debut, making four saves and earning his first NCAA win
• Cal Baptist, playing his first-ever NCAA Tournament game, opened the scoring at 6:43 on a five-hole score from Luis Mueller
• UCLA equalized only 78 seconds later (8:01), while Andre Ochoa ran through midfield and dismissed a ball down the left side to Tommy Silva, who took a touch and then whipped into a cross. Contell made a perfectly timed run and met the ball on the edge of the six, redirecting the ball to a short jump past the CBU keeper
• The two teams battled for 60 minutes after those two early goals, but Diaz scored the winner in the 69th minute. Diaz picked up a loose ball on the left side of the box after a deflection at the top of the 18, then set up and beat the low keeper at the far post
• CBU only had one shot on goal after Diaz was given the go-ahead
FINDING THE BACK OF THE NET
UCLA enters Saturday’s contest having scored in five straight games and scoring multiple goals in four straight games. These are two one-season streaks for the team. It’s the Bruins’ second four-game scoring streak under the fourth-year head coach. ryan jordan, having already done so from September 16 to 30 last season. UCLA is looking for its first five-game multi-goal streak since 2015.
HOLD IT DOWN
UCLA has allowed one goal or less in 10 consecutive games between September 15 and October 29, allowing only four goals in total over that span:
• It was the program’s longest game streak with 1 AG or less since 2005
• Team went 6-3-1 during the streak • UCLA went six clean sheets in those 10 games
• Starting Saturday, the Bruins have allowed one goal or less in 13 of their last 14 games and 15 of 19 games overall this season
KEEP IT CLEAN
Thanks in part to a large possession advantage, UCLA is committing just 9.21 fouls per game at this point in the season. That number leads the Pac-12 and ranks No. 10 nationally (1st: Missouri State, 6.94).
FEEL LIKE A 10
With its regular season-closing victory at San Diego State, UCLA reached the 10-win plateau for the season. It’s the program’s 63rd all-time season with 10 wins and the first consecutive campaigns with double-digit wins since 2015-16.
THE SERIES AGAINST VERMONT
UCLA holds a 2-0-1 advantage in the all-time series against Vermont, although the two teams have not met since the 1995 season (no active UCLA player was alive the last time the two schools met). Sunday marks the Bruins’ second trip to Burlington. The two teams have never met before in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have outscored the Catamounts by a 6-1 margin in the previous three meetings:
• UCLA 0-0 Vermont – 1979 (date, location unconfirmed)
• UCLA 3-1 Vermont – September 15, 1982 in Vermont
• UCLA 3-0 Vermont – September 2, 1995 in Fullerton, California (CSUF Tourney)
NATE THE GREAT
UCLA Guardian Nate Crockford between Sunday at or near the top of the Pac-12 in virtually every goalie stat:
• 1st – solo shutouts (8), saves (60), save percentage (.789)
• 2nd – GAA (0.89), minutes (1,620)
• 3rd – wins (11), GA (16) • Allowed one goal or less in 12 of his last 13 games, averaging 4.0 saves per game over that span
• Crockford was named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week for November 1 after stopping a PK in a six-save shutout at Rutgers
• His eight shutouts are tied for ninth among all goaltenders in the country