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MSOC Weekend Preview

Sixth-ranked UCLA (6-2-1, 1-0-0) will play host to two big Pac-12 opponents this week, taking on Stanford (6-2-1, 1-1-0) on Thursday before squaring off against top-ranked California (7-0-2, 1-0-1) on Sunday.

UCLA kicked off Pac-12 play during the weekend with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against San Diego State. The Bruins fell behind in the 25th minute when Jordan Ongaro scored for the Aztecs, but came roaring back with two goals in the final 15 minutes to grab the victory. Freshman Kevin De La Torre scored the tying goal in the 76th minute, controlling a cross from fellow freshman Brian Iloski and putting the ball into the back of the net to level the match at 1-1. Then with just a minute to go, senior Victor Chavez put the Bruins ahead for good with a terrific header goal to give UCLA a 2-1 win. Junior Leo Stolz set the play up with a beautiful chip pass to the far post where Chavez finished the play.

Junior midfielder Leo Stolz has done a great job of finding the back of the net lately, scoring at least one goal in four of his last six matches. Stolz has also recorded at least one point in five of his last six matches.

UCLA has shut out four of its nine opponents this season. Junior keeper Earl Edwards Jr. has been in goal for all four clean sheets, which matches his entire total from 2012. Overall, Edwards has 23 saves thus far. The backline of Patrick Matchett, Joe Sofia, Aaron Simmons and Javan Torre, along with freshmen defenders Michael Amick and Nathan Smith have also done a great job of limiting the opposition's opportunities.

Stanford will enter its matchup with UCLA with an identical 6-2-1 record on the year. The Cardinal are 1-1 in conference play after splitting their matches against Washington and Oregon State last weekend. Overall, junior forward Zach Batteer leads Stanford with five goals and one assist on the year to give him a team-high 11 points. Freshman forward Jordan Morris is right behind him, scoring three goals and notching three assists in nine matches. 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Aaron Kovar leads the Cardinal in the midfield, recording a team-high four assists on the season. In goal, Stanford will turn to senior Drew Hutchins, who has a 1.19 GAA and 24 saves thus far.

California enters this week with a record of 7-0-2 on the year, 1-0-1 in the conference. The Golden Bears are led by senior defender Steve Birnbaum, who is tied for the conference lead with six goals and 13 points. Birnbaum has also scored on six of his seven shots on goal. Junior Stefano Bonomo leads California up front, scoring four goals and registering two assists in nine matches thus far. Senior Alec Sundly will pace the Golden Bears in the midfield, as he is tied with Leo Stolz for the Pac-12 lead in game-winning goals (3). Redshirt junior Justin Taillole will look to get the start in goal for California on Sunday. Taillole has posted a GAA of 0.53 in nine matches while making 24 saves.

Maryland took full advantage of its latest homestand, going 3-0-1 in the last four matches at Ludwig. The Terps outscored opponents 7-3 and picked up their first shutout of the year against Pitt. A total of 10,771 fans hit up Ludwig during the four-game homestand.

Offensively, eight Terrapins have notched at least one goal this season and 12 players have tallied a point in 2013.  Maryland used five players off the bench and subbed heavily in its win against Boston College Friday.

On Tuesday, Maryland closed its shortest conference rivalry when it salvaged a 1-1 draw on Tuesday against No. 2 Notre Dame. It was the first and last regular season conference meeting between Notre Dame and Maryland.

The Terps trip to Virginia will cap a storied history between Maryland and the Cavaliers. Maryland leads the all-time series with Virginia 39-29-8.

Thursday, Oct. 10  
8:30 p.m. No. 6 UCLA vs. Stanford
10 p.m. No. 1 California vs. San Diego State
Friday, Oct. 11  
7 p.m. No. 2 Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech
7 p.m. No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 23 Virginia
10 p.m. No. 4 Cal State Northridge vs. UC Santa Barbara
Saturday, Oct. 12  
2:30 p.m. No. 8 UMBC vs. Albany
7 p.m. No. 9 Georgetown vs. Xavier
7 p.m. No. 10 UAB vs. Old Dominion
8 p.m. No. 7 Creighton vs. Marquette
Sunday, Oct. 13  
4 p.m. No. 1 California vs. No. 6 UCLA
9:30 p.m. No. 4 Cal State Northridge vs. Cal Poly
Monday, Oct. 14  
10 p.m. No. 3 Washington vs. Oregon State
Tuesday, Oct. 15  
7 p.m. No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Northwestern
7 p.m. No. 5 Maryland vs. Marshall
8 p.m. No. 7 Creighton vs. Michigan
Wednesday, Oct. 16  
3 p.m. No. 8 UMBC vs. Vermont
8 p.m. No. 10 UAB vs. FIU


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