Matadors Battle The UCLA Bruins In Westwood On Sunday
Sept. 25, 2008
Results From Last Week
Sunday, September 21 vs. Sacramento State, W, 2-1
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Looking to carry over the momentum created in their last-minute 2-1 victory over the Sacramento State Hornets, the Matadors will travel to Westwood to face the UCLA Bruins this Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Matador Field exploded last season when the Matadors held their cross-town rivals scoreless in a 3-0 victory against the tenth-ranked Bruins.
"We're big rivals, last year the score was 3-0 and I'm sure that they are pumped up to show that that was a fluke," explained Matadors forward Camilo Rojas. "We have a week ahead of us to train, we'll be ready, and give them a good game.
In their two meetings prior to last season, the Matadors were able to compete and hold their own against the former national champions at they respectively drew a 0-0 and 1-1 tie when they faced one another in 2005 and 2006. But it was not until last season when Matadors Head Coach Terry Davila and his men were able to break through and defeat the Bruins for the first time in the program's history.
"UCLA is a good team, they have always been a good team, but we are more focused on ourselves and what we need to do to get a win this weekend" stated forward Milan Radovic. "If we play our game, then we are going to win."
In the six games that have played in Westwood between the two teams, the Matadors have never emerged with a victory; a fact that a number of the Matadors understand and realize.
"We're looking forward to entering the stadium and facing their crowd. If we win one over there, it will be huge for our school," exclaimed Radovic. "This game is going to be very exciting."
In order to win their first game at Drake Stadium, the Matadors will need to continue their solid performance on defense, and find a way to neutralize Bruin forward Maxwell Griffin. Currently leading the team with three goals scored this season, Griffin and fellow teammate, defenseman Brad Rusin, have been the two biggest scoring threats this season for the Bruins, and look to add to their totals this weekend.
Having already faced three top-20 teams, including top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Wake Forest, current No. 3 Maryland and current No. 10 Indiana, the battle-tested Bruins will be a tough test for the Matadors. A win against the four-time national champions will show just how dangerous and well-rounded this squad really is, and make it difficult for voters not to include them in their weekly discussions of the top men's soccer teams in Division I.
Matador fans that are traveling to this year's game can purchase their tickets for $7 at the Drake Stadium Box Office, and are encouraged to park in lots 4, 6, or 7, as these are the closest locations to the facility. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Next week the Matadors travel to Omaha, Nebraska to face the #8 ranked Creighton Blue Jays in their final non-conference match of the season. Fans can tune to the CBS College Sports Network to watch the game live, kick-off is scheduled to take place at 7:00 p.m. CST/5:00 p.m. PST in the Matadors only nationally televised game of the season.