CSUN hosts UCLA Saturday

Debby von Winckelmann

The CSUN men’s soccer team will play its last non-conference match this weekend, hosting the 10th-ranked UCLA Bruins at Matador Soccer Field on Saturday.

The Matadors are coming off a 4-0 loss to No. 28 New Mexico last week. The loss was the first time CSUN has lost by more than one goal in the last 11 losses. The Matadors enter Saturday’s matchup with an overall record of 3-2-1.

Junior midfielder Devin Deldo and sophomore forward Sunghyun Kim lead the Matador offense with to goals and one assist each. Freshman forward Camilo Rojas also has two goals this season. CSUN has outshot its opponents 87-62, but its shots on goal percentage is .356, compared to .403 by opponents.

On defense, the Matadors hope to welcome back senior defender Sean Franklin on Saturday. Franklin has been out with a broken arm and hasn’t yet played in a game this season. In the goal, junior Kevin Guppy has already collected 17 saves for the season.

UCLA lost its last game 2-1 in overtime to Santa Clara. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Bruins and dropped their record to 3-3-1.

The Bruins offense is led by junior forward Maxwell Griffin with four goals for the season. Sophomore defender Chance Meyers and senior defender Mike Zaher follow with two goals each. The Bruins expect to welcome back their 2006 leading scorer, sophomore forward David Estrada on Saturday. Estrada has been out this season after having surgery on his foot.

Sophomore goalkeeper Brian Perk has 31 saves this season and has played every minute of every game this season for the Bruins.

The Matadors have never beat UCLA, but the teams tied in the last two games, after 12 consecutive losses to the Bruins by CSUN.

The game starts at 4 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field and will be broadcast on www.gomatadors.com.

Do you have more to say than a comment? Want any feedback from the writer? Story ideas? Click on The Gripevine.