The Oregon State men’s soccer team (7-6-1, 0-4-1 Pac-12) hits the road for the final time this season for rematches with No. 4/4 UCLA (7-3-3, 2-1-2 Pac-12) and San Diego State (4-7-1, 1-3-1). The Beavers will face the Bruins Friday at 6 p.m., before taking on the Aztecs Sunday at 12 p.m.
FOLLOW ALONG: Links to live stats for the game will be available at osubeavers.com. You can also follow @OSUBeavers_MSOC and @CoachSimmo on twitter for updates on Oregon State men’s soccer. Friday’s contest will be televised live on Pac-12 Los Angeles, and will be shown on tape-delay Saturday at 4 a.m. on Pac-12 Oregon.
SCOUTING UCLA: The Bruins are currently third in the Pac-12 with a 2-1-2 conference record, to go with a 7-3-3 overall record. UCLA has won back-to-back Pac-12 Conference Championships, but is coming off a pair of draws last week, in road contests against Oregon State and No. 3/3 Washington. The Bruins are led by Victor Chevez, who has 16 points this season on six goals and four assists. Leo Stolz follows him with 15 points on five goals and five assists. Goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. has recorded five shutouts in 12 games this season, and has allowed 17 goals. The Bruins are coached by Jorge Salcedo, who is in his 10th season with the team, boasting a record of 123-49-30.
The Beavers are 4-26-2 all-time against the Bruins, with all four of their victories coming in Corvallis. Oregon State’s last point at UCLA came in 2009, when the Beavers tied the Bruins 1-1 in Los Angeles. Oregon State’s last win in the series came in 2005, a 1-0 victory in Corvallis.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE: San Diego State is currently 1-3-1 in conference play, and 4-7-1 overall on the season. Abraham Villon is tied for the Pac-12 lead with 17 points on six goals and five assists, while Jordan Ongaro has 14 points on seven goals. Goalkeeper Blake Hylen is second in the conference with 48 saves this season, and has recorded three shutouts. The Aztecs are coached by Lev Kirshner, who is 98-115-44 in 14 seasons with San Diego State.
The Beavers are 10-8-2 all-time against the Aztecs, including a 5-5-0 mark in road games. Oregon State beat San Diego State 1-0 in San Diego last season, before tying the Aztecs 1-1 in Corvallis.
TAKING A CHANCE: Junior Chance Bergen scored his first goal as a Beavers on Friday, helping Oregon State to a 1-1 draw with No. 5/5 UCLA. Bergen has broken into the starting lineup for the last three matches. He has a total of three shots this season, two of which have been on goal.
MAGIC MATT: Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Bersano set a new season high for saves, recording nine against No. 5/5 UCLA on Saturday. Five of those saves came in the first overtime period, marking the highest total for a Beaver goalie in a single overtime since Bryan Hill had six in the second overtime of Oregon State’s 0-0 tie with UC Irvine on Sept. 12, 1997. Bersano has recorded four clean sheets already this season, matching his total from 2012. The Oregon State net-minder leads the Pac-12 Conference with 63 saves, after finishing atop the league with 79 saves last season.
KNOCKING-OUT NONCONFERENCE: The Beavers closed out nonconference play with seven victories, the most an Oregon State team has tallied since the 2002 squad won nine nonconference matches. Oregon State won six non-league games in both 2003 and 2004. The Beavers’ all-time record for nonconference wins in a season in which a conference slate was played came in 1994, when Oregon State won 10 nonconference games. The Beavers won 11 games in their inaugural 1988 season, a year in which Oregon State played no conference matches.