Thursday, January 23

Assistant men’s tennis coach’s background serves as baseline for career

It’s been over a decade since Rikus De Villiers made the journey to Pepperdine for his first season of collegiate tennis. But the now-UCLA men’s tennis assistant coach’s eventual trip from Malibu to Westwood wasn’t the longest leg of his journey. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men’s tennis assistant coach Rikus De Villiers grew up playing junior tennis in his native country of South Africa before making the journey to the U.S. to play collegiate tennis. As he climbed the junior ranks of his home nation, De Villiers was often expected to financially support his budding career on his own – one of many obstacles he faced as he strived to break into the professional level of the sport. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)


Men’s soccer looks for 2nd Pac-12 win going into last half of conference play

The Bruins have made their first cycle through Pac-12 competition. After an upcoming nonconference matchup against the University of San Diego (9-1-1, 1-0-0 West Coast Conference) on Thursday, UCLA men’s soccer (5-5-2, 1-3-1 Pac-12) will enter the second half of conference play Oct. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore midfielder Riley Ferch picked up two assists in UCLA men’s soccer’s 3-3 tie with California on Oct. 13. Ferch leads the team in assists with seven, but has only started in four of the Bruins’ 12 regular season games. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)


Men’s soccer tallies second tie of season in game against California

Neither the Bruins nor the Bears could hold the lead until the final whistle. UCLA men’s soccer (5-5-2, 1-3-1 Pac-12) couldn’t pull out a game-winning goal against conference rival California (6-3-1, 2-2-1 Pac-12) on Sunday evening. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt senior defender Matthew Powell (left) celebrates his goal in the 14th minute with sophomore midfielder Riley Ferch (right). Powell’s goal put the Bruins up 2-1 on the night, but wouldn’t last long as California equalized in the 23rd minute. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)


Men’s soccer seeks to end pattern of conceding early goals before Stanford game

The Bruins offense surged Sunday night, courtesy of junior forward Milan Iloski’s record-setting performance. But on the defensive side, the Bruins continued to concede goals. UCLA men’s soccer (5-4-1, 1-2 Pac-12) has failed to tally a home shutout so far this season, allowing an average of 2.2 goals per game. Read more...

Photo: Junior defender Ruben Soria – a transfer out of Santa Monica College – has started nine of the Bruins’ 10 games in 2019. Soria and the Bruins’ backline have tallied only one shutout this season, against Northwestern away from home.(Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)


Men’s soccer’s Milan Iloski breaks UCLA program record with five goals in single game

Milan Iloski has rewritten the record books. In UCLA men’s soccer’s (5-4-1, 1-2-0 Pac-12) 5-2 win over San Diego State (3-5-1, 0-3-0 Pac-12) the junior forward scored all five goals, solidifying himself as the Bruin with the most individual goals in a single game. Read more...

Photo: Junior forward Milan Iloski scored five times for UCLA men’s soccer in its win over San Diego State on Sunday. Iloski’s five goals is a new school record for most individual goals scored in a single game. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)


Tay’s Takedown: Despite men’s soccer’s record so far, coach Ryan Jorden shows promise

As the saying goes, “There’s always next year.” And it’s this phrase – speaking to a hopeful future for a continually faltering team – that applies to the current state of UCLA men’s soccer. Read more...

Photo: Before being hired in April 2019, coach Ryan Jorden served as head coach for University of the Pacific men’s soccer beginning in 2013. The Tigers reached the second round of the NCAA tournament in each of his last three years in Stockton, California. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)


New men’s soccer players find success, adapting to playing styles

First-year coach Ryan Jorden isn’t the only new Bruin in Westwood. Jorden and his team of assistant coaches were active in the recruiting season, bringing in 10 new players – either freshmen or transfers – to UCLA men’s soccer (4-4-1, 0-2-0 Pac-12) for the 2019 season. Read more...

Photo: Junior forward Marcony Pimentel transferred to UCLA from Pittsburgh after playing two seasons with the Panthers. Before entering collegiate action, Pimentel spent six years in Germany at the SC Freiburg Academy, making appearances for Germany’s U-17 national team. (Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin senior staff)



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