I hope that you all are enjoying the extended weekend. Having football back definitely helps - especially when the Bruins show up with a game like we saw on Saturday night. But Football isn't the only UCLA sport in season. Time for a few non-revenue sports notes.
The big game of the week was the Men's Soccer team's 1-0 overtime victory over #1-ranked Indiana in Bloomington. In front of a Hoosier record crowd, the Bruins played the final 25 minutes down to 10 men after Joe Sofia was shown the ref's red card. The Men's team has moved up to #3 in this week's rankings and will play Cal Poly on Thursday night @ Drake Stadium. Video of Victor Chavez's game winner in Bloomington is below.
Not to be outdone, the Women's Soccer team sits at #2 in this week's national rankings after notching a pair of wins in South Bend: 2-1 against #20 Marquette, and 1-0 over #7 Notre Dame. The ladies will stay east for another week, playing #1-ranked UNC and Duke in Durham, NC over the weekend.
The Women's Volleyball team also started play last week, competing in and winning the Doubletree Invitational @ LMU. The Bruins opened the tournament by defeating Albany 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-16), continuing on by sweeping North Texas (25-23, 25-16, 25-18) before defeating LMU 3-1 (14-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-23). Ralph Irvin was at the opening game of the tournament, and put together some clips of the match along with his post-match interviews with members of the team. The team next faces the sad, sad task of having to spend a few days in Hawaii... Where they will play Santa Clara, New Mexico State and Hawaii in the Hawaiian Airlines Classic. Live audio of those matches will be available, starting with the opening match on Thursday night (7:45pm Pacific).
Men's Water Polo will be starting their season this week with a pretty full schedule. On Saturday, the team will host the UCLA Invitational @ Sunset Rec, with games scheduled against UCSB, Pepperdine, Pomona and Claremont. Then on Sunday, they will head down to La Jolla to compete in UCSD's Triton Invitational, facing Cal Lutheran and UCSD before finishing the weekend against Southern Cal.
The NFL had its final round of roster cuts over the weekend. We will have a dedicated post looking at the Bruins that have made opening day rosters later this week. But one of the notable transactions of cut day saw Chris Kluwe getting cut by the Raiders.
Thanks to everyone at the Raiders for the opportunity this preseason. It was a blast. @MarquetteKing's got a bright future with you guys!— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) September 1, 2013
Hopefully Chris will land a spot with another team later in the season.