No. 6 Seed UCLA Readies for NCAA Tournament
Nov. 6, 2000
NCAA Women's Soccer Championships
(6) UCLA vs. San Diego/USC winner
Saturday, November 11, 2000
UCLA's Drake Stadium * 1:00 p.m.
This Week . . .
The No. 10 UCLA women's soccer team earned a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament and will take on the winner between San Diego and USC, this Saturday at UCLA's Drake Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins are a No. 6 seed in the 48-team championships which begin Wednesday with first-round matches. The NCAA College Cup will be played Dec. 1-3 in San Jose.
Bruins Earn Highest Seed in Program History . . .
At No. 6, UCLA earns its highest seeding in the eight-year history of the program. This is UCLA's fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance the third straight year that the Bruins have received a first-round bye. UCLA is one of seven Pac-10 teams to receive a bid in this year's tournament, more than any other conference.
Looking at USC and San Diego . . .
The Bruins faced both USC and USD during the regular season. UCLA defeated USD 3-0 back on Sept. 24 in San Diego. In that match, Stephanie Rigamat scored the fastest goal in UCLA history, scoring just 11 seconds into the match. That goal also tied for the fifth fastest in NCAA history. Tracey Milburn added two more goals as the Bruins went on to the 3-0 victory. USD enters Wednesday's match against USC with a 13-6-0 overall record. USC and UCLA played to a 1-1 tie following two overtime periods back on Oct. 8 at the Coliseum. USC's Jessica Edwards put the Women of Troy up 1-0 in the 22nd minute of play and the Bruins answered at the 68:11 mark on a goal from Bruin freshman Lindsay Greco. Neither team was able to score in two overtime periods and the match was called a draw. The Bruins outshot USC 30-14. The Women of Troy head into Wednesday's match with a 13-5-2 overall record and No. 22 national ranking.
UCLA Tough to Beat at Home . . .
For the second straight season, UCLA was unbeaten while playing in Westwood. The Bruins haven't lost a home contest in nearly two years and currently own a 14-match home unbeaten streak. UCLA posted an impressive 7-0-1 home record in 1999 and won all six of its regular-season home games this season. The Bruins' last home loss was an NCAA Second Round defeat at the hands of BYU back on Nov. 14, 1998. UCLA holds an all-time home record of 52-13-5.
Bruins in the National Rankings . . .
Due to its loss to unranked Arizona State on Friday, UCLA fell five spots to No. 10 in the latest NSCAA national poll released Monday. The Bruins fell three spots to No. 6 in this week's Soccer America poll.