Women's Soccer Preparing for NCAA College Cup
Nov. 28, 2000
NCAA College Cup
(6) UCLA vs. Portland
Friday, December 1 *7:30 p.m.
San Jose's Spartan Stadium
Bruins Reach First-Ever NCAA College Cup! . . .
Following its 2-1 upset over third-seeded Clemson in the NCAA quarterfinals this past Saturday in South Carolina, the UCLA women's soccer team will make its first-ever College Cup appearance when the Bruins take on Portland, this Friday at San Jose's Spartan Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m. Prior to this season, UCLA's best NCAA showing was a quarterfinal appearance against Notre Dame in 1997.
Notre Dame, North Carolina Make Up Other Semifinal . . .
In the other semifinal on Friday, top-seeded and unbeaten Notre Dame will take on 19-time Final Four participant and fifth-seeded North Carolina beginning at 5:00 p.m. The winner of that match will take on either UCLA or Portland in Sunday's final beginning at 12:30 p.m.
College Cup Televised on ESPN2 . . .
UCLA's semifinal match against Portland on Friday will be aired on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. on ESPN2. Should the Bruins reach Sunday's final, that match can be seen live on ESPN2 at 12:30 p.m.
Boling's, Duncan Return Home . . .
Three UCLA players will be traveling home this week as twin sisters Krista and Breana Boling and Staci Duncan are all from San Jose. Both Krista and Breana prepped at San Jose's Presentation High School, while Duncan played at Archbishop Mitty. All three played for the prestigious San Jose Mercury club team, winning three national championships and four regional titles together.
Bruins and Pilots Have NCAA History . . .
UCLA and Portland have met only one time, the first round of the NCAA tournament back in 1997. In that game, UCLA pulled off one of its biggest upsets in program history, knocking off the seventh-seeded Pilots, 1-0. UCLA's Beth Thompson scored the winning goal just before halftime, as UCLA went on to the first-round upset. The Bruins reached the quarterfinals that year, falling to Notre Dame.
Ellis Gets Instant Results . . .
After just two seasons in Westwood, UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis has landed the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, helped the Bruins earn their highest ranking in program history (#5) and, most recently, will take UCLA to its first-ever College Cup. Ellis, the head coach of the Under-21 U.S. National Team and an assistant on the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team, owns an overall record of 33-8-2 (.791) at UCLA.
Bruins Capitalize on Second Chance . . .
Prior to UCLA's quarterfinal showdown with Clemson last Saturday, the Bruins and Tigers opened the 2000 season against each other at the Clemson/Nike Kickoff Classic in South Carolina on Aug. 25. Despite being out-shot 15-7, Clemson won that match 1-0 on a goal in the 36th minute by Lindsay Browne. That match was the first-ever meeting between the two schools. On Saturday, UCLA avenged its earlier season loss, beating Clemson 2-1. Said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis following the match, 'We lost to Clemson in the season opener and after that game I told them that we would be back.'
Thank You Stephanie! . . .
With her assist on Lindsay Greco's goal against Clemson on Saturday, junior Stephanie Rigamat notched her 11th assist of the season, setting a new UCLA single-season record. Prior to Saturday, Rigamat was tied atop the list Kristy Howard, who held the record with 10 set in the 1993 season.
Peterson Sets New UCLA Single-Season Record . . .
Bruin goalkeeper CiCi Peterson notched her 18th victory of the season on Saturday, setting a new UCLA single-season record. Heading into Saturday, Peterson was tied with former Bruin keeper Lindsay Culp with 17 victories.
Swanson Ties Two Freshmen Records . . .
Freshman forward Sarah-Gayle Swanson tied two freshmen records in UCLA's 4-0 rout of Texas A&M on Nov. 19. Her goal in that game gave her 14 goals and 32 points on the year, tying her with Traci Arkenberg who had those same totals in 1994.
Rigamat, B. Boling Provide Timely Scoring . . .
Forward Stephanie Rigamat and midfielder Breana Boling are the only two Bruins to have registered either a goal or an assist in all three of UCLA's tournament matches. Rigamat, the team leader in points with 35, had two assists in UCLA's 3-0 second-round defeat of USC and two goals in the Bruins' 4-0 third-round rout of Texas A&M. Against Clemson in the quarterfinals, Rigamat had an assist on UCLA's first goal of the game. Boling, who scored the game-winner against both USC and Clemson, had an assist in the Texas A&M match.
Bruins Earn Highest NCAA 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 and the third straight year that the Bruins have received a first-round bye. Seven Pac-10 teams made the tournament, however the Bruins are the only team in the conference still alive.
Defensive Dominance . . .
With 14 shutouts in 22 matches this season, the UCLA defense is living up to its self-proclaimed nickname as, 'The No Goal Patrol.' UCLA's backline, made up of Krista Boling, Bethany Bogart, Karissa Hampton and Kathryn Lee, has surrendered just eight goals all season. In addition, the Bruins have not given up more than a single goal in any game this year.
Freshmen Class Living Up to No. 1 Billing . . .
Heading into this season, UCLA's recruiting class was tabbed No. 1 in the nation according to online source, Soccer Buzz. The Bruins have lived up to the hype, as Lindsay Greco, Sarah-Gayle Swanson, Whitney Jones and Kathryn Lee have all seen significant minutes in UCLA's postseason run. Swanson leads the team in goals with 14 and has 32 points on the year, while Greco knocked in a goal in UCLA's 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Clemson last Saturday. Both Lee and Jones have started all three of UCLA's tournament matches. Two Bruins, youth national team members Nandi Pryce and Jessica Stamp, have been sidelined with injuries.
Home Unbeaten Streak Reaches 16 . . .
For the second straight season, the Bruins were unbeaten at home with an 8-0 record. The Bruins haven't lost a home contest in two years and currently own a 16-match home unbeaten streak. Prior to this season, UCLA posted an impressive 7-0-1 home mark in 1999. The Bruins' last home loss was an NCAA second round defeat to BYU back on Nov. 14, 1998. UCLA holds an all-time home record of 54-13-5. This current 16-match home winning streak is the longest in program history.
Milburn Named Pac-10 Player of the Year . . .
UCLA forward Tracey Milburn was named Pac-10 Player of the Year on Nov. 7, becoming only the second Bruin ever to win the award. Traci Arkenberg won it back in 1997. Milburn is a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection and has started all 21 games for UCLA this season. She is tied for second on the team in scoring with 32 points (13g, 6a). She was the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 16 after registering eight points in wins over Oregon and Oregon State. In only three seasons in Westwood, Milburn ranks second at UCLA in career points with 81. She transferred from Pepperdine after her freshman season.
Four Bruins Earn All-Pac-10 Honors . . .
In addition to Milburn's selection to the first-team, UCLA placed four other players on all-conference teams. Defender's Karissa Hampton and Krista Boling also earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors, while midfielder Breana Boling was a second-team selection. Bruin goalkeeper CiCi Peterson, who has not given up more than one goal in any game this season and has allowed just eight goals in UCLA's 22 games, was an honorable mention selection.
Bruins in the National Team Rankings . . .
Due to its loss to unranked Arizona State on Friday, Nov. 3, UCLA fell five spots to No. 10 in the final NSCAA regular-season poll released on Nov. 6. In addition, the Bruins fell three spots to No. 6 in the Soccer America poll. UCLA checks in at No. 7 and No. 8 in the Soccer Times and Soccer Buzz polls respectively. New polls will be released at the end of the season.
2000 Squad Shatters Team Records . . .
Offensively speaking, this year's UCLA women's soccer team is the most prolific scoring team in the eight-year history of the program. The 2000 Bruins have set single-season team records for goals (74), assists (52), points (200) and shots (450). Defensively, the Bruins have given up just eight goals and have recorded 14 shutouts, both team records.
Bruins Break Pac-10 Records . . .
In the Bruins' second-round victory over USC on Nov. 11, UCLA set single-season Pac-10 records for points and assists. UCLA's 200 points on the season bests Stanford's 183, set in 1993. In addition, the Bruins' 52 assists also surpasses Stanford's 47, set in 1993 as well. Against Texas A&M on Nov. 19, UCLA set the Pac-10 record for goals scored in a season, surpassing Stanford's 1993 mark of 68. The Bruins have 74 this year.
UCLA in the Pac-10 Statistics . . .
Defensively, UCLA ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10 in goals allowed per game with an 0.36 per game average. The Bruins have given up just eight goals in 22 games this season. In addition, UCLA has not given up more than a single goal in any game this season. The Bruins also rank No. 1 in the conference in shutouts with 14. UCLA has been equally as impressive on the offensive side of the ball, ranking No. 1 in the Pac-10 in goals per game, assists and points. UCLA is averaging more than three goals per contest with a 3.36 average, registering a conference-high 200 points in the process. The Bruins have scored 74 goals this season and have tallied 52 assists.
Bruins in the National Statistics . . .
UCLA ranks No. 2 in the nation (behind Notre Dame) with a goals against average of 0.35. The Bruins have given up eight goals in 22 games this season. Offensively, UCLA ranks fifth in scoring offense with a 3.36 goals per game average.
30-Point Club . . .
Three Bruins have registered more than 30 points this season as Stephanie Rigamat, Sarah-Gayle Swanson and Tracey Milburn are all members of the 30-point club. Rigamat, the team leader in assist with 11, ranks first on the team in scoring with 35 points. Swanson, though only a freshman, leads the team with 14 goals and has 32 points on the year. Milburn, the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, also has 32 points, with 13 goals and six assists.
UCLA Against the NSCAA Top-25 . . .
The Bruins are 7-2-1 against teams ranked in the NSCAA Top-25. UCLA has beaten No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 Cal, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 10 Florida, No. 18 Stanford, No. 19 Marquette and No. 22 USC. Two of UCLA's three losses on the season have come to teams ranked in the NSCAA top-10 (No. 6 Clemson and No. 3 Washington).
Lost - No. 6 Clemson, 0-1 (8/25) Won - No. 10 Florida, 4-0 (9/3) Won - No. 19 Marquette, 5-1 (10/6) Tied - No. 21 USC, 1-1 OT (10/8) Lost - No. 3 Washington, 1-0 OT (10/22) Won - No. 18 Stanford, 5-0 (10/27) Won - No. 6 Cal, 4-1 (10/29) Won - No. 22 USC, 3-0 (11/11)* Won - No. 9 Texas A&M, 4-0 (11/19)* Won - No. 5 Clemson, 2-1 (11/25)* *NCAA Tournament Match
Peterson Ranked Second in National Statistics. . .
Bruin goalkeeper CiCi Peterson ranks No. 2 in the nation with an 0.38 goals against average. Notre Dame's Elizabeth Wagner leads the nation with an average of 0.32. Peterson has given up just eight goals in 22 games this season. She has recorded 12.5 shutouts and has not given up more than a single goal in any game this year.