No. 2 UCLA Visits No. 3 Santa Clara This Thursday
Oct. 16, 2001
Rigamat Named Pac-10 Player of the Week . . .
UCLA senior forward Stephanie Rigamat has been named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 8-15. Rigamat, from La Crescenta, Calif., tallied five points on the weekend - notching two goals and an assist - as the Bruins defeated Arizona and Arizona State to kick off Pac-10 play. On Oct. 14, Rigamat scored the game-winner in UCLA's dramatic, 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Sun Devils. She also added an assist on the tying goal of that match, helping the Bruins maintain their perfect 11-0-0 record. Against the Wildcats on Oct. 12, Rigamat scored UCLA's second goal in a 2-0 shutout win.
Bruins Off to Best Start in Program History . . .
At 11-0, UCLA is off to its best start in program history. In UCLA's NCAA runner-up season in 2000, the Bruins were 9-1-1 after the first 11 games, however never before has UCLA been undefeated this far into a season.
Last Time vs. Santa Clara . . .
When UCLA takes the field against No. 3 Santa Clara this Thursday, the Bruins will no doubt be looking to avenge their third round NCAA loss to the Broncos back in 1999. In that match, the last meeting between the two schools, Santa Clara scored three first-half goals and added four more in the second half for a 7-0 victory. UCLA is 0-2 all-time against Santa Clara.
Bruins Take on No. 3 Again . . .
Santa Clara will be UCLA's second No. 3 ranked opponent this season. Back on Sept. 1 in the Bruins' 2001 season opener, UCLA defeated then-No. 3 Portland, 1-0 at the Cal State Fullerton Fila Classic. Bruin forward Mary-Frances Monroe scored the game-winning goal in the 31st minute of the match (unassisted).
Bruins Retain No. 2 Spot in National Polls . . .
For the seventh consecutive week, UCLA remained second in the weekly polls released by the NSCAA and Soccer America. Defending NCAA Champion North Carolina has been No. 1 all season. In addition to UCLA, three other Pac-10 teams are ranked in the NSCAA Top-25 (#9 Stanford, #16 Cal and #20 Washington).
1. North Carolina2. UCLA3. Santa Clara4. Notre Dame5. Nebraska6. Penn State7. St. Mary's8. Florida9. Stanford10. Harvard11. Portland12. Texas13. Virginia14. Clemson15. UConn16. Cal17. Texas A&M18. Marquette19. Florida State20. Washington21. West Virginia22. Hartford23. Tennessee24. Michigan25. Pepperdine
Pryce Back in UCLA Lineup . . .
UCLA defender Nandi Pryce came off the bench to make her 2001 season debut in a 2-0 win over Arizona last Friday. One of the most highly touted freshmen in the country last year and a member of the Under-21 U.S. National Team, Pryce broke her leg just five games into last season. Friday marked her first game in a UCLA uniform since Sept. 8, 2000.
UCLA Takes Inaugural Women's Cup Title . . .
With wins over Loyola Marymount and No. 25 Princeton, UCLA was crowned champion of the first-ever UCLA Women's Cup on Oct. 7. The 2001 Women's Cup kicked off Oct. 5 with Cal Poly and Princeton playing to a scoreless tie. Following that match, UCLA registered a 3-0 victory over Loyola Marymount. On Oct. 7, UCLA defeated Princeton, 2-0 and LMU defeated Cal Poly, 2-1. With its two victories, UCLA improved to 9-0 on the season.
Monroe's Streak Ends Against Princeton . . .
Bruin forward Mary-Frances Monroe's streak of recording either a goal or an assist in every game this season came to an end on Oct. 7 against No. 25 Princeton at the UCLA Women's Cup. Despite a game-high seven shots, Monroe was unable to score or assist on a goal against the Tigers. Former Bruin Traci Arkenberg holds the UCLA record for consecutive games with either a goal or an assist at 12. Monroe has however, registered a point in 10 of 11 UCLA matches this season.
Home Sweet Home . . .
When UCLA defeated Arizona State, 3-2 on Sunday at Drake Stadium, the Bruins extended their home unbeaten streak to 20 games. The Bruins haven't lost a home contest in nearly three years. UCLA is 4-0 at home this season and posted a perfect 8-0 home record last season. In addition, the Bruins were 7-0-1 at home in 1999. 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 58-13-5.
Bruins Lose Greco With Torn ACL . . .
Bruin forward Lindsay Greco tore her ACL in practice on Sept. 13 and will miss the remainder of the 2001 season. Greco was leading the team in scoring before her injury. She started UCLA's first four games of the season, registering a team-best 13 points on six goals and one assist. On Sept. 11, she was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week following an impressive weekend at the Orange/Blue Classic in which she registered a hat trick and an assist against Louisville on Sept. 7. She followed that game up with a goal against Syracuse on Sept. 9, giving her nine points in two games. As a freshman last season, Greco ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 20 points (8g, 4a). With UCLA only four games into the 2001 season at the time of her injury, Greco will be applying for a medical redshirt with the Pac-10 Conference.
Bruins Led by Pair of Hermann Award Candidates . . .
It's no coincidence that the top two scorers for UCLA are both player of the year candidates. Bruin forwards Stephanie Rigamat and Mary-Frances Monroe account for more than half of UCLA's scoring this season (42 of 80 points). They both were selected as two of 15 candidates for the Hermann Award, given annually to the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the country. The other 13 candidates for the women's award are: Santa Clara's Danielle Slaton and Aly Wagner, Penn State's Christie Welsh, Florida's Abby Wambach, BYU's Aleisha Cramer, Virginia's Lori Lindsey, Cal's Laura Schott, Portland's Lauren Orlandos, North Carolina's Danielle Borgman and Jena Kluegel, Washington's Hope Solo and Texas A&M's Nicky Thrasher.