No. 5 Bruins Enter Crucial Pac-10 Homestand Against Washington Schools
Oct. 30, 2001
This Week . . .
#5 UCLA vs. #16 Washington
Friday, Nov. 2 - 2:00 p.m. (Drake Stadium)
Fox Sports Net
#5 UCLA vs. Washington St.
Sunday, Nov. 4 - 1:00 p.m. (Drake Stadium)
Fox Sports Net to Televise Washington Match:
The UCLA vs. Washington match this Friday will be televised by Fox Sports Net on a tape delayed basis. Friday's match will air on Fox Sports West in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Noon.
Bruins vs. Huskies, Cougars:
UCLA owns a 4-2-1 all-time record over Washington. The Huskies however, won the last meeting between the two schools, registering a 1-0 overtime victory over the Bruins in Seattle last year. UCLA's last win over the Washington was a 2-0 decision in Seattle in 1998. The Bruins are 6-1-1 all-time against Washington State. UCLA has won the last six meetings, including a 1-0 win over the Cougars in Pullman last year. The Bruins' only loss to WSU was a 4-2 decision back in 1993, the first year of women's soccer at UCLA.
UCLA Puts 21-Game Home Unbeaten Streak on the Line:
When UCLA defeated crosstown rival USC, 2-1 back on Oct. 21, the Bruins extended their home unbeaten streak to 21 games. UCLA is 5-0 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. UCLA's last home loss was an NCAA Second Round defeat to BYU back on Nov. 14, 1998. UCLA holds an all-time home record of 59-13-5.
Bruins in the National Polls:
Following its loss to Oregon State last week, UCLA fell two places to No. 5 in the weekly poll issued by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Bruins fell two spots to No. 6 in Soccer America's poll.
NSCAA (10/29) 1. North Carolina 2. Stanford 3. Santa Clara 4. Portland 5. UCLA 6. Notre Dame 7. Texas 8. Penn State 9. UConn 10. Clemson 11. Nebraska 12. St. Mary's 13. Florida 14. Texas A&M 15. Virginia 16. Washington 17. Tennessee 18. San Diego 19. Princeton 20. Harvard 21. Pepperdine 22. Michigan 23. Cal 24. Wake Forest 25. Dartmouth
Recapping the Oregon Trip:
Last weekend, UCLA was up in Oregon for matches against the Ducks and Beavers. On Friday, UCLA notched a 2-0 victory over Oregon in Eugene. In that match, Sarah-Gayle Swanson and Breana Boling scored goals for UCLA as the Bruins improved their record to 4-1 all-time against the Ducks. On Sunday, UCLA tasted defeat for only the second time all season, falling to Oregon State, 2-1 in Corvallis. The Beavers actually owned a 2-0 lead late in the game before Boling scored her second goal of the weekend in the 88th minute of play. The loss snapped UCLA's five-game winning streak over the Beavers.
UCLA Against the NSCAA Top-25:
UCLA is 3-1 against teams ranked in the NSCAA Top-25. The Bruins started the season with a 1-0 win over No. 3 Portland at the Fila Classic in Fullerton. Following that match, UCLA registered wins over No. 22 William & Mary and No. 25 Princeton at the UCLA Women's Cup. The Bruins were beaten by No. 3 Santa Clara in a road match on Oct. 18.
Bruin forward Lindsay Greco tore her ACL back in practice on Sept. 13 and will miss the rest of the season. Tracey Winzen has missed the last nine matches with a broken thumb sustained against James Madison back on Sept. 28. She had surgery following the injury and might actually play against Washington this Friday. Her status will not be determined until game time.
Monroe Named Finalist for M.A.C. Award:
Forward Mary-Frances Monroe has been selected as a candidate for the Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C) Collegiate Soccer Player of the Year award. Monroe, a 5-1 senior transfer from the University of Connecticut, placed third in last year's voting for the M.A.C. Award. This season, she ranks second on the team in scoring with 21 points on nine goals and three assists. She has played and started in all 15 matches this season, registering a team-high 68 shots. She also ranks tied for first on the team with four game-winning goals. Monroe was a two-time M.A.C. Award finalist and three-time All-American at UConn from 1998-2000. A member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team, she was named Big East Rookie of the Year in 1998 and was a three-time first-team All-Big East selection. She is also a candidate for the Hermann Trophy, also given to the top player in college soccer.
Bruins Control Their Own Destiny:
With a 4-1 record, UCLA currently stands tied for second place in the Pac-10 standings with Washington and USC. Stanford is atop the Pac-10 with a perfect 5-0 mark. UCLA, however, still controls its own destiny with a trip to the Bay Area in two weeks. If UCLA can win its final four games, the Bruins would win at least a share of the 2001 Pac-10 title. Even if UCLA and Stanford finish with identical 8-1 records, the Bruins would receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament based on the head-to-head meeting.
UCLA in the Pac-10 Statistics:
UCLA leads the Pac-10 in several categories, including: goals scored (36), shutouts (9) and shots taken (324). The Bruins rank second in goals per game (2.40), goals allowed (10) and corner kicks (88). Individually, CiCi Peterson ranks first in the conference in shutouts (8) and goals against average (0.62). Mary-Frances Monroe leads the Pac-10 in shots taken with 68. Stephanie Rigamat ranks fourth in scoring with 23 points and is tied for second in goals with 10. Both Rigamat and Monroe are tied for second in the conference with four game-winning goals.
Bruin senior forward Mary-Frances Monroe is making the most of her one season in Westwood. A three-time All-American at the University of Connecticut from 1998-2000, she currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 21 points (9g, 3a). She has notched either a goal or an assist in 11 of 15 matches this season, including UCLA's first eight matches of the year. In her first game in a UCLA uniform, Monroe scored the game-winning goal to defeat No. 3 Portland, 1-0 at the CSUF Fila Classic. She has started all 15 matches this season and was recently named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy and the M.A.C. Award, both given annually to the top player in college soccer.
UCLA leads the Pac-10 in shutouts with nine already this season. In contrast, the Bruins have only been shutout once this season (Santa Clara, 10/18). The Bruins have only given up 10 goals all season, good enough for second in the Pac-10. Offensively, UCLA has scored 36 goals and has outshot its opponents 324-114.
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 on Oct. 12. 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. The Arizona game marked her first appearance in a UCLA uniform since Sept. 8, 2000.
Duncan Climbing Career Charts:
With a goal against USC on Oct. 21, Bruin forward Staci Duncan moved into second place all-time at UCLA on the career scoring charts. Duncan entered the season with 74 points and currently has eight this season for 82. She surpassed Tracey Milburn and Venus James who were tied for second with 81 points. With her next goal, she will move into a tie for second place with Milburn in goals scored with 33. She also ranks third all-time in assists (18) and game-winning goals (11).