No. 3 Women's Soccer Faces Must-Win Games in Bay Area
Nov. 7, 2001
#3 UCLA vs. #17 Cal
Friday, Nov. 9 - Berkeley, Calif. (2:30 p.m.)
#3 UCLA vs. #4 Stanford
Sunday, Nov. 11 - Stanford, Calif. (1:00 p.m.)
Previewing the Week Ahead:
UCLA will be aiming for its third-straight victory over Cal when the Bruins and Golden Bears face off this Friday in Berkeley. The Bruins lead the all-time series 4-3, having beating Cal, 4-1 in the last meeting between the two teams in 2000. Cal is currently ranked No. 17 in the nation and stands at 11-5-2 overall and 3-3-1 in the Pac-10. Following a 6-0 road loss to Stanford in 1999, UCLA returned the favor last season in Westwood, taking a 5-0 victory. The Cardinal enter the week ranked No. 4 in the nation and are tied for first with UCLA in the Pac-10 with a 6-1-0 record. The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 3-3-1.
NCAA Tournament Field Announced Next Week:
The bracket for the Division I Women's Soccer Championship will be announced live at 3 p.m. Eastern time, Monday, November 12, on various regional sports networks. This year's tournament has expanded to 64 teams, with 16 schools hosting first and second round matches beginning Nov. 16. UCLA is playing for a top-four seed and the right to host all the way up to the NCAA College Cup.
UCLA Controls its Own Destiny in Quest for Pac-10 Title:
Two victories this weekend in the Bay Area will assure UCLA of its first Pac-10 championship since 1998, when the Bruins finished in a three-way tie with Cal and USC. UCLA also won the title outright in 1997. The Bruins are currently in a tie with Stanford at 6-1. Should both the Bruins and Cardinal win on Friday, the winner of Sunday's game in Stanford will be the 2001 Pac-10 Champion.
Recapping the Washington Weekend:
UCLA posted two home victories over the Washington schools this past weekend at Drake Stadium. On Friday, UCLA used an own goal by the Huskies to register a 1-0 victory over No. 16 Washington. On that goal, Bruin forward Stephanie Rigamat crossed a ball into the UW box, forcing a UW defender to knock it in when trying to clear it. UCLA outshot Washington, 20-2, holding the Huskies to zero second-half shots. On Sunday, Bruin seniors took control on Senior Day, scoring all three UCLA goals in a 3-1 win over Washington State. Staci Duncan, Mary-Frances Monroe and Stephanie Rigamat all scored for the Bruins as UCLA registered its seventh-straight victory over the Cougars.
In Case You Missed it:
UCLA's 1-0 victory over No. 16 Washington last Friday at Drake Stadium aired on Fox Sports Net on Sun., Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m. However, that match will be airing again in Los Angeles on Wed., Nov. 7 at Noon (PST), also on Fox Sports Net.
Bruins Unbeaten at Home for Third-Straight Year:
With a 3-1 win over Washington State this past weekend in the Bruins' 2001 home finale, UCLA concluded its third-straight undefeated season at home. UCLA was 7-0 at home this year and 8-0 last season. In addition, the Bruins were 7-0-1 at home in 1999. The Bruins are now 23-0-1 since 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 61-13-5.
UCLA Against the NSCAA Top-25:
UCLA is 4-1 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. Most recently, UCLA notched a 1-0 victory over No. 16 Washington on Nov. 2.
Duncan Ranks Among UCLA's All-Time Best:
When Bruin forward Staci Duncan scored the 33rd goal of her career on Sunday against Washington State, she moved into a tie with Tracey Milburn for second place all-time at UCLA in that category. Duncan's 84 career points is also good enough for second place on the UCLA career charts. Former Bruin Traci Arkenberg (1994-97) ranks first in both of those categories with 169 points and 71 goals.
Winzen, Pryce Back in UCLA Lineup:
After sitting out UCLA's last nine matches with a broken thumb sustained against James Madison on Sept. 28, Bruin midfielder Tracey Winzen made her return to the UCLA lineup against Washington last Friday. Winzen, who currently has four points on one goal and two assists in nine games, will likely play with a soft cast the rest of the season. 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.
Bruins in the National Polls:
With two victories this past weekend, UCLA moved up two spots to No. 3 in the weekly poll issued by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Bruins also moved up two spots to No. 4 in Soccer America's poll. UCLA stands at Nos. 6 and 3 in the Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times polls respectively.
NSCAA (11/5) 1. North Carolina 2. Santa Clara 3. UCLA 4. Stanford 5. Portland 6. Notre Dame 7. Penn State 8. Texas A&M 9. UConn 10. Florida 11. Nebraska 11. Texas 13. Washington 14. Virginia 15. Clemson 16. St. Mary's 17. Cal 18. Princeton 19. Florida State 20. Michigan 21. Harvard 22. Tennessee 23. Georgia 24. Pepperdine 25. West Virginia
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 23 points on 10 goals and three assists. She has played and started in all 17 matches this season, registering a team-high 79 shots. She also ranks first on the team with five 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.
UCLA in the Pac-10 Team Statistics:
As a team, UCLA leads the Pac-10 in several categories, including: goals scored (40), shutouts (9) and shots taken (362). The Bruins rank second in goals per game (2.35), goals allowed (11) and corner kicks (97).
Led by Mary-Frances Monroe, who leads the conference in shots taken (79) and game-winning goals (5), several other Bruins rank in the top-10 of the conference statistical rankings. Stephanie Rigamat ranks second in the Pac-10 in goals (11) and fourth in points (26). In addition, Monroe ranks just behind Rigamat in points with 23 and goals with 10. Goalkeeper CiCi Peterson ranks first in the Pac-10 in shutouts (9) and goals against average (0.62).
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 10 this season for 84. She surpassed Tracey Milburn and Venus James who were tied for second with 81 points. Most recently, she moved 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).