No. 3 UCLA Faces No. 6 Florida in NCAA Quarterfinals This Sunday
Nov. 27, 2001
(3) UCLA vs. (6) Florida
Sunday, December 2 - 1:05 p.m. (Drake Stadium)
Sunshine Network TV - Ku Band, T6, Transponder K17. Signal time is 15:30-18:00 EASTERN
Internet Audio Broadcast: www.uclabruins.com
Bruins Host Gators in NCAA Quarterfinals:
No. 3 seeded UCLA and No. 6 seeded Florida will face off this Sunday for a spot in the 2001 NCAA College Cup, Dec. 7 & 9 in Dallas, TX. The Bruins, who are making their second-straight appearance in the quarterfinals, advanced with a 3-1 victory over Dayton last Sunday in Los Angeles. Florida registered a 3-1 decision over Clemson on Sunday in Gainesville. The winner will take on the Santa Clara/Virginia winner on Friday, Dec. 7 at the College Cup.
UCLA vs. Florida History:
The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 1-1. Most recently, UCLA registered a 4-0 shutout over the Gators in Gainesville on Sept. 3. In that match, Sarah-Gayle Swanson enjoyed one of her finest games of the year, scoring two goals and notching an assist. Stephanie Rigamat and Venus James scored the other two goals. The Bruins also held player of the year candidate Abby Wambach to just one shot. In their only other meeting, the Gators registered a 3-1 win over the Bruins at the USC Fila Classic back on Sept. 4, 1999.
UCLA Looks For College Cup Repeat:
A UCLA win on Sunday will give the Bruins their second-straight College Cup appearance. In the school's first-ever trip to the College Cup in 2000, UCLA registered a 1-0 victory over Portland in the semifinals. The Bruins fell to North Carolina, 2-1 in the championship match.
Bruins Set School Record With Win Over Dayton:
UCLA's 3-1 win over Dayton in last week's third round was the Bruins' 20th victory of the season, setting a new single-season record. Twice before the Bruins have finished the season with 19 victories. In 1997, UCLA ended the year with 19 wins after falling to Notre Dame in the quarterfinals. Last season, North Carolina stopped UCLA's bid for #20 in the NCAA final.
Monroe, Rigamat on Player of the Year Lists:
Forwards Mary-Frances Monroe Stephanie Rigamat are both up for player of the year honors. Monroe is a candidate for the M.A.C. Award, the Hermann Trophy and Soccer Buzz Player of the Year honors. This season, she ranks second on the team in scoring with 28 points on 12 goals and four assists. Rigamat, who leads the team in scoring with 30 points (13g, 4a), is a candidate for the Hermann Trophy.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis:
Head coach Jillian Ellis is in her third season at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer program. She was hired on July 8, 1999 as the third UCLA women's soccer head coach in program history. In just her second season at UCLA, Ellis guided the Bruins to the 2000 NCAA College Cup, falling to North Carolina, 2-1 in the NCAA title match. For UCLA, which finished second in the national rankings last season with a 19-4-1 overall record, it was the first College Cup appearance in the eight-year history of the program. Ellis was rewarded for her efforts when she was named NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year at the NSCAA's annual convention on Jan. 19 in Indianapolis, Ind. Ellis currently owns a 54-11-2 record at UCLA and is 73-24-2, including two seasons at the University of Illinois.
NCAA Early Round Action:
UCLA has cruised through the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament without too much trouble. Last week, in the third round, the Bruins defeated Dayton, 3-0 on goals by Breana Boling, Mary-Frances Monroe and Stephanie Rigamat. On Nov. 16, Bruin midfielder Tracey Winzen scored two goals and assisted on another, as UCLA defeated Cal State Fullerton, 3-0 on in an NCAA First-Round match. In the second round on Nov. 18, the Bruins downed 25th-ranked Pepperdine, 2-1. UCLA capitalized on an own goal by the Waves in the first half, while Whitney Jones scored the game-winner in the 48th minute.
UCLA's 2001 schedule is as difficult as any team's in the country. During the regular season, the Bruins faced seven top-25 teams, posting a 6-1 record. So far in the postseason, UCLA has defeated No. 25 Pepperdine, 2-1. In all, the Bruins are an impressive 7-1 against teams ranked in the NSCAA Top-25. Santa Clara is the only top-25 team to beat the Bruins this season. The Bruins will get another chance at a top-25 team when they take on the No. 9 Gators this Sunday.
Not In Our House:
With a 3-1 victory over Dayton this past Sunday, UCLA moved to 10-0 at home this season, extending its home unbeaten streak to 26 matches. UCLA recently concluded its third-straight undefeated regular season in Westwood, posting a 7-0 record. The Bruins were 8-0 last season and 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 64-13-5.
Bruins Nearing School Record for Shutouts:
UCLA's 3-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 25 was the Bruins' 13th shutout of the season. The school record for shutouts in a season is 15, set in 2000. UCLA's 2001 total is still good enough for second place all-time.