Bruins to Host Defending National Champion Santa Clara
Sept. 30, 2002
vs. #11 Santa ClaraFriday, Oct. 4 - 7:00 p.m. (UCLA Radio)Drake Stadium
@ Loyola MarymountSunday, Oct. 6 - NoonSullivan Field
Bruins to Face Defending National Champion Santa Clara This Friday
The No. 3-ranked UCLA women's soccer team welcomes defending national champion Santa Clara to Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium this Friday at 7:00 p.m. With the recent addition of lights at the venue, Friday will mark the first-ever night match at Drake Stadium. The Broncos enter the week ranked No. 11 by NSCAA/adidas and No. 8 by Soccer America. The Bruins have never beaten Santa Clara, losing all three previous meetings. The two teams met last season with the Broncos registering a 3-0 win up north. The last time the two teams met in Westwood was back in 1994 with Santa Clara winning that match 2-0. The Bruins will round out the week on Sunday against Loyola Marymount at LMU's Sullivan Field. UCLA leads the all-time series, 6-0.
UCLA Bruins Radio Network Broadcasts First Soccer Match of 2002
This Friday's match against Santa Clara will mark the first-ever regular-season soccer broadcast for the UCLA Bruins Radio Network. Play-by-play commentator Tony Luftman will be joined by color analysts Tracey Milburn and Michael Sondheimer. The match can be accessed live by clicking into the 'Live Game Audio' box on the right side of UCLA's website: uclabruins.com. The other scheduled match this year is against Stanford on Oct. 13. In addition to the two regular-season matches, the UCLA Bruins Radio Network will also be broadcasting all of UCLA's home matches during the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA Rallies to Defeat Mexican National Team, 2-1
UCLA came from behind to defeat the Mexican National Team, 2-1 Saturday in an exhibition match at Drake Stadium. Bruin forward Iris Mora, who suited up for the Mexican squad, scored the first goal of the match on a breakaway in the ninth minute. Whitney Jones tied the score a few minutes later when she headed in a Stacy Lindstrom throw-in at the 11:49 mark. Lindstrom ended up scoring the game-winner in the 57th minute of the match. Jill Oakes and Nandi Pryce assisted on that goal. UCLA outshot the Mexican team, 13-3.
Devine Scores Twice Against Former Team
Powered by a pair of goals from Bruin sophomore Kim Devine, UCLA registered its fourth shutout in a row on Sept. 25, downing BYU, 6-0 in a non-conference match at UCLA's Drake Stadium. Devine, who played her freshman season at BYU in 2001, put the Bruins on the board just 10 minutes into the match. She added her second goal of the day on an unassisted breakaway in the 79th minute. In addition to Devine, Amy Fazio, Kendal Billingsley, Iris Mora and Victoria Bloom also had goals in the Bruin victory.
Bruins No. 3 in Both NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America Polls
For the second-straight week, the Bruins check in at No. 3 in the NSCAA/adidas poll. UCLA jumped one spot this week to No. 3 in the Soccer America poll. Stanford is the new No. 1 team in the country followed by North Carolina, UCLA, Texas and Portland.
NSCAA/adidas (9/30)1. Stanford2. North Carolina3. UCLA 4. Texas5. Portland6. California7. Wake Forest8. Texas A&M9. West Virginia10. Connecticut11. Santa Clara12. Penn State13. Michigan14. Washington15. Marquette16. Nebraska17. Charlotte18. Princeton19. Pepperdine20. Denver21. Florida State22. Purdue23. Maryland24. Boston College25. Clemson
Soccer America (9/30)1. Stanford2. North Carolina3. UCLA4. Portland5. Texas6. Texas A&M7. Penn State8. Santa Clara9. West Virginia10. California11. Connecticut12. Washington13. Wake Forest14. Tennessee15. Pepperdine16. Arizona State17. Florida State18. USC19. Clemson20. Villanova21. Virginia22. Princeton23. Notre Dame24. Purdue25. Denver
UCLA vs. the NSCAA/adidas Top-25
When Santa Clara visits UCLA this Friday, it will mark only the third time this season that the Bruins have faced a team ranked in the top-25. The Bruins defeated No. 5 Virginia, 4-3 in overtime back on Sept. 6. Two days later, No. 12 Penn State edged UCLA, 1-0 in double-overtime. The Bruins will begin to face more ranked competition once conference play begins on Oct. 11.
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