No. 6 Bruins Prepare for Oregon Schools
Oct. 28, 2002
Friday, Nov. 1vs. OregonDrake Stadium - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 3vs. Oregon StateDrake Stadium - 1:00 p.m.
Bruins Host Oregon Schools in Final Homestand of Regular Season
The No. 6 UCLA women's soccer team (12-3; 4-1 Pac-10) will play its final two home matches of the regular season when it welcomes Oregon and Oregon State to Drake Stadium this Friday and Sunday. On Friday, UCLA will take on Oregon (2-11-2; 1-4-1 Pac-10) at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Ducks, 4-1 and have posted shutouts in the last two meetings (2-0 in 2001 and 8-0 in 2000). On Sunday, the Bruins will host Oregon State (8-7-2; 1-5 Pac-10) beginning at approx. 1:00 p.m. UCLA leads the series, 5-2, however the Beavers won the last meeting, upsetting the Bruins 2-1 in Corvallis last year. Sunday's match is part of a doubleheader, as the UCLA men face Oregon State beginning at 11:00 a.m. Sunday will also be Senior Day for Bruin defender Tracey Winzen, who will be playing in her final regular-season home contest.
UCLA Blanks Cross-Town Rival USC, 2-0
The Bruins took over sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 on Sunday, defeating No. 17 USC, 2-0 in a battle of crosstown rivals at USC's McAlister Field. With Bruin freshman Iris Mora on leave with the Mexican National Team and junior Sarah-Gayle Swanson unavailable with an injury, the door was left open for several Bruins to step up and contribute. Sophomore Crystal James rose to the occasion, putting UCLA on the board in the 37th minute of play on a shot from about 10 yards out. It was James' first goal of her career. Following a 1-0 UCLA lead at the half, the Bruins would add an insurance goal at the 63:14 mark of the second half on a header by freshman Stacy Lindstrom. The Bruins outshot the Women of Troy, 26-6 and now lead the all-time series 10-2-1.
Bruins See Slight Jump in Major Polls
After shutting out USC, 2-0 in their only action of the week, the Bruins moved up one spot to No. 6 in the latest poll released by NSCAA/adidas. The same goes for Soccer America where the previously No. 5 Bruins moved up to No. 4. Stanford remained the top team in the country in both major polls.
NSCAA/adidas (10/28)1. Stanford2. North Carolina3. Texas4. Portland5. Texas A&M6. UCLA7. West Virginia8. Pepperdine9. UConn10. Penn State11. Santa Clara12. Charlotte13. Purdue14. Tennessee15. Florida State16. USC17. Notre Dame18. Denver19. Princeton20. Clemson21. Michigan22. Dartmouth23. Maryland24. Arizona State25. Wake Forest
Soccer America (10/28)1. Stanford2. North Carolina3. Texas4. UCLA5. Portland6. Texas A&M7. Santa Clara8. West Virginia9. Pepperdine10. Penn State11. UConn12. Clemson13. USC14. Charlotte15. Villanova16. Wake Forest17. Arizona State18. Cal19. Florida State20. Washington21. Tennessee22. Denver23. Purdue24. Utah25. Auburn
Mora Still With Mexico, Swanson Questionable For This Weekend
Bruin forward Iris Mora played on Sunday, but it wasn't for UCLA. She started in Mexico's 3-0 loss to the United States in the 2002 Gold Cup held at the Rose Bowl. She will be in uniform when Mexico takes on Panama this Tuesday. Mora, who is leading the Bruins in scoring with 14 points (7g, 0a), is not expected to return to the team until next week. Bruin junior Sarah-Gayle Swanson has not played since injuring her ankle against Stanford on Oct. 13. She is listed as questionable for this weekend.
Success on the Road
With its win over USC on Sunday, the Bruins improved to 6-0 in road matches this season. The school record for consecutive road wins is 10, set back in 1997. That was also the only time UCLA ever finished a regular season with a perfect road record (8-0). Ironically, all three of the Bruins' losses have come at home.
UCLA vs. the NSCAA/adidas Top-25
UCLA is currently 3-3 against teams ranked in the NSCAA/adidas top-25. The Bruins' three victories came against No. 5 Virginia (9/6), No. 5 Cal (10/11) and No. 17 USC (10/27). UCLA's losses have been against No. 2 Stanford (10/13), No. 11 Santa Clara (10/4) and No. 12 Penn State (9/8).
When Stacy Lindstrom scored her fourth goal of the season against USC to give her 11 points, she became the sixth Bruin player to reach double digits in scoring this year. Iris Mora (14), Kim Devine (13), Katie Rivera (13), Sarah-Gayle Swanson (11) and Lindsay Greco (11) join Lindstrom with 10 or more points. Jill Oakes is knocking on the door with seven points. Fourteen different players have scored goals this year and 18 have either a goal or an assist.