No. 7 Bruins to Host No. 18 Stanford, Cal This Weekend
Oct. 19, 2004
Bruins Host Bay Area Schools . . .
The No. 7 UCLA women's soccer team (10-4; 3-1 Pac-10) returns home this week to host the Bay Area schools this Friday and Sunday at Drake Stadium. Action begins with the Bruins hosting No. 18 Stanford (9-3-2; 1-1-1 Pac-10) on Friday at 8:00 p.m. The two teams have faced off a total of 10 times, with each team winning four matches. There have also been two ties in the series, including a 0-0 double-overtime meeting up in the Bay Area last year. On Sunday, UCLA will host Cal (8-3-2; 1-1-1 Pac-10) beginning at Noon. The Golden Bears are unranked in the NSCAA/adidas poll, but check in at No. 15 in Soccer America's national poll. UCLA has won the last five meetings between the two teams and leads the all-time series 7-3. Sunday will mark the final regular-season home match for seniors Kendal Billingsley, Kim Devine, Amy Fazio, Lindsay Greco, Julie Hoshizaki and Sarah Lombardo.
Doubleheaders Both Friday & Sunday . . .
The No. 7-ranked UCLA men's soccer team will also be playing at home this weekend with the Bruin women. The men will host No. 17 Stanford prior to the women's match on Friday at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, the men will play after the women, hosting No. 18 Cal at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Davis Nets Hat Trick in 5-1 Rout of No. 7 Washington . . .
UCLA went 1-1 last week up in Washington. Following a disappointing 1-0 setback against unranked Washington State on Friday, the Bruins bounced back strong on Sunday, knocking off then-No. 7 Washington, 5-1. Bruin forward Bristyn Davis enjoyed one of the best games in her UCLA career in that match, scoring three second-half goals in less than two and a half minutes. Her goals came at 48:52, 50:40 and 51:16. Her impressive performance vaulted her to the top of the Pac-10 scoring ranks with 25 points (10g, 5a).
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
Despite splitting matches on the road last week, the Bruins moved up a spot to No. 7 in the NSCAA/adidas rankings. UCLA remained at No. 6 in Soccer America's weekly poll. Undefeated Notre Dame is the top-ranked team in both major polls.
Race For the Pac-10 Title . . .
Just two weeks into conference play, defending champion UCLA and Arizona (both 3-1) are the early favorites for this year's Pac-10 title. If both teams win this weekend, the following week's matchup in Arizona could be crucial in determining this year's conference champion. The Bruins have never lost to the Wildcats, owning a perfect 10-0 record.
Against the NSCAA/adidas Top-25 . . .
UCLA owns a solid 5-1 record against teams ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Top-25, a stat that should help the Bruins come NCAA Tournament selection time. So far UCLA's only loss against a top-25 team came against No. 9 Virginia. Since that loss however, UCLA has defeated No. 21 SMU, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 24 Pepperdine, No. 15 Santa Clara and No. 7 Washington.
NSCAA/adidas (10/19)1. Notre Dame2. North Carolina3. Penn State4. Portland5. Virginia6. Kansas7. UCLA8. Tennessee9. Princeton10. Duke11. Santa Clara12. Ohio State13. Texas A&M14. Florida State15. Washington16. West Virginia17. Auburn18. Stanford19. Illinois20. SMU21. San Diego22. Clemson23. Boston College24. UConn25. Florida
Soccer America (10/18)1. Notre Dame2. North Carolina3. Penn State4. Virginia5. Portland6. UCLA7. Washington8. Tennessee9. Princeton10. Santa Clara11. Kansas12. Florida13. Texas A&M14. Stanford15. California16. Arizona17. West Virginia18. Duke19. Florida State20. Auburn21. Nebraska22. SMU23. Wake Forest24. Clemson25. San Diego