No. 14 Bruins Round Out Regular Season at USC
Nov. 2, 2004
Bruins Round Out Regular Season at USC This Sunday . . .
The No. 11/14 UCLA women's soccer team (12-6; 5-3 Pac-10) will round out the 2004 regular season this Sunday, traveling across town to face USC (9-8-1; 3-5 Pac-10) at McAlister Field beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins take a six-game unbeaten streak against the Women of Troy into Sunday's match, having won five of the last six (there was a 1-1 tie in 2000). UCLA leads the all-time series 12-2-1. The match will air on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net. Sunday's winner will also gain valuable points in the season-long battle for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy.
NCAA Tournament Selections Nearing . . .
The complete 64-team draw for the 2004 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships will be announced on Monday, Nov. 8 at 4:00 p.m. (EST) on ESPNews. Conference champions are awarded an automatic berth to the tournament. Teams with a record of .500 or better are eligible for an NCAA at-large berth. The first and second rounds of NCAA play are set for Nov. 12 and 14 at campus sites.
Bruins Split in Arizona . . .
UCLA went 1-1 in the desert last week, defeating Arizona State 1-0 on Friday and falling to Arizona by the same score on Sunday. UCLA's Crystal James tallied the game-winning goal against the Sun Devils, breaking a scoreless tie in the 88th minute of the match with her first goal of the year. The Bruins failed to get on the board against the Wildcats on Sunday, marking only the third time all season that UCLA has failed to score in a match.
UCLA and Arizona Sit Atop Pac-10 Standings . . .
Desperately needing a pair of wins on the road last week in order to remain the favorite for this year's Pac-10 title, UCLA (5-3) came away with a split, thus ending the Bruins' chances to control their own destiny with just one match to play. The Bruins entered last week at 4-2 in the conference standings, just a half a game behind ASU. Two wins would have given UCLA a commanding lead in the Pac-10 race. Instead, UCLA will need a bit of luck if it is to claim the Pac-10 title. Although the Bruins are currently tied for first with Arizona (5-2) with 15 points (3=win, 1=tie, 0=loss), UCLA can only pick up three more points, as it only has just one match remaining. Arizona, ASU and Stanford on the other hand, all have two matches left and can surpass the Bruins with wins this weekend.
PAC-10 TEAM CHAMPIONS1993 - Stanford1994 *1995 - Stanford1996 - Stanford1997 - UCLA1998 - California/UCLA/USC1999 - Stanford2000 - Washington2001 - UCLA2002 - Stanford2003 - UCLA
* No champion in 1994
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
For the first time since Sept. 14, UCLA is not ranked in the top-10 in both major polls. UCLA fell from No. 9 to No. 14 in this week's NSCAA/adidas Coaches' poll. The Bruins dropped from No. 5 to No. 11 in Soccer America's weekly poll. Undefeated North Carolina and Notre Dame rank Nos. 1 and 2 respectively.
UCLA in the Pac-10 Statistics . . .
Sophomore forward Bristyn Davis is having a breakout season in 2004, ranking second in the conference in scoring with 27 points. She also ranks tied for second in goals (11) and tied for third in assists (5). Senior Crystal James ranks second in assists with six. Freshman goalkeeper Valerie Henderson ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in goals against average (0.78) and third in shutouts (7). As a team, UCLA leads the conference in points (107), goals (37) and corner kicks (112).
Against the NSCAA/adidas Top-25 . . .
UCLA owns a 6-1 record against teams ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Top-25, with its only loss coming against No. 9 Virginia. UCLA's top-25 wins have come against No. 7 Washington, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 15 Santa Clara, No. 18 Stanford, No. 21 SMU and No. 24 Pepperdine.
News & Notes . . .
Danesha Adams and Kim Devine were each named Pac-10 Player of the Week this season. Adams won her award after registering eight points in victories over San Diego and LMU to start the season. Devine earned her award with after tallying a hat trick over UCSB ...Head coach Jillian Ellis registered her 100th victory at UCLA with the Bruins' win over Oregon State on Oct. 8. She currently owns records of 104-24-5(at UCLA) and 123-42-5 (career) ...Midfielders Stacy Lindstrom and Stephanie Kron are redshirting the season while playing with the Under-19 U.S. National Team. The two players will be in Thailand at the U-19 World Championships, Nov. 10-27 ...Two freshman on this year's team are redshirting the season after suffering knee injuries prior to arriving at UCLA. Theresa Oda-Burns and Melissa Briggs, a pair of ODP players from Northern California, will be redshirt freshmen in 2005 ...Senior midfielder Julie Hoshizaki recorded her first career point on an assist against Oregon State back on Oct. 8 ...Hoshizaki is playing her first season on the women's soccer team after lettering four years on the UCLA softball team. During her time on the diamond, the Bruins won two NCAA titles (2003 & 2004).
NSCAA/adidas (11/2)1. North Carolina2. Notre Dame3. Penn State4. Santa Clara5. Virginia6. Portland7. Kansas8. Tennessee9. Auburn10. Texas A&M11. Stanford12. Princeton13. Ohio State14. UCLA15. Arizona16. Florida17. Duke18. Illinois19. Boston College20. Florida State21. Texas22. San Diego23. Villanova24. Colorado25. Wisconsin25. Washington
Soccer America (11/1)1. North Carolina2. Notre Dame3. Penn State4. Virginia5. Santa Clara6. Portland7. Tennessee8. Florida9. Kansas10. Arizona11. UCLA12. Princeton13. California14. Stanford15. Texas A&M16. Auburn17. Washington18. Wake Forest19. Florida State20. Duke21. Texas22. Clemson23. Dayton24. Ohio State25. Villanova