Bruins Begin NCAA Title Run This Friday
Nov. 10, 2004
Host Bruins Earn No. 14 Seed in NCAA Tournament . . .
UCLA (13-6) was selected as the No. 14 seed in the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament beginning this week at 16 campus sites across the country. UCLA is one of the host sites for the first and second rounds, Nov. 12 and 14 at Drake Stadium. Action begins this Friday with UCLA taking on Pepperdine (9-6-3) at 5:00 p.m. That match will be followed by San Diego (11-7-2) and UNLV (12-4-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday's winners will meet in the second round on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth and students (w/valid ID).
Top-16 NCAA Seeds1. UNC2. Penn St.3. Virginia4. Notre Dame5. Portland6. Ohio St.7. Princeton8. Kansas9. Texas A&M10. Florida11. Tennessee12. Texas13. Arizona14. UCLA15. Washington16. Santa Clara
UCLA Radio Network and Live Stats Available . . .
Fans unable to attend the matches can follow at home by either listening over the internet at www.uclabruins.com or by following the live stats. Internet audio will be FREE for NCAA Tournament play. (Note: internet audio is only for UCLA matches)
NCAA Championship History . . .
UCLA is making its eighth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and ninth in the 12-year history of the program. The Bruin have advanced to at least the third round in each of the past five seasons, including trips to the College Cup in 2000 and 2003. The Bruins reached the NCAA Final in 2000, falling to North Carolina, 2-1. The Bruins are 16-8 all time in NCAA Tournament play.
The UCLA-Pepperdine Series . . .
The Bruins have proven to be a thorn in Pepperdine's side when it comes to the postseason, knocking the Waves out of the NCAA Tournament two out of the last three years. UCLA posted a 2-1 second-round victory over Pepperdine in 2001. The Waves managed to avoid Westwood in 2002, however came back last year, falling 2-0 in the second round again. UCLA leads the all-time series 7-2, including a 1-0 win back on Sept. 24 of this year.
Bruins and Wildcats Named Pac-10 Co-Championships . . .
Needing a win in its final match of the regular season to earn a share of the 2004 Pac-10 title, UCLA came from behind to defeat USC, 3-2 on Sunday to tie Arizona atop the conference Standings at 6-3. UCLA ties Stanford for the most Pac-10 titles overall with five, registering its second in as many years. Either Stanford or UCLA has earned at least a share of the title in 10 of the 11 years it has been awarded (exception: Washington in 2000).
PAC-10 TEAM CHAMPIONS1993 - Stanford1994 *1995 - Stanford1996 - Stanford1997 - UCLA1998 - California/UCLA/USC1999 - Stanford2000 - Washington2001 - UCLA2002 - Stanford2003 - UCLA2004 - Arizona/UCLA
* No champion in 1994
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
UCLA ends the regular season ranked No. 10 in Soccer America's weekly poll and No. 11 in the NSCAA/adidas national poll. The Bruins have been ranked in the top-10 for most of 2004, reaching a high of No. 3 in the NSCAA/adidas poll on Sept. 7. UCLA's high ranking in the Soccer America poll was No. 5 back on Oct. 26. The Bruins are ranked No. 3 in the West Region, right behind Santa Clara and Portland.
Did You Know? . . .
Senior Lindsay Greco is the only player on this year's team to have appeared in two NCAA College Cups (2000 and 2003), as she is the only player still left from the 2000 team, which reached the NCAA Final in San Jose that year. Although the Bruins lost to North Carolina, 2-1 in that match, she scored the lone UCLA goal. Greco was granted another season of eligibility after medically redshirting in 2001 due to a torn ACL.
Speaking of Greco . . .
Lindsay Greco is the current Pac-10 Player of the week after scoring the decisive goal in a 3-2 double-overtime victory over USC last Sunday. Greco, who helped UCLA register its first come-from-behind win of the season, scored at the 101:52 mark off a pass from freshman Danesha Adams. It is the third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for UCLA this season, as Adams won the award back on Aug. 31 and Kim Devine took it home on Sept. 7.
Bruins on TV . . .
If you didn't get to watch UCLA's thrilling come-from-behind victory over its crosstown rival in person, you can watch the match tape-delayed on Fox Sports Net. The match will air in Southern California on the following three dates: Nov. 12 (FSW2 @ 2:00 p.m.), Nov. 13 (FSW @ 12:30 p.m.) and Nov. 15 (FSW @ 1:00 p.m.).
No Sophomore Slump for Davis . . .
Following a freshman year in which she tallied 21 points on nine goals and three assists, Bruin forward Bristyn Davis has emerged as one of the top players in the Pac-10 in just her sophomore season. She has already surpassed her 2003 total of points, recording a team-leading 29 (12g, 5a). She ranks first in the conference in shots (71) and second in both points and goals. Davis is one of only six players to have started all 19 matches so far this year.
A list of individuals who have started all 19 matches this season.
Rigamat Returns Home . . .
Friday will be a homecoming of sorts for former Bruin All-American Stephanie Rigamat, who will be returning to Drake Stadium this week as an assistant coach with UNLV. Rigamat lettered at UCLA in 2000 and 2001, leading the team in scoring both years. She posted a team-high 37 points (13g, 11a) in 2000 and followed that up with 30 points in 2001 (13g, 4a). She was named an All-American by Soccer America in 2000 and was a second-team NSCAA All-American in 2001. She served as a volunteer assistant coach at UCLA in 2003.
Henderson Turns in Solid Freshman Campaign . . .
With her next start, goalkeeper Valerie Henderson will have started more games (20) as a freshman than any other goalkeeper in UCLA history. She is currently tied with Lindsay Culp, who started all 19 matches as a freshman back in 1995. Culp finished her freshman campaign with a 1.02 goals against average. Henderson currently owns an 0.84 GAA.
UCLA Freshman Keepers Througout History
Minimum 10 matches started
Gretchen Overgaard (1994)
GP-GS: 15-15, 0.52 GAA, Record: 9-3-3
Lindsay Culp (1996)
GP-GS: 19-19, 1.02 GAA, Record: 11-7-1
Arianna Criscione (2003)
GP-GS: 20-15, 0.68 GAA, Record: 14-1-0
Valerie Henderson (2004)
GP-GS: 19-19, 0.84 GAA, Record: 13-6
UCLA Against the Field of 64 . . .
UCLA has played 12 of the 64 teams in this year's tournament, owning a 7-5 record. The Bruins' seven wins have come against San Diego, SMU, Texas A&M, Pepperdine, Santa Clara, Washington and Stanford. UCLA has lost to Virginia, Maryland, Utah, Cal and Arizona. The Bruins own a 6-1 record against teams ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Top-25 at the time of the match, with their only loss coming against No. 9 Virginia.
James Emerges as Assist Leader . . .
After recording just eight points in her first two seasons at UCLA, redshirt junior Crystal James is having a breakout season in 2004. James, who redshirted 2003 with a torn ACL, has 10 points in 19 matches, registering a team-high six assists. She has scored two goals, netting the game winner in a 1-0 victory over Arizona State back on Oct. 29 and the game-tying goal in a 3-2 win over crosstown rival USC on Nov. 7.
A Brief Look Ahead . . .
If the seeds hold true, UCLA is looking at a third-round match with No. 3 Virginia, a match that would likely be played in Charlottesville. Although the Cavaliers defeated the Bruins, 3-1 back on Sept. 10 at the Virginia/Nike Soccer Classic, UCLA did not have forward Iris Mora or defender Mary Castelanelli for that match. Down 3-0, the Bruins avoided the shutout when Jill Oakes scored in the 81st minute on an assist from Bristyn Davis.
Billingsley Earns Academic Honor . . .
Defender Kendal Billingsley was selected to the 2004 Academic All-District VIII Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Nov. 4. Billingsley, a senior from Trabuco, Canyon, Calif., owns a 3.24 GPA and is majoring in communication studies. She has started all 19 matches this season, posting 11 points on five goals and one assist. Only first-team selections are included on the national ballot for Academic All-American.
UCLA in the Pac-10 and National Statistics . . .
As a team, UCLA ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10 in nearly every offensive category, including points (115), goals (40), assists (35), Shots (278) and corner kicks (120). Defensively, the Bruins are fourth in goals allowed (16), owning a goals against average of 0.82. UCLA ranks fifth in shutouts with eight. Nationally, the Bruins rank in two categories -- goals against average (No. 40) and shutout percentage (No. 59).
News & Notes . . .
Danesha Adams, Kim Devine and Lindsay Greco each earned a Pac-10 Player of the Week honor 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. Greco took home the award last week after scoring the game-winning goal against USC ...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 105-24-5 (at UCLA) and 124-42-5 (career) ...Midfielders Stacy Lindstrom and Stephanie Kron are redshirting the season while playing with the Under-19 U.S. National Team. The two players are currently in Thailand for 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 (11/9)1. North Carolina2. Notre Dame3. Virginia4. Santa Clara5. Penn State6. Portland7. Texas A&M8. Ohio State9. Florida10. Tennessee11. UCLA12. Princeton13. Kansas14. Washington15. UConn16. Auburn17. Arizona18. Duke19. Illinois20. Texas21. San Diego22. SMU23. Villanova24. Florida State25. Boston College25. Stanford
Soccer America (11/8)1. North Carolina2. Virginia3. Notre Dame4. Santa Clara5. Portland6. Ohio State7. Penn State8. Florida9. UConn10. UCLA11. Princeton12. Texas A&M13. Arizona14. Tennessee15. Washington16. Texas17. Kansas18. Cal19. Stanford20. Duke21. Dayton22. Auburn23. SMU24. Florida State25. Clemson
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