No. 4 Bruins to Host Denver

Sept. 20, 2005

Bruins to Host Denver This Friday
The fourth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (7-1) has just one match on its plate this week, hosting the University of Denver (3-3-1) this Friday at Drake Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. These two teams have met only once before, with the Bruins taking a 5-1 victory over the Pioneers at the Cal State Fullerton Fila Classic back in 2001. As always, Friday's match can be heard live over the internet at .

UCLA Wins Two Up North
The Bruins are coming off a very successful weekend in Northern California, posting a pair of victories over Santa Clara and St. Mary's. Against fourth-ranked Santa Clara last Friday, sophomore Danesha Adams had both goals in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Broncos. It marked the Bruins' second-straight overtime win against Santa Clara, as UCLA also took a 1-0 double-overtime victory last season at Drake Stadium. The Bruins had a much easier time against St. Mary's on Sunday, posting a 4-0 victory. A total of 24 UCLA players saw action in that match, including three goalkeepers.

Mora Breaks School Assist Record
Forward Iris Mora broke Traci Arkenberg's record for career assists when she registered the 28th of her career in a 4-0 victory over St. Mary's this past Sunday. Mora has led the Bruins in assists the past two seasons, and has a team-leading five in the first eight games this season. Arkenberg, who had 27 assists from 1994-97, still holds UCLA career records in points (169), Goals (71), game-winning goals (26) and shots (451).

Quick Strikes
UCLA wasted little time getting on the board last week, as the Bruins scored their first goals of each match less than a minute after play began. Against Santa Clara, Danesha Adams tallied the first of her two goals on the evening just 25 seconds into the match. Iris Mora beat that mark by seven seconds two days later, scoring just 18 seconds in against St. Mary's. Former Bruin Stephanie Rigamat still holds the UCLA record for the fastest goal ever, scoring 11 seconds into a match against San Diego back on Sept. 24, 2000.

Bruins Move up in National Polls
After falling from No. 3 to No. 6 following an overtime loss to Penn State two weeks ago, the Bruins moved up two places to No. 4 in the three weekly polls issued by NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America and Soccer Buzz. Undefeated North Carolina is the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation for the second-straight week. The Bruins remain the highest ranked team in the Pac-10.

In the National Statistics
As a team, the Bruins are ranked 10th in the country in goals against average, surrendering just three goals in 722 minutes of play (0.37). With five shutouts in eight matches, the Bruins are also tied for 15th in shutout percentage (0.63). The only other category that UCLA is ranked in this week is winning percentage, checking in tied for 13th nationally at .875.

Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is in her seventh season as head coach of the UCLA women's soccer team. The NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year in 2000, Ellis owns a 117-26-5 record at UCLA and is 136-44-5 overall, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois. Ellis has guided the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of her six seasons, highlighted by three trips to the NCAA College Cup. (2000, 2003 and 2004). Her 2000 and 2004 squads reached the national championship games.

NSCAA/adidas (9/20)1. North Carolina2. Penn State3. Portland4. UCLA5. Santa Clara6. Notre Dame7. Duke8. Wake Forestt9. Boston Colleget9. Cal11. Pepperdine12. Florida State13. Virginia14. Texas A&M15. BYU16. Wisconsin17. Florida18. UConn19. Cal Poly20. Marquette21. Texas22. Arizona23. West Virginia24. Yale25. Cal State Fullerton

Soccer America (9/19)1. North Carolina2. Portland3. Penn State4. UCLA5. Notre Dame6. Santa Clara7. Duke8. Boston College9. Florida State10. Florida11. Virginia12. UConn13. Pepperdine14. Cal15. Wake Forest16. Texas A&M17. Marquette18. BYU19. Stanford20. Oregon State21. Arizona22. Michigan23. Wisconsin24. Cal Poly25. Cal State Fullerton

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