Top-Seeded Bruins to Face No. 4 Marquette in NCAA Rd. of 16
Nov. 15, 2005
UCLA to Face Marquette in NCAA Round of 16
The fourth-ranked and top-seeded (regional) UCLA women's soccer team (19-1-2) picked up a pair of victories in NCAA First and Second Round action over the weekend, setting up a round of 16 matchup with fourth-seeded Marquette (19-3-1) this Saturday at Drake Stadium beginning at 6:00 p.m. Saturday's winner will advance to the quarterfinals and will take on either third-seeded Cal State Fullerton or second-seeded Virginia for the right to go to the NCAA College Cup in College Station, TX. The Bruin Radio Network will be broadcasting this Saturday's match via the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Live stats will also be provided through the website. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for youth and students with valid ID.
Bruins vs. Golden Eagles Take Two
UCLA and Marquette have met on the soccer field only once before, with the Bruins taking a 5-1 victory at Spaulding Field back on Oct. 6, 2000. The Bruins were ranked No. 6 at the time, while the Golden Eagles came in ranked No. 19. UCLA built a 4-1 lead before halftime and then punched in another goal in the 71st minute to take the 5-1 win. Bruin forward Stephanie Rigamat had three assists in that match, tying the single-game record which still stands today. UCLA advanced to its first-ever NCAA College Cup that year.
UCLA Cruises in Early-Round Play
The Bruins outscored their competition 12-0 in the two opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament over the weekend. UCLA opened up with a 9-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Friday. Seven different players scored in that match, while the Bruins broke the school record for most goals scored against a Division-I opponent. UCLA posted its second shutout of the weekend two days later, downing Colorado, 3-0 in a second round match. Forward Kara Lang had two goals in that contest, and goalkeeper Valerie Henderson stopped a penalty kick on one of her six saves.
Two Team Records Tied
The Bruins tied two single-season team records in its victory over Colorado on Sunday. UCLA moved its unbeaten streak to 17 in a row, a record also accomplished during the 1993 season. The Bruins also posted their 15th shutout of the year, equaling a mark set twice before (2000 and 2003). UCLA will tie its record for wins in a season (20) with a victory over Marquette this weekend. Other team records that could fall but won't be determined until the end of the season are lowest goals against average (0.41) and fewest goals allowed (10).
UCLA's NCAA Tournament History
UCLA takes 23-9 overall record in NCAA Tournament play into this Saturday's matchup with Marquette. This year marks the 10th overall NCAA appearance for UCLA in the 13-year history of the program. It is also the Bruins' ninth consecutive appearance. UCLA has made three trips to the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003 and 2004), reaching the finals on two occasions (2000 and 2004). UCLA is the only team in this year's field to have played in the last two College Cups.
Should the Bruins get by Marquette in this week's round of 16, they are looking at a matchup with either second-seeded Virginia or third-seeded Cal State Fullerton in the quarterfinals. UCLA's record with Virginia is tied at 1-1-1. The Cavaliers won the most recent showdown, a 3-1 victory at the UVA/Nike Soccer Classic last season. The Bruins' record against Cal State Fullerton on the other hand is very one-sided, as UCLA owns a 9-0 series advantage. If the Bruins and Titans win this week, it will mark the first meeting between the two schools since 2001. The quarterfinal winner will likely meet top-seeded North Carolina in the NCAA College Cup on Dec. 2, played this year in College Station, Texas (Host: Texas A&M).
Mora Tops NCAA Scoring Leaders
After scoring her second goal in UCLA's 9-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State in the NCAA First Round, forward Iris Mora moved into first place all-time at UCLA in career NCAA scoring. Mora, who also added a goal in the Bruins' 3-0 victory over Colorado two days later, currently has a team record 17 points (6g, 5a) during NCAA Tournament play. Three other current players rank in the top-10, including Bristyn Davis and Danesha Adams, who are tied for fifth all time with 10 points (4g, 2a). Freshman Kara Lang is ranked seventh with eight points on four goals.
Bruins Claim Third Pac-10 Title in a Row
With a pair of victories over the Arizona schools in the final weekend of conference play, UCLA locked up its third Pac-10 title in a row, becoming only the second school to three-peat (Stanford did it from 1993-96*). This year's Pac-10 race actually came down to the final match, as the Bruins needed a win over ASU to edge Cal by one point in the final standings. Bruin midfielder Danesha Adams helped UCLA clinch the championship by scoring in the 90th minute against the Sun Devils, giving UCLA the 2-1 victory. Freshman McCall Zerboni was the hero two days earlier against No. 23 Arizona, scoring the game-winner in double-overtime to give UCLA a 2-1 win in that match. (*There was no Pac-10 champion in 1995).
Bruins Remain at No. 4 Nationally
UCLA held the No. 4 spot for the eighth week in a row in the final regular-season rankings issued by NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times. New rankings will not be released again until the end of the season, with the exception of Soccer America, which does not issue a final poll following the NCAA Championships.
Soccer Buzz Names Player/Freshman of the Year Candidates
Midfielder Danesha Adams and defender Jill Oakes were two of 15 players named as finalists for Soccer Buzz National Player of the Year honors. In addition, midfielder Christina DiMartino and forward Kara Lang were named finalists for Soccer Buzz's Freshman of the Year award. The winners will be announced in December following a vote of Divison-I coaches and members of the Soccer Buzz staff.
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 129-26-7 record at UCLA and is 148-44-7 overall, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois. Ellis has guided the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of her seven seasons, highlighted by three trips to the NCAA College Cup. (2000, 2003 and 2004). Her 2000 and 2004 squads reached the national championship games.
UCLA's Dominating Defense
After giving up just eight goals in 22 matches this season, UCLA's defense has been outstanding to say the least. The Bruins are on pace to break the school record for fewest goals allowed in a season (10), a mark set by the 2000 team, which advanced all the way to the NCAA Final that year. In addition, with its next shutout, this team will break the record for single-season shutouts with 16. UCLA's goals against average of 0.35 ranks second in the nation, trailing only Lehigh (0.27). Jill Oakes, Bristyn Davis, Mary Castelanelli and Erin Hardy are the four members of one of the nation's best defenses.
UCLA In the Pac-10 Statistics
As a team, the Bruins rank first in the conference in every offensive category, including: points (158), goals (57), assists (44) and shots (389). Defensively, UCLA is tops in goals allowed (8), goals against average (0.35) and shutouts (15). On an individual level, senior Iris Mora is tied for first in assists (11), while Danesha Adams is second in points (36) and game winning goals (8). Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson's 0.42 goals against average is good enough for second in the conference.
UCLA ranks 16th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 2.56 goals per game. The Bruins check in at No. 2 in goals against average (0.35) and No. 6 in shutout percentage (0.68). Individually, Valerie Henderson's 0.42 GAA ranks seventh nationally.
And Then There Were Five
Only five Bruin players have been in the starting lineup for all 22 matches this season. Those players are: Danesha Adams, Christina DiMartino, Stacy Lindstrom, Iris Mora and Jill Oakes. Defenders Mary Castelanelli and Erin Hardy have only missed one start.