Women's Soccer Opens Up 2006 Home Season This Weekend

Aug. 29, 2006

Bruins Open Up 2006 Home Season This Friday
The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (1-1) opens up its 2006 home season this Friday, hosting San Diego State (2-0) at Drake Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins will also be in action on Sunday, hosting Long Beach State (2-0) at 1:00 p.m. UCLA owns a 5-1-1 all-time record against SDSU, posting a 3-0 victory in the last meeting between the two teams back in 1999. UCLA faced Long Beach State in its season opener last season, taking a 3-0 victory in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

UCLA Goes 1-1 at Penn State Invitational
UCLA dropped its first season opener in five years last week at the Penn State Invitational, falling to the third-ranked Nittany Lions, 3-1 on Friday evening. Freshman Kristina Larsen gave the Bruins a 1-0 advantage with a goal just 27 seconds into play. Penn State, however, fought back to score two more goals in the first half, including an insurance goal with just 10 minutes to play. The Bruins rebounded to post a 3-0 victory over Maryland on Sunday. Lauren Wilmoth, Stephanie Kron and McCall Zerboni had goals in that match.

Bruins Relinquish No. 1 Ranking
UCLA, which began the season listed at No. 1 in Soccer America's weekly rankings, fell to No. 7 this week following its season-opening loss to Penn State. The Bruins continue to be ranked No. 2 in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Coaches' Poll, as the NSCAA will not be issuing a new poll until Sept. 5.

Adams Sends U.S. Under-20s into Semifinals at FIFA World Championships
Bruin junior Danesha Adams scored two goals Sunday, lifting the Under-20 U.S. National Team to a 4-1 victory over Germany in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. The win puts the U.S. in the semifinals, where it will face China this Thursday. Bruins Christina DiMartino, who assisted on one of Adams' goals, Lauren Cheney and Valerie Henderson all started the match vs. Germany. Also on the team is sophomore Erin Hardy, who had an assist in Team USA's 4-1 victory over Argentina in Group D play. UCLA leads all colleges with five players on the team.

Adams, Henderson Named to M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
UCLA juniors Danesha Adams and Valerie Henderson are two of 25 players who have been named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List, an early indicator for national player of the year recognition. The list, announced by the Missouri Athletic Club, was compiled by a panel of coaches from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). A list of 15 semifinalists will be announced in early November, with three finalists announced in late November. They will be invited to St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 2, for the announcement of the winner at a press conference to be held in conjunction with the Men's College Cup.

The UCLA Women's Cup on TV
Three of the four matches at the 2006 UCLA Women's Cup will be on TV, as Fox Sports Net and ESPNU will be at Drake Stadium Sept. 8 & 10. UCLA's opening match against No. 9 Texas A&M will be shown tape-delayed on Fox Sports Net. The Bruins' showdown with No. 16 UConn on Sunday can be seen live on ESPNU (2:00 p.m. PST). In addition, the Texas A&M/Santa Clara clash on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. will also be shown live.

UCLA Picked as Pac-10 Favorite Again
For the third year in a row an early poll of conference coaches revealed that UCLA has been chosen the favorite to claim the 2006 Pac-10 title. The Bruins, who have earned at least a share of the title the last three years, have been tabbed the favorite in seven of the eight years since the Pac-10 began releasing a preseason coaches' poll back in 1999. The Bruins actually claimed the title in the year they were not picked to win it (2003).

Bruins to Play First-Class Schedule in 2006
UCLA, which has already faced No. 3 Penn State, is scheduled to face six more teams that are ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Top-25. Still looming on the Bruins' schedule are: No. 7 Santa Clara, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 10 Cal, No. 16 UConn, No. 17 Arizona and No. 20 Pepperdine. In addition, both of this week's opponents, Long Beach State (#24) and San Diego State (#29), are listed in the Soccer Buzz Top-30.

Lang Sidelined With Injury
Sophomore forward Kara Lang is facing a possible redshirt season after suffering an ACL injury while training with the Canadian National Team. As a freshman in 2005, Lang ranked second on the team in scoring with 40 points (17g, 6a). She scored eight goals in six NCAA Tournament matches last season, helping the Bruins advance to the final.

Experience is the Key
UCLA's senior class is the first senior class in school history to have played in the NCAA College Cup every year of its career. With the exception of Stacy Lindstrom, who redshirted in 2003 while playing at the U-19 World Championships, five Bruins have played in three College Cups each. Those players are: Bristyn Davis, Mary Castelanelli, Michelle Gleason, Jessica Harris and Caitlin Ursini.

Ellis Entering Eighth Season in Westwood
Head coach Jillian Ellis is entering her eighth season at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer team. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis enters the season with a school record of 133-28-7 (.813). She has guided the Bruins to four NCAA College Cups (2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005), including three trips to the finals (2000, 2004 and 2005). She owns an overall coaching record of 152-46-7 (.759), which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois. In addition to her work with UCLA, Ellis is also the head coach of the Under-21 U.S. Women's National Team, recently guiding the U-21s to a second-place showing at the 2006 Nordic Cup.

NSCAA/adidas Preseason Top-25
1. Portland
3. Penn State
4. North Carolina
5. Notre Dame
6. Florida State
7. Santa Clara
8. Virginia
9. Texas A&M
t10. Cal
t10. Boston College
12. Duke
13. Illinois
14. Tennessee
15. CS Fullerton
16. UConn
17. Arizona
t18. West Virginia
t18. Florida
20. Pepperdine
21. Purdue
22. Vanderbilt
t23. Yale
t23. Wake Forest
25. Marquette

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