No. 5 Santa Clara, No. 19 Pepperdine on Tap for Women's Soccer
Sept. 19, 2006
West Coast Powers Collide This Week
In what is shaping up to be one of the premier matchups of the 2006 women's soccer season, third-ranked UCLA (6-1) and No. 5 Santa Clara (6-2) will do battle this Friday at 8:00 p.m. at Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium. Both teams went 2-0 at the UCLA Women's Cup two weeks ago, however they did not face each other. UCLA returns home on Sunday to host No. 19 Pepperdine (5-1-2) at Drake Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins take a nine-match winning streak against the Waves into that match.
The UCLA/Santa Clara Series
Although the Broncos lead the all-time series 4-2-1, the Bruins have won two in a row and are unbeaten in the last three meetings (the 2003 showdown ended in a 1-1 draw). The last four meetings between the two teams have went to overtime. UCLA downed Santa Clara, 1-0 on a penalty kick by Kendal Billingsley in the 106th minute back in 2004. The Bruins also took last year's showdown (2-1) on a pair of goals by Danesha Adams. Her second strike was a golden goal in the 96th minute.
WCC Opponents Keep Coming
This Friday's showdown with Santa Clara is just the first of four-straight matches that UCLA will play against West Coast Conference opponents. After facing Pepperdine on Sunday, the Bruins will host San Diego on Sept. 29 and Gonzaga on Oct. 1. The rest of the Bruins' matches during the regular season will be against Pac-10 teams.
Cheney Lifts Bruins Past Cal State Northridge, 1-0
Freshman forward Lauren Cheney broke up a scoreless tie in the 63rd minute, helping UCLA to a 1-0 victory over Cal State Northridge last Friday evening at Drake Stadium. Since returning from the FIFA U-20 World Championships, Cheney has scored in all three matches she has appeared in this season and is tied for the team lead in scoring with six points (3g, 0a). Cheney's U-20 teammate, Valerie Henderson, picked up the win for UCLA in goal, recording her third victory of the year.
UCLA Up to No. 3 in National Rankings
For the second week in a row UCLA climbed up a spot in the national rankings, moving from No. 4 to No. 3 in polls issued by both Soccer America and NSCAA/adidas. The Bruins, who began the season ranked No. 1 by Soccer America, are also ranked No. 3 according to Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times.
With freshmen Lauren Wilmoth and Lauren Switzer already earning starting roles, and U-20 star Erin Hardy in just her second season, the Bruins' defense looks to be in good shape for at least the next three years. Senior Mary Castelanelli is the lone upperclassman on the back line. The Bruins, which have posted five shutouts in seven matches, have surrendered just four goals this year.
Bruins on TV
After already having matches on ESPNU and Fox Sports Net this season, UCLA is scheduled to have at least one more televised match this year, as Fox Sports Net will be at Drake Stadium again on Oct. 6 to tape the Bruins' showdown with Cal. That match will air the following week on several FSN outlets throughout the country.
Calvert Moves into Starting Role
After starting just four matches as a freshman a year ago, midfielder Catherine Calvert has quickly worked her way into the starting lineup in 2006. Calvert, who appeared in 14 of 26 matches in 2005, has started all seven games this season.
Snow Joins Coaching Staff
Former Indiana All-American B.J. Snow is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach at UCLA. Snow, who was a defender at Indiana from 1996-99, helped the Hoosiers capture back-to-back NCAA Championships in 1998 and 1999. Indiana's record during Snow's time in Bloomington was 81-8-3.
Following UCLA Via the Internet
Fans and media unable to attend Bruin home matches in 2006 can follow the action live at home by either listening to the free audio broadcasts over the internet or by following the Gametracker LiveStats. Both are accessible by clicking links located at UCLA's official athletic website: www.uclabruins.com. In addition, UCLA's play-by-play announcer Danny Lee will be doing periodic player/coach video interviews throughout the year that will also be available on the web.
UCLA Picked as Pac-10 Favorite Again
For the third year in a row an early poll of conference coaches gave the nod to UCLA as the favorite to claim the 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).
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
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 138-28-7 (.818). 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 157-46-7 (.764), 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.
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