No. 3 Bruins Return Home to Host Washington and Washington St.
Oct. 24, 2006
Bruins to Host Washington Schools in Final Regular Season Home Matches
The third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (14-2; 5-0 Pac-10) takes an eight-match winning streak into its final two home matches of the regular season this week, as the Bruins will host the Washington schools this weekend at Drake Stadium. Action begins this Friday against Washington (6-10 overall; 1-4 Pac-10) at 6:00 p.m. The Bruins have won five-straight over the Huskies, leading the all-time series 9-2-1. UCLA will then face Washington State (8-5-3 overall; 3-1-1 Pac-10) on Sunday beginning at Noon. Both teams played to a 0-0 draw last season at Drake Stadium, while UCLA leads that series 9-2-2. Sunday will be 'senior Day' for six Bruin seniors who will be competing in their final regular-season home contest.
Doubleheaders This Weekend
Both of UCLA's matches this weekend will be part of doubleheaders with the 14th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team. Following the women's match with Washington on Friday, the men will take on Stanford at 8:00 p.m. The same goes for Sunday, as the men will face No. 6 Cal following the women's match with Washington State.
Bruins Looking to Claim Fourth-Straight Conference Title
As the only unbeaten and untied team in the conference heading into the last four matches of the season, UCLA (5-0) is in great position to claim an unprecedented fourth-straight Pac-10 title. The only other Pac-10 team that controls its own destiny is Oregon (4-0-1). The Bruins and Ducks have yet to play, meaning their Nov. 3 showdown in Eugene could be the match that decides this year's champion. UCLA leads the conference in all-time titles with six.
Another No. 1 Seed?
Assuming the Bruins can run the table in their last four matches, UCLA is looking at possibly being one of the four No. 1 seeds in this year's NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame and North Carolina, both ranked ahead of UCLA, are two other teams that will likely receive a top seeding. The Bruins were awarded a No. 1 seed last year, advancing all the way to the finals. The 64-team draw for the 2006 NCAA Tournament will be announced live on ESPNews on Nov. 5. This year's NCAA College Cup is in Cary, NC.
Bruins Ranked No. 3 Across the Board
For the first time this season, the Bruins hold the same ranking in every poll out, checking in at No. 3 in NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times. The two major polls are split on their choice for No. 1 this week, with North Carolina holding the No. 1 ranking in NSCAA/adidas and Notre Dame checking in at No. 1 in Soccer America.
Bruins Looking to Extend Home Winning Streak to 17
UCLA takes a 16-match home winning streak into this Friday's match with Washington. In fact, if you throw in a scoreless tie with Washington State last year, the Bruins are unbeaten in their last 21 home matches. UCLA is 10-0 at home this year and will tie the single-season school record for most home wins with its next victory.
Cheney Ranks Third Nationally in GPG
After knocking in her 12th and 13th goals of the season in UCLA's 2-1 victory over Arizona State on Sunday, freshman Lauren Cheney moved up to third nationally in goals per game with an average of 1.08. Since missing the first four matches of the season while competing at the FIFA U-20 World Championships, Cheney has scored a goal in nine of 12 matches. She also ranks eighth nationally in points per game (2.17). Cheney leads the Bruins in scoring with 26 points (13g, 0a).
School Records On the Verge of Falling
With 49 career victories, junior goalkeeper Valerie Henderson stands just four wins shy of setting a new UCLA career record, currently held by Lindsay Culp, who had 52 victories from 1996-99. Lauren Cheney is also knocking on the door of a few freshman records, as her six game-winning goals put her just one behind Kara Lang's freshman record of seven set last season. In addition, Cheney's 13 goals is just four behind Lang's record of 17.
In the Pac-10 Statistics
As a team, UCLA ranks first in the Pac-10 in goals (30), goals per game (1.88), corner kicks (90) and shots (285). The Bruins are second in points (84), goals allowed (10) and goals against average (0.62). Individually, Lauren Cheney ranks No. 1 in points (26), points per game (2.17), goals (13), goals per game (1.08) and shots per game (4.83). Valerie Henderson is tied for third in goals against average (0.58).
Chasing NCAA Title No. 100
The women's soccer team is in a unique position, as the Bruins will be the first UCLA team with a chance at winning the school's 100th NCAA Championship. UCLA leads the nation with 99 NCAA team titles.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is entering her eighth season as the head coach of the UCLA women's soccer team. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis owns a school record of 146-29-7 (.821). 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 165-47-7 (.769), 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.