Second-Seeded Women's Soccer Begins NCAA Tournament This Friday
Nov. 8, 2006
Bruins Earn No. 2 Regional Seed in NCAA Women's Soccer Championships
The UCLA women's soccer team (17-3) earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championships beginning this week at college campuses throughout the country. The Bruins have been selected to host first and second round action at Drake Stadium. Action begins this Friday with UCLA taking on UNLV (9-10-3) at 5:30 p.m. The second match that evening features Loyola Marymount (10-2-6) vs. Cal State Fullerton (11-7-2). Friday's winners will meet in the second round on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with that winner advancing to the round of 16 next week. Daily tickets are $6 for youth/students and $8 for adults. All tickets can be purchased at the Drake Stadium ticket window prior to the match.
Series History vs. CSUF, LMU and UNLV
UCLA owns a combined 20-0 record against the three other teams that are competing in the first and second rounds at Drake Stadium. The Bruins are 1-0 vs. UNLV, 9-0 vs. Cal State Fullerton, and 10-0 vs. LMU.
UCLA's NCAA Seeding History
Yr. Seed Result2000 #6 Finals (L, 2-1 to UNC)2001 #3 Quarterfinals (L, 1-0 to Florida)2002 #7 Rd. of 16 (L, 0-0 PKs to Texas A&M)2003 #4 Semifinals (L, 3-0 to UNC)2004 #14 Finals (L, 1-1 PKs to Notre Dame)2005 #1* Finals (L, 4-0 to Portland)
* 2005 marked the first year of regional seeding
UCLA Wins Fourth-Straight Pac-10 Title
UCLA recently became the first Pac-10 school to win four-straight conference titles, as the Bruins downed Oregon State, 4-0 in the final match of the regular season this past Sunday in Corvallis. With the victory, the Bruins earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, finishing the season with an 8-1 mark in Pac-10 play. It marks the seventh overall title for UCLA, more than any other school in the Pac-10.
Mertz Returns to Westwood
Former UCLA assistant coach Kat Mertz returns to Westwood this week, as she is in her second season as head coach at UNLV. Prior to joining the Rebels, Mertz was an assistant at UCLA for five seasons (2000-2004). She worked primarily with the Bruin goalkeepers, as she was a standout goalkeeper herself at North Carolina State. Friday will mark the first-ever meeting between UNLV and UCLA since Mertz took the job in April of 2005.
Not in Our House
UCLA takes a 23-match home unbeaten streak into this Friday's match with UNLV, as the Bruins have not lost at home since a 1-0 loss to Penn State back on Sept. 9, 2005. Additionally, the Bruins, who are 12-0 at Drake Stadium this season, take an 11-match winning streak in home NCAA Tournament matches into this year's postseason. UCLA's last home loss during the NCAA Tournament was to Texas A&M back in 2003.
Did You Know?
UCLA is tied with North Carolina and Portland for most NCAA College Cup appearances since 2000, as all three teams have made four appearances in the last six years. Next up is Santa Clara with three appearances, followed by Notre Dame, Florida State and Penn State with two each. Princeton, UConn and Florida have each been to the College Cup one time since 2000. UCLA is the only team in the country to have played in the last three College Cups.
Henderson One Win Away
With her next victory, junior goalkeeper Valerie Henderson will set a new school record for career wins with 53. Henderson, who has 14 wins this season, is currently tied for first all time with former Bruin Lindsay Culp (1996-99).
Bruins End Regular Season at No. 3
UCLA is ranked No. 3 in the final regular-season polls issued by NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times. The Bruins, who began the season ranked No. 1 in Soccer America and Soccer Buzz, have been ranked in the top-10 all season. Soccer America traditionally does not issue a final poll.
Cheney Chasing Lang's Freshman Marks
Lauren Cheney is 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 14 goals is just three behind Lang's record of 17.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is in 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 149-30-7 (.819). 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 168-48-7 (.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.