UCLA Soccer Teams Receive High Rankings From Soccer America

Aug. 7, 2007

Soccer America magazine has selected UCLA as the pre-season No. 1 on the men's side and the pre-season No. 3 on the women's side for 2007.

The Bruin men, who were also ranked No. 1 in the pre-season by College Soccer News, return 22 players and eight starters from last season's national finalist squad that finished the year at 14-6-4. Back from last year's team are leading scorer and Soccer America's Freshman of the Year David Estrada (12g, 4a), No. 2-leading goal scorer Jason Leopoldo (8g, 5a), Soccer America All-Freshman selection Kyle Nakazawa (4g, 8a), and NSCAA All-Far West defender Mike Zaher, plus five players who started with various U.S. Youth National Teams over the summer - Tony Beltran and Brian Perk (FIFA Under-20 World Cup) and Greg Folk, Chance Myers and Michael Stephens (Pan Am Games).

The UCLA women return nine starters from last season's team that advanced to the College Cup for the fourth year in a row, not to mention 2005 leading scorer Kara Lang, who missed 2006 with a knee injury. Offensively, the Bruins return their top 3 scorers from last year - Lauren Cheney (19g, 1a), Danesha Adams (12g, 4a) and Christina DiMartino (5g, 7a). This trio accounted for over half of UCLA's scoring total in 2006 (84 of 146 points). In addition to the vast talent returning, the Bruins also picked up the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, led by Parade All-Americans Lauren Barnes, Kylie Wright and Sarah Salazar. UCLA is looking to become the first school to win five consecutive Pac-10 titles.

Soccer America will release its full Top 25, plus its pre-season All-Americans on Aug. 29.

2007 Soccer America Pre-Season Top 10

Men's Rankings
Team (2006 Record)
1. UCLA (14-6-4)
2. Wake Forest (18-3-4)
3. Duke (18-4-1)
4. UC Santa Barbara (17-7-1)
5. SMU (17-2-4)
6. Virginia (17-4-1)
7. Maryland (16-5-1)
8. Santa Clara (13-5-5)
9. Notre Dame (15-6-2)
10. St. John's (14-6-2)

Women's Rankings
Team (2006 Record)
1. North Carolina (27-1-0)
2. Notre Dame (25-1-1)
3. UCLA (21-4-0)
4. Portland (17-4-3)
5. Santa Clara (15-5-1)
6. Texas A&M (17-6-1)
7. Florida State (18-4-4)
8. Texas (18-4-3)
9. Virginia (12-8-2)
10. Colorado (14-6-4)

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