No. 2 Women's Soccer Rounds Out Non-Conference Action This Week
Oct. 2, 2007
Bruins Round Out Non-Conference Play This Week
The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (5-1-2) rounds out the non-conference portion of its schedule this week, facing San Diego State (4-4-2) on Friday and No. 5 Santa Clara (7-1-1) on Sunday. The Bruins begin the weekend in San Diego with a 4:00 p.m. showdown against the Aztecs at the SDSU Sports Deck. UCLA owns a 6-1-1 record against SDSU, taking last year's meeting 1-0 on a goal by Kristina Larsen. On Sunday, the Bruins host one of their biggest home games of the season, as fifth-ranked Santa Clara visits Drake Stadium for a 1:00 p.m. match. The Broncos, who were ranked No. 1 in the country until losing to Cal last week, lead the all-time series 5-2-1, posting a 3-0 victory over the Bruins last season in Santa Clara. Tickets for Sunday's match are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students. UCLA students with a valid Bruin Card are admitted for free. Fans unable to attend can follow the free live audio (Sunday only) and live stats for both matches SDSU, Santa Clara.
Lang's Return Propels Bruins to Victory Over No. 2 Portland
Playing in her first college match since 2005, forward Kara Lang made her return to UCLA a special one, scoring both Bruin goals in a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 2 Portland before 1,279 fans at Drake Stadium last Friday. Lang, who sat out all of last year with a knee injury, and missed the first seven matches of the season while playing for Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup in China, got UCLA on the board in just the ninth minute on play on a 30-yard blast that sailed over Portland goalkeeper Kelsey Davis. After Portland tied things up in the 85th minute, Lang took control in overtime, giving UCLA the victory on a golden goal at the 96:57 mark. For her efforts she was named to both the Soccer America and Soccer Buzz National Teams of the Week.
Oregon Match Slated for TV
UCLA's Oct. 14 match against Oregon at Drake Stadium will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net. The match, which will air throughout the country on several FSN affiliates, will first air in Southern California on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8:00 p.m. (FSN Prime Ticket). It will also air on Friday, Oct. 19 at Noon and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10:00 a.m., both on FSN Prime Ticket.
Bruins Jump to No. 2 Nationally
Following its upset of second-ranked Portland last week, UCLA moved up to its highest ranking of the season in the current NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll, checking in at No. 2 nationally. The Bruins are also ranked No. 3 in Soccer America and No. 4 in Soccer Buzz. UCLA's Pac-10 rival, Stanford, is the No. 1 team in all three polls this week. USC (No. 13) and Cal (No. 18) are the two other Pac-10 teams listed in this week's rankings.
Home Unbeaten Streak Extended
UCLA's victory over Portland extended its home unbeaten streak to 31 matches. The Bruins, who are 4-0 at home this season, have not lost at Drake Stadium since Sept. 9, 2005 (a 1-0 2OT loss to Penn State). UCLA has one tie in the streak, a scoreless draw against Washington State on Oct. 23, 2005. UCLA, who was a perfect 16-0 at home last season, also own a 26-match home winning streak.
Defense Deserves Credit Too
With offensive players like Danesha Adams, Christina DiMartino, Kara Lang and Lauren Cheney, it's no surprise that the Bruins' attacking players get much of the credit when the team does well. UCLA's defense, however, has been putting up some impressive numbers of its own. The Bruins' back line has surrendered less than a goal a game, giving up just seven goals in eight matches. In addition, UCLA has surrendered more than one goal on just two occasions, posting two shutouts in the process. Even more impressive is the fact that UCLA has had to make adjustments in the back due to an injury to starter Erin Hardy, who has missed the last three matches. In addition to Hardy, Lauren Barnes, Lauren Wilmoth, Dea Cook, Catherine Calvert and Jenna Belcher have all seen time in the back this season.
Pac-10 Matches To Watch
Although UCLA will have already faced the likes of No. 2 Portland, No. 5 Santa Clara and No. 7 Texas by the time its opens up the Pac-10 season, some of the most exciting matches of the year lie ahead in conference play. The Bruins' road trip to the Bay Area is shaping up to be the biggest of the year, as UCLA will face top-ranked Stanford and No. 18 Cal in back-to-back matches. Another highly-anticipated match is against No. 13 USC at home on Oct. 26. That series has been extremely exciting, with the Bruins winning the last three meetings in overtime. UCLA is seeking its fifth-consecutive Pac-10 title.
Henderson Nominated for Lowe's Senior Class Award
Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson is one of 20 players who were nominated for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for women's soccer. The award is presented annually in eight NCAA Division I sports to a senior student-athlete who excels both on and off the field. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate soccer careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus. In addition to being a team leader on the field, Henderson has excelled in the classroom as well, earning a spot on the UCLA Director's Honor Roll (3.0 and above) every quarter of her career.
Double-Headers on Tap This Month
Soccer fans looking to see two matches for the price of one are in for a special treat this month, as the UCLA men's and women's soccer teams have three double-headers coming up in the next few weeks. On Oct. 12, the UCLA women will face Oregon State at 5:00 p.m. followed by the UCLA men vs. Stanford at 7:30. On Oct. 14 the Bruin women will take on Oregon at Noon followed by the men vs. Cal at 2:30 p.m. The last double-header of the season will be on Oct. 26, as the men face Oregon State at 5:00 p.m. followed by the women vs. USC at 7:30 p.m.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is in her ninth season as head coach at UCLA. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis owns a record of 158-32-9 (.817) at UCLA. Her overall coaching record, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois, stands at 177-50-9 (.769). She has led the Bruins to five Pac-10 titles (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) and five appearances in the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006).
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