No. 1 UCLA Looks to Continue Hot Streak Against ASU, Arizona
Oct. 30, 2007
Bruins Host Final Two Home Matches This Week
Top-ranked UCLA (12-1-2; 5-0 Pac-10) plays its final two home matches of the regular season this weekend, hosting the Arizona schools at Drake Stadium this Friday and Sunday. Play begins on Friday as the Bruins host Arizona State (9-7-1; 3-2-1 Pac-10) at 7:00 p.m. UCLA owns a six-match winning streak over ASU and leads the all-time series 9-1. After a day off, the Bruins return to action on Sunday, hosting Arizona at 1:00 p.m. UCLA leads that series 12-1. Fans unable to attend the matches can follow either the GameTracker Live Stats - ASU / Arizona or the live internet audio. Both are free.
Three Bruin seniors who will be playing in their final regular-season home match on Sunday will be honored with a special ceremony prior to kickoff. This year's seniors are Danesha Adams, Valerie Henderson and Alma Playle. The Bruins have won the Pac-10 and reached the NCAA College Cup every year since they joined the program as freshman back in 2004.
UCLA Continues LA Dominance
Although USC came in with its highest ranking in program history (#2 Soccer Buzz/#9 NSCAA), UCLA proved that it still reigns supreme in Los Angeles, taking a 2-0 victory over the Women of Troy before 3,445 fans at Drake Stadium last Friday. Following a scoreless first half, the Bruins received second-half goals from Lauren Cheney and Kara Lang, giving UCLA its eighth straight victory over USC. Just how dominant has UCLA been in the cross-town rivalry? The Bruins are now 16-2-1 against the Women of Troy and are unbeaten in the last 11 meetings. USC's last win in the series came back in 1998.
Did you Know?
UCLA has yet to give up a goal in Pac-10 play, outscoring the competition 10-0 in five matches thus far. USC ranks second in goals allowed, giving up three.
UCLA Going for Five Straight
A pair of wins this weekend and UCLA would all but lock up its fifth straight Pac-10 title, as the Bruins would stand at 7-0 with just two matches to play. The Bruins enter the week 5-0 in the conference, ahead of both USC and Washington which are tied for second place at 3-1-1. UCLA has won the Pac-10 title outright three of the last four years, sharing the title with Arizona in 2004.
Best in the West
UCLA owns a 5-0-1 record against the six West Coast teams which are ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll this week. Strangely enough, the Bruins' lone tie came in the form of a 0-0 draw against San Diego, a team not usually considered a West Coast power. Regardless, UCLA has taken on the top teams in the West and done extremely well, recording wins over Portland, Santa Clara, USC, Stanford and Cal. The Bruins outscored those five teams 12-2.
Sophomore Lauren Cheney ranks No. 1 in the nation in two statistical categories. The Bruin forward leads the country in goals per game (1.13) and points per game (2.73). As a team, UCLA also ranks No. 1 in winning percentage (.867). In addition, goalkeeper Valerie Henderson is ninth nationally in goals against average (0.49).
Henderson Going Out in Style
Senior goalkeeper Valerie Henderson is determined to make her final year in Westwood a special one, as she is enjoying one of her finest seasons since arriving at UCLA back in 2004. She has surrendered just seven goals in 15 matches this season. She also ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10 and ninth nationally with an 0.49 goals against average. Henderson continues to add to two school records, as she currently ranks No. 1 all time at UCLA in wins (68) and shutouts (36).
Mac Kechnie Suffers Season-Ending Knee Injury
UCLA took its eighth straight victory over USC last Friday but ended up suffering a major loss nonetheless, as midfielder Caitlyn Mac Kechnie tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in the second half of the Bruins' 2-0 win. Mac Kechnie, a junior, was in the midst of her finest season yet, ranking fourth on the team in scoring with 15 points (4g, 7a). Her seven assists tied for the team lead. The good news for UCLA is that Catherine Calvert, who was also injured in the game and did not return, is expected to be back this week.
Not in Our House
UCLA is two wins shy of going undefeated at home for the second straight regular season. The Bruins were 12-0 in home regular season games last year before tacking on four more in the NCAA Tournament finish the year 16-0 at Drake Stadium. UCLA, which currently owns the longest home unbeaten streak in the country at 35 matches, is 8-0 at home this year.
UCLA is No. 1!
UCLA is the unanimous No. 1 team in the country for the second straight week, as the Bruins own the top spot in every major poll. In the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll, the Bruins are followed by No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Portland, No. 4 North Carolina and No. 5 Stanford. That complete poll can be accessed by clicking HERE