UCLA Women's Cup Begins This Friday
Sept. 16, 2008
Bruins to Host UCLA Women's Cup This Weekend at Drake Stadium
The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (5-0-1) returns home this week to host the UCLA Women's Cup, Sept. 19 & 21, at Drake Stadium. New Mexico, Miami and San Diego round out the four-team field. Action gets underway on Friday with UCLA taking on Miami (7-0) at 5:00 p.m. That match will be followed by No. 24 USD (5-2) against New Mexico (3-1-3) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday's matches will feature USD versus Miami at 11:00 a.m., and UCLA against New Mexico at 1:30 p.m. Daily tickets, which are good for both matches that day, are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/UCLA students (with valid ID). Fans who are unable to attend can listen to both Bruin matches online for free via the UCLA Radio Network. Live stats for all four matches are available by clicking below:
Bruins Down No. 25 UConn, Tie Brown at UConn Classic
UCLA was able to keep its undefeated record in tact last weekend, defeating No. 25 UConn on Friday, and tying Brown on Sunday at the UConn Classic in Storrs, Conn. Freshman Sydney Leroux had a pair of goals in the 3-0 victory over UConn. UCLA then played to a 0-0 draw with Brown on Sunday, despite outshooting the Bears, 34-7 in the match. The Bruins posted their fourth and fifth straight shutouts of the season at the tournament. UCLA's Christina DiMartino, McCall Zerboni and Leroux were named to the all-tournament team.
Bruins Fall One Spot to No. 2
Following its scoreless draw with Brown on Sunday, UCLA fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in this week's national rankings. Undefeated and untied Notre Dame is the new No. 1 in every national poll.
McAdam to Face Former Team
UCLA's new volunteer assistant coach, Lauren McAdam, will recognize a few familiar faces when the Bruins take on Miami this Friday, as McAdam was the Hurricanes' starting goalkeeper just last season. McAdam, who played at Miami from 2004-07, was one of the most accomplished goalkeepers in school history, ranking No. 1 at Miami in career saves (307), shutouts (15) and minutes played (5,796). She was named an All-ACC Academic selection in 2006 and 2007.
Two Bruin Road Games on TV
Two upcoming UCLA road matches are scheduled to be televised in the coming months. The Fox Soccer Channel will show a live broadcast of the UCLA/Santa Clara match on Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m. The UCLA vs. USC match on Oct. 24 is also scheduled to air on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net.
It's hard to believe considering some of the great Bruin teams in recent years, however, at 5-0-1, UCLA is actually off to its best start since the 2001 team began the year with a perfect 6-0 (they eventually went to 11-0 before losing). The Bruins dropped their season opener in 2006 and 2007, and had at least one loss in their first six matches the last four years heading into this season.
Cheney, Lang To Rejoin Team This Week
Due to their hectic schedules leading up to and during this summer's Olympic Games, both Kara Lang and Lauren Cheney were recently issued breaks from the team in order to return home and visit family. Cheney, who had her No. 8 jersey retired at Ben Davis High School on Monday night, has been in Indianapolis since last week and did not play at the UConn Classic this past weekend. Lang flew home following the team's match on Sunday. Both players are expected to be in the lineup when the Bruins face Miami this Friday night.
Home Unbeaten Streak Reaches Three Year Mark
The Bruins take a 43-match home unbeaten streak into this weekend's UCLA Women's Cup. UCLA's last home loss was over three years ago, as the Bruins fell to Penn State, 1-0 in double-overtime on Sept. 9, 2005. There is just one tie during the streak (0-0 draw with Washington State on Oct. 23, 2005). UCLA's home winning streak currently stands at 38 in a row. Both streaks are the longest currently in Division I women's soccer.
Records That Could Fall in `08
Two career school marks that could fall this season are the records for game-winning goals and assists. Lauren Cheney needs just seven game-winning goals to break the school record of 26 held by Danesha Adams. Cheney, who finished with nine last year, already has three this season (19 for her career). Christina DiMartino is also approaching the school record for career assists, as the Bruin senior has 25 in her career. The current UCLA leader is Iris Mora, who had 38 from 2002-05.
Spreading the Wealth
A total of 10 different players have already scored goals for the Bruins this season, surpassing last year's total of nine just six matches into the year. Lauren Cheney (4), Sydney Leroux (3) and Kristina Larsen (2) are the multiple-goal scorers, while seven other players have scored one goal. The Bruins have outscored the competition 16-1 so far this year.
Cheney, DiMartino Named to M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
Forward Lauren Cheney and midfielder Christina DiMartino have been named to the 2008 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List, a list that is used to determine national player of the year candidates. Cheney was one of three finalists for the award in 2007, finishing runner-up to winner Mami Yamaguchi of Florida State. Considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer, the recipients of the MAC's Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.