Third-Ranked Bruins Round Out Non-Conference Play This Week
Sept. 30, 2008
Bruins Round Out Non-Conference Play This Week
The third-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team (7-0-2) plays its final two non-conference matches of the regular season this week, hosting Pepperdine and No. 19 San Diego at Drake Stadium. Action begins this Friday when the Bruins host Pepperdine (4-5-2) at 7:00 p.m. UCLA will then face 19th-ranked San Diego (7-2-2) on Sunday at Noon, marking its first match against a ranked opponent since a 3-0 win over No. 25 UConn on Sept. 12. Pepperdine and USD gave the Bruins a run for their money last year, as both matches ended in ties. Live stats and internet audio is available for both matches.
Bruins Check in at No. 3/4
As a result of its scoreless draw against Santa Clara last week, UCLA fell from No. 2 to 3 in this week’s Soccer America poll and from No. 2 to No. 4 in the NSCAA/adidas poll. Notre Dame is still the unanimous No. 1-ranked team in the country this week. UCLA has been ranked as high as No. 1 this year.
Leroux Back from U-20 Camp
Forward Sydney Leroux didn’t play in Thursday’s match against Santa Clara, as the Bruin freshman was at a training camp in Sunrise, Fla. with the Under-20 U.S. National Team. It marked the first of two training camps for in preparation for this November’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile. Leroux, who will likely miss more matches later on in the year, will be in uniform for this weekend’s contests against Pepperdine and San Diego.
Ellis Going for No. 200
With her next win, UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis will pick up the 200th coaching victory of her career, as she enters this weekend with a record of 199-51-11. Her record at UCLA stands at 180-33-11. Ellis, who is in her 10th season at UCLA, coached two years at Illinois before taking over the UCLA job back in 1999.
Shutout Streak Continues
UCLA takes a school record eight straight shutouts into this weekend’s play. The Bruins have not allowed a goal in nearly 800 minutes of play (798). In addition, UCLA has outscored the competition 22-1 this season, with the only team to score on the Bruins being UC Santa Barbara in the season opener. No UCLA team in history has surrendered less goals through the first nine matches.
UCLA in the National Statistics
As a team, UCLA ranks No. 1 in the nation in three defensive categories: goals against average (0.11), shutout percentage (0.89) and save percentage (0.97). The Bruins also rank No. 10 nationally in winning percentage (0.89). Individually, goalkeeper Ashley Thompson ranks No. 1 nationally in goals against average (0.12), and No. 2 in save percentage (0.96).
Breast Cancer Awareness Match Set for Oct. 12 at Drake Stadium
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the UCLA women’s soccer team has decided to pay tribute to those affected by the disease at its Oct. 12 home match against Washington. The Bruins will wear special pink uniforms for the match, with the jersey tops being auctioned off later in the week on UCLA’s website (www.uclabruins.com). In addition, fans who purchase a $10 pink t-shirt at the entrance to Drake Stadium will get into the match for free. All proceeds from the event will go to The Revlon/UCLA Breast Center.
Home Unbeaten Streak Reaches 45
Already with four home wins under its belt this season, UCLA currently owns a 45-match home unbeaten streak (the third longest in NCAA history). UCLA’s last home loss was a 1-0 double-overtime defeat at the hands of Penn State 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 40 (ties for the second longest in NCAA history). Both streaks are currently the longest in Division I women’s soccer.
Conference Play Begins Next Week
UCLA, winner of five straight Pac-10 titles, will open up conference play next week, hosting Washington State (Oct. 10) and Washington (Oct. 12) at Drake Stadium. Since the Pac-10 began awarding women’s soccer titles back in 1993, the Bruins are the first team to win five in a row.
Clash at the Coliseum Set for Oct. 24
One of the hottest tickets in town this year will undoubtedly be the Oct. 24 showdown between UCLA and USC at the LA Coliseum. The Friday evening contest is a rematch of last year’s NCAA College Cup Semifinal, a match that USC came back to win 2-1 en route to the national championship. The Bruins owned an eight-match winning streak in the series before last year’s loss. That match is also scheduled to air on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net.
Cheney Honored in Indy
Olympian Lauren Cheney took part in two special ceremonies while recently back home in Indianapolis. Her first stop was to Ben Davis High School, where her No. 8 Jersey was retired prior to a Ben Davis match. Cheney then traveled to the Statehouse, where Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels awarded her, and seven other Olympians with Indiana ties, with a special Hoosier certificate.
The Steady Six
Six players have started all eight matches this season. Those players are: Christina DiMartino (MF), McCall Zerboni (MF), Lauren Wilmoth (D), Kylie Wright (MF), Lauren Barnes (D), and Dea Cook (D).