Bruins Open Up NCAA Tournament Play This Friday
Nov. 12, 2008
Top-Seeded Bruins to Face Fresno State in NCAA First Round
The top-seeded and undefeated UCLA women's soccer team (18-0-2) will open up the 2008 NCAA Tournament this Friday, hosting Fresno State (11-8-2) at Drake Stadium beginning at 5:30 p.m. The other first-round match on Friday features San Diego (14-4-2) versus Long Beach State (14-4-4) at 8:00 p.m. Friday's winners will advance to Sunday's second round beginning at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for youth/students.
Following the Action
Gametracker live stats will be available for every match this weekend at UCLA's official athletic website. UCLA vs. Fresno State / Long Beach State vs. San Diego In addition, the UCLA Radio Network will carry a live broadcast of every UCLA. Both live stats and internet audio are free.
UCLA Against The Field
Of the three teams coming to Westwood this week, UCLA has only faced San Diego this year, taking a 3-0 victory at Drake Stadium on Nov. 5. The Bruins and Toreros have met 18 total times, with UCLA leading the series 14-1-3. San Diego is also the only one to face UCLA during the NCAA Tournament, with the Bruins winning all three meetings. UCLA owns a 3-0 all-time record against Fresno State, with the two teams last meeting back in 2002. UCLA won its only two meetings with Long Beach State in 2005 and 2006.
UCLA Earns a No. 1 Seed for the Second Year in a Row
For the second year in a row - and third time in program history - the UCLA women's soccer team has earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The other top seeds this year are Notre Dame, North Carolina and Stanford. Below is the Bruins' seeding history in NCAA Tournament play.
Year Seed Result2000 #6 Final (L to North Carolina, 2-1)2001 #3 Quarterfinals (L to Florida, 1-0 2OT)2002 #7 Rd. of 16 (L to Texas A&M 0-0 Pks)2003 #4 Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 3-0)2004 #14 Final (L to Notre Dame, 1-1 Pks)2005 #1 Final (L to Portland, 4-0)2006 #2 Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 2-0)2007 #1 Semifinals (L to USC, 2-1)
Bruins Win a Sixth Straight Pac-10 Title
With its 2-1 double-overtime victory over Oregon State last week, UCLA guaranteed itself at least a share of its sixth straight Pac-10 Championship. The Bruins then won the title outright on Sunday, defeating Oregon, 2-0 to end the conference season with a perfect 9-0 record. It marks the third time in program history that UCLA has not lost a match in conference play (1997, 2007 and 2008).
Bruins End Regular Season at No. 2
UCLA checks in at No. 2 in the final NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll of the regular season released this week. The Bruins are also ranked No. 2 in rankings issued by Soccer America, Soccer Times and Soccer Buzz. New rankings will not be issued again until the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament.
Lang's Time to Shine
No current UCLA player has done better in the postseason than Kara Lang, who ranks third all time at UCLA in career NCAA Tournament scoring with 19 points (9g, 1a). Her best season came in 2005 when she scored seven goals to lead UCLA to the NCAA Final that year. Lang enters this year's tournament just two points behind Iris Mora (21 pts.), who ranks second all time at UCLA. Recent graduate Danesha Adams is the Bruins' career NCAA Tournament scoring leader with 41 points (19g, 3a).
Big Time Goals
UCLA's first-ever undefeated regular season hasn't been easy, and the Bruins have had several players score big time goals in pressure situations this year. Below is a list of five players who have come through in the clutch this season:
Sydney Leroux - Nets game winner in her first college match to help UCLA down UC Santa Barbara, 2-1 in season opener.
Lauren Cheney - Scores game's only goal in a 1-0 win over No. 6 Portland on Aug. 30. Also nets game-tying goal in 90th minute to help UCLA reach overtime (and eventually win) against Washington State on Oct. 10.
Kristina Larsen - Golden goal in 102nd minute downs Washington State, 2-1 on Oct. 10. Scores both goals in a 2-1 victory over cross-town rival USC on Oct. 24.
Christina DiMartino - Broke a scoreless tie on a 35-yard shot (77th min.) to help UCLA upset No. 2 Stanford, 1-0 on Oct. 31.
Catherine Calvert - Scores her first career goal in double-overtime, giving UCLA a 2-1 victory over Oregon State on Nov. 7. The win clinches a sixth straight Pac-10 Championship for the Bruins.
UCLA's Dominating Defense
UCLA's defense has been spectacular this year, as the Bruins have been ranked No. 1 in the nation in goals against average (0.19) for most of the season. UCLA has also given up the fewest goals of any team in the country, surrendering just four in 20 matches. In addition, the Bruins' 16 shutouts this year is tops in the country (tied with Minnesota).
Leroux Off to Chile
Freshman Sydney Leroux played her final two matches for the Bruins last weekend, as the forward will now join the U.S. Under-20 National Team for the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup, Nov. 19-Dec. 7, in Chile. Leroux played in 19 of the Bruins' 20 regular-season matches, making 18 starts. She ranks third on the team in scoring with 16 points (5g, 6a).
Bruins Nearing Shutout Record
With 16 shutouts in 20 matches, this year's team already ranks No. 2 all time at UCLA in single-season shutouts. The school record for shutouts in a season is 18, set by the 2005 team that reached the NCAA Final that year. UCLA, which has not given up more than one goal in any match this year, has surrendered just four goals all season. UC Santa Barbara, Washington State, USC and Oregon State have been the only teams to score against the Bruins this year.