No. 3 Women's Soccer Open up Pac-10 Play Against Arizona Schools
Oct. 7, 2009
Pac-10 Play Begins This Week
The third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (9-1-1) begins defense of its 2008 Pac-10 title this week, as the Bruins open up the conference season against Arizona and Arizona State at Drake Stadium. Play begins on Friday night, with UCLA taking on Arizona (3-7-1) at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins take a 14-1 all-time record against the Wildcats into that meeting. UCLA returns to Drake Stadium on Sunday, hosting No. 20 Arizona State (7-1-2) at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins have won eight in a row in that series, leading all meetings 11-1. Live stats and free internet radio are available for both matches.
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Autograph Session and Poster Giveaway This Sunday
Free 2009 UCLA women's soccer posters will be given to fans in attendance at this Sunday's match against ASU (limited number available). Fans will then have a chance to get their posters signed by their favorite Bruin players during an autograph session following the match.
Bruins Going for Seventh Straight Pac-10 Championship
UCLA, which opens Pac-10 play against Arizona this Friday, is looking to claim the program's seventh straight conference championship in 2009. The Bruins have dominated the Pac-10 in recent years, winning the league title every year from 2003-08. UCLA's Pac-10 record over the six-year span is an impressive 47-7. The Bruins, who have gone undefeated in league play the last two seasons, have only lost one Pac-10 match in the last four years.
Bruins Round Out Non-Conference Play With Victory over Pepperdine
UCLA extended its winning streak to nine last Friday, posting a 2-0 victory over Pepperdine in the Bruins' final non-conference match of the regular season. Sydney Leroux punched in her team-leading 11th goal of the season on a penalty kick in the seventh minute to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. That score remained for nearly the entire match, as the Bruins didn't score again until 90th minute on a strike from freshman Chelsea Cline. UCLA goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford made three saves on the day, including a stop on a Pepperdine penalty kick in the 64th minute. The Bruins upped their record to 12-2-1 all time against the Waves.
UCLA Checks in at No. 8 in First RPI Report
UCLA debuts at No. 8 in the first Women's Division I Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released by the NCAA this fall. The Ratings Percentage Index is an important criteria used by the NCAA to determine the 64-team field for the Division I Women's Tournament. It is a mathematical formula designed to objectively compare results and strength of schedule.
NCAA Division I Women's RPI
1. North Carolina
3. Florida St.
6. South Carolina
7. Virginia Tech
9. Boston College
10. Arizona St.
Bruins Ranked No. 3/4 Nationally
For the third week in a row, UCLA remained the same in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll released on Tuesday, checking in at No. 3. The Bruins also remained at No. 4 for second week in a row in Soccer America's weekly rankings. UCLA is also ranked No. 4 by Soccer Times. The NSCAA rankings can be found HERE.
Bruins in the National Statistics
As a team, UCLA ranks 12th nationally in scoring offense, averaging almost three goals per game (2.91). Individually, Sydney Leroux ranks tied for second nationally in goals per game (1.10) and is tied for ninth in points per game (2.30). Bruin goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford ranks seventh in the country in goals against average (0.42).
USC Showdown Set for Oct. 30
The annual cross-town showdown between UCLA and USC will take place on Oct. 30 at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The 7:00 p.m. encounter will be broadcast live to the country on Fox Soccer Channel. The Bruins defeated the Women of Troy twice last year, once during the regular season (2-1) and again in the NCAA Round of 16 (1-0). Last year's meeting at the LA Coliseum drew a series record 7,804 fans.