Bruins Head to Illinois for Orange & Blue Classic

Sept. 5, 2001

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Orange/Blue Classic
Sept. 7-9, Champaign, Ill. (@ Univ. of Illinois)

Sept. 7 vs. Louisville - 5:00 p.m.
Sept. 9 vs. Syracuse - Noon

Bruins Head to Illinois for Orange/Blue Classic . . .
For the second week in a row, the No. 2 ranked UCLA women's soccer team will hit the road, this time traveling to Champaign, Ill. for the Orange/Blue Classic hosted by the University of Illinois. The Bruins will take on Louisville on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and Syracuse on Sunday at Noon. It will be UCLA's first meeting ever with both of these schools. Illinois, which UCLA does not face, rounds out the four-team Classic field.

UCLA Downs No. 3 Portland, Denver at CSUF FILA Classic . . .
UCLA enjoyed two impressive showings this past weekend in Fullerton, defeating No. 3 Portland, 1-0 and Denver, 5-1 at the CSUF FILA Classic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. Against Portland on Saturday, Bruin forward Mary-Frances Monroe, playing in her first game at UCLA after transferring from UConn last year, scored the game-winning goal in the 31st minute of play. Following the goal, the Bruins, led by goalkeeper CiCi Peterson, were able to hold the Pilots scoreless to secure the narrow, 1-0 victory. Against Denver on Monday, sophomore forward Lindsay Greco scored twice as the Bruins exploded for five goals en route to a 5-1 decision over the Pioneers.

Ellis Leads Bruins into Familiar Territory . . .
This week, head coach Jillian Ellis will return to the school where she began her Division-I head coaching career when she leads the Bruins into the Orange/Blue Classic in Champaign, Ill. Ellis served as the first head coach ever at the school following the addition of women's soccer at Illinois beginning in the 1997 season. In two years in Champaign, Ellis guided the Fighting Illini to a 19-18-0 overall record. In her first year at Illinois, Ellis helped the team to a 12-8 overall record and a Big Ten Tournament berth.

Monroe Wastes Little Time Getting Adjusted . . .
Bruin forward Mary-Frances Monroe, a three-time All-American at the University of Connecticut and a newcomer to the Bruin team this season, was outstanding in her first two games in a Bruin uniform. Against No. 3 Portland last Saturday at the CSUF FILA Classic, Monroe scored the game-winning goal in the 31st minute to defeat the Pilots, 1-0. In a match with Denver on Monday, Monroe added another goal in UCLA's 5-1 defeat of the Pioneers. For her efforts, Monroe was named Best Offensive Player for the two-day Classic.

Peterson Outstanding in Bruin Victories . . .
UCLA senior CiCi Peterson proved why she is considered one of the top goalkeepers in the nation, after two outstanding performances this past weekend in Fullerton. In UCLA's match with No. 3 Portland, Peterson helped fight off a late Pilot comeback by making several spectacular saves late to help secure the slim, 1-0 victory. She finished that game with five saves. Against Denver on Monday, Peterson held the Pioneers scoreless for the first 60 minutes before being relieved by freshman Sarah Lombardo.

Conference Coaches Pick UCLA No. 1 . . .
For the second year in a row, the UCLA women's soccer team has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer title in a preseason vote of the Conference's 10 head coaches. The NCAA runner-up Bruins received eight of 10 first-place votes, with Cal and Washington picking up the other two. After being the preseason favorite last year, UCLA placed third in the conference with a 6-2-1 league record.

Bruins Remain Second in NSCAA, Move up One in Soccer America National Polls . . .
For the second week in a row, UCLA was ranked second behind North Carolina in the NSCAA national poll released Monday. The Bruins, who were ranked third to start the season in the Soccer America poll, moved up to No. 2 after defeating Portland, 1-0 at the CSUF FILA Classic.

Rigamat, Monroe Named Preseason Hermann Award Candidates . . .
Bruin forwards Stephanie Rigamat and Mary-Frances Monroe were recently selected as two of 13 candidates named as preseason favorites for the Hermann Award, given annually to the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the country. The other 11 candidates for the women's award are: Santa Clara's Danielle Slaton and Aly Wagner, Penn State's Christie Welsh, Florida's Abby Wambach, BYU's Aleisha Cramer, Portland's Lauren Orlandos, North Carolina's Danielle Borgman and Jena Kluegel, Washington's Hope Solo and Texas A&M's Nicky Thrasher. The Hermann Awards is soccer's equivalent to the Heisman Trophy.

Three Bruins Named Preseason All-Americans . . .
Stephanie Rigamat, Mary-Frances Monroe and Nandi Pryce were all named preseason All-Americans by Monroe, a three-time All-American at the University of Connecticut, was named to the first-team, while Rigamat, the Bruins' leading scorer a year ago with 37 points (13g, 11a), was a second-team selection. Despite only playing in six games last year due to a leg injury, Pryce is an honorable mention selection.

Bruins Net Second-Straight Top-10 Recruiting Class . . .
For the second year in a row, online source Soccer Buzz has listed UCLA's recruiting class in the top-10 of its annual class rankings. With the addition of seven talented newcomers to this year's roster, the Bruins' class was ranked No. 7 nationally. Headlining this year's class are transfers Mary-Frances Monroe for UConn and Nancy Mikacenic from Notre Dame. Both bring solid Division-I experience to the Bruins, having played at nationally ranked programs prior to their arrival in Westwood. In addition to the transfers, the Bruins add five extremely talented freshmen. Parade All-American Amy Fazio (Alamo, CA/San Ramon Valley HS) and U.S. Youth National Team member Sarah Lombardo (Long Beach, CA/Long Beach Poly HS) lead the list of freshmen in 2001. They are joined by Kendal Billingsley (Trabuco Canyon, CA/Mission Viejo HS), Kelly Durbin (Los Angeles/Marymount HS) and Crystal James (Los Angeles/Mira Costa HS). UCLA had the No. 1 recruiting class in 2000 according to Soccer Buzz. The University of Virginia tops the list this season.

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