No. 3 Women's Soccer Gets Ready For NCAAs
Nov. 14, 2001
NCAA First & Second Rounds
@ UCLA's Drake Stadium
Friday, Nov. 16
USC vs. Pepperdine - 11:00 a.m.
(3) UCLA vs. CS Fullerton - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18
Gm. 1 winner vs. Gm. 2 Winner - 1:00 p.m.
No. 3 Bruins Host NCAA First & Second Rounds:
UCLA (17-2-0, 8-1-0 Pac-10) received a No. 3 seed in the 64-team NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament and will host three other teams for first and second round matches this week at Drake Stadium. On Friday, Nov. 16, Pepperdine and USC will meet in the first match of the day beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Waves own an 11-4-3 overall record out of the West Coast Conference. USC is 10-6-2 overall and registered a fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 Conference. In Friday's second match, UCLA will host Cal State Fullerton at 2:00 p.m. The Titans finished the regular season with a 13-6-0 overall record and won the Big West Conference championship. The Bruins own an 8-0 all-time advantage over the Titans, winning 4-1 in their last meeting in 1999. The two first-round winners will meet in the second round on Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m.
UCLA/USC Matchup Two Years in a Row?:
If USC and UCLA both win first-round matches on Friday, they will meet in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season. In 2000, the Bruins took a 3-0 decision over the Women of Troy en route to UCLA's College Cup appearance. UCLA has already registered a 2-1 home win over USC in their only meeting this season back on Oct. 21. The Bruins are 9-2-1 all-time against their crosstown rival.
Bruins Win 2001 Pac-10 Title:
Heading into last weekend, the Bruins needed two victories in the Bay Area to claim their first Pac-10 championship since 1998, when the Bruins finished in a three-way tie with Cal and USC. Following a 2-0 victory over Cal on Friday, Staci Duncan scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Stanford on Sunday, helping UCLA win the title outright for the first time since 1997. Prior to the start of the season, UCLA was picked as the conference favorite in the Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll.
Seven Players Earn All-Pac-10 Honors:
Pac-10 Champion UCLA cleaned up on postseason honors Tuesday, with a conference-best seven players earning All-Pac-10 recognition. Defender Krista Boling (San Jose, Calif.), Midfielder Sarah-Gayle Swanson (Denver, Colo.) and forwards Mary-Frances Monroe (Tariffville, Conn.) and Stephanie Rigamat (La Crescenta, Calif.), were all named to the first team. Midfielder's Nandi Pryce (Casselberry, Fla.) and Whitney Jones (San Clemente, Calif.) were second-team selections. In addition to UCLA's first and second-team selections, defender Bethany Bogart (San Diego, Calif.) and midfielder Breana Boling (San Jose, Calif.) were honorable mention selections.
Duncan Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Senior forward Staci Duncan was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Tuesday for her efforts against Stanford this past Sunday. She scored the game-winning goal, her only goal of the week, in the 74th minute of the game to defeat No. 4 Stanford, 1-0 in Stanford on Sunday. As a result of that goal, UCLA won the 2001 Pac-10 title and received a No. 3 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Bruins Unbeatable on Home Turf:
When the Bruins meet Cal State Fullerton this Friday, UCLA will put its 24-match home unbeaten streak on the line. UCLA recently concluded its third-straight undefeated season in Westwood, posting a 7-0-0 home record. The Bruins were 8-0-0 last season and 7-0-1 at home in 1999. In fact, UCLA's last home loss was an NCAA Second Round defeat to BYU back on Nov. 14, 1998. UCLA holds an all-time home record of 61-13-5.
Duncan Ranks Among UCLA's All-Time Best:
When Bruin forward Staci Duncan scored the 34th goal of her career on Sunday against Stanford, she moved into sole possession of second place all-time at UCLA in that category. She was previously tied with Tracey Milburn with 33 career goals. In addition, Duncan's 86 career points is also good enough for second place on the UCLA career charts. Former Bruin Traci Arkenberg (1994-97) ranks first in both of those categories with 169 points and 71 goals.
Bruins Healthy Heading Into NCAA Tournament Action:
After sitting out nine matches with a broken thumb sustained against James Madison on Sept. 28, Bruin midfielder Tracey Winzen made her return to the UCLA lineup against Washington on Nov. 2. Winzen, who currently has four points on one goal and two assists in 10 games, will likely play with a soft cast the rest of the season. UCLA defender Nandi Pryce came off the bench to make her 2001 season debut in a 2-0 win over Arizona on Oct. 12. One of the most highly touted freshmen in the country last year and a member of the Under-21 U.S. National Team, Pryce broke her leg just five games into last season. The Arizona game marked her first appearance in a UCLA uniform since Sept. 8, 2000. With the exception of Lindsay Greco, who tore her ACL on Sept. 13 and will miss the remainder of the season, UCLA is at full-strength heading into this week's action.
UCLA in the Pac-10 Team Statistics:
As a team, UCLA leads the Pac-10 in several categories, including: goals scored (43), shutouts (12) and shots taken (392). The Bruins rank second in goals per game (2.26), goals allowed (11) and corner kicks (104).
Led by Mary-Frances Monroe, who leads the conference in shots taken (86) and game-winning goals (6), several other Bruins rank in the top-10 of the conference statistical rankings. Stephanie Rigamat ranks second in the Pac-10 in goals (12) and fourth in points (28). In addition, Monroe ranks just behind Rigamat in points with 25 and goals with 11. Goalkeeper CiCi Peterson ranks first in the Pac-10 in shutouts (10) and goals against average (0.54).
Monroe Named Finalist for M.A.C. Award:
Forward Mary-Frances Monroe has been selected as a candidate for the Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C) Collegiate Soccer Player of the Year award. Monroe, a 5-1 senior transfer from the University of Connecticut, placed third in last year's voting for the award. This season, she ranks second on the team in scoring with 25 points on 11 goals and three assists. She has played and started in all 19 matches this season, registering a team-high 86 shots. She also ranks first on the team with six game-winning goals. Monroe was a two-time M.A.C. Award finalist and three-time All-American at UConn from 1998-2000. A member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team, she was named Big East Rookie of the Year in 1998 and was a three-time first-team All-Big East selection. She is also a candidate for the Hermann Trophy, also given to the top player in college soccer.
Bruins Get it Done in 90 Minutes:
For only the second time in school history, UCLA finished the regular season without playing an overtime game. The last time UCLA went an entire year without playing an overtime match was in 1997. In nine seasons, UCLA is 8-10-10 in overtime contests.
Bruins Led by Pair of Hermann Trophy Candidates:
It's no coincidence that the top two scorers for UCLA are both player of the year candidates. Bruin forwards Stephanie Rigamat and Mary-Frances Monroe account for nearly half of UCLA's scoring this season (49 of 101 points). They both were selected as two of 15 candidates for the Hermann Trophy, given annually to the top collegiate soccer player in the country. The other 13 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, Virginia's Lori Lindsey, Cal's Laura Schott, Portland's Lauren Orlandos, North Carolina's Danielle Borgman and Jena Kluegel, Washington's Hope Solo and Texas A&M's Nicky Thrasher.