No. 3 UCLA Hosts USD in 2002 Opener

Aug. 27, 2002

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SAN DIEGOFriday, Aug. 30@ 2:00 p.m. (Drake Stadium)

No. 3 Bruins Get Set to Kickoff 2002
The third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team will kickoff the 2002 season this Friday, Aug. 30 against San Diego at Drake Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Bruins own a 6-1-2 all-time series advantage over the Toreros, having won the last two meetings, including a 2-0 decision in San Diego last year.

2002 NSCAA/adidas Preseason Poll

1 Santa Clara University2 University of North Carolina3 UCLA 4 University of Portland5 Texas A&M University6 University of Virginia7 University of Notre Dame8 Penn State University9 University of Connecticut10 University of Nebraska10 University of Texas12 Stanford University13 University of Florida14 Clemson University15 University of California16 St. Mary's College17 Florida State University18 University of Michigan19 Rutgers University20 University of Tennessee21 Dartmouth College22 University of Washington23 University of Illinois24 Southern Methodist University25 West Virginia University25 University of Georgia25 Pepperdine University

Recruiting Class Rated No. 2 in the Country
For the third year in a row, UCLA has landed a recruiting class ranked among the top-10 in America. In 2000, the Bruins featured the No. 1 class in the county and followed that up with the No. 8 rated class in 2001. This season, Soccer America placed UCLA's class at No. 2 behind North Carolina. Led by the nation's No. 1 recruit Jill Oakes, a total of five UCLA incoming freshmen were among Soccer America's list of the top-25 recruits in the country.

Penn State, Virginia, USC Round out Field at 2002 UCLA Women's Cup
The Second-Annual UCLA Women's Cup will take place on Sept. 6 and 8 at UCLA's Drake Stadium. This year's field features four teams that finished 2001 ranked in the top-10 (#5 UCLA, #6 Penn State, #8 Virginia). Local rival USC rounds out the field. The Cup kicks off on Friday, Sept. 6 with USC and Penn State facing each other in the first match at Noon. That match will be followed by UCLA vs. Virginia at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, Virginia and USC will play at Noon and that match will be followed by Penn State vs. UCLA at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN. The Bruins captured top honors in last year's Cup by going 2-0.

Oakes to Join Bruins Following Under-19 Women's World Cup
Bruin newcomer Jill Oakes will miss the San Diego match on Aug. 30 due to her commitments with the Under-19 U.S. National Team which is playing in the Under-19 Women's World Cup in Canada. She is scheduled to be back in time for the Bruins' next match against Virginia on Sept. 6 at the UCLA Women's Cup. Oakes, a midfielder out of West Hills, Calif., was the unanimous No. 1 recruit in the country this year after earning both the Gatorade Circle of Champions and Parade Magazine National Player of the Year awards. She has been invited to training camp with the Full U.S. Women's National Team and was ranked No. 1 by Soccer America in its recent list of the nation's top-25 recruits.

Conference Coaches Pick UCLA to Win 2002 Pac-10 Title
For the second year in a row, UCLA was picked to win the Pac-10 in a preseason poll conducted by conference coaches. UCLA, which received seven first-place votes, was joined in the top-5 by Stanford, Washington, Arizona State and Cal. USC, Oregon State, Washington State, Oregon and Arizona rounded out the top-10.

Greco Returns to UCLA Lineup
Leading the way up top will be redshirt sophomore captain Lindsay Greco, who led the Bruins in scoring before being sidelined with an ACL injury just four matches into last season. Prior to the injury she was UCLA's most explosive player, recording 13 points on six goals and an assist. At the Blue/Orange Classic in Illinois in 2002, she tallied nine points in two matches, registering a hat trick in a win over Louisville to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors.

The Schedule
As always, the Bruins will be playing one of the most competitive schedules in the country, with early non-conference matches against Penn State, Virginia, BYU and defending national champion Santa Clara. The Bruins will also get little rest in conference play, with Stanford, Washington, USC and Cal all coming off NCAA Tournament appearances. If all goes as planned, this tough regular season schedule will prepare the Bruins for postseason play and a possible return to the NCAA College Cup.

Quoting Ellis
'This team has a lot of personality and I really like that. We have a leader at almost every position. Because we lost seven starters from a year ago, it might take this team a little bit longer to find its chemistry, but when we do, I think this will be a team that competes for a national championship.'

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