No. 3 Bruins Host BYU This Wednesday, Mexican National Team on Saturday
Sept. 23, 2002
Bruins Set to Host BYU, Mexican National Team This Week
With classes set to begin this Thursday, the No. 3-ranked UCLA women's soccer team will play just one counting match this week when the Bruins host BYU (3-4) this Wednesday at Drake Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m. UCLA has never beaten BYU, having lost the only two previous meetings. On Saturday, the Bruins will host an exhibition with the Mexican Women's National Team at Drake Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m. Bruin freshman forward Iris Mora is a starter on that Mexican squad. That match is free to the public.
UCLA Registers Two Shutouts Over the Weekend
This past Friday, UCLA defeated Fresno State, 3-0 in front of 1,699 fans at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif. Following a scoreless first half, Bruin freshman Katie Rivera got the Bruins on the board in the 51st minute of play on an assist from Lindsay Greco. UCLA added two more second-half goals, one from freshman defender Jill Oakes and one from Greco, to improve to 5-1 on the year. The Bruins returned home on Sunday to defeat Cal State Northridge, 4-0. Kim Devine, Sarah-Gayle Swanson, Stacy Lindstrom and Greco were the goal scorers in that match.
Bruins No. 3 in NSCAA/adidas, No. 4 in Soccer America
With the top-5 staying the same for the second-straight week, the Bruins stayed at No. 3 in the NSCAA/adidas poll and at No. 4 in the Soccer America Top-25. North Carolina and Stanford are the two schools ranked ahead of UCLA in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
NSCAA/adidas (9/23)1. North Carolina2. Stanford3. UCLA 4. Texas5. California6. Portland7. Wake Forest8. Texas A&M9. Notre Dame10. West Virginia11. Santa Clara12. Connecticut13. Penn State14. Michigan15. Washington16. Virginia17. Charlotte18. Nebraska19. Purdue20. Denver21. Marquette22. Duke23. Princeton24. Pepperdine25. Florida State
Soccer America (9/23)1. North Carolina2. Stanford3. Texas4. UCLA5. Portland6. California7. Texas A&M8. Penn State9. Wake Forest10. Santa Clara11. West Virginia12. Notre Dame13. Connecticut14. Tennessee15. Virginia16. Washington17. Duke18. USC19. Michigan20. Pepperdine21. Purdue22. Florida23. Utah24. Clemson25. Denver
Rivera Continues to Lead Bruins Despite Tough Break
Despite breaking her nose in a match against No. 12 Penn State at the UCLA Women's Cup back on Sept. 8, freshman forward Katie Rivera has continued to lead the Bruins in scoring with 13 points on five goals and three assists. In the four matches since breaking her nose, Rivera has tallied six points (2g, 2a) while registering either a goal or an assist in three of those matches. This past weekend she scored the game-winning goal against Fresno State and had an assist in the Bruins' 4-0 victory over Cal State Northridge.
Devine to Face Former Team This Wednesday
Prior to arriving in Westwood this season, Bruin sophomore Kim Devine was one of the top freshman in the Mountain West Conference as a player at BYU in 2001. During her one season in Provo, Devine started 21 of 22 matches for the Cougars, ranking second on the team in scoring with 21 points (9g, 3a). A second-team All-MWC selection, she finished the year tied for the team lead in goals with All-American Aleisha Cramer.
The UCLA Bruins Radio Network
Two of UCLA's regular-season matches will be broadcast live over the internet on the UCLA Bruins Radio Network. Both the Santa Clara match on Oct. 4 and the Stanford match on Oct. 13 can be accessed live by clicking into the 'Live Game Audio' box on the right side of UCLA's website: uclabruins.com. In addition to the two regular-season matches, the UCLA Bruins Radio Network will also be broadcasting any home matches the Bruins are scheduled to host during the NCAA Tournament.
Swanson Climbing Career Charts
Bruin junior Sarah-Gayle Swanson entered this season ranked in the top-10 of several UCLA career categories, including: points (7th), goals (7th), assists (T9th) and game-winning goals (T6th). With four goals already this season, she has moved up to sixth place in that category. In addition, her one assist moves her into a tie for eighth all-time in assists with Sherice Bartling. She is also now sixth all-time in points (51) and fifth in game-winning goals (8). With her senior year still ahead, she will most likely move into the top five of all four categories before she completes her eligibility.
Game Times Finalized with the Addition of Lights at Drake Stadium
Game times for several matches on this year's schedule have been determined with the addition of new lights at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. The Bruins' first match under the new lights will be against Santa Clara on Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m. UCLA will also face Cal on Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Oregon on Nov. 1 at 6:00 p.m.
Head coach Jillian Ellis
Head coach Jillian Ellis is currently in her fourth season at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer program. In just three seasons, Ellis has transformed UCLA into one of the elite women's soccer programs in the nation. She has guided the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of her first three seasons, including a trip to the quarterfinals in 2001. She owns an overall record of 60-13-2 at UCLA and her overall coaching record is 79-32-2. In just her second season at UCLA, Ellis guided the Bruins to the 2000 NCAA College Cup, falling to North Carolina, 2-1 in the NCAA title match. For UCLA, which finished second in the national rankings in 2000 with a 19-4-1 overall record, it was the first College Cup appearance in the eight-year history of the program. Ellis was rewarded for her efforts when she was named NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year at the end of the season.