No. 4 UCLA Faces No. 5 Penn State for Spot in NCAA College Cup
Nov. 24, 2003
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Fourth-seeded UCLA and fifth-seeded Penn State will meet in the NCAA Quarterfinals this Friday with the winner advancing to the NCAA College Cup, Dec. 5 & 7 in Cary, NC. Match time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at UCLA's Drake Stadium. In the only meeting ever between these two teams, Penn State registered a 1-0 double-overtime victory over the Bruins back on Sept. 8, 2002 at the UCLA Women's Cup. Christie Welsh scored the game's only goal on an assist from Tiffany Weimer. The UCLA Radio Network will be broadcasting Friday's match. Fans can access the broadcast by going to
2003 NCAA Seeds
Eliminated teams in italics1. North Carolina2. Notre Dame3. Florida4. UCLA5. Penn State6. West Virginia7. Virginia8. Portland9. Santa Clara10. Colorado11. Florida State12. Duke13. Kansas14. Tennessee15. Boston College16. Illinois
In the first three rounds of action during the NCAA Tournament, UCLA has yet to give up a goal, posting three consecutive shutouts heading into Friday's quarterfinals. Against San Diego in the opening round on Nov. 14, Lindsay Greco and Bristyn Davis each scored in the 2-0 Bruin victory. In the second round on Nov. 16, the Bruins scored twice in the second half following goals by Iris Mora and Greco for another 2-0 decision. Sarah-Gayle Swanson registered the only goal in a 1-0 decision over No. 13 Kansas on Nov. 21. The Bruins, who have outshot the opposition 66-5 during NCAA play, have now posted 14 shutouts on the year.
UCLA in the NCAA Tournament
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With its next shutout, UCLA will tie the school single-season record for shutouts with 15. The Bruins have posted 14 shutouts in 23 matches this season. The school record was set by the 2000 squad, which advanced all the way to the NCAA Championship match. That year's team achieved the feat in 24 matches.
UCLA is aiming for its second College Cup appearance in program history when the Bruins take the field against Penn State in the quarterfinals this Friday. The only Bruin squad to reach the College Cup was the 2000 team, which advanced all the way to the final that year, falling to North Carolina 2-1 in the title match. UCLA is in the same side of the bracket with the Tar Heels and could meet them again if both teams win matches this Friday.
The combined record of the UCLA men's and women's soccer teams is an impressive 35-2-4 (.902). No other school in the county has a combined record better than UCLA's. The Bruin men were recently selected at the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men's Tournament.
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