NCAA TOURNAMENT: Bruins vs. Blue Devils This Saturday
Nov. 16, 2004
Bruins Earn Spot in NCAA Third Round . . .
Following a pair of wins over the weekend, the UCLA women's soccer team (15-6) has advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth-straight year and will host Duke (15-7) this Saturday at Drake Stadium beginning at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for Saturday's match are $8 for adults and $6 for youth and students (w/valid ID). The winner earns a spot in the quarterfinals against either No. 6 Ohio State or No. 11 Tennessee.
NCAA Seeds1. UNC2. Penn St.*3. Virginia *4. Notre Dame5. Portland6. Ohio St.7. Princeton8. Kansas *9. Texas A&M *10. Florida *11. Tennessee12. Texas13. Arizona *14. UCLA15. Washington16. Santa Clara
* Denotes teams no longer in tournament.
The UCLA vs. Duke Series . . .
Saturday will mark the first-ever meeting between UCLA and Duke in the NCAA Tournament and only the third overall meeting ever between the two teams. Duke won the first meeting back in 1996, posting a 2-1 decision at the Carolina Classic. UCLA returned the favor in 2003, recording a 2-1 victory at the Duke/adidas Classic. Iris Mora and Lindsay Greco scored the UCLA goals in that match.
UCLA Radio Network and Live Stats Available . . .
Fans unable to attend Saturday's match can follow at home by either listening over the internet at www.uclabruins.com or by following the live stats. Both links will be available inside the College Cup Central box located on the front page of the UCLA website.
NCAA Championship History . . .
UCLA is making its eighth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and ninth in the 12-year history of the program. The Bruin have advanced to at least the third round in each of the last six seasons, including trips to the College Cup in 2000 and 2003. The Bruins reached the NCAA Final in 2000, falling to North Carolina, 2-1. The Bruins are 18-8 all time in NCAA Tournament play.
Greco Moves Into Tie For First in NCAA Scoring . . .
With her assist against San Diego in the NCAA Second Round, midfielder Lindsay Greco moved into a tie for first place at UCLA in all-time NCAA Tournament scoring. Both Greco and former Bruin Sarah-Gayle Swanson have registered 13 points (5g, 3a) in the postseason. Greco is still the only UCLA player to ever score in a championship game, as she tallied the Bruins' lone goal against North Carolina in the 2000 final.
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
UCLA ends the regular season ranked No. 10 in Soccer America's weekly poll and No. 11 in the NSCAA/adidas national poll. The Bruins have been ranked in the top-10 for most of 2004, reaching a high of No. 3 in the NSCAA/adidas poll on Sept. 7. UCLA's high ranking in the Soccer America poll was No. 5 back on Oct. 26.
Bruin Post a Pair of Shutouts in Opening-Round Action . . .
UCLA started the NCAA Tournament with a pair of wins over Pepperdine and San Diego in the first and second rounds respectively. Against the Waves on Friday, forward Iris Mora scored the only goal of the match, breaking a scoreless tie in the 81st minute of action. Bristyn Davis was credited with the assist on that goal, which proved to be the game winner. Against San Diego on Sunday, freshman forward Danesha Adams was the Bruins' top performer, scoring two goals in a 3-0 victory. Adams also had two goals against the Toreros when the two teams met in the first match of the season, a match UCLA won 4-0. Midfielder Jill Oakes had the game-winning goal on Sunday, and Mora finished with two assists.
Bruins and Wildcats Named Pac-10 Co-Champions . . .
Needing a win in its final match of the regular season to earn a share of the 2004 Pac-10 title, UCLA came from behind to defeat USC, 3-2 on Nov. 7 to tie Arizona atop the conference Standings at 6-3. UCLA ties Stanford for the most Pac-10 titles overall with five, registering its second in as many years. Either Stanford or UCLA has earned at least a share of the title in 10 of the 11 years it has been awarded (exception: Washington in 2000). The Bruins were picked to win the title in a vote of conference coaches at the beginning of the year.
PAC-10 TEAM CHAMPIONS1993 - Stanford1994 *1995 - Stanford1996 - Stanford1997 - UCLA1998 - California/UCLA/USC1999 - Stanford2000 - Washington2001 - UCLA2002 - Stanford2003 - UCLA2004 - Arizona/UCLA
* No champion in 1994
Did You Know? . . .
Senior Lindsay Greco is the only player on this year's team to have appeared in two NCAA College Cups (2000 and 2003), as she is the only player still left from the 2000 team, which reached the NCAA Final in San Jose that year. Greco, who was supposed to graduate with the class of 2004, was granted another season of eligibility after medically redshirting in 2001 due to a torn ACL.
No Sophomore Slump for Davis . . .
Following a freshman year in which she tallied 21 points on nine goals and three assists, Bruin forward Bristyn Davis has emerged as one of the top players in the Pac-10 in just her sophomore season. She has already surpassed her 2003 total of points, recording a team-leading 30 (12g, 6a). She ranks first in the conference in shots (78) and third in both points and goals. Davis is one of only six players to have started all 21 matches this year. The Bruins are 11-1 when Davis has either a goal or an assist in a game.
FROM THE START
Six individuals who have started all 21 matches this season.
Looking Ahead . . .
With No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Virginia and No. 10 Florida all falling in the first weekend of play, UCLA's side of the draw has opened up a bit. If the Bruins get past unseeded Duke in the third round, they are looking at either No. 6 Ohio State or No. 11 Tennessee in the quarterfinals. That match will likely be played in either Columbus or Knoxville, seeing how both teams are seeded higher than both UCLA and Duke. The winner of that match will advance to the College Cup and will face one of the four remaining teams in the bottom half of the draw. Those teams are No. 7 Princeton, No. 15 Washington, Boston College and Maryland.
Henderson Sets Three Freshmen Records . . .
Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson is enjoying a record-setting freshman campaign. So far this season, she has set freshmen records at UCLA for games started (21), shutouts (9) and victories (15). She has given up just 16 goals on the year and currently owns an 0.76 goals against average. The freshman record for that is 0.52 set by Gretchen Overgaard in 1994.
Freshman Keepers Througout History
Minimum 10 matches started
Gretchen Overgaard (1994)GP-GS: 15-15, 0.52 GAA, Record: 9-3-3
Lindsay Culp (1996)GP-GS: 19-19, 1.02 GAA, Record: 11-7-1
Arianna Criscione (2003)GP-GS: 20-15, 0.68 GAA, Record: 14-1-0
Valerie Henderson (2004)GP-GS: 21-21, 0.76 GAA, Record: 15-6
UCLA Against the Remaining 16 . . .
UCLA has only played three of the remaining 16 teams in this year's NCAA Tournament, owning a 2-1 record. The Bruins' two wins have come against Santa Clara and Washington. UCLA defeated Santa Clara, 1-0 in double-overtime on a PK by Kendal Billingsley back on Oct. 3 at Drake Stadium. The Bruins defeated Washington, 5-1 in Seattle on Oct. 17. UCLA's loss was a 2-1 decision against Maryland back on Sept. 12 at the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic.
World Championship Update on Kron, Lindstrom . . .
UCLA midfielders Stephanie Kron and Stacy Lindstrom are redshirting the season and are currently in Thailand trying to help the Under-19 U.S. National Team win a world championship. With wins over South Korea (3-0) and Russia (4-1), the U.S. has already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals. They round out group play against Spain this Thursday (Nov. 18). Kron has yet to appear in a match, while Lindstrom came in off the bench against Russia.
Billingsley Earns Academic Honor . . .
Defender Kendal Billingsley was selected to the 2004 Academic All-District VIII Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Nov. 4. Billingsley, a senior from Trabuco, Canyon, Calif., owns a 3.24 GPA and is majoring in communication studies. She has started all 21 matches this season, posting 11 points on five goals and one assist. Only first-team selections are included on the national ballot for Academic All-American.
UCLA in the Pac-10 and National Statistics . . .
As a team, UCLA ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10 in nearly every offensive category, including points (128), goals (44), assists (40), Shots (310) and corner kicks (134). Defensively, the Bruins are tied for third in goals allowed (16), owning a goals against average of 0.75. UCLA ranks fourth in shutouts with 10. Nationally, the Bruins rank in three categories: goals against average (No. 26), winning percentage (No. 31) and shutout percentage (No. 36).
News & Notes . . .
Danesha Adams, Kim Devine and Lindsay Greco each earned a Pac-10 Player of the Week honor this season. Adams won her award after registering eight points in victories over San Diego and LMU to start the season. Devine earned her award with after tallying a hat trick over UCSB. Greco took home the award last week after scoring the game-winning goal against USC ...Head coach Jillian Ellis registered her 100th victory at UCLA with the Bruins' win over Oregon State on Oct. 8. She currently owns records of 107-24-5 (at UCLA) and 126-42-5 (career) ...Two freshman on this year's team are redshirting the season after suffering knee injuries prior to arriving at UCLA. Theresa Oda-Burns and Melissa Briggs, a pair of ODP players from Northern California, will be redshirt freshmen in 2005 ...Senior midfielder Julie Hoshizaki recorded her first career point on an assist against Oregon State back on Oct. 8 ...Hoshizaki is playing her first season on the women's soccer team after lettering four years on the UCLA softball team. During her time on the diamond, the Bruins won two NCAA titles (2003 & 2004) ...Midfielder Jill Oakes was listed on two preseason All-America teams at the beginning of the season (Soccer America, College Sports Television). Iris Mora, who was also on the CSTV team, was one of 25 players on the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. The M.A.C. Hermann Trophy is presented each year to the top player in collegiate soccer.
2004 ALL-PAC-10 HONORS
FIRST TEAMTina Frimpong, F -- WASHNicole Barnhart, GK -- STANCandice Wilks, F -- ARIZJill Oakes, MF -- UCLAJodie Taylor, F -- OSULeah Tapscott, MF -- STANRosa Anna Tantillo, MF/F -- USCIris Mora, F -- UCLAMarcie Ward, F -- STANLindsey Peeples, F -- ARIZManya Makoski, MF -- ASU
SECOND TEAMBristyn Davis, F -- UCLAHayley Hunt, D/MF -- STANElizabeth Bogus, F -- ASUNikki Gamble, MF -- WASHStephanie Ebner, D -- ASUAlix Rustrum, F -- WSUCourtney Hooker, D -- CALNikki Goza, D -- USCMallory Miller, F/MF -- ARIZBrittany Cooper, MF -- ASUKatie Hultin, GK -- WSU
UCLA's HONORABLE MENTION Kendal Billingsley
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tina Frimpong, WASHFRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Jodie Taylor, OSUCOACH OF THE YEAR: Dan Tobias, ARIZ
NSCAA/adidas (11/9)1. North Carolina2. Notre Dame3. Virginia4. Santa Clara5. Penn State6. Portland7. Texas A&M8. Ohio State9. Florida10. Tennessee11. UCLA12. Princeton13. Kansas14. Washington15. UConn16. Auburn17. Arizona18. Duke19. Illinois20. Texas21. San Diego22. SMU23. Villanova24. Florida State25. Boston College25. Stanford
Soccer America (11/8)1. North Carolina2. Virginia3. Notre Dame4. Santa Clara5. Portland6. Ohio State7. Penn State8. Florida9. UConn10. UCLA11. Princeton12. Texas A&M13. Arizona14. Tennessee15. Washington16. Texas17. Kansas18. Cal19. Stanford20. Duke21. Dayton22. Auburn23. SMU24. Florida State25. Clemson