No. 4 Bruins Round Out Regular Season at Home
Nov. 1, 2005
Bruins Round Out Regular Season at Home
The fourth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (15-1-2; 5-0-2 Pac-10) plays its final two matches of the regular season this week, hosting No. 23 Arizona (9-5-3; 4-2-1) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Arizona State (9-6-3; 4-2-1) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both matches are at UCLA's Drake Stadium. Friday's match with Arizona will be shown on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net. The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Wildcats, 10-1, suffering their first-ever loss last season in Tucson (1-0). As a result, Arizona and UCLA ended up tying for last year's Pac-10 title. UCLA has outscored Arizona, 40-4 in 11 total meetings. Arizona State is another team that has only defeated the Bruins one time in the series history, as UCLA leads 7-1. The Bruins have taken the last four meetings, including a 1-0 victory in Tempe last year. Two wins this weekend and the Bruins will win the 2005 Pac-10 title outright, claiming their third conference title in as many years.
So Long Seniors
Sunday's contest with Arizona State will mark the final regular-season home match for Bruin seniors Iris Mora, Jill Oakes and Camille Toney. Mora is a two-time All-American and UCLA's career assist leader with 32. She also ranks second in career points with 92. Oakes is also a two-time All-American and one of the top defenders in the country. She is the leader of a Bruin defense that has posted six-straight shutouts and has surrendered just six goals in 18 games this season. Toney, who has played just two seasons at UCLA after transferring from South Carolina, has appeared in 11 matches.
Unbeaten Streak Moves to 13
The Bruins extended their 11-match unbeaten streak to 13 last week, taking a 2-0 victory over No. 9 Cal on Friday and tying No. 17 Stanford, 0-0 on Sunday. Friday's match with the Golden Bears was crucial, as both teams had identical 4-0-1 records in Pac-10 play with just four games remaining. The Bruins benefitted from a Cal own goal to take a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute, while midfielder Danesha Adams added an insurance goal in the 84th minute, giving UCLA sole possession of first place in the conference. The Bruins' draw with the Cardinal on Sunday marked the second scoreless tie in the series in the last three years.
Bruins Remain at No. 4 Nationally
With Penn State, Portland and North Carolina all picking up wins last week, UCLA held the No. 4 spot for the seventh week in a row in the four polls issued by NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times. UCLA's only loss this season was a double-overtime defeat to current No. 1 Penn State earlier in the year. The Bruins, who have been ranked in the top-six all season, were ranked No. 3 (NSCAA/adidas) at the time of that loss.
NCAA Brackets Released on Nov. 7
The 64-team NCAA Tournament Bracket will be released on ESPNews next Monday, Nov. 7 between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. PST. With two victories this weekend, the Bruins will likely receive a high seed, meaning the chance to host early-round play. If UCLA is selected to host the first and second rounds, they will take place on Friday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 13 at Drake Stadium.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is in her seventh season as head coach of the UCLA women's soccer team. The NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year in 2000, Ellis owns a 125-26-7 record at UCLA and is 144-44-7 overall, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois. Ellis has guided the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of her six seasons, highlighted by three trips to the NCAA College Cup. (2000, 2003 and 2004). Her 2000 and 2004 squads reached the national championship games.
After giving up just six goals in 18 matches this season, UCLA's defense has been outstanding to say the least. The Bruins are on pace to break the school record for fewest goals allowed in a season (10), a mark set by the 2000 team, which made it all the way to the NCAA Final that year. In addition, with its next shutout, this team will have posted the second most shutouts ever in a season with 14. The Bruins have already tied the school record for consecutive shutouts with six and will break that record if they hold Arizona scoreless this Friday. Lastly, UCLA's goals against average of 0.32 ranks second in the nation, trailing only Lehigh (0.23).
Henderson, K. Davis Mind Bruin Net
With two very accomplished U.S. Youth National Team goalkeepers, the Bruins have arguably the finest goalkeeping tandem in the country. After helping the Bruins reach the NCAA Final a year ago, sophomore Valerie Henderson has started a majority of the matches, posting a 13-1-2 overall record with seven shutouts. She ranks sixth nationally and first in the Pac-10 in goals against average (0.39). Kelsey Davis, a freshman, has played in six matches, posting a 2-0 record in her only two starts. She has also added eight saves in 260 minutes of play. UCLA's third goalkeeper is sophomore Ashley Thompson, who has appeared in two matches.
UCLA In the Pac-10 Statistics
As a team, the Bruins rank first in the conference in several offensive categories, including points (117), goals (41) and assists (35). Defensively, UCLA is tops in goals allowed (6), goals against average (0.32) and shutouts (13). On an individual level, sophomore Danesha Adams ranks tied for first in game-winning goals (7), and second in points (30) and total goals (14). Senior Iris Mora is tied for first in assists (9). Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson's 0.39 goals against average also ranks first.
The Super Six
A total of six Bruin players have been in the starting lineup for all 18 matches this season. Those players are: Danesha Adams, Christina DiMartino, Erin Hardy, Stacy Lindstrom, Iris Mora and Jill Oakes. Freshman Kara Lang would likely be in this group had she not missed the Bruins' trip to Miami while playing for the Canadian National Team. In addition, defender Mary Castelanelli has only missed on start.
1. Penn State
3. North Carolina
5. Notre Dame
t6. Florida State
t6. Santa Clara
10. Texas A&M
13. Boston College
17. Cal State Fullerton
19. West Virginia
Soccer America (10/31)
1. Penn State
3. North Carolina
5. Notre Dame
6. Florida State
8. Santa Clara
13. Texas A&M
15. Boston College
16. West Virginia
22. Cal State Fullerton