Top-Seeded Bruins Begin NCAA Title Quest This Friday

Nov. 9, 2005

Bruins Named One of Four Top-Seeds in NCAA Tournament
The fourth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (17-1-2) received one of the four No. 1 seeds in the 2005 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships beginning this week at college campuses throughout the country. The Bruins will host the first and second rounds at Drake Stadium this weekend. UCLA opens up against Mississippi Valley State (10-7-2) in the first round on Friday at 5:00 p.m. The other first-round match that day will feature Colorado (12-7-3) taking on UC Riverside (11-4-5). Friday's winners will meet in the second round on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The UCLA Radio Network will be broadcasting all of UCLA's matches throughout the tournament via the internet at Tickets for each day are $8 for adults and $6 for youth/students (w/valid ID).

UCLA's NCAA Tournament History
UCLA takes 21-8 overall record in NCAA Tournament play into this Friday's matchup with Mississippi Valley State. This year marks the ninth overall NCAA appearance for UCLA in the 13-year history of the program. It is also the Bruins' seventh consecutive appearance. UCLA has made three trips to the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003 and 2004), reaching the finals on two occasions (2000 and 2004). UCLA is the only team in this year's field to have played in the last two College Cups.

Bruins Claim Third Pac-10 Title in a Row
With a pair of victories over the Arizona schools last weekend, UCLA locked up its third Pac-10 title in a row, becoming only the second school to three-peat (Stanford did it from 1993-96). This year's Pac-10 race actually came down to the final match, as the Bruins needed a win over ASU to edge Cal by one point in the final standings. Bruin midfielder Danesha Adams helped UCLA clinch the championship by scoring in the 90th minute against the Sun Devils, giving UCLA the 2-1 victory. Freshman McCall Zerboni was the hero two days earlier against No. 23 Arizona, scoring the game-winner in double-overtime to give UCLA a 2-1 win in that match.

Bruins Remain at No. 4 Nationally
UCLA held the No. 4 spot for the eighth week in a row in the four polls issued by NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times. New rankings will not be released again until the end of the season, with the exception of Soccer America, which does not issue a final poll following the NCAA Championships.

Team Records to Fall?
With 17 victories this year, the Bruins are just three wins shy of tying the school record for victories in a season with 20. This year's team will break the record if it is able to advance to the NCAA College Cup, as a win in the quarterfinals will be No. 21 on the season. Other team single-season records that could fall if the Bruins make a deep run in the tournament are: Fewest Goals Allowed (10: currently at 8), Goals Against Average (0.41: currently at 0.38), Shutouts (15: currently at 13) and unbeaten streak (17: currently at 15).

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 127-26-7 record at UCLA and is 146-44-7 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.

NSCAA/adidas (11/8)
1. Portland
2. North Carolina
3. Penn State
5. Notre Dame
6. Cal
7. Virginia
8. Santa Clara
9. Texas A&M
10. Duke
11. Florida State
12. Marquette
13. Tennessee
14. Boston College
15. Cal State Fullerton
16. UConn
17. BYU
18. Pepperdine
19. Colorado
20. Florida
21. West Virginia
22. Yale
23. Gonzaga
24. USC
25. Michigan

Soccer America (Final)
1. Portland
2. North Carolina
3. Penn State
5. Notre Dame
6. Virginia
7. Florida State
8. Cal
9. Texas A&M
10. Santa Clara
11. Duke
12. UConn
13. Marquette
14. Tennessee
15. Pepperdine
16. USC
17. Cal State Fullerton
18. Stanford
19. Gonzaga
20. BYU
21. Boston College
22. West Virginia
23. Vanderbilt
24. Wisconsin
25. Yale

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