No. 3 Bruins Head to the Desert

Oct. 17, 2006

Bruins to Make First Pac-10 Road Trip of the Season This Week
The third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (12-2; 3-0 Pac-10) will leave Los Angeles for the first time in nearly a month this week, as the Bruins head to Arizona for a pair of Pac-10 matches. Action gets underway this Friday in Tucson, as the Bruins face Arizona (8-6-1; 1-2-1 Pac-10) at 7:00 p.m. UCLA posted a 2-1 overtime victory over the Wildcats last season and lead the all-time series 11-1. On Sunday, the Bruins will face Arizona State (6-6-2; 1-3-0 Pac-10) in Tempe beginning at 1:00 p.m. UCLA takes a five-match winning streak over ASU into that match, leading that all-time series 8-1.

Lindstrom's Golden Goal Sinks USC, 2-1 in Overtime
Midfielder Stacy Lindstrom's header eight minutes into overtime gave UCLA a 2-1 victory over USC this past Sunday at McAlister Field. With the score deadlocked at 1-1, Lindstrom headed in a Bristyn Davis cross at the 98:00 mark. Prior to that, freshman Lauren Cheney tallied her team-leading 11th goal of the season in the 69th minute. Sunday's win marked UCLA's eighth in a row over its cross-town rival. In addition, the Bruins are unbeaten in their last 10 matches against the Women of Troy, with USC's last win in the series coming back in 1998.

Bruins Move Up to No. 3 Nationally
Following its win over USC, coupled with Santa Clara's loss to Pepperdine, UCLA moved up to No. 3 in this week's NSCAA/adidas National Coaches' Poll. The Bruins also moved up from No. 4 to No. 6 in the new Soccer America's rankings. UCLA checks in at No. 3 in both the Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times polls. Notre Dame is still the unanimous No. 1 in every ranking list.

Henderson Approaching UCLA Career Win Record
With nine wins so far this season, junior goalkeeper Valerie Henderson stands just six victories shy of setting a new UCLA career win record. Henderson, who entered the season third all time at UCLA with 38 victories, is now in second place with 47 wins and could break the record in the last match of the regular season if UCLA were to win out (Oregon State on Nov. 5). The current record is held by Lindsay Culp, who had 52 victories from 1996-99.

Cheney Continues Pac-10 Scoring Lead
Freshman Lauren Cheney punched in her 11th goal of the season against USC this past Sunday, adding to her conference lead in that category. She has now scored in eight of the 11 matches she has appeared in this season. In addition to ranking first in the Pac-10 in goals, she is also tops in points (22), points per game (2.20) and goals per game (1.10). She ranks second in game-winning goals with five. Cheney, the Parade Magazine National High School Player of the Year in 2005, missed the first four matches of the season while representing the U.S. at the FIFA U-20 World Championships in Russia.

Fourth in a Row?
With conference play just underway, the Bruins are looking to become the first Pac-10 team to win four consecutive conference titles. UCLA won the title outright in 2003 and 2005, sharing the title in 2004 with Arizona. UCLA's record in conference play the last three seasons is an impressive 24-3-3. A Pac-10 title for the Bruins in 2006 would mark their fifth in six years and seventh overall since the Pac-10 began awarding women's soccer titles in 1993. The Bruins are currently atop the conference standings at 3-0.

Just Two Home Matches Remaining
After playing the bulk of its home matches early on, UCLA has just two more regular-season home matches at Drake Stadium. Following its trip to Arizona this week, the Bruins return home to host Washington on Friday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m. and Washington State on Sunday, Oct. 29 at Noon. Both matches are part of doubleheaders with the UCLA men. Sunday's match against WSU will be Senior Day for six Bruin seniors who will be appearing in their final regular-season home contest.

NCAA Selections Announced on Nov. 5
The 64-team NCAA Tournament draw will be announced live on ESPNews on Nov. 5 (Time TBA). UCLA was one of four teams to receive No. 1 seeds last year, advancing all the way to the final for the second year in a row. This year's NCAA College Cup is in Cary, NC and will be hosted by NC State.

In the Pac-10 Team Statistics
As a team, UCLA ranks first in the Pac-10 in points (76), goals (27), goals per game (1.93), shutouts (9), and corner kicks (75). The Bruins are second in shots (231) and goals allowed (9).

Home Winning Streak at 16
UCLA moved its home winning streak to 16 in a row when it defeated Stanford back on Oct. 8. In fact, if you throw in a scoreless tie with Washington State last year, the Bruins are unbeaten in their last 21 home matches. UCLA is 10-0 at home this year and will tie the school record for most home wins in a season with its next victory.

Chasing NCAA Title No. 100
The women's soccer team is in a unique position, as the Bruins will be the first UCLA team with a chance at winning the school's 100th NCAA Championship. UCLA leads the nation with 99 NCAA team titles.

Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Head coach Jillian Ellis is entering her eighth season at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer team. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis owns a school record of 144-29-7 (.819). She has guided the Bruins to four NCAA College Cups (2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005), including three trips to the finals (2000, 2004 and 2005). She owns an overall coaching record of 163-47-7 (.767), which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois.

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