Women's Soccer Opens Up 2007 Season in Texas

Aug. 29, 2007

Bruins Open Up 2007 Season in The Lone Star State
The No. 2 (Soccer Buzz) / No. 3 (NSCAA/adidas) UCLA women's soccer team opens up the 2007 season this weekend, as the Bruins travel to Texas for a pair of non-conference matches. Play begins this Friday, as UCLA takes on the University of Houston at Houston's John O'Quinn Field at 7:00 p.m. (CST). It will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Bruins will be in action again on Sunday facing another team it has never played - No. 8 Texas - at 7:00 p.m. (CST) in Houston.

Wilmoth Returns Home
This weekend will be a homecoming of sorts for Bruin defender Lauren Wilmoth, as the sophomore will be playing her first collegiate match in her home state. Wilmoth is from Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Although her home is about 250 miles from Houston, it will mark the closest she has played to home since arriving at UCLA.

Bruins Begin Season in Top 3
UCLA is listed in the top 3 of every pre-season poll, ranking as high as No. 1 by Top Drawer Soccer. The Bruins check in at No. 2 in Soccer Buzz, followed by a pair of No. 3 listings in NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times.

Pac-10 Coaches Pick UCLA Again
For the fourth year in a row, UCLA was picked as the favorite to take home the Pac-10 Conference title. UCLA received five first-place votes. Stanford (3) and Cal (2) also received first-place votes. USC and Oregon round out the top 5.

1. UCLA (5)
2. Stanford (3)
3. California (2)
4. USC
5. Oregon
6. Washington State
7. Arizona State
8. Arizona
9. Washington
10. Oregon State

Cheney, Adams, DiMartino Earn Pre-Season HonorsUCLA's Lauren Cheney, Danesha Adams and Christina DiMartino have received much pre-season attention. All three were named to the 2007 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List, an early indicator for potential player of the year candidates. The list was compiled by a committee of Division I coaches. In November, the list will be narrowed to 15 semifinalists. Three finalists will be named in early December in conjunction with the NCAA Division I College Cup and will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, January 11, 2008. The winner of the 2007 award will be announced during a nationally-televised news conference that evening. All three were also named pre-season All-Americans by Soccer Buzz.

MLS Magazine Names Top College Teams, Pre-Season All-AmericansUCLA checks in at No. 2 in the MLS Magazine Pre-Season Top 10 released this week. Defending NCAA Champion North Carolina is ranked No. 1. MLS Magazine also selected 11 players for its pre-season All-America Team. UCLA's Erin Hardy, Kara Lang and Christina DiMartino were named to the team.

Busy Summer for Bruin National Teamers
Head coach Jillian Ellis and seven Bruin players were all in action this summer taking part in various national team events. Ellis was the head coach of the Under-20 U.S. National Team which participated in the Pan American Games in Brazil. Lauren Wilmoth, Lauren Cheney, Kylie Wright and Lauren Barnes were all on the silver medal winning U.S. squad. Kara Lang was also in Brazil, helping Canada to a bronze medal showing. Also in action this summer were Christina DiMartino and Danesha Adams, as they helped the Under-21 U.S. National Team capture the Nordic Cup title in Vaasa, Finland.

MacMillan, Snow Named Assistant Coaches
Former assistants Joe Mallia (LMU) and Mark Carr (San Francisco) both landed head coaching jobs over the summer making way for head coach Jillian Ellis to hire Shannon MacMillan and B.J. Snow. MacMillan, U.S. Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year in 2002, recently wrapped up a very successful professional career. She represented the U.S. in two World Cups and two Olympic Games. Snow, UCLA's volunteer assistant coach in 2006, was elevated to full-time status this season. He was a four-year letterwinner at Indiana from 1996-99, helping the Hoosiers to a pair of national championships in 1998 and `99.

Lang Selected to Canada's World Cup Team
Sophomore forward Kara Lang has been selected to represent Canada in the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup, Sept. 10-30, in China. Canada, which is in Group C, opens up play against Norway on Sept. 12 in Hangzhou. Australia and Ghana are also in Canada's group. If Canada advances to the final on Sept. 30, the earliest Lang would be available to play for UCLA would be a road match at San Diego State on Oct. 5.

New Newcomers Part of Nation's No. 1 Class
UCLA welcomes 12 newcomers to this year's squad (11 true freshmen and one transfer). The Bruins' 2007 class, headlined by U.S. Youth National Team players Lauren Barnes, Kylie Wright and Sarah Salazar, was ranked No. 1 in the country by Soccer Buzz Magazine. Other true freshmen on the roster include: Elise Britt, Carli Castaneda, Taylor Cochran, Nicki Friedberg, Lisa Jett, Nicole Sweetman, Dana Wall and Liz Zadro. Redshirt freshman Jenna Belcher, a transfer from Santa Clara, is another newcomer.

Ellis Begins Ninth Season
Jillian Ellis is entering her ninth season as head coach at UCLA. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis owns a record of 153-31-7 (.825) in eight seasons in Westwood. Her overall coaching record, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois, stands at 172-49-7 (.770). She has led the Bruins to five Pac-10 titles (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) and five appearances in the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006).

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