Women's Soccer to Host UCLA Women's Cup This Weekend

Sept. 4, 2007

UCLA Women's Cup This Friday and Sunday at Drake Stadium
The No. 6 (Soccer Buzz) / No. 7 (NSCAA/adidas) UCLA women's soccer team (0-1) opens up the 2007 home season this Friday, hosting the UCLA Women's Cup at Drake Stadium. The Bruins will face Illinois (1-1) at 5:00 p.m. That match will be followed by Cal State Northridge (0-2) vs. San Francisco (0-0-1) at 7:30 p.m. All four teams return to the pitch on Sunday, as Cal State Northridge takes on Illinois at 11:00 a.m., followed by UCLA vs. San Francisco at 1:00 p.m. Tickets for each day are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students. Live stats will be available for all four matches at www.uclabruins.com. Internet audio will be provided for UCLA matches only.

Ellis to Coach Against Former School
Not only will Friday mark the first-ever meeting between UCLA and Illinois, it will also be the first time Jillian Ellis has coached against the school where her head coaching career began. Ellis was the head coach at Illinois for two seasons (1997-98) before coming to UCLA in 1999. She owned a 19-18 overall record in her two years, leading the Fighting Illini to their first-ever Big Ten Tournament berth in 1998.

Former Assistant Coach Mark Carr Returns to UCLA With USF
Mark Carr, who was an assistant coach at UCLA from 2003-2006, returns to Westwood this weekend as head coach of the San Francisco Dons. Carr, who is in his first season at San Francisco, helped UCLA to four Pac-10 titles and four appearances in the NCAA College Cup during his tenure. USF enters the weekend with an 0-0-1 record, as the Dons tied San Jose State in Carr's coaching debut on Sunday. UCLA's all-time record against USF stands at 5-0.

Bruins Coming Off Rough Weekend in Texas
UCLA opened up the season on the road last weekend, facing Houston on Friday and Texas on Sunday, both at Houston's John O'Quinn Field. The Bruins were cruising in their season opener against Houston on Friday until lightning in the area forced the cancellation of the match. With goals from Lauren Cheney (2), Dana Wall and Danesha Adams, UCLA was up 4-0 when play was suspended in the 48th minute. Because the match was suspended before the 70th minute, the game does not count in UCLA's season win-loss record. The player statistics do not count either. In what turned out to be the season opener, the Bruins faced No. 7 Texas on Sunday, falling 2-1. Forward Lauren Cheney scored the Bruins' lone goal in the 14th minute, however Texas answered with two second-half goals to pull out the victory.

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 Honors
UCLA'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 and Soccer America.

MLS Magazine Names Top College Teams, Pre-Season All-Americans
UCLA 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.

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.

West Coast Powers Loom on Bruins' Schedule
Top-ranked Portland and No. 3 Santa Clara are two marquee matches on the Bruins' home schedule this season. UCLA will host Portland on Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m., while Santa Clara visits Drake Stadium on Oct. 7 at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins knocked Portland out of last year's NCAA Tournament, posting a 2-1 victory in the quarterfinals. Santa Clara, on the other hand, registered a 3-0 victory over the Bruins in a regular-season showdown last year up north.

RANKINGS (As of 9/4)

1. Portland
2. Notre Dame
3. Texas A&M
4. Texas
5. Stanford
6. North Carolina
8. Santa Clara
9. Florida State
10. Boston College
11. Virginia
12. Rutgers
13. Tennessee
14. Florida
15. Penn State
16. Cal
17. UConn
18. Colorado
19. USC
20. Clemson
21. Oklahoma State
22. South Carolina
23. West Virginia
24. Wake Forest
25. Villanova

Soccer America
1. Portland
2. Notre Dame
3. Santa Clara
4. Texas A&M
5. Texas
6. North Carolina
8. Virginia
9. Florida State
10. Stanford
11. Boston College
12. Florida
13. South Carolina
14. Tennessee
15. Cal
16. Rutgers
17. Oklahoma State
18. USC
19. BYU
20. Colorado
21. Penn State
22. West Virginia
23. UConn
24. Long Beach State
t25. Louisville
t25. Missouri

Soccer Buzz
1. Portland
2. Texas A&M
t3. North Carolina
t3. Notre Dame
5. Texas
7. Stanford
8. Virginia
9. Florida State
10. Florida
11. UConn
12. Boston College
13. USC
14. Rutgers
15. Santa Clara
16. Tennessee
17. Penn State
18. West Virginia
19. Oregon
20. Villanova
21. South Carolina
22. BYU
23. Long Beach State
24. Marquette
25. Colorado

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