Top-Ranked UCLA Heads to UConn Classic
Sept. 9, 2008
Top-Ranked Bruins Head to UConn Classic This Week
The No. 1-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (4-0) will put its undefeated record on the line this week as it travels to Storrs, Conn. for the UConn Classic hosted by the University of Connecticut. The Bruins will open up play against No. 25 UConn (2-3) this Friday at 4:30 p.m. (PST). It will mark just the third meeting between two of college soccer's most successful programs, as the series is tied at 1-1. The Bruins won the most recent meeting, a 3-0 victory at the 2006 UCLA Women's Cup. UCLA will round out the weekend with its first-ever showdown with Brown (1-1) on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. (PST).
UCLA is Unanimous No. 1
UCLA is the No. 1-ranked team in the country this week, as the Bruins ascended to the top spot in all four college soccer polls for the first time this season. Soccer Buzz has had the Bruins ranked No. 1 since the preseason, however it marks the first time that UCLA has been No. 1 in any of the other three: NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America and Soccer Times.
Bruins Cruise to Victory Over UCI
Junior forward Lauren Cheney scored a pair of goals, and freshman Summer Williams notched the first goal of her career Sunday, as the second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team posted a 3-0 victory over UC Irvine in its only match last week. Cheney scored both of her goals in the first half, giving her four on the season. She also assisted on Williams' goal in the 72nd minute. For her efforts, Cheney was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week. It was the Bruins' third straight shutout after surrendering their lone goal of the season in the season opener against UC Santa Barbara. Sunday also marked UCLA's 38th consecutive home win.
UCLA Women's Cup to Feature Miami, New Mexico and San Diego
Following this weekend's trip out east, the Bruins will return home to host the UCLA Women's Cup, Sept. 19 and 21, at Drake Stadium. The event kicks off on Friday evening with UCLA taking on Miami at 5:00 p.m. That match will be followed by New Mexico against San Diego at 7:30 p.m. Sunday will also feature two matches, as Miami and San Diego square off at 11:00 a.m., followed by UCLA versus New Mexico at 1:30 p.m.
2008 Women's Soccer Media Guide Available
The 2008 UCLA women's soccer media guide is now available online and for purchase in the UCLA Athletic Department. The guide features 2008 player/coach bios, a full 2007 season recap, and historical information. Fans can purchase the guide for $6 by visiting the sports information office, located on the first floor of the J.D. Morgan Center.
The Streak Continues
UCLA upped its home unbeaten streak to 43 in a row following its 3-0 win over UC Irvine last Sunday. The Bruins' last home loss was a 1-0 double-overtime defeat at the hands of Penn State back on Sept. 9, 2005. There is one tie during the streak, a 0-0 draw with Washington State on 10/23/05. UCLA's home winning streak now stands at 38 in a row. Both are believed to be the longest current streaks in the country.
Records That Could Fall in `08
Two career school records that could fall this season are the marks for game-winning goals and assists. Though only a junior, Lauren Cheney needs just seven game-winning goals to break the school record of 26 held by Danesha Adams. Cheney, who finished with nine last year, already has three this season (19 for her career). Christina DiMartino is also approaching the school record for career assists, as the Bruin senior has 25 in her career. The current UCLA leader is Iris Mora, who had 38 from 2002-05.
Cheney, DiMartino Named to M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
Forward Lauren Cheney and midfielder Christina DiMartino have been named to the 2008 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List, a list that is used to determine national player of the year candidates. Cheney was one of three finalists for the award in 2007, finishing runner-up to winner Mami Yamaguchi of Florida State. Considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer, the recipients of the MAC's Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Following on the Internet
Free internet audio for every Bruin home match can be accessed by visiting UCLA's official athletic website: www.uclabruins.com. Live statistics for every match can also be accessed at the site.
Cheney Named Preseason Player of the Year by Soccer Buzz
Bruin forward Lauren Cheney is the first-ever Bruin to be named Preseason Player of the Year by Soccer Buzz, and also the first Pac-10 athlete to be recognized. The Indianapolis, IN native is the fourth athlete to earn the preseason distinction after earning player of the year honors in the previous fall season. Christina DiMartino was also named to Soccer Buzz's Preseason All-America Team. This is the twelfth year Buzz has announced preseason individual honors.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is in her 10th season as head coach at UCLA. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis owns a record of 177-33-9 at UCLA. Her overall coaching record, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois, stands at 196-51-9. She has led the Bruins to six Pac-10 titles (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and six appearances in the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007).