UCLA to Face Santa Clara This Thursday on National TV
Sept. 23, 2008
Bruins and Broncos to Clash This Thursday in Live TV Contest
Two West Coast powers will collide in front of a national TV audience this Thursday, as the second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (7-0-1) travels north to take on Santa Clara (3-5-1) at Buck Shaw Stadium beginning at 8:00 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel will be broadcasting the match live. The Bruins, who have won three out of the last four meetings between the two teams, registered a 4-1 victory over Santa Clara last season at Drake Stadium. The Broncos lead the all-time series 5-3-1, with four of those wins coming in the first four meetings of the series. Santa Clara won the last meeting at Buck Shaw, a 3-0 victory back in 2006.
Ellis Going for Win No. 200
With a win over Santa Clara, UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis will pick up the 200th coaching victory of her career, as she enters Thursday's match with a record of 199-51-10. Her record at UCLA stands at 180-33-10. Ellis, who is in her 10th season at UCLA, coached two years at Illinois before taking over the UCLA job back in 1999.
Bruins Dominate UCLA Women's Cup Opponents
The Bruins are coming off a pair of impressive wins at the UCLA Women's Cup over the weekend. Sparked by a pair of goals from senior midfielder Christina DiMartino, the Bruins defeated Miami, 3-0 on Friday evening. UCLA then downed New Mexico by the same score on Sunday. The Bruins accounted for all six goals scored during the tournament, as San Diego, Miami and New Mexico failed to get on the scoreboard during their matches.
DiMartino Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Christina DiMartino was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Tuesday after helping the Bruins to a pair of wins over the weekend. The senior, from Massapequa, N.Y., scored two goals in a 3-0 win over Miami on Friday, and then came back to assist on the Bruins' second goal in a 3-0 win over New Mexico on Sunday. It marks the first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for DiMartino. She was also named to the Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer Buzz Teams of the Week. She ranks third on the team in scoring with eight points (3g, 2a).
UCLA Ranks No. 1 NCAA Stats
After surrendering just one goal in eight matches this season, it should come as no surprise that UCLA ranks No. 1 in the nation in two categories: goals against average (0.12) and shutout percentage (0.875). The Bruins also rank No. 2 nationally in save percentage (0.957).
Bruins Check in at No. 2 Nationally
For the second straight week, UCLA checks in at No. 2 nationally in rankings issued by NSCAA/adidas, Soccer Buzz and Soccer America. Undefeated and untied Notre Dame is again the unanimous No. 1 ranked team this week. The Bruins were ranked No. 1 in every poll before playing to a scoreless draw with Brown at the UConn Classic on Sept. 14 in Storrs, Conn.
Did You Know?
UCLA has outscored the competition 22-1 this season, with the only team to score on the Bruins being UC Santa Barbara in the season opener. Since then, UCLA has not allowed a goal in 688 minutes. In addition, no UCLA team in history has surrendered less goals through the first eight matches.
It's hard to believe considering some of the great Bruin teams in recent years, however at 7-0-1, UCLA is actually off to its best start through the first eight games since the 2001 team began the year with a perfect 8-0 record (they eventually moved to 11-0). It's a welcome change, as the Bruins had lost their season opener in the two previous seasons.
Home Unbeaten Streak Reaches 45
With two wins at the UCLA Women's Cup last weekend, the Bruins pushed their home unbeaten streak to 45 in a row (the third longest in NCAA history). UCLA's last home loss was a 1-0 double-overtime defeat at the hands of Penn State on Sept. 9, 2005. There is just one tie during the streak (0-0 draw with Washington State on Oct. 23, 2005). UCLA's home winning streak currently stands at 40 in a row (ties for the second longest in NCAA history). Both streaks are currently the longest in Division I women's soccer.
Cheney Honored in Indy
Olympian Lauren Cheney took part in two special ceremonies while back home in Indianapolis last week. Her first stop was to Ben Davis High School, where her No. 8 Jersey was retired prior to a Ben Davis match on Monday evening. On Thursday, Cheney was at the Statehouse, where Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels awarded her, and seven other Olympians with Indiana ties, with a special Hoosier certificate.
The Steady Seven
Seven players have started all eight matches this season. Those players are: Sydney Leroux (F), Christina DiMartino (MF), McCall Zerboni (MF), Lauren Wilmoth (D), Kylie Wright (MF), Lauren Barnes (D), and Dea Cook (D). Leroux is the only freshman in the group.
Clash at the Coliseum Set for Oct. 24
One of the hottest tickets in town this year will undoubtedly be the Oct. 24 showdown between UCLA and USC at the LA Coliseum. The Friday evening contest is a rematch of last year's NCAA College Cup Semifinal, a match that USC came back to win 2-1 en route to the national championship. The Bruins owned an eight-match winning streak in the series before last year's NCAA loss. That match is also scheduled to air on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net.
Records That Could Fall in `08
Two career school records that could fall this season are the marks for game-winning goals and assists. Lauren Cheney needs just seven game-winning goals to break the school record of 26 held by Danesha Adams. Cheney, who had 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 26 in her career. The current leader is Iris Mora, who had 38 from 2002-05.
Spreading the Wealth
Eleven different players have already scored goals for the Bruins this season. That number already surpasses last year's total of nine just eight matches into this season.
Thompson, Dimmitt Assume Goalkeeping Duties
After having the same starting goalkeeper the last four years (Valerie Henderson), two new players have taken over the goalkeeping duties for UCLA this season. Redshirt senior Ashley Thompson and freshman Yiana Dimmitt have both seen significant action this year. Thompson has started seven of the eight contests, making 18 saves in 628 minutes of action. Dimmitt, who usually comes in as a substitute in the second half, made her lone start of the season against Brown at the UConn Classic. The two have combined for five shutouts this season.