Bruins Begin Pac-10 Conference Play This Week
Oct. 7, 2008
Pac-10 Play Begins This Week
After rounding out the non-conference part of its season with an undefeated record, the third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team opens up Pac-10 Conference play this week, hosting the Washington schools at Drake Stadium this Friday and Sunday. The Bruins (9-0-2) open up league play against Washington State (6-2-3) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. UCLA leads the all-time series 11-2-2, posting a pair of shutouts over the Cougars in the last two meetings. The Bruins will return to action on Sunday, hosting Washington (9-2) at 1:00 p.m. UCLA has won the last seven meetings with Washington, leading that series 11-2-1. Live stats and internet audio for both contests can be accessed by going to www.uclabruins.com.
Breast Cancer Awareness Match Set for Sunday
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the UCLA women's soccer team has decided to pay tribute to those affected by the disease at this Sunday's match against Washington. The Bruins will wear special pink uniforms for the match, with the jersey tops being auctioned off later in the week on UCLA's website (www.uclabruins.com). In addition, fans who purchase a $10 pink t-shirt at the entrance to Drake Stadium will get into the match for free. All proceeds from the event will go to The Revlon/UCLA Breast Center.
Bruins Going For Six in a Row
When UCLA won its fifth consecutive Pac-10 Championship last season, the Bruins became the first school in conference history to win five league titles in a row. UCLA was undefeated in the Pac-10 last season, going a perfect 9-0. The Bruins' record in conference play the last five years is a remarkable 38-5-2. UCLA leads the Pac-10 in overall conference titles with eight.
Thompson Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Goalkeeper Ashley Thompson was named this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week after helping the Bruins to a pair of shutouts last weekend. Thompson, a redshirt senior from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., tied her single-game high for saves with seven in a 1-0 victory over Pepperdine on Friday evening. She also had two saves in the Bruins' 3-0 victory over No. 19 San Diego on Sunday. It marked Thompson's fourth and fifth shutouts of the season, as UCLA's 10 straight shutouts is a school record. Thompson ranks No. 1 in the country in goals against average (0.10). She becomes the second UCLA player to earn Pac-10 POW honors this season, as Christina DiMartino earned the award back on Sept. 23.Thompson was also named to this week's Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week.
Bruins Check in at No. 3/4
UCLA is ranked No. 3 this week in polls issued by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz. In addition, the Bruins check in at No. 4 this week in the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times national polls. UCLA has been ranked as high as No. 1 this year. Unbeaten and untied Notre Dame is the unanimous No. 1 team in the country.
Just Four Unbeatens Remain
With the first half of the season recently concluded, UCLA (9-0-2) finds itself as one of just four teams in the country without a loss. The other three teams are Notre Dame (12-0), Stanford (10-0-1) and Georgetown (8-0-2). One of these teams will likey have a loss by next week, as Notre Dame and Georgetown face each other this Friday. Only one other time in school history has UCLA gone through the first 11 matches of the season without a loss (the 2001 team started 11-0).
Did You Know?
The fewest goals ever given up by a Bruin team in a season was 10 in 2000. UCLA has given up just one goal in its first 11 matches this season. Since giving up their lone goal in the season opener against UC Santa Barbara, the Bruins have held opponents scoreless for nearly 1,000 minutes (978). UCLA is also in the midst of a school record 10-match shutout streak.
Ellis Gets No. 200
Head coach Jillian Ellis picked up the 200th coaching victory of her career last week, as the Bruins defeated Pepperdine, 1-0 on Friday evening. She added another win with a 3-0 victory against San Diego on Sunday, pushing her career coaching record to 201-51-11. Her record at UCLA stands at 182-33-11.
Hitting the Road
Following this weekend's action, the Bruins will play five out of their last seven regular-season matches on the road. UCLA's biggest road match of the year will actually be in its own backyard, as the Bruins are scheduled to face No. 5 USC at the Coliseum on Oct. 24 at 7:00 p.m. It marks a rematch of last year's NCAA College Cup Semifinal, a 2-1 USC win.
Home Winning Streak is Second Longest in NCAA History
UCLA's home winning streak reached 42 straight matches over the weekend, officially making it the second longest home winning streak in NCAA history. North Carolina owns the longest home winning streak, winning 84 straight from Sept. 6, 1986 to Sept. 18, 1994. The Tar Heels also owned the second longest streak (40 in a row) until UCLA snapped it with its 41st in a win over Pepperdine on Friday. The Bruins' last home loss was a 1-0 double-overtime defeat at the hands of Penn State on Sept. 9, 2005.