2009 UCLA Women's Soccer Team Preview

Aug. 13, 2009


  • 2009 Pac-10 Women's Soccer Preview Series


    2008 Overall Record: 22-1-2
    2008 Pac-10 Record: 9-0 (1st)
    NCAA Finish: NCAA College Cup semis (L to N. Carolina, 1-0)

    Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
    Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 19/7
    Newcomers: 8

    Head Coach: Jillian Ellis
    Alma Mater: William and Mary '88
    Record at UCLA: 195-34-11 (10 years)
    Assistant Coaches: B.J. Snow, Louise Lieberman

    The Bruins are always a perennial favorite to win the Pac-10 and 2009 will be no different. UCLA returns seven starters, including 2008 U.S. Olympic gold medalist senior forward Lauren Cheney. Cheney has been a force for the Bruins since her freshman year and, in 2008, led the team in points (31), while netting 11 goals and handing out nine assists. Up top, Cheney will work with another senior leader in forward Kristina Larsen. Larsen led the team with 13 goals in 2008. Sophomore forward Sydney Leroux was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, joining teammates Cheney and junior defender Lauren Barnes. A tough defender, Barnes will shore up the back line for the Bruins. Junior midfielder Kylie Wright will look to break out as the top midfielder for the Bruins in 2009. Wright is a strong competitor with great technical ability as well as U-20 U.S. National Team experience. In goal, the Bruins will need to replace standout Ashley Thompson, but they have three incredibly capable options in redshirt sophomore Chante Sandiford, sophomore Yiana Dimmitt and frehsman Alana Munger.

    • Aug. 22 - at North Carolina 4 p.m. PT
    • Oct. 18 - at Stanford 1 p.m. PT
    • Oct. 30 - vs. USC 6 p.m. PT (FSN/Fox Soccer Channel)
    The Bruins start the season on Aug. 22 with a huge matchup at North Carolina, who ended the Bruins' national championship run, falling to the Tar Heels, 1-0, in the NCAA College Cup. On Oct. 18, the Bruins travel to Stanford. UCLA beat the Cardinal in 2008, but in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll, Stanford is picked to win the league by just two points over the Bruins. The game against crosstown-rival USC is always big for the Bruins. UCLA got a win in the regular season and ended the Trojans' season in the third round of the NCAA Tournamen, a payback after USC beat the Bruins in the NCAA College Cup semifinals in 2007. The Oct. 30 matchup will be televised on FSN and Fox Soccer Channel.

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    8 • Lauren Cheney
    SR • Forward • Indianapolis, Ind.

    Cheney will look to end her already-storied career at UCLA in a big way in 2009. A member of the U.S. National Team, winning an Olympic gold medal in 2008, Cheney is a force on the offensive end. In 2008, Cheney put away 11 goals and added nine assists. The 2008 campaign marked the third-straight season she has led the team in scoring, tallying 31 points. She also led the Bruins with six game-winning goals on her way to being named first team All-Pac-10 in 2008, as well as garnering a first team NSCAA/addidas All-America nod. She has been named to the 2009 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. In 2007, she was named Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Year.


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