No. 6 Bruins to Host Gonzaga in 2009 Home Opener
Sept. 9, 2009
2009 Home Opener This Sunday
The No. 6 UCLA women's soccer team (3-1-1) will play its first home match of the 2009 season this Sunday, as the Bruins host Gonzaga (3-1) at 1:00 p.m. It will mark just the second-ever meeting between the two teams, as UCLA notched a 1-0 win over the Zags at Drake Stadium back in 2006. Tickets for the match are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students. UCLA students with a valid BruinCard are admitted for free.
Live Stats, Audio
Fans who are unable to attend Sunday's match can follow the action online. Gametracker live stats can be accessed by clicking HERE. In addition, Ralph Irvin (play-by-play) and former women's soccer player Courteney Cosso (color) will be calling the action live on the UCLA Radio Network. That broadcast can be accessed HERE.
Bruins Enjoy Impressive Weekend in Illinois
The Bruins picked up a pair of impressive wins at the Illini Challenge Cup in Champaign, Ill. last weekend. UCLA started the event with a 2-1 victory over host No. 11 Illinois on Friday night. Sydney Leroux scored the game's first goal in the fourth minute. Illinois answered with a goal of its own just before halftime, however senior All-American Lauren Cheney sealed the win for UCLA with her second goal of the year in the 79th minute. The Bruins then picked up an upset of sorts on Sunday, Kristina Larsen (`75) and Kara Lang (`88) for the eventual 3-0 Bruin win.
Leroux Honored for Outstanding Weekend
After scoring two important goals in UCLA wins over the weekend, sophomore Sydney Leroux was named this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, commissioner Larry Scott announced on Tuesday. Leroux earned the honor by scoring the Bruins' first goal in a 2-1 victory over No. 11 Illinois on Friday. She then scored the game-winning goal, and assisted on another, in a 3-0 victory over No. 6 Florida on Sunday. It marks the first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Leroux, who was also named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week, and was listed as one of College Soccer 360's Primetime Performers of the Week along with teammate Lauren Cheney.
Bruins Move Up National Ranking Charts
Following two ranked wins last week, UCLA moved up to No. 6 in both major polls issued by Soccer America and NSCAA/adidas. The Bruins were ranked No. 8 (Soccer America) and No. 9 (NSCAA) heading into the weekend. UCLA is also ranked No. 5 and No. 9 in this week's polls issued by Soccer Times and Top Drawer Soccer, respectively.
Successful Senior Class
With three NCAA College Cup appearances and three 20-win seasons heading into this year, it's no secret that this year's senior class has enjoyed tremendous success during its time in Westwood. How does it compare with other senior classes across the country? Well Collegesoccer360.com, a website started by former Notre Dame SID Pete LaFleur, has the answer. Including the five matches played this year, the UCLA seniors own a 66-7-5 (.878) overall record. It ranks third in the country behind North Carolina (.912) and Notre Dame (.887). For the complete list, please visit www.collegesoccer360.com.
Home Unbeaten Streak at 55
With the Bruins set to play their first home match of the year this Sunday, it should be noted that UCLA owns two of the longest streaks in the country when playing at home. UCLA owns the nation's longest home unbeaten streak, as the Bruins have not lost a home match since Sept. 9, 2005 (0-1 2-OT loss to Penn State). UCLA's home winning streak, which is also the longest such streak in the country, is at 50.
Tracking Lauren Cheney
Senior Lauren Cheney notched the 24th game-winning goal of her career last Friday against Illinois, moving her within two of the UCLA career record of 26 held by both Danesha Adams and Traci Arkenberg. Two other career school marks that Cheney has a chance at breaking are the records for both points and goals. Cheney's 132 points ranks third all-time at UCLA behind Arkenberg (169) and Adams (140). Cheney also trails Arkenberg (71) and Adams (60) in all-time goals with 55.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is in her 11th season as head coach at UCLA. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis owns a record of 198-35-12 at UCLA. Her overall coaching record, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois, stands at 217-53-12. She has led the Bruins to seven Pac-10 titles (2001, 2003-08) and seven appearances in the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003-08).