No. 3 Bruins to Face No. 17 Cal, No. 1 Stanford This Weekend
Oct. 14, 2009
Bruins Head to the Bay Area for Cal/Stanford Showdowns
The third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (11-1-1; 2-0 Pac-10) has its biggest road trip of the year this weekend, as the Bruins take their 11-match winning streak into showdowns with No. 17 Cal and top-ranked Stanford. UCLA begins the weekend in Berkeley, facing the Golden Bears (8-3-1; 2-0 Pac-10) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Bruins have won four in a row over Cal, outscoring the team 11-1 in the last four meetings. UCLA heads to Stanford on Sunday for a 1:00 p.m. meeting with the top-ranked and undefeated Cardinal (13-0; 2-0 Pac-10). The Bruins take a six-match unbeaten streak against Stanford into Sunday's contest, as the last win for the Cardinal was back in 2002.
Did You Know?
UCLA takes a 21-match Pac-10 winning streak into the weekend. The Bruins have not lost a conference match since Nov. 3, 2006 when Oregon pulled off a 2-1 double-overtime upset in Eugene.
UCLA Begins Pac-10 Title Defense With Sweep of Arizona Schools
UCLA picked up a pair of wins in its first two Pac-10 matches of the 2009 season last week. The Bruins began the weekend with a 2-0 victory over Arizona on Friday night. Kristina Larsen and Lauren Cheney were the Bruin scorers in that contest. The Bruins had a little bit tougher time with No. 20 Arizona State on Sunday, needing double-overtime to pull out a 3-2 win. UCLA, which actually trailed 1-0 at halftime, picked up the win when midfielder Lauren Barnes scored a golden goal in the 104th minute.
Cheney Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
UCLA senior forward/midfielder Lauren Cheney was named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 6-12, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Tuesday. Cheney had a stellar weekend on the pitch, knocking in the second goal in a 2-0 win over Arizona. Then, in a double-overtime match against No. 20 Arizona State, Cheney struck again, adding a goal to help lead the Bruins past the Sun Devils, 3-2. Cheney also moved into second place all-time at UCLA in career points with 143. It marked Cheney's fourth Player of the Week selection, making her only the third player in Pac-10 history to win the honor four times. It is also a conference-leading 26th selection for UCLA.
Bywaters Honored by CollegeSoccer360.com
Bruin freshman Zakiya Bywaters was named a CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performer this week after helping the Bruins defeat No. 20 ASU on Sunday. With UCLA trailing 1-0 in the second half, Bywaters ignited the Bruin offense when she tied up the game on a short-range shot in the 55th minute. She then assisted on Lauren Cheney's goal in the 68th minute that put UCLA ahead 2-1. The Bruins eventually won the match 3-2 in double OT.
Cheney Moving Up Scoring Charts
Senior Lauren Cheney is starting to make an impression in the UCLA career scoring charts, as she recently moved into second place in two career categories. With 143 career points, Cheney is now second only to Traci Arkenberg, who had 169 points from 1994-97. With a goal last Friday, Cheney surpassed Danesha Adams, who had 140 points from 2004-07. Cheney is currently tied with Adams for second place all-time in career goals at UCLA with 60. Arkenberg also leads that career category with 71.
Just in case UCLA's 3-2 double-overtime victory over ASU wasn't enough, Bruin fans received a special treat on Sunday, as starting goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford sang the National Anthem prior to the match. Sandiford, who sang at several Bruin games last year while redshirting, has been involved in music for quite some time. In addition to singing, she is an accomplished clarinet and saxaphone player. Her musical talents will be featured in an upcoming episode of the UCLA Sports Report on Fox Sports.
Bruins Ranked No. 3/4 Nationally
There were no changes in the rankings as far as UCLA was concerned this week, as the Bruins remained the same in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll (#3) and Soccer America's weekly rankings (#4). UCLA is also ranked No. 4 by Soccer Times. The NSCAA rankings can be found HERE.
Just Three Regular-Season Home Matches Remain
With four of its final seven matches of the regular season on the road, UCLA has just three home matches remaining on its 2009 schedule. Following this weekend's Bay Area trip, the Bruins return home to host the Oregon Schools the weekend of Oct. 23-25. After that, UCLA's final home contest will be a home game against USC on Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m. If the Bruins continue their winning ways, they will also likely host several early-round NCAA Tournament matches.
Senior Day Set for Oct. 30
Five UCLA seniors will be playing in their final regular-season home contest Oct. 30. The match, against rival USC, is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. A special ceremony will take place prior to that match. The Bruins' five seniors are Kara Lang, Lauren Cheney, Dea Cook, Lauren Wilmoth and Kristina Larsen. Since arriving in Westwood back in 2006, this year's senior class has posted an impressive 74-8-5 overall record.