No. 3 Women's Soccer Team Rounds Out Regular Season in Washington
Nov. 4, 2009
Third-Ranked Bruins Round Out the Season in Washington
The No. 3 UCLA women's soccer team (15-2-1; 6-1 Pac-10) will close out the 2009 regular season this week, as the Bruins travel to the Pacific Northwest for matches against Washington and Washington State. UCLA begins the week in Seattle, facing Washington (11-4-3; 3-2-2 Pac-10) this Friday at the Husky Soccer Field beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins then play their final match of the regular season on Sunday in Pullman, facing No. 17 Washington State (13-4-1; 5-1-1 Pac-10) at 11:00 a.m.
How to Follow The Action
There will be a free webcast of Friday's match at Washington. Fans will need to create a login and password, however the match is free to watch. The webcast can be accessed by clicking HERE. In addition, Gametracker live stats will be available for both matches. Washington / Washington State.
NCAA Tournament Selections
Teams will find out their postseason fate on Monday, Nov. 9, as the NCAA Tournament Selection Show will air live on ESPNews at 5:00 p.m. (PST). If UCLA earns a high enough seed, the Bruins will likely host at least the first and second rounds at Drake Stadium. Be sure to check uclabruins.com the evening of Nov. 9 to find out more about UCLA's NCAA Tournament situation.
Cheney's Strikes Twice in 2-1 Victory over USC
UCLA improved to 19-3-1 all-time against USC last Friday, as a pair of goals from forward Lauren Cheney propelled the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over its crosstown rival. Cheney put the Bruins up 1-0 just before halftime, as she re-directed in a ball sent into the box from defender Jenna Belcher. Although the Women of Troy got an equalizer in the 73rd minute, Cheney struck again with her 11th goal of the year at the 77:04 mark to give UCLA an eventual 2-1 win. The Bruins, who are a perfect 13-0 against the Women of Troy at home, have now won 11 of their last 12 meetings with USC.
Bruins Remain the Same in National Rankings
For the second week in a row, UCLA remained the same in both the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll (#3) and the Soccer America Rankings (#5). The Bruins are also ranked No. 3 in the Soccer Times coaches' poll. Click HERE for the latest NSCAA/adidas rankings.
Stanford Clinches Pac-10 Title, Bruins Still Have a Chance
At 8-0 in the conference with just one match to play, Stanford is guaranteed at least a share of this year's Pac-10 title. The Bruins, however, still have a shot at a co-championship if Cal can upset Stanford on Sunday. UCLA (6-1) would also have to win both of its matches this weekend for that scenario to play out. Regardless of what happens, the Cardinal have already locked up the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. If Stanford wins on Sunday, it will mark the first time since 2002 that UCLA has not earned at least a share of the Pac-10 title.
UCLA Moves Up to No. 5 in Latest RPI Report
UCLA moved up from No. 5 to No. 6 in the latest Division I Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released by the NCAA on Nov. 3. The Ratings Percentage Index is an important criteria used by the NCAA to determine the 64-team field for the Division I Women's Tournament.
RPI Top 10
2. North Carolina
4. Florida State
6. Notre Dame
7. Boston College
10. Penn State
Click HERE for the latest RPI Report.
No. 1 Losses
Both of UCLA's losses this year have come against teams that were ranked No. 1 at the time. The Bruins fell to the nation's preseason No. 1 team, North Carolina, in their season opener. More recently, UCLA lost to current No. 1 Stanford on Oct. 18. UCLA is 5-0-1 against the five other top 25 teams it has faced this year.
Cheney Ties UCLA GWG Record
Senior Lauren Cheney tied the UCLA career record for game-winning goals last Friday, as she knocked in the 26th of her career in the Bruins' 2-1 victory over USC. She is now tied atop the list with former players Traci Arkenberg and Danesha Adams. With 155 career points, Cheney also ranks second all-time at UCLA in career scoring, trailing only Traci Arkenberg, who had 169 points from 1994-97. Cheney's 64 career goals is also second all-time behind Arkenberg's 71.