Top-Seeded UCLA to Host No. 2 Portland in NCAA Quarterfinals This Friday
Nov. 23, 2009
Bruins and Pilots to Battle for Spot in NCAA College Cup
In what has become a familiar scenario in recent tournament history, UCLA (20-2-1) and Portland (21-1) will once again square off for a spot in next week's NCAA College Cup. This week's quarterfinal encounter takes place on Saturday, Nov. 28 at UCLA's Drake Stadium beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the match are $10 for adults and $8 for youth/students. They can be purchased one hour prior to game time at the Drake Stadium ticket booth.
A free streaming audio broadcast of Friday's match will be available on UCLA's official athletic website. Gametracker live stats will also be available. Both can be accessed here: Live Stats / Audio
The UCLA-Portland Series
This Saturday will mark the third time in the last four seasons that UCLA and Portland have met in the NCAA Quarterfinals in Los Angeles. It will also mark the sixth time that the two teams have squared off during the postseason (UCLA leads 4-1). The Bruins own a 7-1 all-time record against the Pilots.
Year Winner Result Site
1997 UCLA 1-0 Portland, OR (NCAA 1st Rd.)2000 UCLA 1-0 San Jose, CA (NCAA SF)2001 UCLA 1-0 Fullerton, CA2005 Portland 4-0 College Station, TX (NCAA SF)2006 UCLA 2-1 Los Angeles, CA (NCAA QF)2007 UCLA 2-1 (OT) Los Angeles, CA UCLA 3-2 (2OT) Los Angeles, CA (NCAA QF)2008 UCLA 1-0 Portland, OR
Bruins Blank Virginia, 3-0 in Round of 16 Showdown
UCLA scored a little over three minutes into its match against Virginia last week and never looked back, eventually taking a 3-0 victory in a round of 16 showdown at Drake Stadium. Dea Cook put the Bruins up 1-0 on a header off of a corner kick at the 3:23 mark. Sydney Leroux then scored UCLA's next two goals on strikes in the 42nd and 89th minutes. It marked the third time in the last five years that the Bruins beat the Cavaliers in the NCAA Tournament.
Cheney Ties Arkenberg for UCLA Career Scoring Record
With her assist against Virginia last week, forward Lauren Cheney tied Traci Arkenberg for the UCLA career scoring record with 169 career points. Arkenberg, who played at UCLA from 1994-97, held the record for the last 11 years. Cheney can obviously take sole possession of the record if she has a goal or an assist this week. Cheney is also creeping up on Arkenberg's career goal record of 71, as she has 69 career goals heading into this week. She already broke the school career record for game-winning goals earlier this season.
Bruins Win 20 Again
UCLA posted its 20th victory of the season in its 3-0 win over Virginia last week, making it the fifth straight season that the team has reached the 20-win mark. The school record for wins in a season is 22, set in both 2005 and 2008.
Leroux Sets New Postseason Scoring Record; Ties Cheney For Single-Season Goals
Sophomore forward Sydney Leroux recently surpassed Kara Lang as UCLA's new single-season leader for both points and goals in the postseason, as she currently has 16 points and eight goals in this year's playoffs. Lang owned both single-season school records after registering 15 points and seven goals in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. With her two goals against Virginia, Leroux also tied Lauren Cheney's single-season school goal record of 23. Cheney punched in her 23 as a sophomore in 2007. In addition to Leroux and Cheney, only two other UCLA players have scored more than 20 goals in a single season: Traci Arkenberg (22 in 1997) and Danesha Adams (21 in 2005).
Bruins Lead NCAAs in Goals
With 15 goals in the first three rounds, UCLA has scored more goals than any of the seven other remaining teams in this year's tournament. The only team to come close to UCLA is Notre Dame, which has scored 12. Below is the goal totals of the eight teams still alive in this year's tournament.
Team Tournament Season
Goals Goals1. UCLA 15 672. Notre Dame 12 563. Portland 10 824. Florida State 9 675. North Carolina 6 56 Wake Forest 6 467. Stanford 5 758. Boston College 4 54
UCLA has set somewhat of a trend of scoring early in matches this season, as the Bruins have scored prior to the 10-minute mark in 10 of 23 matches (11 goals in all). The earliest goal this year came against Missouri when Sydney Leroux scored just 1:17 into the match. The Bruins are 18-0 when scoring first and 10-0 when scoring a goal under 10 minutes.
Opponent Time of First Goal Goal Scorer
Illinois 3:15 LerouxGonzaga 1:37 LarsenMissouri 1:17 Leroux 7:17 LangUCSB 4:33 LerouxPepperdine 6:55 LerouxArizona 4:41 LarsenOregon 3:32 LerouxWashington 6:50 CheneySan Diego 8:16 WrightVirginia 3:23 Cook