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No. 5 Women's Soccer Readies for Difficult Weekend
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/03/2000

Oct. 3, 2000

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vs. No. 19 Marquette
Friday, October 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Spaulding Field

at No. 21 USC
Sunday, October 8 - 1:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Coliseum

This Week . . .
The No. 5 UCLA women's soccer team hosts No. 19 Marquette this Friday in a 7:30 p.m. match at UCLA's Spaulding Field. Friday's match will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools. On Sunday, UCLA will open the 2000 Pac-10 seasonwhen it travels across town to take on No. 21 USC at the Coliseum beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Women of Troy 7-2. UCLA won the last meeting, a 3-0 decision at home in 1999.

Peterson Ties UCLA Single-Season Record . . .
With UCLA's 3-0 shutout over Fresno State on Friday, UCLA goalkeeper CiCi Peterson notched her fifth-straight shutout, setting the UCLA single-season record for consecutive shutouts. Two days later, Peterson added to her record after not allowing a goal in UCLA's 3-0 win over Loyola Marymount. Peterson currently ranks third in the nation in goals against average (0.24) and hasn't given up a goal since a 6-1 Bruin victory over Georgia back on Sept. 1,

Bruins Notch Pair of Shutouts Over the Weekend . . .
UCLA extended its winning streak to eight games after notching a pair of non-conference victories over Fresno State and Loyola Marymount. Against Fresno State on Friday, junior Stephanie Rigamat scored her second-consecutive game-winning goal, putting UCLA up 1-0 in the 20th minute of the game. Krista Boling and Katherine Bjazevich also added goals in the 3-0 Bruin victory. Junior Courtney Wright recorded her first goal as a Bruin on Sunday, scoring in the 23rd minute of the game in UCLA's 3-0 win over LMU. She was followed by Staci Duncan and Tracey Milburn who each added insurance goals in the Bruin victory.

Rigamat's Streak Ends at Five . . .
Prior to Sunday, junior forward Stephanie Rigamat had tallied either a goal or an assist in UCLA's last five games. Rigamat scored goals against No. 10 Florida, Vanderbilt, San Diego and Fresno State. She also added an assist in UCLA's win over Baylor. Traci Arkenberg holds the UCLA record for consecutive games with either a goal or an assist. She registered at least a point in 12 games from Sept. 26-November 9, 1997.

Home Field Advantage . . .
How good is UCLA at home? Well, the Bruins haven't lost a home contest in nearly two years and currently own an eight-game home winning streak. UCLA posted an impressive 7-0-1 home record in 1999 and defeated Fresno State in its home opener last Friday. The Bruins' last home loss was an NCAA Second Round defeat to BYU back on Nov. 14, 1998. UCLA holds an all-time home record of 47-13-5.

Rigamat Into the Record Books . . .
On Sept. 24, UCLA forward Stephanie Rigamat became the fastest Bruin ever to score a goal to start a game, scoring just 11 into the match in the UCLA's 3-0 win over USD. Rigamat, a junior who redshirted last season after transferring from UC Irvine, ranks tied for fifth in the NCAA record books with former UCI teammate Simone Ferrara. Ferrara scored at the 11-second mark against UCF back in 1997, Rigamat's freshman season at Irvine.

Fastest Goals to Start a Game (NCAA)
1. Kristi Cummings (UNC Asheville) - :06 vs. Furman, 9/18/95
2. Monica Holschauer (UCF) - :08 vs. Northern Ill., 10/6/96
t3. Missy Wycinsky (William & Mary) - :10 vs. Va. Commonwealth, 10/23/99
t3. Jill Cook (Texas) - :10 vs. Vanderbilt, 10/15/95
t5. Simone Ferrara (UC Irvine) - :11 vs. UCF, 10/27/97
t5. Stephanie Rigamat (UCLA) - :11 vs. San Diego, 9/24/00

UCLA in the National Rankings . . .
For the second-straight week UCLA checks in at No. 5 in the NSCAA National Rankings. At No. 5, the Bruins are currently at the highest ranking in program history. UCLA is ranked behind No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Nebraska.

Regional Rankings . . .
For the second-straight week, UCLA is No. 1 in the West Region rankings released Monday by the NSCAA. The Bruins, who were No. 2 behind the Cardinal two weeks ago, moved up to the top spot for the last week for the second time this season. UCLA, which has been ranked No. 1 three of the five weeks that the poll has been out, also topped the West Region poll back on Sept. 11.

Peterson Ranked Third in National Rankings . . .
Bruin goalkeeper CiCi Peterson is ranked third in the nation with an 0.24 goals against average. Peterson has given up just two goals in nine games this season and hasn't been scored on since Sept. 1. As a team, UCLA is ranked ninth in the country in scoring offense, averaging just over three goals per contest (3.33). Iin addition, the Bruins are tied for fourth in shutout percentage (.778).

No Goal Patrol . . .
After recording nine shutouts in1999, the UCLA defense earned the nickname the "No Goal Patrol." This season has been no different as the Bruins already have seven shutouts in their first nine games. Led by senior Karissa Hampton and juniors Krista Boling and Bethany Bogart, UCLA's defense has given up just two goals all season, holding opponents to a mere 39 shots.

Pryce to Miss Entire 2000 Season . . .
UCLA freshman defender Nandi Pryce, an alternate on the 2000 U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team, underwent surgery on Sept. 8 to repair a fractured left tibia following an injury she suffered that day in a game against Vanderbilt at the 2000 USC Fila Challenge. Pryce, regarded by many as the top recruit in the nation as a high school senior last season, suffered her injury in the first half of UCLA's 2-0 victory over the Commodores. She was taken immediately to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica where x-rays confirmed the fracture. Strangely enough, the injury came exactly one week after she broke her nose in UCLA's 6-1 win over Georgia in Gainesville, Fla. on Sept. 1. Prior to the injury, Pryce played in five games, recording one assist.


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