Oct. 2, 2001
UCLA Women's Cup
FRIDAY, OCT. 5
Cal Poly vs. Princeton, 4:00 p.m. (Drake)
UCLA vs. LMU, 7:30 p.m. (Spaulding)
SUNDAY, OCT. 7
UCLA vs. Princeton, 1:00 p.m. (Drake)
LMU vs. Cal Poly, 1:00 p.m. (LMU)
Bruins Host First-Ever Women's Cup . . .
The No. 2 UCLA women's soccer team will play host to Cal Poly, Princeton and Loyola Marymount this weekend as part of the first-ever UCLA Women's Cup. This tournament is the women's equivalent to the Pacific Soccer Classic, held each year by the UCLA men's team. The action kicks off this Friday at 4:00 p.m. with Cal Poly taking on Princeton at Drake Stadium. Friday's night match will feature local rivals UCLA and Loyola Marymount at Spaulding Field beginning at 7:30 p.m. That match is UCLA's 2001 home opener. On Sunday, in a battle of ranked teams, No. 2 UCLA will face No. 25 Princeton at Drake Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m. In Sunday's other contest, LMU will host Cal Poly at LMU's Sullivan Field, also at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are on a per game basis and are $4 for students/youth and $6 for adults.
UCLA Still Ranked No. 2 in the Country . . .
For the fifth consecutive week, UCLA remained second in the weekly polls released by the NSCAA and Soccer America. Defending NCAA Champion North Carolina, which owns an 8-0-0 record, has been No. 1 all season. In addition to UCLA, three other Pac-10 teams are ranked in the NSCAA Top-25 (#6 Cal, #7 Stanford and #14 UW).
NSCAA Rankings (10/1)
1. North Carolina 2. UCLA 3. Notre Dame 4. Portland 5. Nebraska 6. Cal 7. Stanford 8. Penn State 9. UConn 10. Santa Clara 10. Clemson 12. Texas A&M 13. Florida 14. Washington 15. Virginia 16. Kentucky 17. Marquette 18. Tennessee 19. Syracuse 20. Florida State 21. St. Mary's 22. West Virginia 23. UMass 24. Miami 25. Princeton
Bruins Off to Best Start in Program History . . .
Through UCLA's first seven games, the Bruins are off to their best start in program history at 7-0. The last four seasons, UCLA has owned a 6-1 record through the first seven games, but has never been undefeated.
Monroe Leads the Way! . . .
In only seven games at UCLA, senior forward Mary-Frances Monroe has proven why she was a three-time All-American and player of the year candidate at the University of Connecticut. In her first match at UCLA, she scored the game-winning goal to defeat No. 3 Portland, 1-0 at the CSUF Fila Challenge. Since then, she has notched either a goal or an assist in the last six UCLA matches. The 2001 Hermann Award candidate currently leads the Bruins in scoring with 14 points (6g, 2a).
UCLA Dominates Opponents . . .
Through UCLA's first seven games, the Bruins have outscored their opponents by an impressive 21-2 margin. In addition, the Bruins have outshot the opposition 169-50. Defensively, UCLA has notched five shutouts, allowing just two goals (one on a penalty kick).
Home Sweet Home . . .
When UCLA hosts Loyola Marymount this Friday evening at Spaulding Field, the Bruins will be looking to extend their home unbeaten streak to 16 games. The Bruins haven't lost a home contest in two years. UCLA posted an impressive 7-0-1 home record in 1999 and won all seven of its home games in 2000. The Bruins' last home loss was an NCAA Second Round defeat at the hands of BYU back on Nov. 14, 1998. UCLA holds an all-time home record of 54-13-5.