Oct. 12, 1998
UCLA vs. California - No. 14 UCLA (12-1-1, 2-0) will look to continue its 11 game Pac-10 winning streak, when it goes head-to-head with California (7-5-0, 2- 0) on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 pm at Spaulding Field. The Bruins and the Golden Bears are two of the only three teams that remain undefeated in the Pac-10 (Oregon is 1-0). UCLA won last season's match-up 1-0, and the series record is currently tied at 2-2-0. Cal is led by sophomore midfielder Natalie Stuhlmueller (4g, 4a).
UCLA vs. Stanford - In one of the most anticipated match-ups of the season, UCLA will face No. 25 Stanford (7-3-2, 1-1) on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 pm at the North Athletic Field. UCLA recorded its first-ever win over Stanford and its first sweep of the Bay Area schools last season. Stanford is led by senior midfielder Tracye Lawyer (8g, 16 p). UCLA will look to even the series record which Stanford leads at 1-2-1.
Next Week - The Oregon schools will come to town in UCLA's last regular season home games. The Bruins will face Oregon on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 pm at Spaulding Field and Oregon State Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 pm at the North Athletic Field. UCLA won the only match-up with the Oregon Ducks last season 6-0 and leads the series record with Oregon State 2-1-0.
Bruins Open Pac-10 Play With Two Wins - UCLA extended its 1998 unbeaten streak to 11 games, defeating Washington 2-0 and Washington State 3-0 in the opening weekend of Pac-10 action. The Bruins were led by sophomore forward Tracey Milburn, who scored a goal in the victory over Washington and two goals against Washington State. Also scoring for the Bruins this weekend were freshman forward Staci Duncan, (goal and an assist against Washington), and freshman midfielder Breana Boling, (game-winner against Washington State).
The Pac-10 Race - UCLA sits atop the Pac-10 this week in a two-way tie with Cal and posts the best overall record in the Pac-10. UCLA leads the way statistically, ranking first in team points (86) and goalkeeping (0.41). UCLA has six players in the top-25 in scoring, four in the top-20 in goals scored and two in the top-21 in assists.
Records To Watch - The Bruins are off to another great season and are on the verge of breaking a few school records. UCLA is currently on an 11 game unbeaten streak and is two games from breaking last season's unbeaten record of 12 games. The Bruin defense has posted nine shutouts this season, one shy of the '97 squad's school record of 10. Junior goalkeeper Lindsay Culp has been instrumental in the success of the defense this season, already tying her own school record of most shutouts in a season (8.5) set last season.
Newcomers Lead Offensively - UCLA has a lot of new faces on the team this season who have quickly made an impact. Leading the way is freshman forward Staci Duncan who is tied for first in the Pac-10 in scoring with 22 points (8g, 6a) and is also tied for first in assists and tied for third in goals scored. Her four game-winning goals also leads the team. A 14-game starter, freshman midfielder Breana Boling is UCLA's second leading scorer with 14 points (6g, 2a). She has a pair of two-goal games this season and is one of only three Bruins who have scored two goals in one game. Adding experience to the Bruin newcomers is sophomore forward Tracey Milburn. The second leading scorer for Pepperdine last season, Milburn has continued this offensive success for UCLA. Milburn scored three goals this weekend, including two in one game, and is UCLA's third leading scorer with 13 points (6g, 1a).
No Goal Patrol - The UCLA defense has proclaimed themselves the "No Goal Patrol" and have done just that this season. The Bruins have shut out nine of their 14 opponents this season and have allowed only six goals. UCLA's goals against average of 0.41 ranks first in the Pac-10, and through games played up to Oct. 4, UCLA ranked seventh in the nation with a 0.48 GAA and 12th in shutouts. Culp checks in as the No. 8 goalkeeper in the nation with a 0.50 GAA. For the sixth straight week, Culp remains the top goalkeeper in the Pac-10 with her current GAA of 0.43.
Bruins In The Polls - UCLA is currently ranked 14th by the NSCAA, ninth by Soccer America and 11th by Soccer News.