Sept. 26, 2006
Bruins to Host WCC Foes San Diego, Gonzaga This Week at Drake Stadium
The fifth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (7-2) rounds out non-conference play this week, hosting West Coast Conference opponents San Diego and Gonzaga at Drake Stadium. Action begins on Friday with the Bruins facing San Diego (7-3) at 6:00 p.m. UCLA, which leads the all-time series 12-1-2, takes a nine-match winning streak over the Toreros into the match. In fact, ever since losing the first match of the series back in 1993, the Bruins are unbeaten in 14 straight games against USD. UCLA returns to Drake Stadium on Sunday, hosting Gonzaga (5-4-1) at Noon. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Doubleheaders This Weekend
Both of UCLA's matches this weekend will be part of doubleheaders with the UCLA men's team. The Bruin men take on No. 4 Washington on Friday immediately following the women's match which begins at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, the UCLA men will host Oregon State at 2:30 p.m. One ticket is good for both matches that day.
Castelanelli Suffers Season-Ending Knee Injury Against Pepperdine
The Bruins suffered a huge blow to their season on Sunday, as senior defender Mary Castelanelli suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second half of UCLA's 3-0 victory over Pepperdine. Castelanelli, who had started all nine matches for the Bruins this season, was the lone upperclassman on the back line. She is not eligible for a medical redshirt. Said head coach Jillian Ellis, "We're just extremely upset that Mary's season has ended this way. She was our most consistent and best attacking defender, not to mention a great leader on this team." Another starter, Kara Lang, is redshirting the season with a similar injury suffered during the offseason.
Last Week's Action
UCLA went 1-1 last week, falling to No. 5 Santa Clara, 3-0 on Friday before rebounding to defeat No. 19 Pepperdine by the same score on Sunday. The Bruins' loss to the Broncos snapped a six-match winning streak, including a three-match unbeaten streak against Santa Clara. Bruin freshman Lauren Cheney paced the Bruins on Sunday, scoring two goals in a 3-0 victory over Pepperdine, extending UCLA's winning streak over the Waves to 10 in a row.
UCLA Holds on to Top-5 Ranking
Despite falling to Santa Clara on Friday, the Bruins remained in the top-5 of the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll checking in at No. 5. However, UCLA fell from No. 3 to No. 6 in this week's Soccer America rankings. In addition, the Bruins are ranked No. 5 in polls issued by Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times.
Adams Brought into Camp With U.S. Women's National Team
Junior forward Danesha Adams recently received her first-ever call up to the full U.S. Women's National Team and is currently in camp with the team at the Home Depot Center this week. The 24-player training camp is in preparation for Team USA's match against Chinese Tapei this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Adams will likely miss UCLA's match with San Diego on Friday and could miss Sunday's Gonzaga match if she makes the 18-player roster.
Cheney Moves Into Scoring Lead
Despite missing the first four games of the season, freshman forward Lauren Cheney moved into the team lead in scoring this past weekend, as she currently has 10 points (5g, 0a) on the year. Cheney, last year's national high school player of the year, has scored in four of five matches since joining the team following the U-20 FIFA World Championships.
Conference Play Begins Next Week
Preseason Pac-10 favorite UCLA will play its first two conference matches of the 2006 season next week, hosting Cal on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Stanford on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Friday's match with Cal will be shown on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net. It is first scheduled to air on FSN Prime Ticket on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 10:00 a.m. (PST).
Following UCLA Via the Internet
Fans and media unable to attend Bruin home matches in 2006 can follow the action live at home by either listening to the free audio broadcasts over the internet or by following the Gametracker LiveStats. Both are accessible by clicking links located at UCLA's official athletic website: www.uclabruins.com. In addition, UCLA's play-by-play announcer Danny Lee will be doing periodic player/coach video interviews throughout the year that will also be available on the web.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Head coach Jillian Ellis is entering her eighth season at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer team. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis enters the season with a school record of 139-29-7 (.814). She has guided the Bruins to four NCAA College Cups (2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005), including three trips to the finals (2000, 2004 and 2005). She owns an overall coaching record of 158-47-7 (.762), which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois. In addition to her work with UCLA, Ellis is also the head coach of the Under-21 U.S. Women's National Team, recently guiding the U-21s to a second-place showing at the 2006 Nordic Cup.