Oct. 4, 2005
Note: Friday's match can be heard live over the internet at www.uclabruins.com.
Bruins Open Up Pac-10 Play with Rivalry Match
The fourth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (10-1) is gearing up for one of its biggest home matches of the season this Friday, as the Bruins host cross-town rival USC (6-3-1) at Drake Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins, who have won the last five meetings, own a 13-2-1 advantage in the all-time series. Since UCLA's last loss to USC back in 1998, the Bruins have posted an eight-match unbeaten streak (7-0-1). The Bruins have never lost to the Women of Troy at home, sporting a perfect 9-0 record. Points in the race for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy will also be on the line. The first meeting between the two schools this year was in women's volleyball, where USC won 3-1.
Pac-10 Title Defense Begins Friday
After posting a solid 10-1 record in non-conference play, the Bruins begin their defense of the Pac-10 title in their first conference game of the season this Friday against USC. The two-time defending Pac-10 champion Bruins won the title outright in 2003 and shared it with Arizona last season. UCLA has never won three Pac-10 titles in a row, but did win back-to-back championships once before (1997 and 1998).
UCLA Goes 2-0 on the Road Last Week
The Bruins posted a pair of road victories against two Southern California foes last week. UCLA opened up with a 5-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. Five different Bruins scored in the match, including freshman Christina DiMartino who also added an assist on the night. UCLA was in Malibu on Sunday taking on No. 10 Pepperdine. The Bruins, who found themselves down 1-0 at the half, rallied for a pair of second-half goals from Danesha Adams to pull out the 2-1 victory. Adams was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week for her efforts.
Bruins Check in at No. 4 in National Polls
With no upsets in the top-3 last week, the Bruins remained at No. 4 in the four weekly polls issued this week by NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times. UCLA began the season ranked No. 3 (NSCAA/adidas) before losing to Penn State. The Bruins, who have remained in the top-6 all season, are the highest ranked team in the Pac-10.
Adams' Scoring Streak Moves to Five in a Row
Not only does sophomore midfielder Danesha Adams lead the Bruins in scoring with 21 points (10g, 1a), she has scored at least one goal in five straight matches. Adams began the streak after scoring both goals in a 2-1 overtime upset against No. 4 Santa Clara back on Sept. 16. Since then, she has scored in wins over St. Mary's, Denver, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine (2). Adams has tallied 15 points (7g, 1a) in the last five contests, with three game-winning goals in the process.
Mora Moving Up Career Charts
Iris Mora, who already holds the UCLA record for career assists with 29, is also moving up the career scoring chart. She currently stands in fourth place in scoring with 85 points and needs just four more to move into second place all-time behind Traci Arkenberg (169 pts.). Two more points ties her with Sarah-Gayle Swanson (87) and three more with Staci Duncan (88).
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is in her seventh season as head coach of the UCLA women's soccer team. The NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year in 2000, Ellis owns a 120-26-5 record at UCLA and is 139-44-5 overall, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois. Ellis has guided the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of her six seasons, highlighted by three trips to the NCAA College Cup.
1. North Carolina
2. Penn State
7. Santa Clara
8. Wake Forest
10. Boston College
11. Notre Dame
17. Florida State
18. Texas A&M
22. West Virginia
24. Cal Poly
Soccer America (10/3)
1. North Carolina
3. Penn State
7. Notre Dame
9. Santa Clara
10. Boston College
12. Florida State
17. Wake Forest
19. Texas A&M
24. West Virginia
25. Cal Poly