Sept. 20, 1999
LOS ANGELES - The No. 13 UCLA Bruins (5-1-0) host Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (2-4-0) on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 pm on Spaulding Field. Later this week, UCLA meets the San Diego State Aztecs (5-2-0) on Sunday, Sept. 26 for a 1 pm game at the UC San Diego soccer field.
UCLA vs. Cal Poly, SLO - The Mustangs own a 2-1 series advantage over the Bruins, however, last season UCLA defeated Cal Poly SLO 1-0 at home on a goal by midfielder Venus James. In 1998, the Mustangs posted a 9-6-3 record and finished third in the Big West Conference. They return nine starters from the '98 squad, including senior midfielder Kara Grondzik, who currently leads the Mustangs with 9 points (4g, 1a). Grondzik has started two of six games for the Mustangs and has scored on four of five attempts.
UCLA vs. San Diego State - Last year the Aztecs defeated the Bruins 1-0 on UCLA's North Athletic Field, but UCLA holds a 4-1-1 series record over San Diego State. The Aztecs are currently ouscoring opponents 18-7 and are led by senior Lori LaCoursiere, who has registered 11 points (4g, 3a) to date. In the '98 season, the Aztecs were undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference and took home the conference title.
Pac-10 Leaders - UCLA continues to lead the Pac-10 in overall standings. The Bruins are currently tied with USC, both schools having posted a 5-1-0 record on the season and having recorded their only loss to defending national champion Florida. Earlier this season in a preseason poll of conference coaches, the Bruins were selected as co-favorites, along with Stanford, to win the 1999 Pac-10 Conference title. Last year, UCLA, USC and California were Pac-10 Co-Champions.
Bruins Defeat UC Irvine - The Bruins defeated UC Irvine 2-0 in last Friday's home opener. Sophomore midfielder Lauren Emblem notched the first goal of her career when she blasted in a shot in the 62nd minute off an assist from freshman midfielder Tracey Winzen. Junior forward/midfielder Venus James scored the second goal of the evening in the 74th minute when she received a pass from sophomore defender Krista Boling, knocking the ball past Irvine goalkeeper Allison Merrick.
UCLA Honors - Last week, senior defender Skylar Little was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week for the week of Sept. 6-12. Little earned Tournament MVP honors at the Nike-Wake Forest Invitational after helping the Bruins post two shutout victories against North Carolina-Charlotte and then-ranked No. 25 Wake Forest. Against UNC-Charlotte, she was instrumental in the 7-0 victory, helping to limit the 49ers to only four shots on goal. Against host Wake Forest, Little led the UCLA defense to its third shutout of the season in the 1-0 victory, helping to limit the Deacs to only five shots on goal.
Adding to the team's honors, forward Jessica Winton was named MET-Rx/UCLA Student Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 6-12. In only her fourth collegiate game of the season, the freshman from Atlanta, GA recorded three goals versus UNCC in just 39 minutes of playing time. Winton is the only the second Bruin freshman to record a hat trick (Traci Arkenberg recorded the first in 1994).
Shutout Madness - UCLA's defense, led by Little, is once again one of the team's strongest areas. Last year, the Bruins posted a school record 11 shutouts and, judging from their start this season, they are well on their way to breaking another school shutout record. UCLA is currently on a four game shutout streak, and in their six games this season, the Bruins have limited opponents to only 22 shots on goal. The UCLA defense has given up only four goals this season, three of them coming from No. 3 Florida.
San Diego Action Continues - The Bruins continue play in San Diego when they head to the University of San Diego Tournament next week. On the first day of the tournament, the Bruins go head-to-head with soccer powerhouse No. 2 North Carolina at 8 pm on Friday, Oct.1. On Day Two, UCLA meets Texas Christian University on Sunday, Oct. 3 for a 2 pm match.