November 2, 1998
UCLA vs. Arizona - In the last weekend of Pac-10 action, No. 20 UCLA (15-3-1, 5- 2) will face the Arizona Wildcats (3-10-2, 0-6-1) on Friday, November 6 at 6 pm Mountain time in Tucson. The Wildcats have two players in double figure scoring with Nikki Jones leading with 14. UCLA has Arizona's number, leading the series record 4-0. The Bruins won last year's contest 2-1.
UCLA vs. Arizona State - In the last game of the regular season and a game that could decide the Pac-10 champion, the Bruins will face the Arizona State Sun Devils (8-9, 4-3) on Sunday, November 8 at 11 am Mountain time in Tempe. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net on November 12 at 1 pm. The Sun Devils have four players in double figures and are led by Stacey Tullock, the leading scorer (32 points) in the Pac-10. UCLA leads the series record 1-0, defeating the Sun Devils 3-0 last season.
Bruins Lose Heartbreaker to USC - UCLA dropped a hard-fought battle to cross- town rivals USC 4-5 yesterday. The Bruins came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game at four with three minutes to go. But with time winding down, the Trojans scored the game-winning goal. Venus James scored two for the Bruins, and Tracey Milburn recorded a goal and an assist. Sophomore defender Karissa Hampton scored the first goal of her career, recording UCLA's first goal of the game.
The Pac-10 Race - The race for the Pac-10 crown and the automatic berth to the NCAA playoffs is in full swing, with four teams (UCLA, USC, Cal, Washington) tied in the Pac-10 with two losses. Washington has sole possession of first place with only one game remaining. In the case of a tie in the final conference standings, all tied teams will be awarded the co-championship, and the automatic berth will be decided through tie-breaking rules.
Scoring Arsenal - UCLA's offense this season is deeper than any team to take the field for UCLA, with five players scoring in double figures. The '98 squad's 125 team points leads the Pac-10 and is the second highest point total in school history. UCLA has had back-to-back four goal games for the first time since October 5, 1997. Fifteen different Bruins have scored points for UCLA this season. UCLA has five players in the top-30 in scoring, four in the top-13 in goals scored and three in the top-10 in assists in the Pac-10.
On Fire - Sophomore forward/midfielder Venus James has come on strong lately, scoring five of UCLA's eight goals in the last two games. James scored the first hat trick of her career against Oregon State last week and recorded two goals in the loss to USC. James is just the third player in school history to record a hat trick (against Division I opponents). She is currently third on the team in scoring with 19 points (9g, 1a) and is ranked second on the UCLA career points list with 44. She is currently tied for first on the team in game-winning goals with four and goals scored with nine. James is tied for ninth in the Pac-10 in points and tied for fourth in goals scored.
Leading the Offense - Freshman forward Staci Duncan continues to lead the Bruins offensively, totaling 26 points this season on nine goals and seven assists. Her eight assists tie her for second with Traci Arkenberg on the single-season assists list. She holds the freshman record for assists in a season (8) and is three away from breaking the school record for most assists in a season. Duncan is currently tied for second in points (26), tied for fourth in goals scored (9) and second in assists (8) in the Pac-10. She is tied for first on the team in game-winning goals (4) with fellow freshman Breana Boling and sophomore Venus James. The Bruins are 10-2 when Duncan records a goal or an assist.
Scoring Phenom - Sophomore forward Tracey Milburn (Moorpark/Moorpark HS) has been a great asset to UCLA's offense this season, totaling 21 points this season on nine goals and three assists. Her 21 points place her second on the team and sixth in the Pac-10. Her nine goals tie her for first on the team and for fourth in the Pac-10. She holds the longest scoring streak on the team this season, scoring a goal or an assist in six straight games.
Dynamic Duo - UCLA opponents have double the trouble this season, as twin sisters Breana and Krista Boling have been key factors in UCLA's success. Breana has started all 19 games in the midfield this season and ranks fourth on the team in points with 18 (7g, 4a). Breana is 11th in the Pac-10 in points, tied for ninth in goals scored and tied for 10th in assists. Breana has a pair of two-goal games and has helped UCLA post a 5-0 record when she scores a goal. She is currently tied for first on the team in game-winning goals with four. Krista has started UCLA's last 10 games in the back and has helped the Bruin defense post five shutouts in that time.
Bruin Defense - The '98 Bruin defense, led by junior Skylar Little, sophomore Karissa Hampton and freshman Krista Boling, has had a strong season. The team needs one shutout to break the single-season record of 10. For the eighth straight week, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 in goalkeeping. UCLA has found itself ranked nationally as well in goalkeeping, ranking sixth in team defense and tied for 11th in shutouts (statistics for games played up to October 25).
Senior Leadership - UCLA seniors Larisa Kiremidjian, Louise Lieberman and Liz Willemse are leading the young Bruin squad in its pursuit for back-to-back Pac- 10 titles and a return trip to the NCAA playoffs. Kiremidjian is currently UCLA's fifth leading scorer with 12 points. After scoring two goals in UCLA's 5- 1 win over Nebraska earlier this season, she was named to Soccer America's "Team of the Week" and became the first player in school history to be named the College Soccer Weekly "Player of the Week." Lieberman was named to the Soccer America "Team of the Week" that same week for her goal in UCLA's 1-0 win over Baylor, making it the first time in school history that two Bruins have made the "Team of the Week" in the same week. Lieberman is currently tied for second on the team in assists (4) and ranks second on UCLA's career assists list with 17. Willemse, the 10th leading scorer (22 points) in UCLA history, played in her final regular season home game in the 4-1 win over Oregon State.
Records to Watch - UCLA's defense needs one shutout to break the school single- season record of 10 set in 1997. The 1998 Bruins tied the record in the 2-0 victory over Oregon. Duncan, who is tied for second in single-season assists (8), is three away from breaking Kristy Howard's 1993 record of 10.
Bruins In The Polls - UCLA is currently ranked 20th by the NSCAA, 20th by Soccer America and 18th by Soccer News.
UCLA Season Leaders
Staci Duncan 26 Tracey Milburn 21 Venus James 19 Breana Boling 18 Larisa Kiremidjian 12
Staci Duncan 9 Tracey Milburn 9 Venus James 9 Breana Boling 7
Staci Duncan 8 Breana Boling 4 Louise Lieberman 4
Breana Boling 4 Staci Duncan 4 Venus James 4
Lindsay Culp 0.78
Lindsay Culp 71
Staci Duncan (26) T-2nd Tracey Milburn (21) 6th Venus James (19) T-9th Breana Boling (18) 11th Larisa Kiremidjian (12) T-18th
Staci Duncan (9) T-4th Tracey Milburn (9) T-4th Venus James (9) T-4th Breana Boling (7) T-9th
Staci Duncan (8) 2nd Breana Boling (4) T-10th Louise Lieberman (4) T-10th
Lindsay Culp (0.78) 1st
Lindsay Culp (71) 6th