Oct. 4, 1999
* No. 8 UCLA (8-2-0) begins Pac-10 play this week, hosting Arizona State (7-2-0 overall, 1-0 in Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 pm and Arizona (6-4-0 overall, 0-1 in Pac-10) on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2 pm. The game against Arizona State will be held at Spaulding Field, while the matchup against Arizona will be played on the North Athletic Field.
UCLA vs. Arizona State
* UCLA holds a 2-0 series record over Arizona State. Last year, the Bruins defeated ASU 2-1 in Tempe. The Sun Devils are currently on a six game winning-streak, having most recently defeated Wyoming 5-1 last Friday. They return 11 starters from last season, including sophomore Stacey Tullock, who leads the team with 26 points (10g, 6a). Tullock also currently leads the Pac-10 in scoring, goals scored and assists. Last year, ASU posted an 8-11 overall record and a 4-5 Pac-10 record, finishing seventh in the conference.
UCLA vs. Arizona
* Sunday's match between UCLA and Arizona marks the sixth meeting between the two schools. UCLA is currently undefeated in all meetings with the Wildcats, having most recently defeated Arizona 4-0 last year. The Wildcats return eight starters from the '98 squad. Junior forward Chrissy Sanford currently leads Arizona with 23 points (9g, 5a). Last year, the Wildcats were 3-12-2 overall and finished last in the Pac-10 Conference with a 0-8-1 record.
UCLA in the Polls
* In the current NSCAA poll, the Bruins are ranked No. 8, which is the highest regular-season ranking the UCLA women's soccer program has ever achieved. In other polls, the Bruins are currently ranked No. 8 in SoccerTimes and No. 9 in High Tech Women's Soccer.
* For the second consecutive week, the Bruins are the sole leaders in the Pac-10 overall standings, having posted a 8-2-0 record on the season, with their only losses coming from defending national champion Florida and 15-time national champion North Carolina. This week's opponent, Arizona State, is currently second in overall standings and first in Pac-10 Conference standings, having shut out Arizona 4-0 on August 31. 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. UCLA is also the Pac-10 leader in individual goalkeeping, with Lindsay Culp registering an impressive 0.35 goals against average. In team points, the Bruins rank second with 79 points, following close behind Stanford, which has 80 points.
* Last week the Bruins went 1-1, falling 0-4 to No. 3 North Carolina and grabbing a 1-0 win versus Texas Christian. Against North Carolina, the Bruins came out strong in the first half, registering four shots to the Tar Heels' six. In the second half, North Carolina's deep rotation finally tired out the Bruins. The Tar Heels capitalized on the opportunity and went on a 4-0 scoring run. Against TCU this past Sunday, the Bruins' iron defense allowed the Horned Frogs only two shots the entire game. Junior forward Tracey Milburn clinched the victory with her 72nd minute shot off an assist from forward Staci Duncan.
Shutout No. 6
* The Bruins registered their sixth shutout of the season when they handed TCU a 1-0 defeat this past Sunday. In 1998, the Bruins posted a school-record 11 shutouts and, with nine games remaining in the season, have a strong chance of breaking last year's school shutout record. In their ten games this season, the UCLA defense has limited opponents to only 35 shots on goal (an average of 3.5 shots on goal per game) and has given up only nine goals, three of them coming from then-ranked No. 3 Florida and four coming from No. 3 North Carolina. Against TCU, the Bruin defense held the Horned Frogs to an astounding 2 shots, the second fewest shots allowed against a Division I opponent (the single-game record is one vs. Oregon State on Oct. 2, 1998).
Home Action Continues
* The Bruins continue home play next week when they host Washington State on Friday, Oct. 15 and Washington on Sunday, Oct. 17. Kickoff times are 7:30 pm and 1 pm, respectively.