Dec. 9, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Headlined by first-team selection Jill Oakes, the UCLA women's soccer team had a total of three players earn NSCAA/adidas All-America honors Friday. Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson and midfielder Danesha Adams were named to the second team.
A senior defender from West Hills, Calif., Oakes was the leader of a Bruin defense that surrendered just 12 goals in 26 matches this season. Under her leadership UCLA posted a school record 18 shutouts in 2005, ranking fifth in the nation in goals against average (0.45) and fourth in shutout percentage (0.69pg). Oakes contributed on the offensive side of the field as well, registering 12 points on three goals and six assists. She was named a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, given annually to the top player in college soccer. Oakes was also named a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and was a member of the all-tournament team at the NCAA College Cup.
Adams, a sophomore from Shaker Heights, Ohio, led the Bruins in scoring in 2005, posting 46 points on 21 goals and four assists. She set the NCAA Tournament record for points and goals in a game when she had four goals in UCLA's 5-0 victory over Virginia in the Quarterfinals. Her nine game-winning goals was a UCLA single-season record. Adams was named a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and, like Oakes, was a member of the all-tournament team at the NCAA College Cup.
Henderson, a sophomore from Orinda, Calif., recently capped off one of the most successful seasons ever by a UCLA goalkeeper. Her 0.53 goals against average ranks third all-time on the UCLA single-season charts, and was good enough to rank 10th nationally at season's end. She posted 10 shutouts in 25 matches, recording a team-best 45 saves. She surrendered just 12 goals all season. Henderson earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors.
UCLA finished the season with a 22-2-2 overall record. The Bruins advanced all the way to the NCAA Finals for the second year in a row, falling to Portland, 4-0 in the title game.