Nov. 22, 2004
No. 14 Bruins Head to Columbus For Quarterfinals This Saturday . . .
The No. 14-seeded UCLA women's soccer team (16-6) travels to Columbus, Ohio this week to take on No. 6-seeded Ohio State (19-3-3) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The match, which will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools, is set for Saturday, Nov. 27 at Noon (EST). College Sports Television (CSTV) will air the match live on the West Coast at 9:00 a.m. Beth Mowins will be doing the play-by-play and former Atlanta Beat head coach Tom Stone is the color analyst. The winner of Saturday's showdown will face either No. 7 Princeton or No. 15 Washington in the NCAA College Cup, Dec. 3 & 5 in Cary, NC. The Bruins are looking to make back-to-back trips to the College Cup.
NCAA Seeds 1. UNC* 2. Penn St.* 3. Virginia* 4. Notre Dame 5. Portland 6. Ohio St. 7. Princeton 8. Kansas* 9. Texas A&M* 10. Florida* 11. Tennessee* 12. Texas* 13. Arizona* 14. UCLA 15. Washington 16. Santa Clara
* Teams no longer playing.
UCLA in the 2004 NCAA Tournament . . .
UCLA has not allowed a goal in three NCAA Tournament matches this year. The Bruins hosted early-round action at Drake Stadium, defeating Pepperdine (1-0) and San Diego (3-0) in the first and second rounds respectively. Most recently, the Bruins posted a 2-0 decision over Duke in the third round this past Saturday.
NCAA Tournament History . . .
UCLA is making its eighth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and ninth in the 12-year history of the program. The Bruins are making their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals and fifth overall. UCLA is 2-2 all time in quarterfinal matches. The Bruins defeated Penn State, 4-0 in last year's quarterfinals, advancing to the College Cup for the second time in program history. The Bruins only other appearance in the College Cup was back in 2000 when UCLA lost to North Carolina, 2-1 in the NCAA Final. The Bruins own a 19-8 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play (15-4 at home, 3-2 away, 1-2 neutral).
UCLA's All-Time NCAA Quarterfinal Results
1997 L 0-8 @ Notre Dame
2000 W 2-1 @ Clemson
2001 L 0-1 (2OT) vs. Florida
2003 W 4-0 vs. Penn State
Ohio Bruins Return Home . . .
Two Bruins on this year's team will be heading home for Thanksgiving, as freshman Danesha Adams and junior Camille Toney both hail from the state of Ohio. Adams was a third-team All-Ohio selection at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, OH. Toney was also an all-state performer at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, OH. Shaker Heights is located roughly 150 miles northeast of Columbus. Beavercreek is located 70 miles to the east.
Greco Moves Into First Place All-Time in NCAA Scoring . . .
With her assist against Duke in the NCAA Third Round, Lindsay Greco moved into first place all time at UCLA in NCAA Tournament scoring. Greco, who now has 14 points (5g, 4a) in postseason play, entered the week in a tie with former Bruin Sarah-Gayle Swanson (13 pts.). Greco, who has nine points (2g, 5a) on the season, is still the only UCLA player to ever score in an NCAA Championship game, as she tallied the Bruins' lone goal in a 2-1 loss to North Carolina in the 2000 final.
No Ordinary Freshman . . .
Forward Danesha Adams is enjoying an outstanding first season of collegiate soccer. Not only does she rank second on the team in scoring with 26 points (11g, 4a), she has been on fire during UCLA's last two matches of the NCAA Tournament. Adams had two goals in the Bruins' 3-0 second-round victory over San Diego on Nov. 14 and followed that up by registering the game-winner in a 2-0 third-round win over Duke last Saturday. She leads the team with four game-winning goals this year.
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
UCLA ended the regular season ranked No. 10 in Soccer America's weekly poll and No. 11 in the NSCAA/adidas national poll. The Bruins have been ranked in the top-10 for most of 2004, reaching a high of No. 3 in the NSCAA/adidas poll on Sept. 7. UCLA's high ranking in the Soccer America poll was No. 5 back on Oct. 26. Rankings will not be released again until the end of the season.
Bruins and Wildcats Named Pac-10 Co-Champions . . .
Needing a win in its final match of the regular season to earn a share of the 2004 Pac-10 title, UCLA came from behind to defeat USC, 3-2 on Nov. 7 to tie Arizona atop the conference Standings at 6-3. UCLA ties Stanford for the most Pac-10 titles overall with five, registering its second in as many years. Either Stanford or UCLA has earned at least a share of the title in 10 of the 11 years it has been awarded (exception: Washington in 2000). The Bruins were picked to win the title in a vote of conference coaches at the beginning of the year.
PAC-10 TEAM CHAMPIONS 1993 - Stanford 1994 * 1995 - Stanford 1996 - Stanford 1997 - UCLA 1998 - California/UCLA/USC 1999 - Stanford 2000 - Washington 2001 - UCLA 2002 - Stanford 2003 - UCLA 2004 - Arizona/UCLA
* No champion in 1994
Did You Know? . . .
Senior Lindsay Greco is the only player on this year's team to have appeared in two NCAA College Cups (2000 and 2003), as she is the only player still left from the 2000 team, which reached the NCAA Final in San Jose that year. Greco, who was supposed to graduate with the class of 2004, was granted another season of eligibility after medically redshirting in 2001 due to a torn ACL.
Sophomore Davis Leads Team in Scoring . . .
Following a freshman year in which she tallied 21 points on nine goals and three assists, Bruin forward Bristyn Davis has emerged as one of the top players in the Pac-10 in just her sophomore season. She has already surpassed her 2003 total of points, recording a team-leading 32 (13g, 6a). She ranks first in the conference in shots (83), tied for second in points and third in goals. Davis is one of only six players to have started all 22 matches this year. The Bruins are 12-1 when Davis has either a goal or an assist in a game.
Six individuals who have started all 22 matches this season.
Henderson Sets Three Freshmen Records . . .
Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson is enjoying a record-setting freshman campaign. So far this season, she has set freshmen records at UCLA for games started (22), shutouts (10) and victories (16). She has given up just 16 goals on the year and currently owns an 0.73 goals against average. The freshman record for that is 0.52 set by Gretchen Overgaard in 1994.
UCLA Against the Final Eight . . .
UCLA has only played two of the remaining eight teams in this year's NCAA Tournament. The Bruins defeated Santa Clara, 1-0 in double-overtime on a penalty kick by Kendal Billingsley back on Oct. 3 at Drake Stadium. The Bruins defeated Washington, 5-1 in Seattle on Oct. 17.
World Championship Update on Kron, Lindstrom . . .
UCLA midfielders Stephanie Kron and Stacy Lindstrom are redshirting the season and are currently in Thailand trying to help the Under-19 U.S. National Team win a world championship. With wins over South Korea (3-0), Russia (4-1) and Spain (2-0), the U.S. has earned place in the semifinals and will face Germany on Nov. 24 in Bangkok. Brazil and China make up the other semifinal match. The championship match is scheduled for Nov. 27 in Bangkok.
Bruins Earn Academic Honors . . .
Defender Kendal Billingsley was selected to the 2004 Academic All-District VIII Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Nov. 4. Billingsley, a senior from Trabuco, Canyon, Calif., owns a 3.24 GPA and is majoring in communication studies. She has started all 22 matches this season, posting 11 points on five goals and one assist. Only first-team selections are included on the national ballot for Academic All-American. UCLA also had seven players on the All-Pac-10 Academic Team, as Billingsley, Kim Devine, Mary Castelanelli, Michelle Gleason, Julie Hoshizaki, Crystal James and Jill Oakes were honorable mention selections.
UCLA in the Pac-10 and National Statistics . . .
As a team, UCLA ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10 in nearly every offensive category, including points (134), goals (46), assists (42), Shots (323) and corner kicks (136). Defensively, the Bruins are tied for third in goals allowed (16), owning a goals against average of 0.71. UCLA ranks tied for second in shutouts with 11. Nationally, the Bruins rank in three categories: goals against average (No. 24), winning percentage (No. 23) and shutout percentage (No. 29).
News & Notes . . .
Danesha Adams, Kim Devine and Lindsay Greco each earned a Pac-10 Player of the Week honor this season. Adams won her award after registering eight points in victories over San Diego and LMU to start the season. Devine earned her award with after tallying a hat trick over UCSB. Greco took home the award last week after scoring the game-winning goal against USC ...Head coach Jillian Ellis registered her 100th victory at UCLA with the Bruins' win over Oregon State on Oct. 8. She currently owns records of 108-24-5 (at UCLA) and 127-42-5 (career) ...Two freshman on this year's team are redshirting the season after suffering knee injuries prior to arriving at UCLA. Theresa Oda-Burns and Melissa Briggs, a pair of ODP players from Northern California, will be redshirt freshmen in 2005 ...Senior midfielder Julie Hoshizaki recorded her first career point on an assist against Oregon State back on Oct. 8 ...Hoshizaki is playing her first season on the women's soccer team after lettering four years on the UCLA softball team. During her time on the diamond, the Bruins won two NCAA titles (2003 & 2004) ...Midfielder Jill Oakes was listed on two preseason All-America teams at the beginning of the season (Soccer America and College Sports Television). Iris Mora, who was also on the CSTV team, was one of 25 players on the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. The M.A.C. Hermann Trophy is presented each year to the top player in collegiate soccer.
NSCAA/adidas (11/9) 1. North Carolina 2. Notre Dame 3. Virginia 4. Santa Clara 5. Penn State 6. Portland 7. Texas A&M 8. Ohio State 9. Florida 10. Tennessee 11. UCLA 12. Princeton 13. Kansas 14. Washington 15. UConn 16. Auburn 17. Arizona 18. Duke 19. Illinois 20. Texas 21. San Diego 22. SMU 23. Villanova 24. Florida State 25. Boston College 25. Stanford
Soccer America (11/8) 1. North Carolina 2. Virginia 3. Notre Dame 4. Santa Clara 5. Portland 6. Ohio State 7. Penn State 8. Florida 9. UConn 10. UCLA 11. Princeton 12. Texas A&M 13. Arizona 14. Tennessee 15. Washington 16. Texas 17. Kansas 18. Cal 19. Stanford 20. Duke 21. Dayton 22. Auburn 23. SMU 24. Florida State 25. Clemson