Oct. 5, 2010
No. 16 Cal, Top-Ranked Stanford Visit Drake Stadium This Week
The No. 13 UCLA women's soccer team (7-3-1) opens up Pac-10 Conference play this week, hosting No. 16 Cal (5-1-4) and No. 1 Stanford (9-0-2) at Drake Stadium. Action gets underway on Friday evening, with the Bruins and Golden Bears squaring off at 7:00 p.m. UCLA will then host top-ranked Stanford on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the matches are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students. UCLA students receive free admission with a valid student ID.
Following the Action
Free live internet broadcasts of all UCLA women's soccer home matches can be accessed Cal / Stanford.
Series History with Cal, Stanford
UCLA takes a five-match winning streak against Cal into this Friday's contest with the Golden Bears. The Bruins, who have outscored Cal, 12-1 during the streak, lead the all-time series 12-4. Cal's last win in the series was a 1-0 double-overtime victory at Drake Stadium back in 2004. The Bruins lead the all-time series with Stanford, 9-6-2, however the Cardinal have won the last two meetings, including a 2-1 overtime win in last year's NCAA College Cup Semifinals, The match features the Pac-10's two most successful programs, as the last nine conference championships have been claimed by either UCLA or Stanford.
First No. 1 to Visit Drake
Stanford is the first No. 1-ranked opponent that UCLA has ever hosted, as the Cardinal check in as the top-ranked team this week's polls by both Soccer America and the NSCAA. The Bruins hosted the No. 2-ranked team as recently as a year ago when Portland came to Drake Stadium for the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Leroux Back From First U.S. Camp
UCLA forward Sydney Leroux returned to Westwood this week after spending nearly two weeks in her first training camp with the Full U.S. Women's National Team in Kennesaw, Ga. Leroux, who missed three Bruin matches while in camp with the U.S. Women, was competing with Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney for a forward spot on the U.S. squad. "We're obviously excited to have Sydney back with our team," says UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. "I know the experience in Georgia, and the future opportunities that she will have with the U.S. Women, will help her achieve her dream of playing at the highest level." The camp was in preparation for matches against China on Oct. 2 (2-1 U.S. win) and Oct. 6.
Bruins Check in at No. 13
UCLA checked in at No. 13 this week in the rankings issued by Soccer America on Monday. The Bruins are also ranked No. 14 in the latest NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Coaches' Poll released on Tuesday.
What a Streak!
One of the most impressive streaks in college soccer history was snapped on Sunday, as Pepperdine's 1-0 upset over the Bruins halted the nation's longest home unbeaten streak at 73 matches. UCLA had not lost at home since a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Penn State on Sept. 9, 2005. The Bruins tied just two matches during the streak, posting a record of 71-0-2. Last year's senior class played all four years without losing a match at home. It marks the second longest streak in NCAA history behind North Carolina's 84-match home unbeaten streak from Sept. 6, 1986 to Sept. 18, 1994.
Bruins and Huskies to Play NSCAA Game of the Week
UCLA's home match against Washington on Oct. 29 can be seen live throughout the country on the Fox Soccer Channel, as that contest has been tabbed the NSCAA Game of the Week. Game time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (PST). Check your local listings for the Fox Soccer Channel in your area.
Elise Britt Featured
Senior Elise Britt was the recent focus of a uclabruins.com `Getting to Know' feature. It can be accessed by clicking HERE. Fans are encouraged to check back to the site frequently, as there will be new features posted each week.
Barnes & Wright Video Blog
Bruin seniors Lauren Barnes and Kylie Wright are doing a weekly video blog on uclabruins.com called "The Lucky Report." Be sure to check it out for a behind-the-scenes look at the UCLA women's soccer program. The latest installment can be viewed HERE.
Road Stretch to Follow
Following this Sunday's showdown with Stanford, the Bruins will have only two more regular season home matches (Oct. 29 vs. Washington and Oct. 31 vs. Washington State). UCLA plays five of its final seven matches on the road. Bruin fans, however, will still get a chance to see the team locally when the Bruins face USC in the Coliseum on Oct. 22.
Six Bruin players, including two newcomers, have started all 11 matches this season. Those players are: Ariana Martinez, Charney Burk, Jenna Richmond, Zakiya Bywaters, Chante' Sandiford and Dana Wall. Forward Sydney Leroux would also likely be in this category had she not missed the last three matches while in camp with the U.S. Women's National Team.