Aug. 24, 2008
Busy Week Ahead for Second-Ranked Women's Soccer Team
The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team kicks off the 2008 season this Tuesday, hosting UC Santa Barbara at the North Athletic Field beginning at 4:00 p.m. The Bruins will then head to Portland, Ore. for matches against No. 6 Portland and Portland State. UCLA's showdown with Portland on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. is a rematch of last year's NCAA Quarterfinals, a match UCLA won 3-2 in double-overtime. That contest can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet in the Pacific Northwest. UCLA will then take on Portland State on Monday at 1:00 p.m. Live Stats will be provided for the Bruins' showdown with UCSB on Tuesday.
Quoting Ellis on Portland
"We are definitely excited to head north and play a couple of games on the road. Portland will be a great test for us. Early games like these are important for the experience and it will be good for me to watch some of the new players. I am certainly playing catch up having missed the preseason, but it will be exciting to start to put the pieces of the puzzle together over the next couple of weeks".
Ellis, Cheney Bring Home the Gold in Beijing
UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis and Bruin forward Lauren Cheney recently helped the U.S. Women's National Team earn a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The U.S. beat Brazil, 1-0 on an overtime goal from Carli Lloyd. Cheney came in for Lindsay Tarpley in the 71st minute, and was involved in the winning goal by Lloyd. It marked the second straight Olympic Games that the U.S. has beaten Brazil in overtime to win the gold medal. Ellis served as one of head coach Pia Sundhage's assistants on Team USA. Junior forward Kara Lang was also a member of Canada's Olympic Team which did not medal in Beijing.
Cheney, DiMartino Named to M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
Forward Lauren Cheney and midfielder Christina DiMartino have been named to the 2008 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List, a list that is used to determine national player of the year candidates. Cheney was one of three finalists for the award in 2007, finishing runner-up to winner Mami Yamaguchi of Florida State. Considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer, the recipients of the MAC's Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A complete list of players on the watch list can be accessed by clicking HERE
Cheney Named Preseason Player of the Year by Soccer Buzz
Bruin forward Lauren Cheney is the first-ever Bruin to be named Preseason Player of the Year by Soccer Buzz, and also the first Pac-10 athlete to be recognized. The Indianapolis, IN native is the fourth athlete to earn the preseason distinction after earning player of the year honors in the previous fall season. Christina DiMartino was also named to Soccer Buzz's Preseason All-America Team. This is the twelfth year Buzz has announced preseason individual honors. The complete team can be found by clicking HERE.
Bruins Begin the Season Ranked No. 2 in NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll
UCLA checks in at No. 2 in the Preseason NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll released last week. The Bruins ended the 2007 season ranked No. 3 after reaching the school's fifth straight NCAA College Cup. UCLA is also ranked No. 3 in Soccer America's Preseason Poll, which can be viewed HERE
3. North Carolina
4. Florida State
5. Notre Dame
9. Penn State
12. West Virginia
14. Boston College
15. Texas A&M
21. Wake Forest
22. Santa Clara
23. Oklahoma State
25. San Diego
Bruins Picked to Finish Second in Pac-10 Coaches' Poll
For the first time since 2003 UCLA was not picked to finish first in the annual preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll, as Stanford took this year's top billing with UCLA checking in at No. 2 and defending national champion USC coming in at No. 3. The Bruins have won the last five Pac-10 Championships.
First-place votes in parenthesis
1. Stanford (6)
2. UCLA (3)
3. USC (1)
5. Arizona State
10. Oregon State