Second-Ranked Women's Soccer Kicks Off 2008 Season This Week

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

1. USC
3. North Carolina
4. Florida State
5. Notre Dame
6t. Portland
6t. Virginia
8. Texas
9. Penn State
10. Stanford
11. UConn
12. West Virginia
13. Tennessee
14. Boston College
15. Texas A&M
16. Duke
17. California
18. Georgia
19. Illinois
20. Florida
21. Wake Forest
22. Santa Clara
23. Oklahoma State
24. Purdue
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)
4. California
5. Arizona State
Washington State
7. Oregon
8. Washington
9. Arizona
10. Oregon State

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Aug 21
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
L, 0 - 1
Sunday, Aug 23
at San Diego
San Diego, CA
W, 1 - 0 (2OT)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Friday, Sep 04
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Sep 06
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Sep 11
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Sep 13
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
L, 1 - 3
Thursday, Sep 17
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 25
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Thursday, Oct 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Oct 04
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 2 - 4
Friday, Oct 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 29 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 3:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Quarterfinals
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC
Sunday, Dec 06 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC