Sept. 22, 2011
Bruins Open Up Pac-12 Play This Friday
After rounding out the non-conference portion of its season last weekend, the second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (7-0-1) opens up Pac-12 Conference play this Friday, hosting Washington (3-3-2) at Drake Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m. It marks the only match of the week for the Bruins. It will also be a double-header with the UCLA men's team, which takes on Seattle at 5:00 p.m. One ticket is good for both matches. They are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/senior.
Those unable to make it to Drake Stadium on Friday can follow the action live at www.uclabruins.com. There will be a free live audio stream of the match, as well as free live stats.
The UCLA-Washington Series
UCLA takes a 13-3-1 all-time record against Washington into this Friday's showdown. The Huskies, however, snapped a nine-match losing streak to the Bruins last season when they posted a 1-0 victory in Seattle. UCLA is 7-2-1 against Washington at home.
Freshmen Spark Comeback Win over LMU
With UCLA trailing 1-0 in the second half against LMU last Saturday, two Bruin freshmen took control and helped the team to an eventual 3-1 victory at LMU's Sullivan Field. Sam Mewis headed in a Chelsea Cline corner kick at the 66:50 mark to tie the game at 1-1. It would spark an offensive explosion for the Bruins, who would score two more goals before the game ended. Freshman Kylie McCarthy punched in her first goal of the year in the 76th minute, followed by another strike by Mewis, her third of the year, just over three minutes later. UCLA outshot LMU, 21-8 on the afternoon.
Bruins Round Out Non-Conference Action Undefeated
For just the second time in school history UCLA managed to finish the non-conference portion of its season undefeated, as the Bruins take a 7-0-1 record into this Friday's Pac-12 opener with Washington. The only other time that UCLA accomplished the feat was in 2008 when the Bruins were undefeated until falling to North Carolina in the NCAA College Cup.
UCLA Ranked No. 2 Nationally
For the second week in a row UCLA is ranked No. 2, behind Stanford, in the Soccer America National Rankings released on Monday. The Bruins, however, did move up a spot in this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll, going from No. 4 to No. 3. UCLA trails top-ranked Stanford and No. 2 Oklahoma State in that poll.
Leroux Moving Up Career Charts
With her next point, forward Sydney Leroux will move into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time UCLA career scoring list. Her 104 career points currently tie her with Iris Mora, who had the same total from 2002-05.
UCLA has trailed in three matches this season, owning a 2-0-1 record. The Bruins were down late against Tennessee before coming back for an eventual 2-1 win. UCLA also trailed LMU this past weekend before reeling off three unanswered goals to win 3-1. The only match that UCLA trailed and didn't come back to win was a 1-1 tie against Pepperdine.
UCLA in the Pac-12 Statistics
As a team, UCLA is tied for first in the Pac-12 (w/Stanford) in goals allowed, surrendering just four in eight matches this year. The Bruins also rank second in goals against average (0.49), second in shots (160), third in assists (16), and fourth in both points (48) and goals (16). Individually, Sydney Leroux leads the conference in game-winning goals (4), while Katelyn Rowland is tied for first in shutouts (3), and ranks second in goals against average (0.48).
Leroux up for Prestigious Honor
Sydney Leroux has been named one of 30 candidates in the country who are in the running for the 2011 Lowe's Senior Class Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Online voting begins soon.