Nov. 16, 2009
UCLA and Virginia to Square Off in NCAA Round of 16
Coming off a pair of impressive wins in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, top-seeded UCLA (19-2-1) returns to action this Friday, hosting Virginia (10-5-6) in a round of 16 showdown at Drake Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for Friday's contest are $10 for adults and $8 for youth/students, and can be purchased one hour prior to game time at the Drake Stadium ticket booth.
A link to the NCAA draw can be found HERE
A free streaming audio broadcast of Friday's match will be available on UCLA's official athletic website. Gametracker live stats will also be available. Click HERE for the live stats and HERE for the audio broadcast.
The UCLA-Virginia Series
UCLA owns a 3-1-1 all-time record against Virginia. The Bruins are also 2-0 in NCAA Tournament meetings against the Cavaliers. Three of the five contests have gone into overtime.
Year Winner Result Site 1995 Tie 1-1 (2OT) Neutral 2002 UCLA 4-3 (OT) Los Angeles 2004 Virginia 3-1 Charlottesville 2005 UCLA 5-0 Los Angeles (NCAA QF) 2007 UCLA 2-1 (OT) Los Angeles (NCAA Rd. of 16)Bruins Cruise in Early-Round Action
UCLA scored more goals than any other team in this year's tournament, as the Bruins tallied 12 in wins over Boise State and San Diego State. Forward Sydney Leroux was the story against Boise State on Friday, as her four goals tied a UCLA single-game record in the Bruins' 7-1 first-round win. The Broncos actually owned a 1-0 lead in the match before UCLA scored seven unanswered. The Bruins then booked a spot in the NCAA Round of 16 for the 11th straight year on Sunday, posting a 5-0 win over San Diego State in the second round. Leroux, who had two more goals in that match to give her six through the first two rounds, is tied for the tournament lead with Notre Dame's Melissa Henderson. The two players share this week's Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week Award.
Three Pac-10 Teams Still Standing
In addition to UCLA, both top-seeded Stanford and unseeded Oregon State are still alive in this year's tournament. While undefeated Stanford was expected to make it this far, Oregon State needed a 1-0 overtime upset over No. 3 Florida to reach the round of 16. With three teams still playing, the Pac-10 trails only the ACC (7) in representatives in this year's round of 16.
UCLA on the Verge of Another 20-Win Season
At 19-2-1 overall, UCLA is just one win away from the program's fifth straight 20-win season. The last time the Bruins failed to reach the 20-win mark was back in 2002 when the team finished 18-7 overall. UCLA's record over the last five years is 104-11-7.
Did You Know?
Both of UCLA's losses this year have come against teams that were ranked No. 1 at the time and ultimately earned top seeds in the NCAA Tournament - Stanford and North Carolina.
Cheney on the Brink of Major Milestones
Forward Lauren Cheney enters this week's match against Virginia just one point away from tying Traci Arkenberg for the UCLA career scoring record. Arkenberg, who played at UCLA from 1994-97, ranks No. 1 all-time in points with 169 (71g, 27a). Cheney currently has 168 points on 69 goals and 30 assists. In addition, Cheney's 69 goals put her just two behind Arkenberg's school record of 71. Cheney already broke the school career record for game-winning goals earlier this season.
Leroux Enters 20-Goal Club
Sophomore Sydney Leroux is just the fourth player in school history to score more than 20 goals in a season, as she currently has the team lead with 21 this year. She joins Lauren Cheney (23 in 2007), Traci Arkenberg (22 in 1997) and Danesha Adams (21 in 2005) in the 20-goal club.
Never before has UCLA had two players tally more than 40 points in the same season, however Sydney Leroux and Lauren Cheney have done just that in 2009. Leroux leads the team in scoring with 44 points, while Cheney is close behind with 41 of her own. Together, they have accounted for 85 of the team's 195 points this year. That's 43.5 percent of the scoring.
Leroux Closing in on Lang's NCAA Mark
Kara Lang owns the school single-season record for points and goals during the NCAA Tournament, putting in seven goals and registering 15 points in the 2005 NCAAs. After just two games however, Sydney Leroux is close to both of those marks this year, as she has six goals and 12 points heading into this weekend.
UCLA has set somewhat of a trend of scoring early in matches this season, as the Bruins have scored prior to the 10-minute mark in nine of their 22 matches. The earliest goal this year came against Missouri, with Sydney Leroux punching in a goal just 1:17 into the match. The Bruins are 17-0 when scoring first and 9-0 when scoring a goal under 10 minutes.
Bruins Earn Third Straight No. 1 Seed For the third year in a row, and fourth time in program history, UCLA was awarded one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. In addition to the last three years, UCLA was also a No. 1 seed back in 2005. Listed below is the Bruins' seeding history in NCAA Tournament play.
Year Seed Result 2000 #6 Final (L to North Carolina, 2-1) 2001 #3 Quarterfinals (L to Florida, 1-0 2OT) 2002 #7 Rd. of 16 (L to Texas A&M 0-0 Pks) 2003 #4 Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 3-0) 2004 #14 Final (L to Notre Dame, 1-1 Pks) 2005 #1 Final (L to Portland, 4-0) 2006 #2 Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 2-0) 2007 #1 Semifinals (L to USC, 2-1) 2008 #1 Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 1-0)