NCAA College Cup Photos & Quotes

Dec. 5, 2008

Cary, NC - The UCLA women's soccer team is in Cary, NC to take part in this week's NCAA College Cup at WakeMed Soccer Park. The team team took part in the pre-tournament press conference, practiced at the site and then attended a team banquet later in the evening.

UCLA and North Carolina will face off on Friday evening at 4:00 p.m. (PST). That match can be seen live on ESPNU and ESPN360.COM

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NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2008
UCLA COACH AND PLAYER QUOTES

Head coach Jillian Ellis
Opening statement
"We're thrilled to be here. It's been a fantastic journey for us and we are excited to be part of another college cup. It's a wonderful facility, Cary does a great job hosting and we're excited. I think the best four teams in the country are here and I think it's going to be a fantastic tournament."

On the whirlwind of the last three or four months being an assistant coach for Team USA
The experience of being an assistant coach is very valuable. It's been a long time since I've had that role and I think it was good. The things I've taken away from that experience have definitely served me well through the season. Coming into the season, it was a long road and it was fatiguing, but also exciting at the prospect of starting a season. I think for them and for myself the momentum and the familiarity grew after being apart for six months.

On playing North Carolina's 3-4-3
It's actually their depth and their ability to sustain pressure. Trying to exploit the weaknesses in the women's game of being able to handle the ball and deal with pressure. We know that they have the depth. The big thing for us is we know the ball moves faster than the legs so if we can push the ball around in a good rhythm and keep possession, we'll create chances. Our defensive unit has been outstanding this year, I think front to back we're defending better as a team and I think we'll generate some pressure."

Redshirt Junior Kara Lang
On being part of the Canadian Olympic team and a part of the College Cup
"I think after the Olympics I was extremely excited to come back and put on a blue jersey. I missed my team a lot over the summer. I think that we were excited to get this season going with the players that we have and the team that we have. The attitude that we brought into the season this year, we knew this was going to be a good one from the beginning. We're really excited to have the chance to compete against the three best teams in the country."

On her different experiences with a college team and a national team
"There is obviously a lot of differences. On the national level it is very much business. It is a business in its own right and is very, very professional. Not to say that this isn't professional, but there is also that aspect of being on a team with your peers and their friends and that kind of brings a different dynamic."

Senior McCall Zerboni
On past disappointments at this event in years gone by - what it was like emotionally and how that drives motivation for this year
"Emotionally for the past three years, especially for seniors it's been tough to come here every year and be disappointed. We've done things differently every year and just hope that we do the right things this year."


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
0-0
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 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:00 AM PST
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Thursday, Sep 17 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 25 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 01 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
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
TBA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
TBA
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Quarterfinals
TBA
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