No. 4 Women's Soccer to Face Pepperdine, Rutgers

Aug. 31, 2011

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Bruins to Face Pepperdine, Rutgers
After playing last weekend in Tennessee, the No. 4 UCLA women's soccer team (3-0) returns to Southern California this week for a pair of non-conference matches against No. 24 Pepperdine and Rutgers. The Bruins begin the weekend in Malibu, taking on the Waves (4-0) at 3:00 p.m. at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. UCLA will then host its 2011 home opener at Drake Stadium on Sunday, taking on Rutgers (2-1) at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the match at UCLA are $7 for adults and $5 for youth. UCLA students get in for free.

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UCLA will once again be streaming all home women's soccer matches for free over the internet in 2011. In addition, live stats will provided for each home game as well.

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UCLA Looks to Avenge 2010 Loss to Pepperdine
Pepperdine's 1-0 victory over UCLA at Drake Stadium last season was a significant win for the Waves' program. For starters, it marked only Pepperdine's third win in the 16-game all-time series. It was also the Waves' first win over UCLA since the series started in 1993. For UCLA, the loss snapped the nation's longest home unbeaten streak at 73 matches. The Bruins had not lost a home contest since Sept. 5, 2005.

Bruins Notch a Pair of Wins over SEC Opponents in Tennessee
UCLA turned in a pair of solid showings at last week's First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic in Knoxville. The Bruins began the event with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over host Tennessee before The Lady Vols got on the board in the 63rd minute and owned a 1-0 lead with less than 10 minutes to play. The Bruins, however, scored in the 81st (Bywaters) and 85th (Leroux) minutes to pull out the victory. UCLA then rounded out play in Tennessee on Sunday, posting a 2-0 upset over No. 8 Florida. Goals by Ally Courtnall (34:49) and Leroux (71:30) were the difference in that match. UCLA's Abby Dahlkemper, Samantha Mewis, Courtnall and Leroux, who was named tournament MVP.

Leroux Named Pac-12 POW
Due to her outstanding play in Tennessee, UCLA forward Sydney Leroux was named Pac-12 Women's Player of the Week for Aug. 22-29, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Tuesday. On Friday, Leroux scored the game-winning goal in the 58th minute in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over host Tennessee. The Vancouver, B.C., native then contributed to UCLA's 2-0 upset over No. 8 Florida on Sunday with an insurance goal in the 72nd minute. Leroux has scored in all three of the team's victories this season and leads the Bruins in scoring with six points (3g, 0a). It marks Leroux's third Conference Player of the Week honor and the 28th all-time selection for UCLA. Leroux was also honored this week by Soccer America, and LA Soccer News.

Freshmen Playing Major Minutes
After landing the nation's No. 1 class in the offseason, head coach B.J. Snow has been putting his newcomers to work. Five newcomers (Abby Dahlkemper, Caprice Dydasco, Samantha Mewis, Chelsea Stewart and Rosie White) have started all three matches. In addition, freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland picked up both wins in Tennessee. In all, 11 newcomers have seen action in the team's opening three contests.

UCLA in the National Rankings
UCLA made a significant jump in both major national polls this week, going from No. 15 to No. 6 in the NSCAA Coaches' Poll and from No. 8 to No. 4 in Soccer America's weekly rankings. The Bruins are also ranked No. 4 by Soccer Times, and check in at No. 1 in Top Drawer Soccer's Tournament 64, which predicts the field for the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Head Coach B.J. Snow
B.J. Snow is in his first season as head coach of the UCLA women's soccer program. Snow, who served as an assistant for five seasons under longtime head coach Jillian Ellis, assumed the position of head coach in January of this year after Ellis left to take a job with U.S. Soccer. A 2000 graduate of Indiana, Snow was a four-year starting defender for the Hoosiers from 1996-99.

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