UCLA-Notre Dame Clash Set for This Friday

Sept. 7, 2010

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UCLA to Face No. 3 Notre Dame in Women's Cup This Friday
One of the biggest early-season showdowns in all of college soccer will take place at UCLA's Drake Stadium this Friday, as No. 13 UCLA (3-1) hosts No. 3 Notre Dame (4-0) in Game 2 of the 2010 UCLA Women's Cup beginning at 7:00 p.m. The first match that day features Loyola Marymount (4-1) taking on UC Santa Barbara (3-2) at 4:00 p.m. The Women's Cup concludes on Sunday, with UCLA hosting UCSB at Noon. Notre Dame and LMU will square off at LMU's Sullivan Field beginning at 11:00 a.m. Daily tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth. UCLA students get in for free with ID.

Live Stats/Internet Radio
GameTracker Live Stats will be available for all four matches of the 2010 UCLA Women's Cup. Free live internet broadcasts will also be available (UCLA matches only). Calling the action will be John Ramey, Naomi Manoa and Michael Sondheimer.

Friday, Sept. 10
LMU vs. UCSB @ 4:00 p.m. - LIVE STATS
UCLA vs. Notre Dame @ 7:00 p.m. - LIVE STATS / AUDIO

Sunday, Sept. 12
LMU vs. Notre Dame @ 11:00 a.m. - LIVE STATS (Match played at LMU)
UCLA vs. UCSB @ 12:00 p.m. - LIVE STATS / AUDIO

The UCLA-Notre Dame Series
This week will mark Notre Dame's first-ever trip to UCLA, as the two teams have only faced off only twice before (1997 at Notre Dame and 2004 at Cary, N.C.). Both meetings were during the NCAA Tournament and both were won by the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame beat UCLA, 1-1 (4-3 PKs) in the 2004 NCAA Final in Cary, N.C. It still stands as the only Division I women's final ever decided by penalty kicks. Notre Dame's other win came during the 1997 NCAA Quarterfinals in South Bend, Ind. (8-0).

UCLA leads the series with UCSB, 5-1-1. The Gauchos beat the Bruins in the first meeting between the two teams in 1994, however UCLA hasn't lost since. The Bruins posted a 3-1 win last year in Santa Barbara.

Leroux Called Up to U.S. Women's National Team
Forward Sydney Leroux received her first-ever invitation to the U.S. Women's National Team on Tuesday, as the junior is one of 30 players who were named to the preliminary roster for two matches against China in early October. Leroux, who has been a star on the Under-20 U.S. team in recent years, will travel to Kennesaw, Ga. later this month for a training camp in preparation for the matches against China on Oct. 2 and Oct. 6. Both matches will take place at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium. Offical U.S. Soccer Release

Bruins Overcome Pesky Cal State Northridge
After heading into halftime tied 1-1 with Cal State Northridge, UCLA exploded for three second-half goals in a 4-1 non-conference victory at Drake Stadium on Sunday. The Bruins scored in just the 12th minute on Zakiya Bywaters' second goal of the year. The Matadors answered when Erin Kelly scored on a 30-yard free kick in the 34th minute. However, it was all UCLA from that point on, as goals by Sydney Leroux (`53), Kylie Wright (`77) and Jenna Richmond (`78) sealed the 4-1 win for UCLA. The Bruins, who only gave up one shot in the second half, out-shot the Matadors, 27-5 on the day.

Bruins Check in at No. 13
Despite winning its only match of the week, UCLA slipped from No. 11 to No. 13 in this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll. The Bruins moved up from No. 15 to No. 13 in this week's Soccer America Rankings. UCLA has been ranked as high as No. 3 this year.

Lauren Barnes Featured
Senior defender Lauren Barnes was the recent focus of a uclabruins.com `Getting to Know' feature. Click HERE to check it out. Fans are encouraged to check back to the site frequently, as there will be new features posted each week.

Barnes & Wright Video Blog
Bruin seniors Lauren Barnes and Kylie Wright will be doing a weekly video blog on uclabruins.com called "The Lucky Report." Be sure to check it out for a behind-the-scenes look at the UCLA women's soccer program. The latest installment can be viwed HERE.

Newcomers Make Their Mark
Charney Burk, Jenna Richmond and Ariana Martinez have been the three newcomers who have seen significant playing time through the team's first four matches of the season. Both Richmond and Burk have put their names in the scoring column, while Martinez has helped the team surrender just two goals thus far. Chelsea Braun is the only other newcomer to see playing time this season, seeing action in all four matches. Two of UCLA's top recruits who have yet to see action are U.S. Youth National Team players Kylie Facinelli and Natalia Ledezma. Both have been slowed by injuries, however are expected to work their way into the lineup in the weeks ahead.

Home Winning Streak
UCLA takes a 69-match home unbeaten streak into this Friday's contest with Notre Dame. The Bruins also own a 64-match home winning streak. Both streaks are currently the longest in NCAA Division I Women's Soccer. UCLA's last loss at home was on Sept. 9, 2005 (vs. Penn State).

Leroux Named National Player of the Week
Junior forward Sydney Leroux, who found the back of the net four times against Cal Poly in the team's season opener, was named the NSCAA National Player of the Week on Aug. 25. Leroux, who also earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, is the first player in school history to score four goals in a game more than once (she also did it in a 7-1 win over Boise State last season).

Three Bruins Named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
The Missouri Athletic Club recently released a list of 45 women's soccer players who it thinks are likely candidates for the Hermann Trophy player of the year award. Among those named to the Watch List were Bruin players Kylie Wright, Lauren Barnes and Sydney Leroux. It marks the first time that Wright has been designated as a candidate for the award, however both Barnes and Leroux were among those named to the Watch List in 2009. UCLA's Lauren Cheney was one of the top 3 finalists for last year's award, which ultimately went to Stanford's Kelley O'Hara. The complete list can be found HERE.

UCLA Picked to Finish Second in Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll
For the third year in a row, UCLA was picked to finish second in the annual Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll released by the conference on Aug. 11. With nine first-place votes, defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford was chosen as the favorite for this year's title. UCLA was the only other team to receive a first-place vote. The Bruins and Cardinal are set to clash on Oct. 10 at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

2010 Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Stanford
3. USC
4. Cal
5. Oregon State
6. Washington State
7. Washington
8. Arizona State
9. Oregon
10. Arizona

Bywaters Thrives in New Role
With Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux and Kristina Larsen accounting for much of the team's scoring last year, Zakiya Bywaters was used primarily as a midfielder during her freshman season. Now, with Cheney and Larsen moving on to the WPS, the sophomore has been called upon to play alongside Leroux up top and hasn't disappointed. In just four matches Bywaters has already matched her 2009 goal total (2) and ranks second only to Leroux in scoring with five points.

Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is in her 12th season as head coach at UCLA. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis owns a record of 219-38-12 at UCLA. Her overall coaching record, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois, stands at 238-56-12. She has led the Bruins to seven Pac-10 titles (2001, 2003-08) and eight appearances in the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003-09).

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