Aug. 9, 2011
LOS ANGELES - UCLA women's soccer fans can get their first glimpse of the 2011 team this Saturday, as the Bruins will play an exhibition match at CSU Bakersfield beginning at 7:00 p.m. Although the match is an exhibition and will not count towards either team's season record, CSU Bakersfield is treating the match as it would a regular-season contest, selling tickets for $8 (general admission) and $5 (seniors 65+ and youth 14 and under). The athletic department has also made a significant push through its social media outlets in order to boost attendance at the event.
Saturday's contest, which takes place at CSUB's Main Soccer Field, will mark the first-ever showdown between the two schools. The match also features two coaches who are in their first year at the helm of their respective programs, as CSU Bakersfield's Melissa Phillips takes over for Nicole Van Dyke, who took an assistant job at Stanford, while UCLA's B.J. Snow is in charge of the Bruins following the departure of Jillian Ellis' to U.S. Soccer.
UCLA, which debuted at No. 16 in the Preseason NSCAA Rankings released on Tuesday, features a number of new faces to the 2011 squad. The Bruins' 2011 recruiting class features 12 newcomers, most of which were involved in the U.S. National Team Program. UCLA also returns national player of the year candidate Sydney Leroux, who is coming off of a season in which she earned third-team NSCAA All-America honors, while leading the team in scoring with 27 points (13g, 1a).
The Bruins' first match of the regular season will be at Cal State Northridge on Friday, Aug. 19. The team's home opener will be against Rutgers on Sept. 4.