No. 6 UCLA Heads to UConn, UMass

Aug. 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's soccer team kicks off its 2012 season this week, traveling across the country for a pair of non-conference matchups against UConn and UMass. The Bruins' season opener is this Friday in Storrs, Conn., where UCLA and UConn will do battle at 7:00 p.m. (EST). It marks the third meeting between the two schools, with UCLA owning a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series. The last meeting was in Connecticut in 2008, a 3-0 Bruin victory. After this Friday's match, UCLA heads 50 miles north to Amherst, Mass. for a Sunday showdown with UMass at 1:00 p.m. (EST). It marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Live Stats
Gametracker live stats will be provided for both of this week's matches.
UCLA vs. UConn | UCLA vs. UMass

FIFA U-20 WWC
UCLA, and several other schools across the country, will be impacted in the early part of the season by the Under-20 FIFA Women's World Cup in Japan, which runs from Aug. 19-Sept. 8. UCLA's Sam Mewis (USA), Sarah Killion (USA) and Rosie White (New Zealand) are all competing in Japan and will miss UCLA's first four matches at the very least.

Olympic Bruins
Current Bruins Chelsea Stewart and Rosie White were both at the London Olympics this summer competing for Canada and New Zealand, respectively. In addition, former players Sydney Leroux and Lauren Cheney were members of Team USA, which claimed gold at the Games. Stewart didn't leave London empty handed, however, as Canada earned a bronze medal following a 1-0 victory over France in the third-place match. In addition to the four players in London, UCLA also had former coach Jillian Ellis, who served as an assistant for the U.S. team.

NSCAA Rankings
UCLA checked in at No. 6 in the NSCAA Preseason Rankings released on Aug. 7. The Bruins move up one place from last season, as the team finished No. 7 in last year's poll following the NCAA Tournament.

Pac-12 Coaches' Poll
The Bruins were recently picked to finish second in the Pac-12 this year, as the conference released its preseason coaches' poll on Aug. 6. UCLA was chosen just behind defending conference champion Stanford, which also claimed the school's first NCAA title in 2011. The Bruins received two first-place votes in the poll.

PAC-12 Networks
Fans will get an unprecedented look at UCLA women's soccer this year, as nine matches are scheduled to be carried by the newly formed Pac-12 Networks. The team's first TV match is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7 against LMU at 7:00 p.m. The Pac-12 Networks is also scheduled to air the team's match against Tennessee two days later. Click HERE for more information on the Pac-12 Networks.

Following UCLA Women's Soccer on Twitter
Fans are encouraged to follow UCLA's twitter page @uclawsoccer for the latest updates and behind-the-scenes news regarding the program.


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 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
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
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS