Oct. 21, 2009
No. 4 Bruins Continue Pac-10 Play at Home Against Oregon Schools
After suffering just its second loss of the season last Sunday, the fourth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (12-2-1; 3-1 Pac-10) looks to get back in the win column this week hosting Oregon and Oregon State at Drake Stadium. The Bruins begin the weekend against Oregon (8-5-1; 0-3 Pac-10) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. UCLA will then host Oregon State (9-4-1; 1-2 Pac-10) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both matches can be heard live via the internet on the Oregon / Oregon State
Breast Cancer Awareness Day Set for Sunday
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the UCLA women's soccer program will help raise awareness by offering an exclusive pink t-shirt, available for a donation of $10 at this Sunday's match against Oregon State. Fans wearing the t-shirt will receive complimentary admission to the match. T-shirts may be purchased before the game outside of Drake Stadium and will be sold throughout the match. In addition, the UCLA team will be wearing special pink jerseys that will be auctioned off online the week following the match. You can go to the auction by clicking HERE.
Bruins Go 1-1 on Bay Area Trip
UCLA was in the Bay Area last week for matches against No. 17 Cal and No. 1 Stanford. The weekend started strong for the Bruins, as UCLA posted a 1-0 victory over Cal thanks to a Sydney Leroux goal in the 77th minute. UCLA, however, saw its 22-match Pac-10 winning streak come to an end at Stanford's Cagan Stadium on Sunday, as the top-ranked Cardinal took a 2-0 win. Both teams played scoreless soccer for the first 70 minutes, however an own goal by UCLA put Stanford up 1-0 at the 71:01 mark. The Cardinal would tack on another a little more than a minute later to eventually take a 2-0 win. UCLA had chances of its own, as Lauren Cheney hit one off the post, and Lauren Barnes bounced a shot off the underside of the crossbar late in the match.
Bruins Ranked No. 4 Nationally
The Bruins are ranked No. 4 in both the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America polls this week. Despite the loss to Stanford, the Bruins remained the same in Soccer America's weekly rankings. UCLA fell just one place, from No. 3 to No. 4, in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll. The NSCAA rankings can be found HERE.
UCLA Listed at No. 6 in Latest RPI Report
UCLA is listed at No. 6 in the latest Division I Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released by the NCAA on Monday. The Ratings Percentage Index is an important criteria used by the NCAA to determine the 64-team field for the Division I Women's Tournament.
RPI Top 10
2. North Carolina
5. Florida State
7. Wake Forest
8. Boston College
10. Notre Dame
No Bad Losses
Both of UCLA's losses this year have come against teams that were ranked No. 1 at the time. The Bruins fell to preseason No. 1 North Carolina in the season opener, and recently lost to current No. 1 Stanford last week. UCLA is 4-0-1 against the five other top 25 teams it has faced this year.
Leroux, Sandiford Lead the Pac-10
Sophomores Sydney Leroux and Chante' Sandiford both lead the Pac-10 in statistical categories this week. Leroux ranks tied for first in game-winning goals with five. She recently tacked on another last weekend, scoring the game's only goal in a 1-0 victory over No. 17 Cal. Sandiford ranks No. 1 in the conference in goals against average, taking an 0.59 GAA into this Friday's contest with Oregon.
UCLA/USC Match Less Than 10 Days Away
The Bruins' biggest home match of the year is less than 10 days away, as the annual UCLA/USC showdown is set for Oct. 30 at Drake Stadium. The match, which will be televised live on the Fox Soccer Channel, will begin at 7:00 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets to the match by walking up to the Drake Stadium ticket booth roughly and hour before the match. UCLA has dominated the series, owning an 18-3-1 record against USC. The Bruins downed the Women of Troy, 2-0 at LA Coliseum last year. UCLA also took a 1-0 victory over USC in the 2008 NCAA Round of 16 at Drake Stadium.
Senior Day Against USC
Five UCLA seniors will be playing in their final regular-season home during the USC match on Oct. 30. A special ceremony honoring the five seniors will take place prior to that match. UCLA's seniors are: Kara Lang, Lauren Cheney, Dea Cook, Lauren Wilmoth and Kristina Larsen. Since arriving in Westwood back in 2006, this year's senior class has posted an impressive 75-9-5 overall record.