UCLA Soccer Teams Highly Ranked In Pre-Season Polls

Aug. 13, 2008

UCLA soccer teams have been ranked in the Top 15 in the NSCAA/adidas pre-season polls. The Bruin women are ranked No. 2, while the men are ranked No. 14. Additionally, both teams were picked to No. 2 in the pre-season conference polls.

The Bruin women, led by 10th-year head coach Jillian Ellis, is coming off the school's fifth straight NCAA College Cup appearance in 2007. The Bruins return nine of 11 starters on a team that also won its fifth consecutive Pac-10 Championship last season, finishing with a 20-2-2 overall record. UCLA is led by a trio of All-Americans in Lauren Cheney, Kara Lang and Christina DiMartino. Cheney, who was named national player of the year by several publications last season, is coming off a 2007 campaign that saw her break the single-season school records for points (57) and goals (23). DiMartino was the Bruins' assist leader last year with 12, as she stands 14 away from tying the UCLA career record of 38. Like Cheney, she was a first-team NSCAA/adidas All-American in 2007. Lang, who returned to action last year after missing all of 2006 with an injury, ranked fourth on the team in scoring last season with 17 points (7g, 3a). One the other end of the field, Erin Hardy, Lauren Wilmoth and Lauren Barnes all figure to play big roles on defense. Freshmen Amelia Mathis and Whitney Sharpe could also see significant time on the back line, as both were members of the Bruins' fifth-ranked recruiting class. UCLA opens up the 2008 season at home against UC Santa Barbara on Aug. 26.

The UCLA men, who are led by fifth-year head coach Jorge Salcedo, return seven starters from last year's squad that extended UCLA's streak of consecutive NCAA appearances to 25 years. Amongst the returning starters are first-team All-Pac-10 honoree Jason Leopoldo (2g, 3a), 2007 leading scorer Maxwell Griffin (9g, 18 pts.), 2007 Team MVP Kyle Nakazawa (3g, 7a), three-time All-Pac-10 defender Brad Rusin, and U.S. Under-20 National Team starting goalkeeper Brian Perk (five shutouts). The Bruins welcome 12 new players to the team, including U.S. U-20/U-18 National Team member Eder Arreola, former U-17 National Team member Chris Cummings and prep standout Prince Lapnet. The Bruins, who are also ranked No. 14 in the College Soccer News pre-season poll, start play on Aug. 29 at 7 pm with a nationally-televised game against eighth-ranked Maryland at The Home Depot Center. Maryland is one of six Top 25 teams on the Bruins' non-conference schedule this season.

2008 NSCAA/adidas Women's Pre-Season Top 25
Team, pts. Received (2007 Record)
1. USC, 149 (20-3-2)
2. UCLA, 141 (20-2-2)
3. North Carolina, 136 (19-4-1)
4. Florida State, 129 (18-6-3)
5. Notre Dame (19-5-2)
6t. Portland, 113 (18-4-0)
6t. Virginia, 113 (13-4-5)
8. Texas, 103 (16-4-5)
9. Penn State, 99 (18-4-2)
10. Stanford, 96 (15-3-5)
11. Connecticut, 95 (14-6-2)
12. West Virginia, 69 (18-5-2)
13. Tennessee, 62 (15-5-2)
14. Boston College, 60 (11-5-4)
15. Texas A&M, 57 (18-4-2)
16. Duke, 56 (10-6-7)
17. California, 52 (15-6-0)
18. Georgia, 48 (18-4-2)
19. Illinois, 39 (15-7-1)
20. Florida, 29 (17-5-3)
21. Wake Forest, 27 (13-7-3)
22. Santa Clara, 26 (12-6-3)
23. Oklahoma State, 22 (14-6-3)
24. Purdue, 19 (20-2-3)
25. San Diego, 18 (15-3-3)

2008 NSCAA/adidas Men's Pre-Season Top 25
Team, pts. Received (2007 Record)
1. Wake Forest, 200 (22-2-2)
2. Connecticut, 186 (20-3-1)
3. Notre Dame, 166 (14-5-5)
4. Boston College, 155 (15-5-1)
5. Santa Clara, 151 (16-2-4)
6. Creighton, 133 (12-3-5)
7. Indiana, 129 (13-4-5)
8. Maryland, 128 (10-6-5)
9. Ohio State, 118 (17-4-5)
10. Virginia Tech, 112 (14-4-5)
11. Brown, 109 (15-2-1)
12. Akron, 95 (15-4-2)
13. Massachusetts, 83 (17-8-1)
14. UCLA, 75 (9-9-3)
15. West Virginia, 73 (14-5-2)
16. Illinois-Chicago, 71 (13-6-5)
17. SMU, 70 (14-5-2)
18. South Florida, 65 (14-6-2)
19. Saint Louis, 53 (12-2-5)
20. Northwestern, 46 (12-5-3)
21t. Bradley, 41 (16-6-5)
21t. UC Santa Barbara, 41 (13-4-4)
23. Tulsa, 36 (15-3-2)
24. North Carolina, 28 (7-8-5)
25. Furman, 20.5 (19-4-0)
(first place votes in parantheses)

Pac-10 Women's Pre-Season Poll
1. Stanford (6) - 76
2. UCLA (3) - 73
3 USC (1) - 70
4. California - 57
5t. Arizona State, Washington State - 44
7. Oregon - 29
8. Washington - 25
9. Arizona - 21
10. Oregon State - 11

Pac-10 Men's Pre-Season Poll
1. California (4) - 24
2. UCLA (1) - 20
3. Stanford (1) - 17
4. Washington - 13
5. San Diego State - 11
6. Oregon State - 5
(first place votes in parantheses)


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
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
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
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Quarterfinals
TBA
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