Oct. 27, 2010
Bruins Round Out Home Schedule Against Washington Schools
The UCLA women's soccer team (9-6-1; 2-3 Pac-10) will play its final two home matches of the regular season this week, hosting Washington and Washington State at Drake Stadium. Action begins on Friday with UCLA facing Washington (10-6-1; 3-3 Pac-10) at 8:00 p.m. UCLA then has a day off before hosting Washington State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the matches are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students. UCLA students receive free admission with a valid BruinCard. As always, live stats (Washington / Washington State) and a live audio broadcast will also be available for the matches.
Bruins and Huskies Featured in NSCAA Game of the Week
This Friday's match between UCLA and Washington can be seen live on Fox Soccer Channel as it was selected as this week's NSCAA Game of the Week. Dean Linke (play-by-play) and Kyndra de St. Aubin (color) are the announcers for this match, which kicks off at 8:00 p.m. It marks the second straight year that UCLA has played in an NSCAA Game of the Week telecast, as Fox Soccer Channel also did the Bruins' game with USC at Drake Stadium last year.
Senior Day on Sunday
This Sunday's match with Washington State will mark the final regular season home match for seniors Dana Wall, Kylie Wright, Lauren Barnes, Iman Bearde, Elise Britt, Taylor Cochran and Liz Zadro. The group has enjoyed tremendous success in their four years in Westwood, helping the team to three straight NCAA College Cups. In addition, their record going into this Friday's match with Washington is an impressive 72-12-6 (.833).
Bruins Against the Washington Schools
UCLA, which has won nine in a row over Washington, owns a 13-2-1 advantage in the all-time series. Washington's last win was a 1-0 victory in Seattle in 2000. The Huskies last victory at UCLA was in 1995 (1-0). The Bruins are 13-2-2 all time against Washington State, winning four in a row. The Cougars' last win at UCLA was in 2004 (1-0).
UCLA-USC Game Breaks NCAA Attendance Mark
UCLA's match with USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum last week set a new NCAA regular-season attendance record, as 8,527 fans watched the Women of Troy pull off the 1-0 upset. USC freshman Autumn Altamarino's 86th minute goal was the difference maker, giving the Women of Troy just their fourth-ever win in the series (UCLA leads 19-4-1). The previous regular-season attendance record was 8,204 set during Texas A&M's home match with North Carolina in 2006.
UCLA at No. 26
Following its loss to USC on Friday, UCLA fell out of both the NSCAA and Soccer America top 25 polls this week. The Bruins are currently receiving votes in the NSCAA poll, checking in at No. 26. UCLA is also tied for 22nd in the Soccer Times poll, and ranked No. 25 according to Top Drawer Soccer.
Pink Jerseys Still Available
There is still time to purchase a pink jersey recently worn by the players in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The jerseys, which were worn during the team's match against Pepperdine on Oct. 1, are currently being auctioned off HERE. The auction ends this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center.
Leroux Climbing Career Charts
Junior forward Sydney Leroux is making a steady climb up the UCLA career charts in several categories, as she ranks fourth all-time in goals (37), seventh in points (83) and tied for seventh in game-winning goals (12). She currently leads the team in scoring this season with 19 points (9g, 1a).
UCLA checks in at No. 19 in the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI) Report of the 2010 season released on Tuesday. The full report can be accessed HERE. RPI is a mathematical measurement of a team's strength. The formula consists of a team's winning percentage against Division I opponents (25 percent), the opponents' average winning percentage (50 percent) and the opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (25 percent). Road victories are multiplied by 1.4 in the portion of the formula that deals with a team's winning percentage, while home victories are multiplied by 0.6. It is one of the main tools used in determining NCAA Tournament field.
UCLA Against The Best
When it comes to facing ranked or unranked teams this year the Bruins might actually choose a ranked opponent, as UCLA has fared better against tougher competition. UCLA heads into the week with a 4-1 record against top 25 teams, compared to just a 5-5-1 mark against unranked teams. Top-ranked an undefeated Stanford is the only ranked team to beat UCLA this year.
Top 10 Wins
UCLA has a pair of wins over top 10 teams this year, as the Bruins beat No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 10 Santa Clara both at home. UCLA is still the only team to beat Notre Dame this year. The Bruins' other ranked wins were over No. 16 Cal and No. 20 Wisconsin.
Another TV Match Added
In addition to this Friday's contest with Washington on Fox Soccer Channel, another televised match was recently added to the schedule, as Fox Sports PrimeTicket will air a live broadcast of the team's road match at Arizona State on Nov. 7. That game will be at Noon (PST).
Freshman defender/midfielder Chelsea Braun saw her season come to an unfortunate end against Stanford on Oct. 10, as she left the game with a knee injury in the 31st minute. Postgame tests showed that she had torn the ACL in her right knee. Braun had played in all 13 of the team's matches this season, making eight starts.
Barnes & Wright Video Blog
Bruin seniors Lauren Barnes and Kylie Wright are doing a weekly video blog on uclabruins.com called The Lucky Report Be sure to check it out each week for a behind-the-scenes look at the UCLA women's soccer program. Their latest entry can be found HERE.
Britt, Wall Nominated for CoSIDA Academic All-America Honors
UCLA seniors Elise Britt and Dana Wall were both recently nominated for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Wall, a midfielder, has started all 16 games for the Bruins this year, registering five points (1g, 3a). The Communications Studies major currently owns a 3.59 cumulative grade point average. Britt has appeared in all 16 matches, starting five. The defender, who has tallied two assists on the year, owns a 3.65 GPA and is majoring in Psycho Biology.
Leroux Invited to First U.S. Camp
UCLA forward Sydney Leroux recently returned to Westwood after spending nearly two weeks in her first training camp with the Full U.S. Women's National Team in Kennesaw, Ga. Leroux, who missed three Bruin matches while in camp with the U.S. Women, was competing with Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney for a forward spot on the U.S. squad. "We're obviously excited to have Sydney back with our team," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. "I know the experience in Georgia, and the future opportunities that she will have with the U.S. Women, will help her achieve her dream of playing at the highest level." The camp was in preparation for matches against China on Oct. 2 (2-1 U.S. win) and Oct. 6 (1-1 tie).
It's All in the Genes
If you've ever wondered where sophomore defender Lucretia Lee gets her speed, it's likely from her father, Mark, who played 12 seasons as a defensive back in the NFL. The University of Washington graduate began his career in 1980 with the Green Bay Packers, playing 11 seasons. He then split his final season in the NFL (1991) between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints. Lee, who notched 32 interceptions during his career, was also a punk and kick return specialist.
Jalissa Freeman Featured
Freshman Jalissa Freeman was the recent focus of a uclabruins.com `Getting to Know' feature. It can be accessed by clicking HERE. Fans are encouraged to check the site frequently, as new features are posted each Monday.
What a Streak!
One of the most impressive streaks in college soccer history was snapped on Oct. 1, as Pepperdine's 1-0 upset over the Bruins halted the nation's longest home unbeaten streak at 73 matches. UCLA had not lost at home since a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Penn State on Sept. 9, 2005. The Bruins tied just two matches during the streak, posting a record of 71-0-2. Last year's senior class played all four years without losing a match at home. It marks the second longest streak in NCAA history behind North Carolina's 84-match streak from Sept. 6, 1986 to Sept. 18, 1994.
Selection Monday Set For Nov. 8
The 64-team NCAA Tournament field is scheduled to be announced on Monday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. (PST). ESPNews will carry the announcement live.
Bruins to Close Out the Regular Season in Arizona
Following this weekend's matches with the Washington schools, UCLA then rounds out the regular season next week in Arizona. The Bruins are scheduled to face Arizona on Friday at 6:00 p.m. (PST) before traveling to Tempe to face Arizona State on Sunday at Noon (PST). That match can be seen live on Fox Sports PrimeTicket. UCLA is 15-1 all time against Arizona and 12-1 against Arizona State.
Three Bruins Named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
The Missouri Athletic Club 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.
Freshman Richmond Shines in Notre Dame Victory
Freshman Jenna Richmond had her biggest game as a Bruin on Sept. 10, scoring both UCLA goals in a 2-1 overtime upset of No. 3 Notre Dame. After scoring in the 20th minute, Richmond netted her second goal of the match, the game winner, a little over four minutes into overtime on a re-directed cross into the box from fellow freshman Ariana Martinez. It marked UCLA's first-ever win over Notre Dame in three meetings. It was also the first time that the Bruins and Fighting Irish have met since the 2004 NCAA Final in Cary, N.C.
WPS Expansion Draft to Take Place on Nov. 4
The Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Expansion Draft on Nov. 4 could impact several former UCLA players, as Christina DiMartino, McCall Zerboni and Kristina Larsen are all looking to sign free agent contracts. DiMartino was a member of the Philadelphia Independence in 2010, helping the team to a runner-up finish in the WPS Championship match. Zerboni played this past season with the Atlanta Beat, while Larsen was a member of St. Louis Athletica before that team folded due to financial issues. All three players could be picked up in the draft on Nov. 4. UCLA's other three players in the league are staying put, as Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Danesha Adams (Philadelphia Independence) and Valerie Henderson (Philadelphia Independence) are all protected by their current teams.
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 225-43-13 at UCLA. Her overall coaching record, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois, stands at 244-61-13. She has led the Bruins to seven Pac-10 titles (2001, 2003-08) and eight appearances in the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003-09).