Battle of Top-Ranked Teams This Weekend

Oct. 17, 2007

No. 1 vs. No. 2 Showdown in Bay Area This Week
The top-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (9-1-2; 2-0 Pac-10) makes arguably its more important road trip of the season this week, traveling to the Bay Area for a pair of crucial conference matches against No. 2 Stanford (10-1-1; 1-0 Pac-10) and No. 19 Cal (8-4; 0-1 Pac-10). Action gets underway this Friday at 7:30 p.m. when the Bruins and Cardinal tangle in a matchup between the top two teams in the nation. UCLA leads the all-time series 7-4-2, winning last year's meeting 2-0 at Drake Stadium. The Bruins' weekend doesn't get much easier on Sunday, as UCLA heads to Berkeley for a 1:00 p.m. showdown with No. 19 Cal. UCLA, which leads that series 9-4, has won the last two, including a 4-1 victory at Drake Stadium last season. The Bruins went 1-0-1 in their last trip to the Bay Area back in 2005, defeating Cal, 2-0 before playing to a 0-0 draw with Stanford.

Did You Know?
Either Stanford or UCLA has won at least a share of the Pac-10 title in 12 of the 13 years that the conference has crowned a champion. The only season in which neither team won the title was in 2000 when Washington won the Pac-10 Championship outright. The Bruins have won the most Pac-10 titles with seven, followed by Stanford with five.

PAC-10 Team Champions
1993 - STAN
1994 *
1995 - STAN
1996 - STAN
1997 - UCLA
1999 - STAN
2000 - WASH
2001 - UCLA
2002 - STAN
2003 - UCLA
2004 - ARIZ/UCLA
2005 - UCLA
2006 - UCLA

* No champion was crowned in 1994 as women's soccer was deemed a nonsponsored Conference sport.

Oregon Match Can Be Seen on TV
UCLA's 3-0 victory over Oregon this past Sunday is currently airing on several Fox Sports Net affiliates throughout the country. In Southern California, it is next scheduled to air on Friday, Oct. 19 at Noon and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10:00 a.m., both on FSN Prime Ticket.

Wall Family Reunion This Week
UCLA freshman Dana Wall will recognize at least one Stanford player on the other side of the field this Friday, as her sister, April, is a senior defender for the Cardinal. Dana, a freshman midfielder, has played in all 12 matches for the Bruins, making one start. The Wall sisters are from Scottsdale, Ariz., both playing at Chaparral High School.

Bruins Ranked No. 1
UCLA is ranked No. 1 in both the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll and Soccer America this week. The Bruins are ranked No. 2, behind Stanford, in this week's Soccer Buzz national rankings. UCLA, which began the year as high as No. 2, have been ranked in the top 10 all season.

2. Stanford
3. Texas A&M
4. Virginia
5. Purdue
6. Texas
7. Portland
8. Penn State
9. North Carolina
10. USC
11. Santa Clara
12. Florida State
13. Tennessee
14. Boston College
15. Connecticut
16. Missouri
17. Georgia
18. San Diego
19. California
20. Clemson
21. BYU
22. Notre Dame
23. Oklahoma State
24. Indiana
25. West Virginia

Bruins Begin Pac-10 Season 2-0
UCLA started the Pac-10 season on a good note last week, posting a pair of shutouts over the Oregon schools to start the conference 2-0. The Bruins began the weekend with a 1-0 victory over Oregon State, as Christina DiMartino scored the only goal of the match in the 82nd minute. The Bruins had a better offensive performance against Oregon two days later, posting a 3-0 victory. Lauren Cheney had a hand in all three goals, as she scored two and assisted on another.

Ellis Returns From China
Head coach Jillian Ellis, who also serves as the head coach of the Under-20 U.S. National Team, missed the start to UCLA's Pac-10 season last week while in China scouting possible opponents for next year's FIFA U-20 World Championships. Assistant coach B.J. Snow was the acting head coach in Ellis' absence, helping the Bruins to two victories. Ellis returns on Wednesday and will be on the sidelines for this Friday's clash with Stanford.

Hardy Could be Back This Week
Junior defender Erin Hardy has not played since suffering an LCL sprain to her right knee against Cal State Northridge back on Sept. 16, but could see some playing time this week. Hardy, who started the first five matches of the season until her injury, is currently listed as day-to-day and has been back practicing with the team. Both Dea Cook and Catherine Calvert have filled in nicely in Hardy's absence.

Henderson Named Finalist for Lowe's Senior Class Award
Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson made it through the initial pool of 20 players and is now one of 10 finalists for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for women's soccer. The award is presented annually in eight NCAA Division I sports to a senior student-athlete who excels both on and off the field. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate soccer careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus. In addition to being a team leader on the field, Henderson has excelled in the classroom as well, earning a spot on the UCLA Director's Honor Roll (3.0 and above) every quarter of her career. On the field, she recently broke the school record for shutouts and currently has 33 for her career. VOTE HERE

Unbeaten Streak Keeps Growing
A 3-0 victory over Oregon on Sunday extended UCLA's home unbeaten streak to 34 matches, the longest such streak in the country. The Bruins, who are 7-0 at home this season, have not lost at Drake Stadium since Sept. 9, 2005 (a 1-0 2OT loss to Penn State). UCLA has one tie during the streak, a scoreless draw against Washington State on Oct. 23, 2005. UCLA, which was a perfect 16-0 at home last season, also own a 29-match home winning streak.

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