Dec. 2, 2008
Bruins Reach Sixth Straight NCAA College Cup
The UCLA women's soccer team (22-0-2) defeated Duke, 6-1 in the NCAA Quarterfinals last week, setting up a College Cup meeting with North Carolina (23-1-2) this Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m. (EST) in Cary, NC. That match will be televised live nationally on ESPNU. The other showdown that day features Stanford (22-1-1) versus Notre Dame (25-0) at 4:30 p.m. (EST). Fans can see that match live on ESPN2. The two winners will meet in the NCAA Final on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (ESPN2). All four teams were the No. 1 seeds in their respective regions.
Did You Know?
The combined record of the four NCAA College Cup teams is a remarkable 92-2-5. UCLA and Notre Dame boast undefeated records, while North Carolina and Stanford each have just one loss.
The UCLA/North Carolina Series
North Carolina leads the all-time series with UCLA, 6-0. The two teams have met three times in the NCAA Tournament, with all three showdowns coming in the College Cup. The Tar Heels defeated the Bruins, 2-1 in the 2000 NCAA Final in San Jose, Calif. (UCLA's first College Cup appearance). North Carolina's other two wins both came in the semifinals in Cary, NC (3-0 in 2003 and 2-0 in 2006).
UCLA vs. The Other Two
UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford, 9-4-2, defeating the Cardinal, 1-0 on Oct. 31 of this year. The two teams have never met in the NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame won its only two prior meetings with UCLA, defeating the Bruins in the 1997 NCAA Quarterfinals in South Bend, and once again on penalty kicks in the 2004 NCAA Final in Cary.
Bruins Tie School Win Record
With its next victory, UCLA will break the school record for wins in a season with 23. The Bruins are currently tied with the 2005 team, which also had 22 victories en route to a second-place finish in the NCAA Tournament that year. It marks the fourth straight season (and sixth time in program history) that UCLA has reached the 20-win mark.
Fewest Losses Ever
Regardless if UCLA goes on to win the title or not, the Bruins are still guaranteed to set a new school record for fewest losses in a season, as the Bruins take a 22-0-2 mark into this Friday's semifinal match with North Carolina. The current school record for fewest losses in a season is two, set three times: 2003 (20-2-3), 2005 (22-2-2) and 2007 (20-2-2).
New Shutout Record Set
UCLA set a new school record for shutouts in a season on Nov. 22, posting its 19th of the year in a 1-0 round of 16 victory over USC. The old record was 18, set by the 2005 team that advanced to the NCAA Final.
Bruins Rout Duke, 6-1 in Quarters
UCLA turned in the most dominating quarterfinal showing of this year's NCAA Tournament last Saturday, defeating third-seeded Duke, 6-1 at Drake Stadium. The Bruins scored less than five minutes in on a goal by McCall Zerboni. After Duke tied the match in the 15th minute, UCLA went on to score five more unanswered goals. Junior Kristina Larsen paced the Bruins with her team-leading 12th and 13th goals of the season. Below is a look at UCLA's quarterfinal wins en route to the last six NCAA College Cups:
Year Opponent Score Location 2003 Penn State 4-0 Los Angeles, CA 2004 Ohio State 1-0 Columbus, OH 2005 Virginia 5-0 Los Angeles, CA 2006 Portland 2-1 Los Angeles, CA 2007 Portland 3-2 Los Angeles, CA 2008 Duke 6-1 Los Angeles, CADiMartino, Cheney Named MAC/Hermann Trophy Semifinalists
UCLA's Christina DiMartino and Lauren Cheney are two of 15 players still in the running for the 2008 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, as semifinalists for the national player of the year award were announced last week. Cheney was runner-up for the award last year, which went to Florida State's Mami Yamaguchi. Three finalists for the award will be announced on Friday, Dec. 12. They will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis for a news conference on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, where the winner will be announced. For the complete list click HERE
Just Five Goals Allowed
UCLA has given up the fewest goals of the four College Cup teams, surrendering just five in 24 matches this season. The Bruins have outscored the competition 60-5 this year.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
Current players Lauren Cheney and Kara Lang rank second all time at UCLA in career NCAA Tournament scoring with 24 points apiece. They trail recently graduated Danesha Adams, who is UCLA's career NCAA Tournament scoring leader with 41 points (19g, 3a).
Zerboni Leads `08 NCAA Scorers
Midfielder McCall Zerboni has paced the Bruins in tournament scoring this season, as her nine points (4g, 1a) leads all players heading into this Friday's match with North Carolina. She registered a hat trick (UCLA's only one of the season) in the Bruins' 5-0 victory over Fresno State in the first round. She then assisted on the game's only goal in a 1-0 win against cross-town rival USC in the round of 16. Most recently, Zerboni scored one of the Bruins' six goals in a victory over Duke in the quarterfinals. She ranks tied for fourth all time at UCLA in career NCAA Tournament scoring (21 pts.).
Leroux Shining in Chile
Unavailable to help UCLA in its quest for an NCAA title, freshman Sydney Leroux is making the most of her time at the U-20 World Championships in Chile, leading the U.S. in scoring heading into this Thursday's semifinals. Leroux, who played her final match with the Bruins against Oregon on Nov. 9, scored two goals and added an assist in a 3-0 win over France on Nov. 19. She followed that up with a two-assist performance in another 3-0 win over Argentina on Nov. 22, guaranteeing the U.S. a spot in the quarterfinals. After losing to China, 2-0 in its final group match, the U.S. rebounded to take a 3-0 victory over England on Nov. 30 in the quarterfinals, as Leroux had two more goals in that match. Leroux, who leads the team in both goals (4) and assists (3), has played a part in seven of Team USA's nine goals scored in the tournament. Next up for the U.S. is a semifinal meeting with Germany on Thursday, Dec. 4.
Bruins Eyeing Two More Records
Although it won't be determined until the end of the season, UCLA will likely break the current single-season school records for goals allowed and goals against average. The Bruins have only surrendered five goals this season, well below the record of 10 given up by the 2000 squad. In addition, the Bruins' goals against average of 0.20 is on pace to break the 0.41 mark, also posted by the 2000 team.
Zerboni, Wilmoth Start All 24
Only two players - McCall Zerboni and Lauren Wilmoth - have started all 24 matches for the Bruins this year. Three players had started every match up until Nov. 17 when midfielder Kylie Wright did not play against San Diego due to illness.
UCLA Earns a No. 1 Seed for the Second Year in a Row
For the second year in a row - and third time in program history - the UCLA women's soccer team has earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Below is the Bruins' seeding history in NCAA Tournament play.
Year Seed Result 2000 #6 Final (L to North Carolina, 2-1) 2001 #3 Quarterfinals (L to Florida, 1-0 2OT) 2002 #7 Rd. of 16 (L to Texas A&M 0-0 Pks) 2003 #4 Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 3-0) 2004 #14 Final (L to Notre Dame, 1-1 Pks) 2005 #1 Final (L to Portland, 4-0) 2006 #2 Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 2-0) 2007 #1 Semifinals (L to USC, 2-1)Block That Kick!
Two of UCLA's biggest goals this year have been scored off of deflections from forward Kristina Larsen, who has the uncanny ability to block clearances in the box. Her first goal by deflection came during a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Washington State on Oct. 10, as she jumped in the way of a clearance by Cougar goalkeeper Lindsay Parlee, sending the ball into the goal. Most recently, Larsen got her hip in the way of a ball being cleared off the line by a USC defender, sending that ball into the goal.
Big Time Goals
UCLA's first-ever undefeated regular season hasn't been easy, and the Bruins have had several players score big time goals in pressure situations this year. Below is a list of five players who have come through in the clutch this season:
Sydney Leroux - Nets game winner in her first college match to help UCLA down UC Santa Barbara, 2-1 in season opener.
Lauren Cheney - Scores game's only goal in a 1-0 win over No. 6 Portland on Aug. 30. Also nets game-tying goal in 90th minute to help UCLA reach overtime (and eventually win) against Washington State on Oct. 10.
Kristina Larsen - Golden goal in 102nd minute downs Washington State, 2-1 on Oct. 10. Scores both goals in a 2-1 victory over cross-town rival USC on Oct. 24. Adds another against the Women of Troy in a 1-0 NCAA Round of 16 win.
Christina DiMartino - Broke a scoreless tie on a 35-yard shot (77th min.) to help UCLA upset No. 2 Stanford, 1-0 on Oct. 31.
Catherine Calvert - Scores her first career goal in double-overtime, giving UCLA a 2-1 victory over Oregon State on Nov. 7. The win clinches a sixth straight Pac-10 Championship for the Bruins.
Bruins Win a Sixth Straight Pac-10 Title
With its 2-1 double-overtime victory over Oregon State on Nov. 9, UCLA guaranteed itself at least a share of its sixth straight Pac-10 Championship. The Bruins then won the title outright two days later, defeating Oregon, 2-0 to end the conference season with a perfect 9-0 record. It marks the third time in program history that UCLA has not lost a match in conference play (1997, 2007 and 2008).