Nov. 6, 2007
Bruins Round Out Regular Season in Washington
The top-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (14-1-2; 7-0 Pac-10) rounds out the regular season this weekend, traveling to the Pacific Northwest for matches against Washington State and Washington. The Bruins kickoff the weekend in Pullman, facing Washington State (10-4-3; 3-3-1 Pac-10) on Friday at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins, who lead the all-time series 10-2-2, are coming off a 2-0 victory over the Cougars last season at Drake Stadium. UCLA plays its final match of the regular season on Sunday, taking on Washington (5-11-1; 2-4-1 Pac-10) in Seattle at Noon. The Bruins lead that series 10-2-1 and take a six-match winning streak over the Huskies into that match.
UCLA Going For Fifth Straight Pac-10 Title
Currently at 7-0 in league play, UCLA is on the verge of becoming the first school in Pac-10 history to win five straight conference titles. The Bruins only need one tie in their final two matches to be guaranteed at least a share of the title. One win and the Bruins win the title outright. USC is the only other school that has a chance of winning this year's title. The Women of Troy enter the week 5-1-1 with two matches to play. The conference champion is determined by a points system (3-Win, 1-Tie, 0-Loss).
Did You Know?
Since the conference began naming champions in 1993, only two Pac-10 schools have finished the season with perfect records in league play (Stanford in 2002 and UCLA in 1997). Similar to this year, the Bruins entered the final weekend of the 2006 regular season with a 7-0 record before losing to Oregon, 2-1 in double-overtime.
Bruins Take Down Arizona Schools
UCLA is coming off a pair of wins over Arizona State and Arizona over the weekend to improve to 7-0 in pac-10 play. The Bruins began the weekend with a 3-1 victory over ASU on Friday night. ASU's goal in that match snapped the Bruins' string of five straight shutouts. Lauren Cheney, Danesha Adams and Lauren Barnes were the goal scorers for UCLA in that game. The Bruins bounced back on Sunday to record their ninth shutout of the season with a 3-0 victory over Arizona.
Best in the West
UCLA owns a 5-0-1 record against six of the seven West Coast teams that are ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll this week (UCLA hasn't played No. 25 BYU). UCLA has taken wins over Portland, Santa Clara, USC, Stanford and Cal. The Bruins, who tied San Diego, have outscored those six teams 12-2.
NCAA Selection Show
The 64-team draw for the 2007 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships will be announced live on ESPNews sometime between 5:00-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12. If the Bruins secure a No. 1 seed, it is likely that UCLA will earn the right to host every one of its tournament games up until the NCAA College Cup. Texas A&M is the host school of this year's College Cup, which will be played Dec. 7 and 9 in College Station, Texas.
Undefeated at Home Again
UCLA's win over Arizona on Sunday pushed the Bruins home record to 10-0 this season, marking the second straight year that UCLA has gone undefeated at Drake Stadium. The Bruins ended last year's regular season 12-0 at home before registering four more wins during the NCAA Tournament to go 16-0. UCLA currently owns the longest home unbeaten streak in the nation at 37. The Bruins' last home loss came against Penn State back on Sept. 9, 2005.
Adams on the Heels of Two School Records
Midfielder Danesha Adams could break two school records before her time in Westwood is up. The senior from Shaker Heights, Ohio has started 85 matches in her career, just three shy of school record holder Whitney Jones, who started 88 from 2000-03. Adams, who has started all 17 matches this season, would have to start both matches this weekend and just two in the NCAA Tournament to break the record. Another record that will be a little harder to break but is certainly attainable is the one for game-winning goals, currently held by Traci Arkenberg, who had 26 from 1994-97. Adams currently has 24.
In the National Statistics
As a team, UCLA ranks No. 1 nationally in winning percentage (.882), ninth in scoring offense (2.65 gpg) and 16th in goals against average (0.57). Individually, forward Lauren Cheney ranks second in points per game (2.71) and third in goals per game (1.12). Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson is ranked ninth in goals against average (0.49). Click HERE to check out this week's national statistics.
UCLA Ends Regular Season No. 1
UCLA was ranked No. 1 for the fifth straight week in the final NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll of the regular season released on Tuesday. A new poll will not be released until following the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins continue to be ranked No. 1 in polls issued by Soccer Buzz, Soccer America and Soccer Times.
A total of seven players have started all 17 matches this season, a high number considering that only two players started all 25 matches a year ago (Lauren Wilmoth and Stacy Lindstrom). Wilmoth, who has also started every match this year, is joined by Danesha Adams, Lauren Cheney, Lauren Barnes, Christina DiMartino, Kylie Wright and Valerie Henderson.