Nov. 16, 2011
UCLA to Host Second and Third Rounds of NCAA Tournament
The second-seeded UCLA women's soccer team (16-1-3) continues tournament play at home this Friday, as the Bruins take on San Diego (12-7-1) in the NCAA Second Round at 7:30 p.m. The other second-round match that evening features Miami (10-7-1) and Long Beach State (16-5-1) at 5:00 p.m. Friday's advancing teams will meet in the third round on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., with the winner of that match moving on to next week's quarterfinals. Daily tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth/students (w/valid ID). Live stats (UCLA vs. USD | Miami vs. Long Beach State), as will live streaming audio (UCLA matches only).
UCLA Against the Field
The Bruins own a combined 20-1-4 record against the three other teams competing at UCLA this weekend. San Diego has been UCLA's most common opponent by far, accounting for 21 of the 25 matches (UCLA is 16-1-4 against USD). This Friday also marks the fifth time that the Toreros have faced UCLA in the NCAA Tournament, with the Bruins winning all four previous meetings. UCLA is 1-0 all-time against Miami (last meeting 2008) and 3-0 all-time against Long Beach State (last meeting 2009). The Bruins have never faced either team in the NCAA Tournament.
Bruins Down Lobos, 1-0 in 1st Rd.
UCLA opened up the NCAA Tournament last Saturday with a 1-0 victory over New Mexico on a cold and rainy evening at Drake Stadium. Freshman reserve Kylie McCarthy's goal in the 65th minute proved to be the difference in the match, as UCLA earned a spot in the second round for the 15th year in a row. McCarthy's goal came after New Mexico goalkeeper Kelli Cornell was unable to corral a long-distance shot by Samantha Mewis. McCarthy was there to clean it up, scoring from close range. It marked her fourth goal of the year.
UCLA in the NCAA Tournament
UCLA is making its 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. This season marks the sixth time in the last seven years that UCLA has earned either a No. 1 or 2 seed. The Bruins' all-time tournament record stands at 44-15-1. Below is UCLA's seeding history in its 16 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Year Seed Result 1995 * First Round (L to Washington, 2-1) 1997 * Quarterfinals (L to Notre Dame, 8-0) 1998 * Second Round (L to BYU, 2-0) 1999 * Rd. of 16 (L to Santa Clara, 7-0) 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) 2008 #1 Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 1-0) 2009 #1 Semifinals (L to Stanford, 2-1) 2010 * Rd. of 16 (L to Stanford, 3-0) 2011 #2 vs. San Diego (Second Round) * UnseededDid You Know?
UCLA takes a 30-match NCAA Tournament home winning streak into this Friday's showdown with San Diego. UCLA's last tournament loss at home came against Texas A&M in the round of 16 in 2002. The two teams played scoreless soccer for 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods before UCLA eventually lost on penalty kicks (the NCAA now counts penalty kicks as a draw on both team's records but did not back then). The interesting thing about that UCLA-Texas A&M match is that the Aggies moved on in the tournament despite not taking a single shot in the match (UCLA outshot A&M, 21-0).
Cheney Featured by U.S. Soccer
Former UCLA women's soccer player and current U.S. National Team standout Lauren Cheney was the recent focus of a ussoccer.com feature highlighting her return to UCLA to finish up her degree. Cheney, along with Lauren Barnes, are both on campus this fall catching up on school work. Click HERE to access the feature.
Bruins Close Out Regular Season With 5-2 Win over USC
UCLA closed out the 2011 regular season in spectacular fashion on Nov. 4, posting a 5-2 victory over cross-town rival USC before a school record 3,826 fans at Drake Stadium. Sydney Leroux led the Bruins on the night, as she had a hand in four of the team's five goals. Leroux notched her 15th and 16th goals of the season and also assisted on a pair of strikes from freshman Samantha Mewis. UCLA upped its all-time record against USC to 20-4-1.
Leroux, Bywaters, Dahlkemper Highlight UCLA's All-Conference Selections
UCLA women's soccer players Sydney Leroux, Zakiya Bywaters and Abby Dahlkemper were named to the All-Pac-12 First-Team on Wednesday, highlighting a total of seven players who were honored by the conference. For Leroux, it marks the third all-conference honor of her career and second-straight selection to the first team. The senior forward from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was also named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team as a sophomore in 2009. Leroux has enjoyed a fantastic senior season, leading the conference in game-winning goals with eight. She also ranks second in the Pac-12 in points (35), goals (16) and shots (83). In addition to the team's three first-team selections, freshman Samantha Mewis was named to the Pac-12 Second-Team, and the Bruins had four players named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
Leroux, Martinez on National Team Duty
Sydney Leroux did not train with her UCLA teammates last week, as she is in Arizona to take part in a U.S. Women's National Team training camp in preparation for the team's match with Sweden on Nov. 19 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. She returned in time for UCLA's match with New Mexico and Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes. Another Bruin who is on national team duty is Ariana Martinez. She was selected to join Mexico's full women's team and is not available for this weekend's matches.
Sydney Leroux will end her collegiate career ranked in the top five all-time at UCLA in four offensive categories. She currently ranks fourth in points (126), goals (57) and game-winning goals (23). She is also tied with Danesha Adams for third all-time at UCLA in multiple-goal games with 15.
UCLA Ranked No. 2 Nationally
The Bruins checked in at No. 2 in the country in the final NSCAA Coaches' Poll of the regular-season released on Nov. 8. UCLA was ranked No. 4 the previous week and moved up two places after its 5-2 win over USC. The Bruins also end the year ranked No. 2 by Soccer America, as that publication does not issue final rankings following the NCAA Tournament.
Defense Steps It Up
UCLA's defense has been outstanding this season, surrendering just 11 goals in 20 matches. The team ranks 9th nationally in shutouts (13) and 11th nationally in goals against average (0.53). Abby Dahlkemper and Lucretia Lee have been mainstays on the back line this season, starting all 20 matches. Caprice Dydasco, Chelsea Stewart and Ariana Martinez have also been significant contributors. And don't forget freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, who leads the Pac-12 in shutouts with 12.
A National Program
Nearly half of this year's team (13 of 28 players) reside from outside the state of California. In addition to the team's two international players (Canada's Sydney Leroux and New Zealand's Rosie White), the team has players from Nevada, Virginia, Iowa, Hawai'i (2), Indiana, Washington, Illinois, Colorado and Massachusetts.