Nov. 9, 2010
No. 25 UCLA to Host NCAA Early-Round Matches This Week
The No. 25 UCLA women's soccer team (12-7-1) has been selected to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament, as the 64-team NCAA draw was released on Monday. Play begins with first-round action this Thursday featuring UCLA taking on BYU (16-3-2) at 5:30 p.m., followed by fourth-seeded Central Florida (14-4-3) facing Fresno State (9-8-5) at 8:00 p.m. Thursday's winners will meet in the second round on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., with the winner of that match advancing to next week's round of 16. Tickets for the matches are $9 for adults and $7 for youth/students.
Following the Action
Gametracker live stats will be available for all three matches at UCLA this weekend. In addition, live internet radio broadcasts will be available (UCLA matches only). Please visit www.uclabruins.com for more information.
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Bruins Against BYU, UCF and Fresno State
UCLA owns a 1-2 overall record against BYU. After dropping the first two meetings in 1997 and 1998, UCLA posted a 6-0 victory over the Cougars in the last meeting between the two teams in 2002. The only meeting between UCLA and BYU in NCAA Tournament play was in 1998, a 2-0 Cougar win in the second round at UCLA. The Bruins are 4-0 all-time against Fresno State, including a 5-0 victory over the Bulldogs in the only tournament meeting between the two teams in 2008. UCLA and UCF have never met in women's soccer.
Bruins Make 14th Straight Tournament Appearance
UCLA's selection to the 2010 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships makes it 14 years in a row that the Bruins have competed in the tournament (1997-2010). UCLA's all-time NCAA Tournament record stands at 42-14. The Bruins have advanced to the NCAA College Cup in each of the last seven years (eight appearances overall).
UCLA Sweeps Arizona Schools to Close Out the Regular Season
UCLA heads into the NCAA Tournament on a three-match winning streak after posting consecutive wins over Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State. The Bruins wrapped up the regular season last weekend in Arizona, beginning the trip with a 1-0 victory over Arizona on Friday evening. Sydney Leroux scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute to give the Bruins a 1-0 win. Leroux shined on Sunday as well, scoring two goals, including the game winner, in a 3-0 victory over Arizona State. For her efforts, she was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week.
Bruins Finish Fourth in the Pac-10
UCLA finished fourth in the final 2010 Pac-10 standings, ending the conference season with a 5-4 record. It marks the team's lowest conference finish since also finishing fourth in 1996. With nine total conference championships, UCLA has captured more Pac-10 titles than any other conference school. Stanford, this year's Pac-10 Champion, ranks second with seven.
Bruins Back in Top 25
UCLA returned to the national top 25 this week, checking in tied for 25th in Soccer America's final poll of the 2010 season. The Bruins are tied with South Florida and BYU (the team's first-round opponent this week). UCLA is receiving votes (#28) in the NSCAA Top 25.
Latest RPI Report Released
UCLA checks in at No. 23 in the latest RPI report of the 2010 season released on Tuesday. The Ratings Percentage Index 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).
Scoring is Key
The Bruins are 12-0-1 this season when they score at least one goal. The bad news for the Bruins, however, is that all seven of the team's losses have been shutouts.
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. The Bruins' other ranked wins were over No. 16 Cal and No. 20 Wisconsin.
Leroux Climbing Career Charts
Junior forward Sydney Leroux is making a steady climb up the UCLA career charts in several categories, as she ranks fifth all-time in points (89) and fourth in both goals (40) and game-winning goals (14). She currently leads the team in scoring this season with 25 points (12g, 1a).
UCLA-USC Game Breaks NCAA Attendance Mark
UCLA's match with USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Oct. 22 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 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 an 8-6-1 mark against unranked teams. Top-ranked an undefeated Stanford is the only ranked team to beat UCLA this year.
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. It can be accessed 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.
Getting to Know Features
Junior Yiana Dimmitt was the recent focus of a uclabruins.com `Getting to Know' feature. It can be accessed 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.
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.