Nov. 9, 2011
Second-Seeded UCLA to Host New Mexico in NCAA First Round
The UCLA women's soccer team (15-1-3) has been selected as a No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament and will host New Mexico (12-4-4) in a first-round match this Saturday at Drake Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the match are $10 for adults and $8 for youth/students (w/valid ID). They can be purchased upon entrance to Drake Stadium. Live stats and a live streaming audio feed of the match will also be available. Both are free.
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. Below is UCLA's seeding history, and results, in its 16 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Year Seed Result* Unseeded
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. New Mexico (First Round)
Bruins vs. Lobos
This Saturday's clash between UCLA and New Mexico marks the third-ever meeting between the two teams, with the Bruins owning a 2-0 series advantage. UCLA's two wins came in the form of a 2-0 overtime victory in Albuquerque in 1994, followed by a 3-0 win in Los Angeles in 2008. The two teams have never met in the NCAA Tournament. The common opponents between the two teams this season are Cal State Northridge, Oregon State and Washington. UCLA owned a 3-0 record against the those teams, while New Mexico beat Cal State Northridge and lost to Oregon State and Washington.
UCLA Against the Tournament Field
UCLA has played seven teams who were named to this year's field of 64, owning a 3-1-3 record. The Bruins' wins have come over Tennessee (2-1), Florida (2-0) and Oregon State (1-0). UCLA's three ties have been against Pepperdine (1-1), Cal (0-0) and Washington State (0-0). The team's lone loss on the season was against top-seeded Stanford (4-1).
Bruins Close Out Regular Season With 5-2 Win over USC
UCLA closed out the 2011 regular season in spectacular fashion last week, 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. Complete all-conference selections on page 3.
Leroux Joins U.S. Camp in Arizona
Sydney Leroux will not train with her UCLA teammates this 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. Although Leroux is expected to return for this Saturday's NCAA First Round showdown against New Mexico, her status for the rest of the tournament (should UCLA advance) has not yet been determined. Leroux is one of five forwards at the camp, joining Abby Wambach, Lauren Cheney, Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez.
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 Tuesday. UCLA was ranked No. 4 last 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.
Pink Jerseys Still Available
UCLA players wore pink jerseys for the team's annual Breast Cancer Awareness match on Oct. 23 against ASU. Those jerseys are now being auctioned off on uclabruins.com, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. The auction ends on Nov. 11. Click HERE to check out the auction.
UCLA in the Pac-12 Statistics
As a team, UCLA ranks highly in several Pac-12 statistical categories, including: shutouts (T-1st), corner kicks (1st), assists (2nd), goals allowed (2nd), goals (3rd) and points (3rd). Individually, Sydney Leroux leads the conference, and ranks third nationally, in game-winning goals with eight. She also ranks second in both points and goals. Freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland leads the conference in shutouts with nine. She also ranks second in goals against average (0.54.).
Defense Steps It Up
UCLA's defense has been outstanding this season, surrendering just 11 goals in 19 matches. The team ranks 10th nationally in shutouts (12) and 13th nationally in goals against average (0.56). Abby Dahlkemper and Lucretia Lee have been mainstays on the back line this season, starting all 19 matches. Caprice Dydasco, Chelsea Stewart and Ariana Martinez have also been significant contributors.
Did You Know?
Nearly half of this year's team (13 of 28 players) resides 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.