Sept. 3, 2002
2002 UCLA Women's Cup
Friday, Sept. 6USC vs. #12 Penn State - Noon (Drake Stadium) #2 UCLA vs. #5 Virginia - 2:00 p.m. (Drake Stadium)
Sunday, Sept. 8USC vs. #5 Virginia - Noon (Drake Stadium) #2 UCLA vs. #12 Penn State - 2:00 p.m. (Drake Stadium)
Big 10, ACC Powers Invade Westwood
The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team will face its first true test of the 2002 season this week, as the Bruins play host to No. 5 Virginia and No. 12 Penn State as part of the 2002 UCLA Women's Cup at Drake Stadium. Unranked USC rounds out the four-team field. The Bruins and Cavaliers tied 1-1 in the only meeting between the two schools back in 1995 at the adidas Pleasanton Invitational. Sunday will mark the first ever meeting between UCLA and Penn State.
Bruins Roll Over San Diego, 6-0 in Season Opener
Both Sarah-Gayle Swanson and freshman Iris Mora each had a pair of goals to help the Bruins earn a 6-0 decision over San Diego in the season opener for both teams on Aug. 30. Swanson scored both of her goals in the first half, with the first one coming in just the fifth minute of the match. Mora, who scored a goal just two minutes into her first collegiate match, put one in at the 39:50 mark to give UCLA a 3-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Freshmen Katie Rivera and Stacy Lindstrom each scored a goal, while Mora put in her second of the match in the 83rd minute to give UCLA the 6-0 victory. It was UCLA's largest margin of victory in a season opener since defeating Southern California College, 11-0 back in 1993. The Bruins are now 8-2 in season openers.
Oakes to Join Bruins This Week
Bruin newcomer Jill Oakes missed the San Diego match last Friday due to her commitments with the Under-19 U.S. National Team, which recently captured the Under-19 Women's World Cup in Canada. She will join the team this week and be ready for the Bruins' match vs. Virginia on Friday. Oakes, a midfielder out of West Hills, Calif., was the unanimous No. 1 recruit in the country this year after earning both the Gatorade Circle of Champions and Parade Magazine National Player of the Year awards. She has been invited to training camps with the Full U.S. Women's National Team and was ranked No. 1 by Soccer America in its recent list of the nation's top-25 recruits.
Conference Coaches Pick UCLA to Win 2002 Pac-10 Title
For the second year in a row, UCLA was picked to win the Pac-10 in a preseason poll conducted by conference coaches. UCLA, which received seven first-place votes, was joined in the top-5 by Stanford, Washington, Arizona State and Cal. USC, Oregon State, Washington State, Oregon and Arizona rounded out the top-10.
Bruins Move Up in National Rankings
With top-ranked Santa Clara falling to No. 9 Stanford last week, UCLA was able to move up one spot this to No. 2 in the NSCAA/adidas® National Rankings released Tuesday. North Carolina is now the No. 1 team in the country followed by the Bruins, Texas A&M, Stanford and Virginia. UCLA is currently ranked No. 1 in the West Region.
NSCAA/adidas (9/3) 1. North Carolina 2. UCLA T3. Texas A&M T3. Stanford 5. Virginia 6. Notre Dame 7. Nebraska 8. Connecticut 9. Michigan 10. Texas 11. California 12. Penn State 13. Clemson 14. Santa Clara 15. Washington 16. Wake Forest 17. Florida State 18. Kentucky 19. Portland 20. Dartmouth 21. Princeton 22. Tennessee 23. Duke 24. Pepperdine 25. CincinnatiGreco Solid in Return to UCLA Lineup
Redshirt sophomore captain Lindsay Greco, who led the Bruins in scoring before being sidelined with an ACL injury just four matches into last season, was impressive in the season opener against San Diego on Aug. 30. In nearly 60 minutes of action, she recorded two shots and assisted on the first goal of the match. Prior to the injury last season, she was UCLA's most explosive player, recording 13 points on six goals and an assist.
Freshmen Class Living up to No. 2 Ranking
Although the Bruins are only one match into the 2002 season, UCLA's freshman class is already beginning to show why it was ranked No. 2 in the nation by Soccer America. In the Bruins' 6-0 season opening victory over San Diego, the freshmen accounted for nine of UCLA's 15 total points. Iris Mora led the way with two goals, while Katie Rivera tallied a goal and an assist. Stacy Lindstrom also got on the board with a goal of her own in the 68th minute of play. Even more impressive is the fact that UCLA's top recruit, Jill Oakes, missed the game while playing in the Under-19 Women's World Cup.
Bruins to Play Mexican National Team Sept. 28
For the first time ever UCLA will do battle with another country when the Full Mexican National Team comes to Drake Stadium for an exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 28. The match, which is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m., is free to the public. It has not yet been decided which team freshman forward Iris Mora, who is also a member of the Mexican squad, will play for.
One Tough Schedule
The Bruins annually play one of the most difficult schedules in the country and this season is no different. In non-conference play, the Bruins will face No. 5 Virginia, No. 12 Penn State and No. 14 Santa Clara. In Pac-10 play, UCLA will have tough matches against No. 3 Stanford, No. 11 California and No. 15 Washington.
Head coach JillianEllis
Head coach Jillian Ellis is currently in her fourth season at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer program. In just three seasons, Ellis has transformed UCLA into one of the elite women's soccer programs in the nation. She has guided the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of her first three seasons, including a trip to the quarterfinals in 2001. She owns an overall record of 55-12-2 at UCLA and her overall coaching record is 74-30-2. In just her second season at UCLA, Ellis guided the Bruins to the 2000 NCAA College Cup, falling to North Carolina, 2-1 in the NCAA title match. For UCLA, which finished second in the national rankings in 2000 with a 19-4-1 overall record, it was the first College Cup appearance in the eight-year history of the program. Ellis was rewarded for her efforts when she was named NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year at the end of the season.