Sept. 12, 2007
UCLA Hits the Road for Two Non-Conference Matches
The No. 6 UCLA women's soccer team (2-1) hits the road this week for a pair of non-conference matches against Southern California foes San Diego and Cal State Northridge. The Bruins begin their trip down south, facing San Diego (2-1-1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Torero Stadium. UCLA, which leads the all-time series 13-1-2, takes a 15-match unbeaten streak against USD into the match. The Bruins round out the weekend with a 3:00 p.m. showdown against Cal State Northridge (0-3-1) on Sunday. UCLA is 3-1 all time against CSUN.
Bruins Get Back to Winning Ways at UCLA Women's Cup
After falling to No. 7 Texas in its season opener, UCLA got back in the win column last week, posting victories in both of its matches at the UCLA Women's Cup at Drake Stadium. The Bruins began the weekend with a 4-2 victory over Illinois. Senior Danesha Adams had a hat trick in that match, while junior Christina DiMartino also added a goal. UCLA was even more impressive against San Francisco on Sunday, taking a 3-0 decision. Once again it was Adams and DiMartino who provided the scoring, as UCLA upped its record to 2-1 on the year.
Adams Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
After scoring five goals in two matches over the weekend, UCLA midfielder/forward Danesha Adams was named this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Tuesday. For her efforts, Adams was also named to the Soccer Buzz Team of the Week. Adams, a senior from Shaker Heights, Ohio, began her outstanding week by tallying a hat trick (three goals) in the Bruins' 4-2 victory over Illinois on Friday. It marked the first hat trick by a Bruin player since Nov. 25, 2005, when Adams scored four goals in a 5-0 win over Virginia in the NCAA Quarterfinals. She came back on Sunday to score two more goals in a 3-0 UCLA victory over San Francisco, giving her 10 points on the week.
Adams Moves Up UCLA Career Scoring List
With her two exceptional performances last week, Adams moved into second place on the UCLA career scoring charts with 112 points. She entered the week with 102 points, just two behind Iris Mora, who had 104 from 2002-05. Adams now ranks second only to Traci Arkenberg, who had 169 from 1994-97.
Bruins Check in at No. 6 in This Week's NSCAA/adidas Rankings
UCLA is ranked No. 6 in this week's NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll released on Tuesday. The Bruins are listed at No. 7 in both the Soccer America and Soccer Buzz weekly rankings. All three polls have a different No. 1 team this week, as Stanford (NSCAA/adidas), Santa Clara (Soccer America) and North Carolina (Soccer Buzz) have all received top billing.
Home Unbeaten Streak Extended
With a pair of wins at Drake Stadium last weekend UCLA extended its home unbeaten streak to 29 (includes a tie against Washington State in 2005). The Bruins have not lost at home since a 1-0 double-overtime setback against Penn State on Sept. 9, 2005. UCLA also owns a home winning streak of 24 in a row.
Kara Lang Update
The Canadian National Team, featuring Bruin forward Kara Lang, lost its FIFA Women's World Cup opener on Sept. 12, falling 2-1 to Norway in Hangzhou, China. Lang started and played most of the match before being substituted in the 83rd minute. Canada looks to regroup for a match against Ghana on Sept. 15, also in Hangzhou. The earliest Lang could be back in a Bruin uniform would be on Sept. 28 when UCLA faces Portland at home.
Henderson Breaks UCLA Shutout Mark, Keeps Adding to Career Win Record
With her next shutout, Bruin goalkeeper Valerie Henderson will break the school record for career shutouts with 32. She is currently tied atop the career charts with former Bruin Lindsay Culp, who had 31 from 1996-99. In addition, every goalkeeping victory that Henderson gets is a new school record, as she took over the No. 1 spot from Culp last season when she registered the 53rd of her career against UNLV in the NCAA First Round. Henderson now has a UCLA record 58 wins in goal.
Cheney, Adams, DiMartino Earn Pre-Season Honors
UCLA's Lauren Cheney, Danesha Adams and Christina DiMartino have received much pre-season attention. All three were named to the 2007 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List, an early indicator for potential player of the year candidates. The list was compiled by a committee of Division I coaches. In November, the list will be narrowed to 15 semifinalists. Three finalists will be named in early December in conjunction with the NCAA Division I College Cup and will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, January 11, 2008. The winner of the 2007 award will be announced during a nationally-televised news conference that evening. All three were also named pre-season All-Americans by Soccer Buzz and Soccer America.
West Coast Powers Loom on Bruins' Schedule
Top-ranked Santa Clara and No. 4 Portland are two marquee matches on the Bruins' home schedule this season. UCLA will host Portland on Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m., while Santa Clara visits Drake Stadium on Oct. 7 at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins knocked Portland out of last year's NCAA Tournament, posting a 2-1 victory in the quarterfinals. Santa Clara, on the other hand, registered a 3-0 victory over the Bruins in a regular-season showdown last year up north.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is in her ninth season as head coach at UCLA. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis owns a record of 155-32-7 (.817) at UCLA. Her overall coaching record, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois, stands at 174-50-7 (.768). She has led the Bruins to five Pac-10 titles (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) and five appearances in the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006).