Sept. 18, 2000
No. 6 UCLA vs. San Diego
Sunday, Sept. 24 - 1:00 p.m.
This Week . . .
After two weeks off, the No. 6 UCLA women's soccer team puts its five-game winning streak on the line this Sunday when it travels to San Diego for a match with USD beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Toreros head into the match with an overall record of 6-2. UCLA, which owns a 4-1-2 all-time series advantage over USD, registered a 2-1, overtime victory over the Toreros in the second round of last year's NCAA Tounament.
Bruins Win Two at 2000 USC Fila Challenge . . . UCLA didn't give up a goal in both of its victories at the 2000 USC Fila Challenge, Sept. 8 & 10 at USC's McAlister Field. The Bruins opened the challenge with a 2-0 victory over Vanderbilt. Stephanie Rigamat and Breana Boling each netted second-half goals as UCLA, which outshot Vanderbilt 18-1, captured its fourth-straight win. In the Bruins' second game of the Challenge, UCLA freshman Sarah-Gayle Swanson took contol, registering her first career hat trick in a 4-0 decision over Baylor. Tracey Milburn added a lone goal late in the second half as UCLA improved to 5-1 on the season.
Pryce to Miss Entire 2000 Season . . .
UCLA freshman defender Nandi Pryce, an alternate on the 2000 U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team, underwent surgery on Sept. 8 to repair a fractured left tibia following an injury she suffered that day in a game against Vanderbilt at the 2000 USC Fila Challenge. Pryce, regarded by many as the top recruit in the nation as a high school senior last season, suffered her injury in the first half of UCLA's 2-0 victory over the Commodores. She was taken immediately to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica where x-rays confirmed the fracture. Strangely enough, the injury came exactly one week after she broke her nose in UCLA's 6-1 win over Georgia in Gainesville, Fla. on Sept. 1. Prior to the injury, Pryce played in five games, recording one assist.
Bruins Gain First-Ever Top-5 National Ranking . . .
Riding a five-game winning streak, the UCLA women's soccer team achieved its highest national ranking in the eight-year history of the program on Sept. 11, checking in at No. 5 in the NSCAA national poll. UCLA's previous highest ranking came last season when the Bruins climbed to No. 7 in the NSCAA rankings released on October 11. The Bruins were idle last week and fell one spot in the latest poll released Monday.
Bruins Achieve Rare Feat in Gainesville . . .
The UCLA women's soccer team notched one of its biggest wins in program history on Sept. 3, defeating No. 10 Florida 4-0 in front of 1,657 fans in Gainesville, Fla. In the victory, UCLA became only the fourth team ever to shutout the Gators on their home field. The loss also marked the biggest deficit ever for the Gators at home, erasing the previous mark set in a 2-0 loss to Vanderbilt on Sept. 14, 1997.
Hat Tricks . . .
Only six games into the season and two UCLA freshman already have hat tricks. Katherine Bjazevich was the first Bruin to record one this season, scoring three times a 5-0 win over Georgia State on Aug. 27 at the Clemson/Nike Kickoff Classic. Most recently, Sarah-Gayle Swanson scored three second-half goals in a 4-0 win over Baylor at the 2000 USC Fila Challenge.
UCLA Nets 100th All-Time Victory . . .
UCLA entered the season just three wins shy of 100 all-time victories, with an overall record of 97-33-9 in seven seasons. Following wins over Georgia State and Georgia, UCLA was able to notch its 100th all-time victory on Sept. 3 in a 4-0 win over No. 10 Florida. The Bruins average nearly 14 wins a season (13.9) and own an overall winning percentage of .731.
Ellis, Pryce Selected for U.S. Olympic Team . . .
In August, UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis and freshman defender Nandi Pryce were selected to represent the United States in its quest for a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Ellis is currently in Sydney serving as an assistant coach on the U.S. squad and will miss UCLA's game against USD this week. Meanwhile Pryce, the youngest player chosen for the team, was picked as an alternate and is in Los Angeles recovering from injury.
UCLA Recruiting Class Ranked No. 1 . . .
The UCLA women's soccer recruiting class was tabbed No. 1 in the nation according to online soccer source, Soccer Buzz. UCLA beat out 1999 NCAA Champion North Carolina and Pac-10 rival Stanford, two schools which finished second and third respectively in the recruiting class rankings.
Regional Rankings . . .
At 5-1, UCLA is currently ranked No. 2 behind Stanford in the latest NSCAA West Region rankings released Monday. UCLA was No. 1 in the region a week ago, however the Bruins were idle last week while the Cardinal won both of their matches.
Freshmen Make Immediate Impact . . .
With so many newcomers to this year's team (14 to be exact) much of UCLA's success will depend on the production of freshmen. With the exception of transfers Courtney Wright and Brittany Whalen, the Bruins have 12 newcomers with no prior collegiate experience. Freshman Sarah-Gayle Swanson currently leads the Bruins in scoring with 16 points (7g, 2a) and Katherine Bjazevich ranks third on the team with six points all on goals. Both have netted hat tricks this season. With Freshman Nandi Pryce out the remainder of the season due to injury, fellow freshman Kathryn Lee will likely step in to a starting role in the Bruin backfield.
Swanson Named to SA's Team of the Week . . .
Freshman forward Sarah-Gayle Swanson was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week on Sept. 6 following Bruin victories over Georgia and No. 10 Florida. Swanson scored the game-winner in both contests, adding two goals and an assist in UCLA's 4-0 shutout over the Gators.
UCLA's 2000 Schedule . . .
Annually, UCLA plays one of the toughest schedules in the country. This season is no different as the Bruins have already faced two top-10 teams in No. 6 Clemson and No. 10 Florida. The Bruins are scheduled to take on five more teams currently ranked in the NSCAA Top-25 including, No. 5 Stanford, No. 11 Cal, No. 15 Washington, No. 23 USC and No. 25 ASU.
UCLA Soccer Programs Among Nation's Elite . . .
With the UCLA men undefeated and ranked No. 1 for the third-straight week and the Bruin women currently at No. 6 in the polls, UCLA is the only school to have both its men's and women's programs ranked in the top-6 in the nation. The UCLA women are seeking their first NCAA title while the Bruin men are three-time NCAA champs (1985, `90 & `97).
Head Coach Jillian Ellis . . .
Jillian Ellis was hired on July 8, 1999 as the third UCLA women's soccer head coach in the program's six-year history. She replaced Todd Salda?a, who was selected to head the UCLA men's soccer program early last year. In her first season at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer program, Ellis helped coach the Bruins to an impressive 15-5-1 overall record and their fourth NCAA tournament bid. Prior to UCLA, Ellis coached for two seasons at the University of Illinois, owning a 19-18-0 overall record. She is currently the head coach of the Under-21 U.S. National Team, and recently guided the Under-21s to the 2000 Nordic Cup title in Weismain, Germany. This September, she will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Team in Sydney, Australia.