Oct. 18, 1999
LOS ANGELES - No. 15 UCLA (11-2-1 overall, 3-0-1 in Pac-10) takes to the road this week to battle Northern California foes No. 10 Stanford (11-3-0 overall, 4-0 in Pac-10) and California (10-4-1 overall, 3-1 in Pac-10). The two conference games are crucial for the Bruins, who are two-time defending Pac-10 champions.
UCLA vs. Stanford
UCLA holds a 2-2-1 series record against the Stanford Cardinal, having defeated Stanford 2-1 in each of the past two years. Stanford is currently on a seven-game win streak and is undefeated in the Pac-10. The Cardinal are outscoring opponents 42-18, and seniors Ronnie Fair and Kelly Adamson lead the '99 squad with 16 points (7g, 2a) apiece. Last year, Stanford ended the season 11-7-2 overall and fifth in the conference with a 5-4 mark.
UCLA vs. California
The California Bears own a 3-2-0 series advantage over the Bruins, making them the only Pac-10 school with a winning record against UCLA. Since their first meeting in 1994, UCLA and California have rotated wins every other year, with the Bears winning the first match between the two schools. Last year, the Bruins fell to California 1-2 at home in overtime, but both schools tied with USC as Pac-10 co-champions. The Bears are currently outscoring opponents 28-11 and are led in scoring by freshman forward Laura Schott, who has 21 points (8g, 5a). Last year, they finished 13-8 overall and 7-2 in the Pac-10.
UCLA in the Polls
UCLA is currently ranked 15th in the NSCAA poll, dropping >from last week's all-time high at No. 7. In other polls, the Bruins are currently ranked No. 7 in High Tech Women's Soccer, No. 9 in SoccerTimes and No. 12 in Soccer America.
The Pac-10 Race
After tying Washington this past Sunday, UCLA ranks third in Pac-10 conference standings, but still leads the conference in overall standings with a .821 winning percentage. UCLA has led the conference in overall standings for six consecutive weeks, and for the second consecutive week, UCLA is the Pac-10 leader in team points with 112 (41g, 30a). Senior Lindsay Culp's 0.32 goals against average also leads the conference.
Bruins Leading the Nation
Last week (through games to Oct. 10), UCLA ranked among the best in the country in a number of areas. Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Culp ranked second in the nation with a remarkable 0.32 goals against average. UCLA ranked 11th nationally in shutouts per game (0.58) and 14th in winning percentage (.833). The Bruins were also leaders offensively, tying for 13th in scoring offense with an average of three goals per game.
UCLA vs. the Washington Schools
The Bruins defeated Washington State 2-1 on Friday, Oct. 15 and avoided a loss to Washington on Sunday, Oct. 17, recording a 3-3 tie (their first tie since Sept. 27, 1998 vs. San Diego). The tie snapped an eight-game regular-season home win streak. Forwards Jessica Winton and Staci Duncan propelled the seventh-ranked Bruins to a victory over Washington State with their second half goals and assists. After a scoreless first half, Duncan blasted the ball into the net off an assist from rookie Winton. In the 76th minute, Duncan returned the favor, assisting Winton on the game-winner only seconds after the Cougars scored on a penalty kick. Against Washington, junior forward Tracey Milburn helped the Bruins dodge an upset when she headed in a goal with 25 seconds remaining in the game, locking the score at 3-3. The game was about to go into overtime when the referee pulled a red card on a Husky defender, giving the Bruins an opportunity to walk away with the win. Junior defender Karissa Hampton took the penalty kick for the Bruins, but her shot went wide and sent the game into sudden-death overtime. In overtime, UCLA outshot the Huskies 12-3 but neither team could convert. Bruins Krista Boling and Lauren Emblem registered two early goals in the first half.
Leading the Offense
Freshman forward Jessica Winton continued her outstanding play this week with her game-winner and assist against Washington State this past Friday. She is UCLA's leading scorer with 21 points (9g, 3a), which ties her at third in the Pac-10. Winton is also ranked third in the conference in goals scored. In addition, she is the only freshman aside from Traci Arkenberg to have recorded a hat trick (Sept. 19 vs. UNC Charlotte).
UCLA Embarks on Final Road Trip Next Week
The Bruins head to Oregon next week for their final regular-season road trip of the 1999 season. On Friday, Oct. 29, the Bruins go head-to-head with Oregon State (7-6-1 overall, 0-3 in Pac-10) at 3 pm. On Halloween Sunday, the Bruins meet up with the Oregon Ducks (5-8-0 overall, 1-2-0 overall) for a 1 pm game. Both games are Pac-10 conference matches.