Oct. 11, 1999
* No. 7 UCLA (10-2-0 overall 2-0 in Pac-10) continues Pac-10 home action this week, hosting Washington State (6-5-0 overall, 0-1 in Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 pm and Washington (4-6-0 overall, 1-0 in Pac-10) on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1 pm. UCLA vs. Washington State
* UCLA holds a 4-1-1 series record over Washington State. The Bruins have not lost a game to the Cougars since 1995, having most recently defeated Washington State 3-0 last year in Pullman. The Cougars are currently outscoring opponents 22-18. They return eight starters from the '98 squad, including junior Deka DeWitt, who leads the team with 16 points (6g, 4a). Last year, Washington State finished sixth in the Pac-10 with a 4-4-1 conference record. UCLA vs. Washington
* In five meetings with Washington, UCLA has defeated the Huskies four consecutive times. Last year, the Bruins shut out Washington 3-0 in Seattle. Opponents are currently outscoring Washington 14-16, however the Huskies are coming off a 3-0 victory against in-state Pac-10 rival Washington State. Sophomore Caroline Putz, one of nine returning starters from last year's team, leads the Huskies with 14 points (4g, 6a). In the '98 season, Washington posted a 10-9-1 overall record and a 6-3 Pac-10 record, finishing fourth in the conference and falling to USC in the first round of the NCAAs.
UCLA in the Polls
* UCLA continues to climb up in the polls, making history while doing so. In the current NSCAA poll, the Bruins are ranked No. 7, beating last week's No. 8 ranking which at the time was the program's highest regular-season ranking ever. In other polls, the Bruins are currently ranked No.7 in SoccerTimes and No. 7 in High Tech Women's Soccer. Pac-10 Leaders
* For the third consecutive week, the Bruins are the sole leaders in the Pac-10 overall standings, having posted a 10-2-0 record on the season, with their only losses coming against defending national champion Florida and 15-time national champion North Carolina. UCLA is also the Pac-10 leader in team points with 98 (36g, 26a). In addition, senior Lindsay Culp leads the Pac-10 in individual goalkeeping, registering an impressive 0.32 goals against average. Midfielder Bethany Bogart is tied for first in the Pac-10 with six assists. UCLA vs. the Arizona Schools
* The Bruins opened Pac-10 play on a good note, posting wins against Arizona State and Arizona last week. On Friday, Oct. 8, UCLA recorded a 5-0 shutout victory against ASU and allowed only two shots the entire game. Sophomore forward Staci Duncan notched the game-winner in the 11th minute when she blasted in a shot from eight yards out. Sophomore Lauren Emblem recorded a career-high two goals, and James and forward Jessica Winton each pitched in a goal. This past Sunday, the Bruins slided past Arizona with a 6-1 win. Junior forward Tracey Milburn provided the spark, firing in two goals and registering an assist. In one spectacular play, Milburn beat three defenders down the field and scored from five yards out in the 40th minute. Sophomore midfielder Bethany Bogart registered her first collegiate goal in the 11th minute when her game-winning corner kick sent the ball to the far post and into the net. Wildcat forward Katie Winship refused to let the Wildcats remain scoreless and chipped in a goal with 53:56 on the clock. Bruins Jessica Winton, Vanessa Clark and Courteney Cosso contributed to the scoring frenzy when they each notched a goal. "No Goal Patrol" in Force
* "No Goal Patrol" (a.k.a. NGP) is the self-proclaimed title the UCLA defensive players have given themselves. No doubt, NGP has certainly lived up to its name. In their 12 games this season, the Bruins have blanked opponents seven times, with the most recent shutout coming this past Friday when the Bruins handed Arizona State a 5-0 loss. In 1998, the Bruins posted a school-record 11 shutouts and, with seven games remaining in the season, have a strong chance of breaking last year's school shutout record. On the season, the UCLA defense has limited opponents to only 38 shots on goal (an average of 3.2 shots on goal per game) and has given up only ten goals, three of them coming from then-ranked No. 3 Florida and four coming from No. 3 North Carolina. Also, for the third time this season, the Bruin defense held an opponent to only two shots (vs. ASU on 10/8, vs. TCU on 10/3, vs. UC Irvine on 9/17), the second fewest shots allowed against a Division I opponent (the single-game record is one vs. Oregon State on 10/2/98).
UCLA Heads to Northern California Next Week
* The Bruins head to Northern California next week for two Pac-10 conference games. On Friday, Oct. 22, the Bruins battle No. 16 Stanford (9-3 overall and 2-0 in Pac-10) at 7:30 pm. On Sunday, Oct. 24, UCLA meets California (9-3-1 overall, 2-0 in Pac-10) for a 1 pm match.