Sept. 25, 2001
UCLA Coaches Return to Familiar Territory. . .
Head coach Jillian Ellis and goalkeeper coach Katherine Mertz will be returning home this week when the Bruins travel to Virginia for matches against James Madison and William & Mary. Ellis, who grew up and attended high school in Northern Virginia, was a four-year letterwinner at William & Mary where she was a third-team All-American in 1987. In 1996, she served as assistant coach at the University of Virginia. Ellis' parents still live in Manassas, Va., where her father has been the director of a soccer academy since 1984. Mertz, who in 1999 was also an assistant coach at the University of Virginia, attended George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Va.
Bruins Down San Diego, 2-0 Following Cancellation of USD Tourney . . .
The Bruins were supposed to face No. 9 Clemson and No. 16 Tennessee last weekend as part of the USD Tournament in San Diego, however both of those teams elected not to travel to the West Coast. Instead, UCLA traveled to San Diego for a match against USD on Friday evening. In that match, UCLA's two Hermann Award candidates, Stephanie Rigamat and Mary-Frances Monroe, each scored goals to help the No. 2 Bruins earn a 2-0 victory over the Toreros. Rigamat scored the game-winner in the 22nd minute of play on an assist from Breana Boling. Monroe added an insurance goal at the 59:56 mark, helping the Bruins remain undefeated at 5-0 on the year.
Bruins Remain No. 2 in NSCAA, Soccer America Polls . . .
For the fourth consecutive week, UCLA remained second in the weekly polls released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer America. Defending NCAA Champion North Carolina, which also owns a 5-0 record, has been No. 1 all season.
NSCAA Rankings (9/24) 1. North Carolina 2. UCLA 3. Nebraska 4. Notre Dame 5. Portland 6. Cal 7. Penn State 8. Stanford 9. Texas A&M 10. Santa Clara 11. UConn 12. Florida State 12. Kentucky 14. Virginia 15. Clemson 16. Washington 17. Miami 18. Tennessee 19. West Virginia 20. Florida 21. Marquette 22. William & Mary 23. Syracuse 24. St. Mary's 25. UMass
Monroe Keeps Streak Alive . . .
With her goal against USD last Friday, Bruin forward Mary-Frances Monroe has tallied either a goal or an assist in all five of UCLA's matches this season. In fact Monroe, who ranks second on the team in scoring with nine points (4g, 1a), has scored a goal in every game but one.
Bruins Lose Greco With Torn ACL . . .
Bruin forward Lindsay Greco, the leading scorer for the No. 2 UCLA women's soccer team, tore her ACL in practice on Sept. 13 and will miss the remainder of the 2001 season. She started UCLA's first four games of the season, registering a team-best 13 points on six goals and one assist. On Sept. 11, she was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week following an impressive weekend at the Orange/Blue Classic in which she registered a hat trick and an assist against Louisville on Sept. 7. She followed that game up with a goal against Syracuse on Sept. 9, giving her nine points in two games. As a freshman last season, Greco ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 20 points (8g, 4a). With UCLA only four games into the 2001 season, she will be applying for a medical redshirt through the Pac-10 Conference.
Conference Coaches Pick UCLA No. 1 . . .
For the second year in a row, the UCLA women's soccer team has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer title in a preseason vote of the Conference's 10 head coaches. The NCAA runner-up Bruins received eight of 10 first-place votes, with Cal and Washington picking up the other two. After being the preseason favorite last year, UCLA placed third in the conference with a 6-2-1 league record.
Rigamat, Monroe Named Preseason Hermann Award Candidates . . .
Bruin forwards Stephanie Rigamat and Mary-Frances Monroe were selected as two of 13 candidates named as preseason favorites for the Hermann Award, given annually to the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the country. The other 11 candidates for the women's award are: Santa Clara's Danielle Slaton and Aly Wagner, Penn State's Christie Welsh, Florida's Abby Wambach, BYU's Aleisha Cramer, Portland's Lauren Orlandos, North Carolina's Danielle Borgman and Jena Kluegel, Washington's Hope Solo and Texas A&M's Nicky Thrasher.