Bruins Begin Quest for NCAA Title This Friday

Nov. 12, 2002

Friday, Nov. 15 (1st Round)

Game 1: USC vs. San Diego - 6:00 p.m. Game 2: (7) UCLA vs. LMU - 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 17 (2nd Round)

Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner - 1:00 p.m.

Bruins Earn No. 7 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Third-ranked UCLA earned a No. 7 seed in the 64-team NCAA Women's Soccer Championship field announced Monday. The Bruins will host local rivals USC, Loyola Marymount and San Diego for first and second round action this Friday and Sunday at Drake Stadium. On Friday, Nov. 15, USC (10-7-3; 5-4-0 Pac-10) will take on San Diego (11-6-3; 3-3-1 WCC) in the first match of the evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. That will be followed by UCLA (16-3; 8-1 Pac-10) vs. LMU (10-6-3; 3-3-1 WCC) at approximately 8:30 p.m. UCLA, which takes a seven-match winning streak into postseason play, leads the all-time series with LMU, 7-0. Most recently, the Bruins defeated the Lions, 3-2 on Oct. 6 at LMU. UCLA has also beaten San Diego and USC this year, defeating the Toreros, 6-0 on Aug. 30 and the Women of Troy, 2-0 on Oct. 27. The Bruins have reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament the last two years, making it all the way to the NCAA Final back in 2000.

UCLA Takes Seven-Match Winning Streak into Postseason Play
The Bruins, winners of seven in a row, have not dropped a match since a 1-0 loss to then-No. 2 Stanford back on Oct. 13 (UCLA's only Pac-10 defeat). After that setback, UCLA went on to post wins over Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State. During the streak, the Bruins have posted four shutouts, outscoring their opponents 16-3.

Bruins Finish Second in the Pac-10
With an 8-1 record in conference play, defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA finished second in the conference standings behind Stanford (9-0). Since 1996, UCLA has not finished out of the top-3 in the final Pac-10 standings, claiming three Pac-10 titles in the process (1997, 1998, 2001). Rounding out the top-5 this year were Washington State, USC and Washington.

Bruins Ranked No. 3 in Both Major Polls
After sweeping the Washington schools this past weekend, UCLA moved up one spot to No. 3 in the NSCAA/adidas poll. Stanford and North Carolina are Nos. 1 and 2 respectively. Despite the two victories, the Bruins dropped one spot to No. 3 in the Soccer America poll released Monday.

NSCAA/adidas (11/11)
1. 	Stanford
2. 	North Carolina
3. 	UCLA	
4.	Texas A&M
5.	Pepperdine
6.	Santa Clara
7.	UConn
8.	Texas
9.	Portland
10.	West Virginia
11.	Tennessee
12.	Penn State
13.	Charlotte
14.	Purdue
15.	Clemson
16.	BYU
17.	Maryland
18.	Nebraska
19.	Notre Dame
20.	Denver
21.	Cal
22.	Florida State
23.	Virginia
24.	Cincinnati
25.	Dartmouth

Soccer America (11/11) 1. Stanford 2. North Carolina 3. UCLA 4. Santa Clara 5. Pepperdine 6. UConn 7. Portland 8. West Virginia 9. Texas A&M 10. Nebraska 11. Texas 12. Tennessee 13. Penn State 14. Clemson 15. Denver 16. Washington State 17. BYU 18. Cal 19. Maryland 20. Villanova 21. Duke 22. Cincinnati 23. Charlotte 24. Virginia 25. Arizona State

Pryce Named one of 15 Finalists for M.A.C. Hermann Trophy
Junior defender Nandi Pryce was recently named one of 15 finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, awarded to the player of the year in college soccer. Pryce has played and started in 18 of 19 matches this season, missing one match while in training camp with the Full U.S. National Team. She is the leader on a Bruin defense that has recorded 10 shutouts, while giving up just 13 goals all year. In July, she captained the Under-21 U.S. National Team to its fourth consecutive Nordic Cup title in Turku, Finland. Prior to the start of this year, she was named a Pre-Season All-American by Soccer America. She was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2001.

2002 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Finalists
Christie Welsh, Penn State (2001 Winner)
Hope Solo, University of Washington
Aly Wagner, Santa Clara University
Christine Latham, University of Nebraska
Susan Bush, University of North Carolina
Alyssa Ramsey, University of North Carolina
Catherine Reddick, University of North Carolina
Lauren Orlandos, Portland
Christine Sinclair, Portland
Abby Crumpton, University of Michigan
Carli Lloyd, Rutgers University
Kim Patrick, University of Tennessee
Nandi Pryce, UCLA
Marcia Wallis, Stanford
Kelly Wilson, University of Texas

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