No. 3 UCLA Heads North

Oct. 13, 2003

Bruins Continue Pac-10 Play in the Bay Area . . .
Coming off its first two Pac-10 victories of the year, the No. 3-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (9-1-2) carries a five-match winning streak into this week's Bay Area matches against Stanford (6-6-1; 1-1 Pac-10) and Cal (6-3-3; 1-1 Pac-10). The Bruins, who play Stanford on Friday at 7:00 p.m., own a slight 4-3-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Cardinal. Stanford won last year's meeting at Drake Stadium 1-0 on a goal by Callie Withers. Friday's match will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net and can be heard live on UCLA's website . UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal 6-3, having won the last four meetings, including a 1-0 home victory last year. The Bruins and Bears will do battle on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Fox Sports Air Times
Friday's match against Stanford will air tape-delayed on Fox Sports Net. Below are times for Southern California subscribers to Fox Sports West and Fox Sports West 2. The match will air on all the Fox affiliates througout the country at some point. Please check your local listings for air times outside the Southern California area.

Fox Sports West
Thursday, Oct. 23 - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26 - 1:00 p.m.

Fox Sports West 2 Saturday, Oct. 25 - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 - 1:00 p.m.

UCLA vs. Stanford -- The Pac-10's Premier Rivalry . . .
Since the start of Pac-10 women's soccer in 1993, UCLA and Stanford have claimed eight of the nine titles. Stanford has won five titles (1993, '95, '96, '99, '02) and UCLA has claimed three (1997, '98, '01). Traditionally the winner of the UCLA/Stanford matchup determines the Pac-10 champion. In 2001, the title race came down to the final match of the regular season, with the Bruins registering a 1-0 road victory over the Cardinal to claim the conference championship. Last year, Stanford finished 9-0 in Pac-10 play, handing UCLA its only conference loss.

Bruins, Mora Enjoy Outstanding Week . . .
Bruin forward Iris Mora tallied seven points in three Bruin victories last week. She assisted on all three UCLA goals in the Bruins' 3-2 double-overtime victory over No. 9 Washington on Saturday. With less than two minutes remaining, she slipped a pass to Bruin forward Bristyn Davis for the game-winning goal. On Friday against Washington State, Mora scored UCLA's first goal on a bending corner kick helping the Bruins notch a 2-1 overtime victory over the Cougars. She also registered the game-winning goal in a 2-0 decision over San Diego on Tuesday. Mora, who leads No. 3 UCLA in scoring with 16 points (4g, 8a), has now registered either a goal or an assist in six straight matches. UCLA has won five in a row, including eight of its last nine.

Bruins Remain at No. 3 Nationally, No. 1 Regionally . . .
With top-ranked North Carolina and No. 2 Notre Dame each winning over the weekend, UCLA remained at No. 3 for the fifth week in a row according to the NSCAA/adidas National Top-25. UCLA also stayed at No. 3 in Soccer America's national poll released Monday. The Bruins have been ranked in the top-5 all season in the NSCAA/adidas Poll. Regionally, , the Bruins remained at No. 1 in the West, ahead of No. 2 Portland and No. 3 Pepperdine. Washington and Utah round out the top-5 in the NSCAA/adidas West Region Rankings.

UCLA's Balanced Attack . . .
In the Bruins' nine victories this year, eight different players have had the game-winning goal in each of those matches. Bruin freshman Bristyn Davis became the only player with two when she punched in the game winner against Washington last Saturday. Strangely enough, UCLA's leading scorer from a year ago Linsday Greco, is without a game-winning goal this year.

Bruins Unbeaten in Overtime . . .
UCLA has played five overtime matches this year and has yet to lose, posting a 3-0-2 record. The Bruins started the season by tying then-No. 1 Santa Clara, 1-1 and then tied UC Santa Barbara, 0-0 two matches later. Since then, UCLA has won its last three overtime contests, posting victories over St. Mary's, Washington State and Washington (2OT). UCLA went 2-3 in overtime matches in 2002 and is 9-14-10 all-time.

Oakes, Rivera Back in Action . . .
Sophomores Jill Oakes and Katie Rivera saw their first action of the season at the Duke/adidas Classic, Sept. 19-21. Oakes came off the bench against North Carolina and made her first start of the season two days later against Duke. Most recently she scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat Washington State, 2-1 on Oct. 9. Rivera has played in three matches, coming off the bench against North Carolina, UNLV and San Diego. Both players had missed the early part of the season, the first six matches to be exact, due to knee injuries. The only player on the roster who has not played this season due to injury is Crystal James, who is likely to redshirt.

UCLA in the Pac-10 Standings . . .
As a team, UCLA ranks tied for first with ASU in the conference with a 2-0 record. Statistically, the Bruins rank No. 1 in shots (254) and corner kicks (102). UCLA is also tied for first (with three other schools) in shutouts with six. Additionally, the Bruins rank second in goals (26), assists (21) and goals per game (2.17). Individually, Iris Mora leads the conference with eight assists and ranks third in points with 16.

Swanson Earns First Pac-10 POW Honor . . .
UCLA senior forward Sarah-Gayle Swanson was named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 30-Oct. 6. Swanson, from Denver, Colo., scored the game-winning goal with three seconds left in regulation, helping No. 3 UCLA escape with a 1-0 road victory over UNLV Oct. 3 in Las Vegas. It was Swanson's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and UCLA's ninth weekly honor all-time.

Criscione, Lombardo Split Time in Bruin Net . . .
Bruin freshman Arianna Criscione and junior Sarah Lombardo have each played in eight matches this season. Criscione is 4-0 with an 0.88 goals against average in 513 minutes of action. She started and registered the decision in both of UCLA's Pac-10 victories against the Washington schools. Lombardo is 5-1-2 with an 0.99 GAA in 635 minutes of work. She also has three shutouts.

Swanson Climbing Career Charts . . .
Bruin senior Sarah-Gayle Swanson has moved into the top-5 all-time at UCLA in two career categories. With five goals on the year, she has moved up from sixth to fourth in career goals with 30, surpassing Bruin volunteer assistant coach Stephanie Rigamat. She stands tied with former Bruin Venus James. She also ranks fifth in career points with 71. Swanson currently has 10 points on the year.

Two-Sport Star Whitney Jones . . .
As soon as the Bruins finish NCAA Tournament play in December, Bruin senior Whitney Jones will head over to Pauley Pavilion to join the UCLA women's basketball team, which she has played on the last three years. She led the team in scoring as a sophomore in 2001-02, with a 9.5 ppg average. She also led the team in offensive rebounds as a junior in 2002-03 with 56.

Bruin Freshmen Live Up to Expectations . . .
UCLA's freshmen class was ranked the No. 2 incoming class by Soccer America. So far they have accounted for 17 of UCLA's 73 points, led by Bristyn Davis with eight. In all, the Bruin freshmen have scored five goals (Davis 4, Caitlin Urisini 1) and have tallied seven assists (Mary Castelanelli 4, Stephanie Kron 3).

Pryce Named Preseason All-American, Player of the Year Candidate . . .
Bruin senior Nandi Pryce, a first-team NSCAA/adidas All-American in 2002, was selected as one of just 16 players in the nation named to the "Watch List" for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. The award is given annually to the top player in collegiate soccer. In late August, she was also named to Soccer America's Preseason All-America Team.

Head coach Jillian Ellis Picks Up Win No. 100 . . .
Head coach Jillian Ellis recently picked up her 100th career victory last week against Washington. She owns an 81-17-4 record in her fifth season at UCLA, while her overall coaching record is 100-35-4 in seven years.

1.  North Carolina
2.  Notre Dame
3.  UCLA	
4. Texas A&M
5. Portland
6. Virginia
7. West Virginia
8. Pepperdine
9. Florida
10. Washington
11. Penn State
12. Colorado
13. Wake Forest
14. Purdue
15. UConn
16. Nebraska
17. Santa Clara
18. Duke
19. Utah
20. Illinois
21. Princeton
22. Mississippi
23. Boston College
24. Arizona State
25. Ohio State

Soccer America 1. North Carolina 2. Notre Dame 3. UCLA 4. Portland 5. Virginia 6. West Virginia 7. Pepperdine 8. Penn State 9. Texas A&M 10. Florida 11. Florida State 12. BYU 13. Washington 14. Santa Clara 15. Duke 16. Wake Forest 17. Colorado 18. USC 19. Maryland 20. LMU 21. UConn 22. Cal Poly 23. Tennessee 24. Arizona State 25. Utah

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