Sept. 25, 2000
vs. Fresno State Friday, Sept. 29 - 7:30 p.m. Westwood, CA (Spaulding Field)
@ Loyola Marymount Sunday, Oct. 1 - 1:00 p.m. Los Angeles (Sullivan Field)
This Week . . .
The No. 5 UCLA women's soccer team hosts Fresno State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Bruins' home opener of the 2000 season. Friday will mark only UCLA's second meeting ever with Fresno State. The Bruins beat the Bulldogs 3-0 at home back in 1996. On Sunday, the Bruins will take on their second West Coast Conference opponent in as many weeks when they travel across town to take on Loyola Marymount in a 1:00 p.m. match at LMU's Sullivan Field. UCLA owns a 4-0 record over Loyola Marymount. The Bruins beat the Lions 2-1 at UCLA in their last meeting back in 1995.
Milburn Nets Two in 3-0 Victory over USD . . .
Senior forward Tracey Milburn tallied her second multiple-goal game of the season Sunday, scoring twice in UCLA's 3-0 win over USD in San Diego. Milburn, who ranks second on the team in scoring with 12 points, scored her first goal in the ninth minute of the game and netted her second in the 53rd minute.
Rigamat Into the Record Books . . .
On Sunday, UCLA forward Stephanie Rigamat became the fastest Bruin ever to score a goal to start a game, scoring just 11 seconds after kickoff in the Bruins' 3-0 win over USD. Ironically enough, Rigamat, a junior who redshirted last season after transferring from UC Irvine, ranks tied for fifth in the NCAA record books with former UCI teammate Simone Ferrara. Ferrara scored at the 11-second mark against UCF back in 1997, Rigamat's freshman season.
Fastest Goals to Start a Game (NCAA) 1. Kristi Cummings (UNC Asheville) - :06 vs. Furman, 9/18/95 2. Monica Holschauer (UCF) - :08 vs. Northern Ill., 10/6/96 t3. Missy Wycinsky (William & Mary) - :10 vs. Va. Commonwealth, 10/23/99 t3. Jill Cook (Texas) - :10 vs. Vanderbilt, 10/15/95 t5. Simone Ferrara (UC Irvine) - :11 vs. UCF, 10/27/97 t5. Stephanie Rigamat (UCLA) - :11 vs. San Diego, 9/24/00
Peterson Ties UCLA Single-Season Record . . .
With UCLA's 3-0 shutout over USD on Sunday, UCLA goalkeeper CiCi Peterson notched her fourth-consecutive shutout, tying the UCLA single-season record. Peterson, who hasn't given up a goal since a 6-1 Bruin victory over Georgia back on Sept. 1, is currently tied with former Bruin keepers Gretchen Overgaard and Lindsay Culp. A shutout over Fresno State on Friday will give Peterson her fifth-consecutive shutout, thus setting the UCLA the single-season record.
Home Field Advantage . . .
How good is UCLA at home? Well, the Bruins haven't lost a home contest in nearly two years and currently own a seven-game home winning streak. UCLA posted an impressive 7-0-1 home record in 1999. The Bruins' last home loss was an NCAA Second Round defeat to BYU back on Nov. 14, 1998. UCLA holds an all-time home record of 46-13-5.
Bruins Gain First-Ever Top-5 National Ranking . . .
The UCLA women's soccer team achieved its highest national ranking in the eight-year history of the program on Sept. 11, checking in at No. 5 in the NSCAA national poll. UCLA's previous highest ranking came last season when the Bruins climbed to No. 7 in the NSCAA rankings released on October 11. The Bruins are again at No. 5 in this week's poll. Complete polls listed on page 3.
Regional Rankings . . .
Due to Stanford's loss to Santa Clara on Friday, UCLA moved up to No. 1 in the West Region rankings released Monday by the NSCAA. The Bruins, who were No. 2 behind the Cardinal last week, moved up to the top spot for the second time this season. UCLA, which has been ranked No. 1 two of the four weeks that the poll has been out, topped the West Region poll back on Sept. 11.
Hat Tricks . . .
Only seven games into the season and two UCLA freshmen already have hat tricks. Katherine Bjazevich was the first Bruin to record one this season, scoring three times a 5-0 win over Georgia State on Aug. 27 at the Clemson/Nike Kickoff Classic. Most recently, Sarah-Gayle Swanson scored three second-half goals in a 4-0 win over Baylor at the 2000 USC Fila Challenge.
Pryce to Miss Entire 2000 Season . . .
UCLA freshman defender Nandi Pryce, an alternate on the 2000 U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team, underwent surgery on Sept. 8 to repair a fractured left tibia following an injury she suffered that day in a game against Vanderbilt at the 2000 USC Fila Challenge. Pryce, regarded by many as the top recruit in the nation as a high school senior last season, suffered her injury in the first half of UCLA's 2-0 victory over the Commodores. She was taken immediately to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica where x-rays confirmed the fracture. Strangely enough, the injury came exactly one week after she broke her nose in UCLA's 6-1 win over Georgia in Gainesville, Fla. on Sept. 1. Prior to the injury, Pryce played in five games, recording one assist.
Bruins Achieve Rare Feat in Gainesville . . .
The UCLA women's soccer team notched one of its biggest wins in program history on Sept. 3, defeating No. 10 Florida 4-0 in front of 1,657 fans in Gainesville, Fla. In the victory, UCLA became only the fourth team ever to shutout the Gators on their home field. The loss also marked the biggest deficit ever for the Gators at home, erasing the previous mark set in a 2-0 loss to Vanderbilt on Sept. 14, 1997.
UCLA Nets 100th All-Time Victory . . .
UCLA entered the season just three wins shy of 100 all-time victories, with an overall record of 97-33-9 in seven seasons. Following wins over Georgia State and Georgia, UCLA was able to notch its 100th all-time victory on Sept. 3 in a 4-0 win over No. 10 Florida. The Bruins average nearly 14 wins a season (13.9) and own an overall winning percentage of .736.
Ellis, Pryce Selected for U.S. Olympic Team . . .
In August, UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis and freshman defender Nandi Pryce were selected to represent the United States in its quest for a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Ellis is currently in Sydney serving as an assistant coach on the U.S. squad and had to miss UCLA's game against USD on Sunday. Meanwhile Pryce, the youngest player chosen for the team, was picked as an alternate and is in Los Angeles recovering from injury. She was not scheduled to make the trip prior to getting hurt back on Sept. 8.
UCLA Recruiting Class Ranked No. 1 . . .
The UCLA women's soccer recruiting class was tabbed No. 1 in the nation according to online soccer source, Soccer Buzz. UCLA beat out 1999 NCAA Champion North Carolina and Pac-10 rival Stanford, two schools which finished second and third respectively in the recruiting class rankings.
Swanson Named to SA's Team of the Week . . .
Freshman forward Sarah-Gayle Swanson was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week on Sept. 6 following Bruin victories over Georgia and No. 10 Florida. Swanson scored the game-winner in both contests, adding two goals and an assist in UCLA's 4-0 shutout over the Gators.
Freshmen Make Immediate Impact . . .
With so many newcomers to this year's team (14 to be exact) much of UCLA's success will depend on the production of freshmen. With the exception of transfers Courtney Wright and Brittany Whalen, the Bruins have 12 newcomers with no prior collegiate experience. Freshman Sarah-Gayle Swanson currently leads the Bruins in scoring with 17 points (7g, 3a) and Katherine Bjazevich ranks fourth on the team with six points, all on goals. Both have netted hat tricks this season. With Freshman Nandi Pryce out the remainder of the season due to injury, fellow freshman Kathryn Lee will likely step in to a starting role in the Bruin backfield.
UCLA's 2000 Schedule . . .
Annually, UCLA plays one of the toughest schedules in the country. This season is no different as the Bruins have already faced two top-10 teams in No. 6 Clemson and No. 10 Florida. The Bruins are scheduled to take on five more teams currently ranked in the NSCAA Top-25 including, No. 8 Cal, No. 10 Washington, No. 13 Stanford, No. 19 USC and No. 22 Marquette.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis . . .
Jillian Ellis was hired on July 8, 1999 as the third UCLA women's soccer head coach in the program's six-year history. She replaced Todd Salda?a, who was selected to head the UCLA men's soccer program early last year. In her first season at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer program, Ellis helped coach the Bruins to an impressive 15-5-1 overall record and their fourth NCAA tournament bid. Prior to UCLA, Ellis coached for two seasons at the University of Illinois, owning a 19-18-0 overall record. She is currently the head coach of the Under-21 U.S. National Team, and recently guided the Under-21s to the 2000 Nordic Cup title in Weismain, Germany. She is currently serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Team in Sydney, Australia.