UCLA Faces Texas A&M in NCAA Third Round

Nov. 18, 2002

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(7) UCLA (18-3) vs. Texas A&M (18-4-2) Saturday, Nov. 23 - Drake Stadium (7:00 p.m.)

Seventh-Seeded UCLA to Face Texas A&M in NCAA Third Round
Third-ranked and seventh-seeded UCLA will face fourth-ranked Texas A&M this Saturday in the third round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championships at Drake Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students/youth. They can be purchased at the gate the night of the match. The match will be broadcast live via the internet at www.uclabruins.com. UCLA (18-3) advanced to the third round following victories over Loyola Marymount and USC. Texas A&M (18-4-2) defeated Northwestern State and SMU in early round action.

Bruins vs. Aggies Take Two
Saturday will mark the second time that the Bruins and Aggies have faced off in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA defeated Texas A&M, 4-0 back in 2000 in the only other meeting between the two schools. That same season, the Bruins advanced all the way to the NCAA College Cup Finals, falling to North Carolina, 2-1. Coincidentally, UCLA's second round opponent that year was also USC.

Potential Matchups
The winner of the UCLA/Texas A&M match will face the winner between Tennessee and second-seeded North Carolina. If the seedings play out and both UCLA and North Carolina win, the Bruins would travel to Chapel Hill for the quarterfinals Nov. 30. If UCLA wins and Tennessee pulls off the upset, the Bruins would host the Lady Vols at Drake Stadium Nov. 30.

Bruins Extend Winning Streak to Nine With Win over USC
Bruin defender Kendal Billingsley's golden goal in double-overtime lifted No. 7-seeded UCLA to a thrilling 1-0 victory over cross-town rival USC in the second round on Sunday. The official time of Billingsley's goal was 103:18 of the second overtime period. Bruin defender Nandi Pryce and forward Crystal James were credited with the assists. UCLA, which won its ninth-consecutive victory Sunday, dictated much of the play, outshooting the Women of Troy, 22-2. The UCLA record for consecutive victories is 12 set back in 1997.

UCLA Blanks LMU, 4-0 in NCAA First Round
Bruin midfielder Sarah-Gayle Swanson had a pair of goals Friday, as seventh-seeded UCLA shutout Loyola Marymount, 4-0 in NCAA First Round action. For Swanson, who has a team-best five game-winning goals on the year, it was her third game winner in as many matches. She was joined in the scoring column by Whitney Jones and Lindsay Greco.

Bruins Ranked No. 3 in Both Major Polls
UCLA closed out the season ranked No. 3 in both the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America national polls. Stanford and North Carolina are Nos. 1 and 2 respectively. The next polls will not be released until following the College Cup in December. The Bruins' highest year-end ranking is No. 2 (2000).

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

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.

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 20 of 21 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 12 shutouts, while giving up just 13 goals all year.

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