Sept. 12, 2006
Bruins to Host Matadors in Doubleheader Action
Both the UCLA men's and women's soccer teams will be in action this Friday as part of a doubleheader at Drake Stadium. Kicking off the action will be the fourth-ranked UCLA women (5-1) hosting Cal State Northridge (3-3) beginning at 6:00 p.m. That match will be immediately followed by the Bruin men vs. Santa Clara at 8:00 p.m. UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 2-1, with the two teams last squaring off back in 2002 (a 4-0 Bruin victory).
Bruins Shine at UCLA Women's Cup
UCLA picked up a pair of quality wins over the weekend, downing No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 11 UConn as part of the 2006 UCLA Women's Cup at Drake Stadium. The Bruins opened up with a 2-1 victory over Texas A&M on Friday evening, before following that up with a 3-0 shutout against UConn on Sunday. Santa Clara, the only team in the Cup that UCLA did not face, also went 2-0 with wins over UConn (2-1, 2OT) and Texas A&M (2-0).
Adams, Cheney Impress in First Matches of `06
Playing their first matches of the season after returning from the U-20 FIFA World Championships in Russia, junior Danesha Adams and freshman Lauren Cheney both turned in impressive outings over the weekend. Adams had the Bruins' first goal in a 2-1 victory over Texas A&M on Friday. After the Aggies tied it up in the second half, Cheney netted the game winner in the 78th minute. Both players came out on fire again on Sunday, as Adams netted two goals and Cheney had the other in a 3-0 shutout against UConn.
Adams Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Following her three-goal effort over the weekend, junior Danesha Adams was named this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week. If marks the second such honor of her career and UCLA's first of the season. Adams was also named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week.
UCLA Moves Up in National Rankings
After posting two ranked wins over the weekend, UCLA moved up to No. 4 in both the Soccer America weekly rankings and the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' poll. In addition, the Bruins are ranked No. 3 according to Soccer Buzz and No. 4 in the Soccer Times poll.
U-20s Make Immediate Impact at Women's Cup
UCLA's Under-20 stars - Danesha Adams, Lauren Cheney, Christina DiMartino, Erin Hardy and Valerie Henderson - all started in their first matches back after returning last week from the FIFA Women's World Championships in Russia. Adams and Cheney accounted for all five of UCLA's goals over the weekend. Attacking midfielder DiMartino was the playmaker in the middle, while Hardy shut down several Texas A&M scoring opportunities. Henderson picked up her first two wins of the season in goal, posting a shutout against UConn on Sunday. UCLA, which was without its five starters for the first four matches of the season, had more players on the Under-20 U.S. team that any other school in the country.
West Coast Powers Collide Next Week
In what is shaping up to be one of the premier matchups of the regular season, No. 4 UCLA will visit No. 3 Santa on Sept. 22 in Santa Clara, Calif. After losing the first four matches of the series, UCLA has battled back to win the last two, including a 2-1 overtime victory last season in Santa Clara. Danesha Adams had both Bruin goals in that contest. The last four meetings between these two teams have went to overtime. Santa Clara owns a 4-2-1 lead in the series, which began back in 1994.
Bruins on TV
UCLA's match with Texas A&M last Friday is scheduled to air beginning Sept. 13 on several Fox Sports Net affiliates throughout the country. It will air on Fox Sports West in Los Angeles this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and again on Sunday at Noon. It is scheduled to air on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket (formerly Fox Sports West 2) on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.), Friday (2:00 p.m.) and Saturday (1:00 a.m.). Former UCLA All-American Tracey Milburn provided the color commentary for that match. UCLA is scheduled to have at least one more televised match this season, as Fox Sports Net will air a tape-delayed broadcast of the Oct. 6 showdown with Cal.
Adams, Henderson Named to FIFA All-Star Team
UCLA's Danesha Adams and Valerie Henderson were both named to the FIFA All-Star Team at the U-20 World Championships. Henderson, who didn't play in the first two matches during group play, started in wins over France and Germany (quarterfinals). In addition, she started both the semifinal match vs. China and the third place showdown with Brazil. Adams, who earned the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third best player, finished the tournament with three goals and one assist.
Following UCLA Via the Internet
Fans and media unable to attend Bruin home matches in 2006 can follow the action live at home by either listening to the free audio broadcasts over the internet or by following the Gametracker LiveStats. Both are accessible by clicking links located at UCLA's official athletic website: www.uclabruins.com. In addition, UCLA's play-by-play announcer Danny Lee will be doing periodic player/coach video interviews throughout the year that will also be available on the web.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Head coach Jillian Ellis is entering her eighth season at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer team. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis enters the season with a school record of 137-28-7 (.817). She has guided the Bruins to four NCAA College Cups (2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005), including three trips to the finals (2000, 2004 and 2005). She owns an overall coaching record of 156-46-7 (.763), which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois. In addition to her work with UCLA, Ellis is also the head coach of the Under-21 U.S. Women's National Team, recently guiding the U-21s to a second-place showing at the 2006 Nordic Cup.