Nov. 20, 2001
NCAA Third Round
(3) UCLA vs. Dayton
Saturday, November 24 - 1:00 p.m. (Drake Stadium)
Bruins Host Dayton This Saturday in NCAA Third Round:
The No. 3 seeded UCLA women's soccer team continues its quest to reach the 2001 NCAA College Cup by hosting Dayton this Saturday, Nov. 24 for an NCAA Third-Round match beginning at 1:00 p.m . Saturday's match will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. UCLA is coming off victories over Cal State Fullerton and Pepperdine this past weekend in Los Angeles. Dayton has won its last 15 matches, most recently beating Maryland and Miami (OH) in the first and second rounds this past weekend in West Virginia.
UCLA in Familiar Territory:
The Bruins are making their third-straight appearance in the third round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championships. UCLA defeated Texas A&M, 4-0 in last year's third round in Los Angeles and fell to Santa Clara in an NCAA Third-Round match back in 1999 in Santa Clara. UCLA's only other appearance in the round of 16 was a 3-2 road victory over SMU back in 1997.
No. 3 Bruins Cruise Through Early-Round Action:
Bruin midfielder Tracey Winzen scored two goals and assisted on another, as UCLA defeated Cal State Fullerton, 3-0 on Friday in an NCAA First-Round match. In the second round on Sunday, the Bruins downed 25th-ranked Pepperdine, 2-1. UCLA capitalized on an own goal by the Waves in the first half, while Whitney Jones scored the game-winner in the 48th minute.
Bruins Nearing School Record for Shutouts:
UCLA's 3-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday was the Bruins' 13th shutout of the season. The school record for shutouts in a season is 15, set in 2000. UCLA's 2001 total is still good enough for second place all-time.
Monroe, Rigamat on Player of the Year Lists:
Forwards Mary-Frances Monroe Stephanie Rigamat are both up for player of the year honors. Monroe is a candidate for the M.A.C. Award, the Hermann Trophy and Soccer Buzz Player of the Year honors. This season, she ranks second on the team in scoring with 26 points on 11 goals and four assists. Rigamat, who leads the team in scoring with 28 points (12g, 4a), is a candidate for the Hermann Trophy.
UCLA's 2001 schedule is as difficutl as any team's in the country. During the regular season, the Bruins faced seven top-25 teams, posting a 6-1 record. In all, the Bruins are an impressive 7-1 against teams ranked in the NSCAA Top-25. Santa Clara is the only top-25 team to beat the Bruins this season.
Eight Bruins Named All-Pac-10:
Pac-10 Champion UCLA cleaned up on postseason honors on Nov. 13, with a conference-best eight players earning All-Pac-10 recognition. Defender Krista Boling (San Jose, Calif.), Midfielder Sarah-Gayle Swanson (Denver, Colo.) and forwards Mary-Frances Monroe (Tariffville, Conn.) and Stephanie Rigamat (La Crescenta, Calif.), were all named to the first team. Midfielder's Nandi Pryce (Casselberry, Fla.) and Whitney Jones (San Clemente, Calif.) were second-team selections. In addition to UCLA's first and second-team selections, defender Bethany Bogart (San Diego, Calif.) and midfielder Breana Boling (San Jose, Calif.) were honorable mention selections.
Bruins Win 2001 Pac-10 Title!:
In one of the biggest goals of her career, Staci Duncan scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Stanford on Nov. 11, helping UCLA win the Pac-10 title outright for the first time since 1997. It is UCLA's third Pac-10 title overall and first since 1998. Prior to the start of the season, UCLA was picked to win the conference according to the Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll.
Not In Our House:
With two home victories this past weekend, UCLA extended its home unbeaten streak to 26 matches. UCLA recently concluded its third-straight undefeated regular season in Westwood, posting a 7-0-0 home record. The Bruins were 8-0-0 last season and 7-0-1 at home in 1999. UCLA's last home loss was an NCAA Second Round defeat to BYU back on Nov. 14, 1998. UCLA holds an all-time home record of 63-13-5.
Duncan Ranks Among UCLA's All-Time Best:
Bruin forward Staci Duncan notched the 13th game-winning goal of her career on Friday against Cal State Fullerton, moving her into sole possession of second place on the UCLA career charts in that category. She was previously tied with fellow senior Stephanie Rigamat at 12. In addition, Duncan's 35 career goals and 88 career points are also good enough for second place on the UCLA career charts. Former Bruin Traci Arkenberg (1994-97) ranks first in both of those categories with 169 points and 71 goals.
NSCAA Top-25 (11/12)
1. North Carolina 2. Santa Clara 3. UCLA 4. Stanford 5. Portland 6. Notre Dame 7. Penn State 8. Texas A&M 9. Florida 10. Texas 11. Nebraska 12. Washington 13. UConn 14. St. Mary's 15. Virginia 16. Florida State 17. Cal 18. Clemson 19. West Virginia 20. Michigan 21. San Diego 22. Princeton 23. Harvard 24. Illinois 25. Pepperdine 25. Wake Forest