Ellis Guides U.S. Under-21s to Nordic Cup Title

Aug. 5, 2000

WEISMAIN, Germany (Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000) - UCLA women's soccer head coach Jillian Ellis guided the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team to its third Nordic Cup title in the last four years, and fourth overall, Thursday with an intense 1-0 victory over Germany in the championship game.

Held annually in Northern Europe, the eight-team Nordic Cup brings together the world's best under-21 women's national teams for the most important women's youth tournament in this age group. The USA defeated Norway in the championship game in 1997 and 1999, both on golden goals in sudden death overtime.

The Americans would not need extra time this year as midfielder Jena Kluegel (Mahtomedi, Minn./UNC) provided the lone goal with a bending drive from just outside the penalty box in the 63rd minute. The match was a physical battle for 90 minutes as each 50/50 ball was contested with rock-hard tackles from both sides, but USA finally got its deserved goal midway through the second half.

"I'm so proud of this team," said Ellis following the victory. "They overcame tremendous adversity in this tournament and showed exceptional mental toughness to play four draining games in seven days. The final today was the kind of match that prepares our players to step into the full national team environment."

Ellis returned to the U.S. on Friday in preparation for UCLA's season opener on Aug. 25 in Clemson, South Carolina against No. 6 Clemson.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Aug 21
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
L, 0 - 1
Sunday, Aug 23
at San Diego
San Diego, CA
W, 1 - 0 (2OT)
Sunday, Aug 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:00 AM PST
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Thursday, Sep 17 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 25 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 01 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Oct 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 29 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 3:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round