Sept. 4, 2000
This Week . . .
Following its 10-day East Coast road swing, the No. 8 UCLA women's soccer team returns home this week to take part in the 2000 USC Fila Challenge hosted by USC. The Bruins open the challenge against Vanderbilt at 1:00 p.m. this Friday and face Baylor at Noon on Sunday. All matches will be played at McAlister Field. Friday will mark UCLAs first-ever meeting with Vanderbilt, while the Bruins defeated Baylor 1-0 at the 1998 Fila Challenge in the only meeting between the two schools.
Bruins Shutout No. 10 Florida in Gainesville . . .
The UCLA women's soccer team notched one of its biggest wins in program history Sunday, defeating No. 10 Florida 4-0 in front of 1,657 fans in Gainesville, Fla. The Bruins completed a rare feat Sunday, becoming 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. Freshman Sarah-Gayle Swanson scored twice for the Bruins, notching her first goal on a header in the seventh minute of the contest and her second following a deflection off the post in the 55th minute. She also added an assist. Venus James registered a goal and an assist and Stephanie Rigamat scored her first goal of the season. UCLA's victory over Florida, the 1998 NCAA Champions, marked the Bruins' 100th win in program history.
Bjazevich Notches Hat Trick in Victory Over Georgia . . .
Freshman forward Katherine Bjazevich scored the first goal of her collegiate career on Friday, then added two more as the UCLA soccer team breezed passed Georgia 6-1 in Gainesville, Fla. Bjazevich scored her first goal in the 32nd minute, then added a second just a minute and a half later on an assist from Karissa Hampton. She made the score 5-1 on her third goal of the evening in the 80th minute. Senior Tracey Milburn had an outstanding game, scoring two goals of her own. Freshman Sara-Gayle Swanson also added a goal, helping UCLA to victory in its first-ever meeting with Georgia.
Bruins Climb in NSCAA National Rankings . . .
With two convincing victories this past weekend in Florida, UCLA moved up six spots to No. 8 in the latest poll released Monday by the NSCAA. This is the second poll released by the NSCAA as the Bruins debuted at No. 14 in its preseason rankings released in early August. Soccer Times, Soccer America and Soccer Buzz will have polls out later in the week.
Win Over Florida Marks Program's 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 Sunday with 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 .731.
Ellis, Pryce Selected for U.S. Olympic Team . . .
UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis and freshman defender Nandi Pryce have been selected to represent the United States in its quest for a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Ellis will serve as an assistant coach on the U.S. squad, while Pryce, the youngest player chosen for the team, was picked as an alternate. Barring injury, she will not be making the trip to Sydney.
UCLA Recruiting Class Ranked No. 1 . . .
The UCLA women's soccer recruiting class was recently 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, for the top honor.
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. Three freshman that have stepped up so far are forwards Sarah-Gayle Swanson, Nandi Pryce and Katherine Bjazevich.
UCLA's 2000 Schedule . . .
With five opponents ranked in the NSCAA preseason top-25, including two more ranked in the top-30, UCLA's 2000 schedule will be challenging to say the least. The Bruins open with seven-straight road games and won't play their first home game until more than a month into the season (9/29 vs. Fresno State). The schedule is highlighted by games against No. 6 Clemson (L 1-0), No. 10 Florida (W 4-0), No. 24 USD (9/24), No. 17 USC (10/8) and No. 7 Stanford (10/27).
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. This September, she will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Team in Sydney, Australia.