Aug. 30, 2005
Third-Ranked Bruins Head to Florida
Following a solid start to the season, the No. 3 UCLA women's soccer team (2-0) heads to Coral Gables, Fla. this week for the Miami Tournament, hosted by the University of Miami. The Bruins open up the tournament with Princeton (0-0) on Friday at 4:00 p.m. (PST). That match will be a rematch of last year's NCAA Semifinals, a 2-0 UCLA victory. The Tigers are ranked No. 14 in this week's Soccer America poll. The Bruins lead the all-time series with Princeton, 2-0, having also defeated the Tigers back in 2001. On Sunday, UCLA will take on a team it has never faced in Florida Atlantic (2-0). Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. (PST).
Lang to Miss Miami Trip
Although she will be missed, freshman Kara Lang, this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, has been given the green light by head coach Jillian Ellis to compete in two matches for the Canadian Women's National Team this week. The Canadians are scheduled to face World Cup Champion Germany in two matches, beginning on Thursday in Burnaby, BC. The second match will take place on Sunday in Edmonton.
Bruins Begin the Year With a Pair of Victories
UCLA got off to a quick start to the 2005 season this past weekend, defeating Southern California foes Long Beach State and No. 25 San Diego. The Bruins took a 3-0 home victory over Long Beach on Friday, the first-ever meeting between the two schools. UCLA's Danesha Adams, McCall Zerboni and Caitlin Ursini accounted for the goals in that contest. On Sunday, the Bruins headed to San Diego, where Kara Lang stole the show in a 4-1 victory. The freshman from Oakville, Ontario had a hat trick, as UCLA pushed its unbeaten streak over the Toreros to 14-straight matches. Freshman Christina DiMartino accounted for the other goal in that contest.
Freshmen Making an Impact
UCLA's freshmen class has taken little time to get adjusted to the collegiate game, accounting for over half (13 of 21) of the Bruins' points tallied in the first two matches. Although Kara Lang's seven points is a big factor, Christina DiMartino (3 points) and McCall Zerboni (3 points) have also gotten in on the action. Erin Hardy started both matches in the back, while Caitlyn Mac Kechnie and Blake Zerboni turned i solid showings in both games as well.
UCLA Checks in at No. 3 in National Polls
The Bruins are currently ranked third behind Notre Dame and North Carolina in both the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America national polls. Notre Dame is ranked first in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Poll, while North Carolina checks in at No. 1 in Soccer America's current poll released this week. Soccer Buzz also has the Bruins at No. 3. UCLA ended the 2004 season ranked second after falling to Notre Dame in the national championship match.
Oakes, Mora and Lang Receive Early Season Appraise
Defender Jill Oakes and forwards Iris Mora and Kara Lang have all been named preseason All-Americans by one publication or another. Both Mora and Oakes were named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List, designating the early favorites for national player of the year honors. Additionally, Oakes was named to the Soccer Buzz Preseason Elite 12 Team. Lang, a freshman, was named to Soccer America's Preseason All-America Team before she even stepped onto the field. She proved worthy of that recognition in UCLA's opening weekend, leading the Bruins in scoring after the first two matches. Lang was the only freshman named to Soccer America's preseason squad.
NSCAA/adidas (Pre) 1. Notre Dame 2. North Carolina 3. UCLA 4. Virginia 5. Santa Clara 6. Texas A&M 7. Portland 8. Penn State 9. UConn 10. Ohio State 11. Tennessee 12. Duke 13. Illinois 14. Stanford 15. West Virginia 16. Boston College 17. Nebraska 18. Arizona 19. Florida 20. Washington t21. Princeton t21. Wake Forest 23. Kansas 24. California 25. Wisconsin
Soccer America (8/30) 1. North Carolina 2. Notre Dame 3. UCLA 4. Portland 5. Virginia 6. Penn State 7. Santa Clara 8. Ohio State 9. Nebraska 10. Texas A&M 11. Florida 12. Duke 13. UConn 14. Princeton 15. Boston College 16. Texas 17. West Virginia 18. Stanford 19. Florida State 20. Marquette 21. Wisconsin 22. Pepperdine 23. Tennessee 24. Cal 25. Maryland