Sept. 27, 1999
This Week: No. 9 UCLA (7-1-0) takes to the road this week to participate in the University of San Diego Tournament. On day one of the tournament, the Bruins meet soccer powerhouse No. 3 North Carolina (7-2-0) on Friday, October 1 for an 8 pm game. Tournament action continues on Sunday, October 3 when the Bruins face Texas Christian University (6-3-0). Kickoff is at 2 pm.
UCLA vs. North Carolina: UCLA suffered a 1-3 loss to North Carolina in 1996 in the first and only meeting between the two schools. This season, the Tar Heels have recorded losses to No. 6 Penn State and top-ranked Santa Clara. They are currently led in scoring by freshman forward Kim Patrick, who has tallied 20 points on nine goals and two assists. Legendary head coach Anson Dorrance, the winningest Division I coach in history, is in his 21st year at the helm of the women?s soccer program. During his tenure with North Carolina, Dorrance has established a legacy in women?s soccer, securing 15 of the 19 national championships and 11 of the 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships. Last year, the Tar Heels recorded a 25-1 record, falling to Florida 0-1 in the national title game.
UCLA vs. Texas Christian: Sunday's match between UCLA and Texas Christian marks the first meeting between the two schools. The Horned Frogs went 9-11 last year and 2-4 in the Western Athletic Conference. They are led in scoring by Allison Calleri, who has registered 11 points (4g, 3a). Head Coach David Rubinson returns 10 starters from the ?98 squad.
Pac-10 Leaders: The Bruins are the sole leaders in the Pac-10 overall standings, having posted a 7-1-0 record on the season with their only loss coming from defending national champion Florida. The No. 7 USC Trojans, who last week tied the Bruins in the overall standings, were shutout 0-5 by North Carolina this past Sunday. Earlier this season in a preseason poll of conference coaches, the Bruins were selected as co-favorites, along with Stanford, to win the 1999 Pac-10 Conference title. Last year, UCLA, USC and California were Pac-10 Co-Champions. UCLA also leads the Pac-10 in team goalkeeping (5 shutouts, 5 goals against and a 0.62 goals against average) and team points (66 pts, 24g, 18a).
Bruins Win Two: Last week the Bruins went 2-0, defeating Cal Poly, SLO 5-1 on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and then shutting out San Diego State 3-0 this past Sunday. Cal Poly notched the first goal in last Wednesday's game. The 11th minute goal was enough to fire up the host Bruins, who went on a 5-0 scoring run and did not look back. Junior forward Tracey Milburn led the Bruins with two goals, including the game-winner. Against San Diego State, the Bruin defense, still sour from last year's 0-1 loss at home to the Aztecs, allowed only one shot on goal the entire game. Sophomore forward Staci Duncan, junior midfielder Venus James and freshman forward Jessica Winton registered goals for the Bruins.
Shutout Madness: UCLA's stifling defense, led by senior defender Skylar Little, continues to hold back opponents. Last year the Bruins posted a school-record 11 shutouts and, if the UCLA defense continues doing what it has been doing, UCLA may break another school shutout record. In their eight games this season, the Bruins have posted five shutouts. UCLA?s four-game shutout streak was broken last Wednesday when the defense let a Cal Poly goal slip by, but the Bruins bounced back the following game to shut out San Diego State. On the season, the UCLA defense has limited opponents to only 27 shots on goal and has given up only five goals, three of them coming from then-ranked No. 3 Florida. Last week, the Bruins tallied 21 shots to Cal Poly's seven and held the Mustangs to only four shots on goal. This past Sunday, the Bruin defense came up even stronger, holding the Aztecs to eight shots and only one shot on goal.
Four Game Home Stretch: The Bruins enter a four-game home stretch, which begins next week. UCLA hosts Arizona State on Friday, October 8 at 7:30 pm and Arizona on Sunday, October 10 at 2 pm. The following week, the Bruins host Washington State on Friday, October 15 at 7:30 pm and Washington on Sunday, October 17 at 1 pm. All four games are Pac-10 Conference matches.