Nov. 4, 2002
Friday, Nov. 8 vs. Washington Seattle, Wash. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 10 vs. Washington State Pullman, Wash. - 11:00 a.m.
Bruins Close Out 2002 Regular Season in Washington
The No. 4-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (14-3; 6-1 Pac-10) will play its final two matches of the regular season this week when the Bruins travel to the state of Washington this Friday and Sunday. On Friday, UCLA will be in Seattle to take on Washington (8-7-3; 3-3-1 Pac-10) at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins lead the all-time series, 5-2-1, posting a 1-0 decision over the Huskies at Drake Stadium last year . On Sunday, the Bruins will be in Pullman for a showdown with Washington State (10-5-2; 4-1-2 Pac-10) at 11:00 a.m. UCLA leads the series, 7-1-1, and is looking for its eight-straight victory over the Cougars. With two wins this weekend, the Bruins will finish the regular season undefeated on the road (8-0) for only the second time in school history (1997 was the other year).
NCAA Pairings Released Monday, Nov. 11
The 64-team Division I Women's Soccer Championship bracket will be announced on ESPNEWS on Monday, November 11 at approximately 1:30 p.m. (PST). ESPNEWS can be found on DirecTV at channel 207 and on Dish Network at channel 142. In addition, some cable systems carry the ESPNEWS signal. Immediately following the ESPNEWS announcement, the bracket will be available at www.ncaasports.com.
Bruins Extend Winning Streak to Five With Sweep of Oregon Schools
UCLA registered its fourth-consecutive shutout on Friday, downing Oregon 2-0 at Drake Stadium. Following a scoreless first half, the Bruins got on the board in the 49th minute when Crystal James connected with a wide-open Katie Rivera for the Bruins' first goal of the match. UCLA added another goal at the 60:33 mark when Rivera crossed a ball to Lindsay Greco, who put in a shot from about 10 yards out. The Bruins outshot the Ducks, 23-2 on the night. UCLA wasted little time getting on the board Sunday, scoring in just the second minute of the match en route to a 4-1 victory over Oregon State. Lindsay Greco, Crystal James, Stacy Lindstrom and Jill Oakes all had goals, helping to push the Bruins' winning streak to five in a row.
UCLA Re-Enters Top-5 in Both Major Polls
After sweeping the Oregon schools this past weekend, UCLA re-entered the top-5 in the NSCAA/adidas poll and currently stands at No. 4. The Bruins started the season ranked No. 2 in that poll. UCLA, which was already ranked No. 4 in Soccer America's poll, jumped two spots to No. 2 this week. UCLA is also ranked No. 2 in the West Region behind top-ranked Stanford.
NSCAA/adidas (11/4) 1. Stanford 2. North Carolina 3. Texas A&M 4. UCLA 5. Texas 6. Pepperdine 7. Portland 8. West Virginia 9. UConn 10. Santa Clara 11. Penn State 12. Charlotte 13. Tennessee 14. Clemson 15. USC 16. Maryland 17. Purdue 18. Denver 19. Florida State 20. Virginia 21. Notre Dame 22. BYU 23. Dartmouth 24. Michigan 25. ASU
Soccer America (11/4) 1. Stanford 2. UCLA 3. North Carolina 4. Texas A&M 5. Santa Clara 6. Texas 7. West Virginia 8. Pepperdine 9. Portland 10. Penn State 11. UConn 12. Clemson 13. Charlotte 14. Villanova 15. USC 16. Tennessee 17. Denver 18. Virginia 19. Maryland 20. Washington State 21. California 22. Florida State 23. Arizona State 24. Duke 25. St. Louis
Shutout Streak Snapped Against Oregon State
UCLA had its' four-match shutout streak snapped Sunday in a 4-1 win over Oregon State. Heading into that match, the Bruins had not given up a goal since Oct. 13, posting shutouts over Arizona, ASU, USC and Oregon in the process. UCLA's 10 shutouts this season is already good enough for a tie for fourth all time in the UCLA record books. The school record for single-season shutouts is 15 set by the 2000 Bruins.
Greco, Rivera Lead Bruins in Scoring
With Iris Mora off playing with the Mexican National Team and Sarah-Gayle Swanson out with an injury, Bruin sophomore Lindsay Greco and freshman Katie Rivera are tied atop the UCLA scoring chart with 16 points apiece. Rivera, who has been one of the scoring leaders all season, currently has six goals and four assists. Greco, who led the Bruins in scoring last year before suffering an ACL injury, is just getting back to full-strength, registering five goals and six assists on the year.
UCLA's Dominant Defense
UCLA's defense is always ranked among the best in the Pac-10 and this year is no different. The Bruins have given up only 11 goals all year while recording 10 shutouts. In addition, only three times in 17 matches has UCLA given up more than one goal in a match. The Bruins have outscored the competition, 46-11, producing a goals against average of 0.64.