Sept. 16, 2002
@ Fresno State Friday, Sept. 20 - 7:00 p.m. Fresno, Calif. (Bulldog Stadium)
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE Sunday, Sept. 22 - 1:00 p.m. Los Angeles (Drake Stadium)
Bruins Prepare for Non-Conference Opponents Fresno State, CSUN
The No. 3 UCLA women's soccer team hits the road this week to take on Fresno State this Friday in Fresno, Calif. beginning at 7:00 p.m. Following that contest the Bruins will head home to host Cal State Northridge on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. UCLA (4-1) has never lost to Fresno State (1-5), leading the all-time series, 2-0. The series between the Bruins and CSUN (1-4) is tied at 1-1. UCLA won the last meeting, 3-0 in Northridge back in 1995.
UCLA Takes Title at Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Classic
UCLA defeated San Francisco, 4-1 on Friday and host Hawai'i, 2-0 on Sunday to claim the title at the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Classic in Honolulu this past weekend. Against the Dons, freshman forward Iris Mora turned in her most impressive performance to date, registering a hat trick in the 4-1 victory. Fellow freshman Katie Rivera, who suffered a broken nose against Penn State just one week ago, contributed with a goal and an assist. Against the Rainbow Wahine, it was UCLA's upperclassmen that took over, as juniors Sarah-Gayle Swanson and Nandi Pryce each put in a goal to help the Bruins take a 2-0 decision. Pryce was named the tournament's most outstanding player and she was joined on the all-tournament team by Swanson, Mora, Kathryn Lee, Sarah Lombardo and Jill Oakes.
Freshmen Duo Leads Bruins in Scoring
In sharp contrast to 2001, where seniors Mary-Frances Monroe and Stephanie Rigamat accounted for most of the scoring, two freshmen have taken over that role in 2002. Just five games into their collegiate careers, freshmen Iris Mora and Katie Rivera account for nearly half of the UCLA's scoring this season (20 of 42 points to be exact). Both are currently tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 points each. Mora, who scored a goal a little more than two minutes after entering her first game at UCLA, registered UCLA's first hat trick of the season against San Francisco on Sept. 13. She also had a pair of goals against San Diego back on Aug. 30. Rivera had two crucial goals in a 4-3 overtime victory over then-No. 5 Virginia on Sept. 6. She also had a goal and an assist against USD and USF. UCLA's 2002 recruiting class as a whole (including sophomore transfer Kim Devine) has accounted for 28 of the Bruins 42 points on the year.
Bruins No. 3 in NSCAA/adidas, No. 4 in Soccer America
After being ranked No. 5 in both major national polls last week, the Bruins jumped two spots to No. 3 in the NSCAA/adidas rankings and one spot to No. 4 in the Soccer America poll released this week. North Carolina and Stanford are the two schools ranked ahead of UCLA in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
NSCAA/adidas (9/16) 1. North Carolina 2. Stanford 3. UCLA 4. Texas 5. California 6. Portland 7. Notre Dame 8. Wake Forest 9. Texas A&M T10. Santa Clara T10. Nebraska 12. West Virginia 13. Penn State 14. Connecticut 15. Michigan 16. Duke T17. Florida T17. Virginia 19. Washington 20. Purdue 21. Denver 22. Boston College 23. Princeton 24. Pepperdine 25. Harvard
Soccer America (9/16) 1. North Carolina 2. Stanford 3. Texas 4. UCLA 5. Portland 6. California 7. Santa Clara 8. Texas A&M 9. Notre Dame 10. Penn State 11. Duke 12. Tennessee 13. West Virginia 14. Connecticut 15. Wake Forest 16. Virginia 17. Clemson 18. Pepperdine 19. Nebraska 20. USC 21. Washington 22. Michigan 23. Auburn 24. Florida 25. Denver
Mexican National Team to Visit UCLA Sept. 28
For the first time ever UCLA will do battle with another country when the Full Mexican National Team comes to Drake Stadium for an exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 28. The match, which is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m., is free to the public. It has not yet been decided which team freshman forward Iris Mora, who is also a member of the Mexican squad, will play for.
The UCLA Bruins Radio Network
Two of UCLA's regular-season matches will be broadcast live over the internet on the UCLA Bruins Radio Network. Both the Santa Clara match on Oct. 4 and the Stanford match on Oct. 13 can be accessed live by clicking into the 'Live Game Audio' box on the right side of UCLA's website: uclabruins.com. In addition to the two regular-season matches, the UCLA Bruins Radio Network will also be broadcasting any home matches the Bruins are scheduled to host during the NCAA Tournament.
Swanson Climbing Career Charts
Bruin junior Sarah-Gayle Swanson entered this season ranked in the top-10 of several UCLA career categories, including: points (7th), goals (7th), assists (T9th) and game-winning goals (T6th). With three goals already this season, she has moved up to sixth place in that category. In addition, her one assist moves her into a tie for eighth all-time in assists with Sherice Bartling. She is also now sixth all-time in points (49) and fifth in game-winning goals (8). With her senior year still ahead, she will most likely move into the top five of all four categories before she completes her eligibility.
Taking a Look Ahead
Following this week's matchups, the Bruins will have three more non-conference matches before the always difficult Pac-10 schedule gets underway. The Bruins round out the non-conference season with home matches against Mountain West power Brigham Young on Sept. 25 and defending NCAA Champion Santa Clara on Oct. 4. UCLA will also travel across town to take on Loyola Marymount on Oct. 6. The Bruins kickoff the Pac-10 season at home with No. 5 Cal on Oct. 11 and No. 2 Stanford on Oct. 13. Just how tough will the Pac-10 schedule be this season? Four Pac-10 teams are currently ranked in the top-25, including No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 Cal and No. 19 Washington.
Head coach Jillian Ellis
Head coach Jillian Ellis is currently in her fourth season at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer program. In just three seasons, Ellis has transformed UCLA into one of the elite women's soccer programs in the nation. She has guided the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of her first three seasons, including a trip to the quarterfinals in 2001. She owns an overall record of 58-13-2 at UCLA and her overall coaching record is 77-32-2. In just her second season at UCLA, Ellis guided the Bruins to the 2000 NCAA College Cup, falling to North Carolina, 2-1 in the NCAA title match. For UCLA, which finished second in the national rankings in 2000 with a 19-4-1 overall record, it was the first College Cup appearance in the eight-year history of the program. Ellis was rewarded for her efforts when she was named NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year at the end of the season.