Women's Soccer Travels To Santa Clara

Nov. 15, 1999

  • Bruins Defeat USD 2-1 in NCAA Second Round Action
  • Bruins Prepare for Third Round of NCAA Tournament

No. 14 UCLA (15-4-1) meets top-seeded and undefeated No. 1 Santa Clara (21-0) this week in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The game is scheduled for Saturday, November 20 at 1 pm and will be held at Buck Shaw Stadium.

UCLA vs. Santa Clara
This week's match marks the second time UCLA and Santa Clara have met. However, the last meeting occured back in 1994 when the Broncos handed the Bruins a 0-2 loss in Westwood. Head coach Jerry Smith, who is in his 13th season as the Broncos' head coach, has led Santa Clara to its first perfect regular-season record in school history and its third straight West Coast Conference title this season. The Broncos have not lost a regular-season home game since 1997 and have just come off a 2-0 win over Brigham Young in the second round of the NCAAs. This year marks SCU's 11th straight NCAA tournament berth. The Broncos, who are looking for their first championship game appearance, have advanced to the third round for four straight years and to the NCAA semifinals the last three seasons. SCU is 15-10 all-time in the tournament with six trips to the semis. The Broncos are paced by seniors Mandy Clemens (65 pts, 22 g, 21a) and Jaqui Little (46 pts, 20g, 6a), who is the twin sister of Bruin defender Skylar Little.

Little Twins go Head-to-Head
Identical twin sisters Skylar and Jaqui Little will be facing off against each other for the first time on Saturday when UCLA meets Santa Clara. When they meet, Skylar will most likely be marking Jaqui. Skylar, UCLA's key defender, has been instrumental in the Bruins' nationally recognized defense. This year, she has helped the team post nine shutouts, and last year she helped the defense post a school-record 11 shutouts. She is one of only four players on the squad to have started all 20 of UCLA's games this season. Earlier this season she was named the '99 Wake Forest Invitational MVP and was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week for the week of Sept. 6-12 for her stifling defense during the tournament. She was also named second team All-Pac-10 this year and in 1998, she earned NSCAA first-team All-Far West acclaim. Sister Jaqui, who wears the same jersey number as Skylar (#23), is a leading forward on the top-ranked Broncos squad. A four-time first-team all-conference athlete, Jaqui has set numerous school and conference records, including a single-season scoring record for WCC contests. In addition, she has posted four hat-tricks this season, including two in a row. Last year she earned NSCAA second team All-Far West accolades.

UCLA vs. USD in NCAA Round Two
UCLA earned its second ever NCAA Round Two win with a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 20 San Diego. Forward Jessica Winton lifted the Bruins to the victory with her game-winning goal. Four minutes into overtime, she put the game away when she fired in a shot from 10 yards out off an assist from Tracey Milburn. In the first half, the Bruins dominated the game, holding USD to only one shot. UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute when forward Staci Duncan flipped a pass to Venus James, who pushed the ball into the net from 12 yards out. In the second half, USD came up strong, delivering nine shots and holding UCLA scoreless. The Toreros tied up the score with 53:04 with a penalty kick after UCLA's Karissa Hampton was called for a hand ball in the box.

UCLA in the NCAAs
UCLA is 3-3 all-time in the NCAA tournament. This year marks UCLA's second straight bye and its fourth appearance in the post-season. In their first trip to the playoffs, the Bruins lost to Washington 2-1 in 1995. In 1997, UCLA recorded the school's best post-season finish ever, advancing all the way to the quarterfinals. UCLA knocked off No. 7 seed Portland 1-0 in the first round, joining Notre Dame as the only team to hand the Pilots a home playoff loss. Midfielder Beth Thompson recorded her first collegiate goal in the 43rd minute to lead UCLA to its first playoff victory in school history. In the second round, UCLA traveled to Dallas, defeating SMU 3-2 behind goals from Shannon Thomas, Venus James and Sarah Miller. UCLA then went on to battle No. 2 seed Notre Dame in the quarterfinals, taking an 8-0 loss against the Fighting Irish. Last year, the Bruins earned a first round bye but fell 2-0 to BYU in the second round.

UCLA in the Polls
UCLA is ranked No. 14 in the NSCAA poll. In other polls, UCLA is tied for twelth in SoccerTimes and ranked No. 12 in High Tech Women's Soccer and No. 16 in Soccer America.

Winton Grabs MET-Rx/UCLA Athlete of the Week Honors
For her sensational performance against San Diego this past Saturday, forward Jessica Winton was selected the Met-Rx/UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Nov. 8-14. Winton, who nabbed the game-winner and also assisted on UCLA's go-ahead goal in the first half, paced both teams with three points. This is Winton's second Met-Rx/UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week award. For the week of Sept. 6-12 she earned the award after recording a hat trick while playing only 39 minutes.

Lauren Emblem Named to Soccer America Team of the Week
Sophomore midfielder Lauren Emblem was named to Soccer America's "Team of the Week" for the week of November 1-7. She garnered the honors after scoring the game-winner in UCLA's 3-0 upset of Pac-10 foe USC. With the win, UCLA single-handedly eliminated the Trojans from first-place conference contention. Emblem is UCLA's second player to have received the "Team of the Week" honor this season.

Bruins Earn Pac-10 Accolades
Adding to her list of accolades, Winton was named Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year, along with Stanford's Marcia Wallis, last week. In addition, UCLA had four players receive all-conference acclaim. For the second year in a row, Tracey Milburn earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors. Forward Staci Duncan, midfielder Venus James and defender Skylar Little earned second-team honors. This is the second straight year that both Duncan and James have been named to the all-conference team.

The Pac-10 in the NCAA Tournament
UCLA is one of only two Pac-10 teams remaining in the 1999 NCAA Tournament. Stanford, the other Pac-10 team that remains, advances to the third round of the NCAAs after posting a 3-1 win over Cal Poly. California fell 0-2 in the first round to Brigham Young, and USC was knocked out in the second round after a 0-1 overtime loss to SMU.

Bruin Offense
Winton continues to lead the Bruins with 29 points (12g, 5a). Her 12 goals this season put her atop UCLA's scoring list, and she is only two goals shy of breaking the freshman record of goals scored in a season (14 by Traci Arkenberg in 1994). In addition, Winton is only the second freshman and fourth Bruin in school history to have recorded a hat trick (Sept. 10 vs. UNC Charlotte). Also leading the offense are forwards Staci Duncan and Tracey Milburn, who are currently tied for second on the squad with 23 points. Duncan ranks second on the squad in goals scored with 10, while Milburn trails closely behind with nine.

Bruin Defense
The Bruin defense, led by Little, junior Karissa Hampton and sophomore Krista Boling, has traditionally been a strong feature of UCLA women's soccer, and this year is no exception. The "No Goal Patrol," the self-proclaimed title of the Bruin defense, continues to hold back opponents. On the season, UCLA has recorded nine shutouts, including a four-game shutout streak from Sept. 6-17, which ties for the longest consecutive shutout streak ever. The '99 Bruin defense has also held opponents to five or less shots in seven games and five or less shots on goal in 13 games.

Guarding the Net
Both senior Lindsay Culp and sophomore CiCi Peterson have done an excellent job this season guarding the net for the Bruins. Culp has ranked among the nation's best this year, ranking as high as No. 2 with her 0.32 goals against average (through games played Oct. 10), and also led the conference in individual goalkeeping throughout most of the regular-season. Peterson has started the Bruins' last four contests and posts a 1.21 goals against average.

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