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Women's Soccer Gears Up to Face USC
By: UCLA Athletics

October 26, 1998

UCLA vs. USC - Cross-town rivals UCLA (15-2-1, 5-1) and USC (10-6-1, 4-2) will go head-to-head on Sunday, November 1 at 1 pm at the L.A. Coliseum in one of the biggest games of the season. Soccer America picked this game as one of the five games in the nation that are "Worth The Trip." Last year's game ultimately decided the Pac-10 race and this season the game could hold Pac-10 and playoff implications as well.

The Rivalry - The UCLA/USC rivalry is one of the biggest in college sports and when it comes to women's soccer the rivalry is nothing short of intense. UCLA won last year's contest 3-1 in what was being called the biggest women's soccer game ever played in Southern California. Last year's game was played in front of the largest crowd ever to watch a Bruin home game (2,373). UCLA has the Trojan's number, leading the series record 6-1. UCLA's only loss came in a 3-2 defeat in 1996.

The Teams Compared - UCLA and USC have both been doing well, with UCLA riding a three-game winning streak and USC bouncing back from two Pac-10 losses to win the next four games. UCLA, the Pac-10 leader in points, has totalled 115 points this season, while the Trojans have posted 97. UCLA has five players in double figures and USC has three. UCLA's defense gets the edge, posting a 0.53 GAA while USC holds a 1.118 GAA.

Next Week - UCLA will round out Pac-10 action when it travels to Arizona to play Arizona and Arizona State. The Bruins face Arizona on Friday, November 6 at 7 pm and Arizona State on Sunday, November 8 at 12 pm. The Arizona State game will be televised delayed on Fox Sports Net. The Arizona schools have never defeated UCLA, with the Bruins leading the series record against Arizona 4-0 and Arizona State 1-0.

Bruins Sweep Oregon and Oregon State - UCLA continued its pursuit for consecutive Pac-10 championships last week, defeating Oregon 2-0 and Oregon State 4-1. The win over Oregon marked UCLA's 10th shutout of the year, tying the school record for team shutouts in a season. Junior goalkeeper Lindsay Culp broke her former school record of 8.5 individual season shutouts, already tallying 9.5 this year. The Bruins' win over Oregon State saw an offensive explosion from sophomore forward/midfielder Venus James, who scored the first hat trick of her career.

The Pac-10 Race - UCLA is currently in a tie for first place in the Pac-10 with Washington. The Bruins continue to lead the league statistically, ranking first in team points (115) and goalkeeping (0.53). UCLA has five players in the top-25 in scoring, four in the top-9 in goals scored and three in the top-9 in assists.

Venus Is Her Name - Sophomore forward/midfielder Venus James had a great weekend, scoring the first hat trick of her career and her fourth game-winning goal of the season in the 4-1 Bruin victory over Oregon State. James scored her first goal in the 18th minute and the game-winner in the 40th minute. With just two seconds remaining in the first half, she knocked in her third goal of the day. James is just the third player in school history to record a hat trick (against Division I opponents). She is currently fourth on the team in scoring with 15 points and tied for first in game-winning goals with four. She is currently ranked second on the UCLA career points list with 40.

Leading the Offense - Freshman forward Staci Duncan continues to lead the Bruins offensively, totalling 25 points this season on nine goals and seven assists. Her seven assists ties her for fourth with Traci Arkenberg and Venus James on the individual season assists list. Duncan is currently ranked second in points (25), tied for second in assists (7) and tied for third in goals scored (9) in the Pac-10. She is tied for first on the team in game-winning goals (4) with fellow freshman Breana Boling and sophomore Venus James. The Bruins are 10-1 when Duncan records a goal or an assist.

Scoring Phenom- Sophomore forward Tracey Milburn (Moorpark/Moorpark HS) has come on strong for UCLA, scoring a goal or an assist in eight of UCLA's last 10 games. She holds the longest scoring streak on the team this season, scoring a goal or an assist in six straight games. Milburn is currently tied for second on the team in points with 18 and ranks second in goals scored with eight. She has accounted for six of UCLA's 14 goals in Pac-10 action. She is currently tied for ninth in the Pac-10 in points (18) and ranks sixth in goals scored (8).

Dynamic Duo - UCLA opponents have double the trouble this season, as twin sisters Breana and Krista Boling have been key factors in UCLA's success. Breana has started all 18 games in the midfield this season and is tied for second on the team in points with 18 (7g, 4a). Breana is tied with teammate Milburn for ninth place in points and tied for ninth in goals scored in the Pac-10. Breana has a pair of two-goal games and has helped UCLA post a 5-0 record when she scores a goal. She is currently tied for first on the team in game-winning goals with four. Krista has started UCLA's last nine games in the back and has helped the Bruin defense post five shutouts in that time.

Bruin Defense - A traditionally strong feature of UCLA women's soccer, the '98 Bruin defense, led by junior Skylar Little, sophomore Karissa Hampton and freshman Krista Boling, is leading the way for UCLA once again. The team needs one shutout to break the single-season record of 10. For the eighth straight week, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 in goalkeeping. UCLA has found itself ranked nationally as well in goalkeeping, ranking seventh in team defense and tied for 14th in shutouts (statistics for games played up to October 18). The defense posted an excellent weekend, limiting Oregon to just three shots on goal and Oregon State to a UCLA school record one shot.

Guarding the Net - Junior goalkeeper Lindsay Culp has been a key factor in UCLA's stellar defense, posting a career high 0.55 GAA. In UCLA's 2-0 shutout of Oregon, Culp broke her own school record of most shutouts in a season with 9.5. Up to games played on Oct. 18, Culp was ranked seventh in the nation in goalkeeping and she has led the Pac-10 in goalkeeping all season.

Senior Leadership - UCLA seniors Larisa Kiremidjian, Louise Lieberman and Liz Willemse are leading the young Bruin squad in its pursuit for back-to-back Pac- 10 titles and a return trip to the NCAA playoffs. Kiremidjian is currently UCLA's fifth leading scorer with 12 points. After scoring two goals in UCLA's 5- 1 win over Nebraska earlier this season, she was named to Soccer America's "Team of the Week" and became the first player in school history to be named the College Soccer Weekly "Player of the Week". Lieberman was named to the Soccer America "Team of the Week" that same week for her goal in UCLA's 1-0 win over Baylor, making it the first time in school history that two Bruins have made the "Team of the Week" in the same week. Lieberman is currently tied for second on the team in assists (4) and ranks second on UCLA's career assists list with 17. Willemse, the 10th leading scorer (22 points) in UCLA history, played in her final regular season home game in the 4-1 win over Oregon State.

Records to Watch - UCLA's defense has posted an outstanding season and needs one shutout to break the record of most in a season (10). The 1998 Bruins tied the record set by the 1997 squad in the 2-0 victory over Oregon. Duncan, who is tied for fourth in individual season assists (7), is four away from breaking Kristy Howard's 1993 record.

Bruins In The Polls - UCLA is currently ranked 17th by the NSCAA and 11th by Soccer America.

Pac-10 Leaders
Staci Duncan (25)          2nd
Breana Boling (18)       T-9th
Tracey Milburn (18)      T-9th
Venus James (15)          11th
Larisa Kiremidjian (12) T-16th

Goals Staci Duncan (9) T-3rd Tracey Milburn (8) 6th Breana Boling (7) T-9th Venus James (7) T-9th

Assists Staci Duncan (7) T-2nd Breana Boling (4) T-9th Louise Lieberman (4) T-9th

Goalkeeping Lindsay Culp (0.55) 1st

Saves Lindsay Culp (218) 7th

UCLA Season Leaders Points Staci Duncan 25 Breana Boling 18 Tracey Milburn 18 Venus James 15 Larisa Kiremidjian 12

Goals Staci Duncan 9 Tracey Milburn 8 Breana Boling 7 Venus James 7

Assists Staci Duncan 7 Breana Boling 4 Louise Lieberman 4

Game-Winning Goals Breana Boling 4 Staci Duncan 4 Venus James 4

Goalkeeping Lindsay Culp 0.55

Saves Lindsay Culp 218

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