Sept. 14, 2004
Bruins Off to Texas . . .
The 20th-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (3-2) will be looking to snap its two-match losing streak when it travels to Texas this week for matches against two top-25 teams. The Bruins kickoff action on Friday in Dallas, facing No. 21 SMU (3-1-1) at 7:30 p.m. The two teams have just one prior meeting, with UCLA taking a 3-2 win on the road back in 1997. On Sunday, UCLA heads to College Station for a 1:30 p.m. showdown with No. 15 Texas A&M (4-2). The all-time series is tied at 1-1, with the Aggies winning the last meeting back in 2002 at UCLA.
Bruins Fall to No. 9 Virginia, Maryland in Charlottesville . . .
UCLA dropped both of its matches over the weekend while participating at the University of Virginia Nike Classic, the first time since 1996 that the Bruins have lost back-to-back matches in a single season. UCLA started with a 3-1 loss to No. 9 Virginia on Friday. Jill Oakes scored the Bruins' lone goal in that match. On Sunday, UCLA dropped a 2-1 decision to Maryland, with freshman Danesha Adams scoring for the Bruins. Following the competition, Oakes, Kendal Billingsley and Caitlin Ursini were named to the all-tournament team.
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
Following its losses this past week in Virginia, the Bruins dropped from No. 3 to No. 20 in the NSCAA/adidas poll this week. UCLA fell just four places in Soccer America's poll, moving from No. 8 to No. 12.
Mora Likely to Return This Week . . .
All-American Iris Mora could be back playing again when the Bruins travel to Texas A&M on Sunday. Mora, who led the team in scoring last season with 40 points, is making up class work in summer school due to time missed at the Olympic Games.
Five-Match Homestand Begins Next Week . . .
Following its trip to Texas, UCLA returns home for a five-match homestand beginning Sept. 24. During the stretch, the Bruins will face Pepperdine (9/24), Utah (10/1), Santa Clara (10/3), Oregon State (10/8) and Oregon (10/10).
News & Notes . . .
Freshman Danesha Adams has scored the game-winning goal in all three Bruin victories this season and currently leads the team with 13 points (6g, 1a) ...Head coach Jillian Ellis is approaching her 100th victory at UCLA. She currently stands at 95-20-5 ...Along with being named to Soccer America's Preseason All-America Team, junior Jill Oakes was recently selected to the College Sports Television Preseason All-America squad. Junior forward Iris Mora was also named to the team ...Midfielders Stacy Lindstrom and Stephanie Kron are redshirting the season while playing with the Under-19 U.S. National Team.
NSCAA/adidas (9/14) 1. North Carolina 2. Notre Dame 3. Washington 4. Virginia 5. Penn State 6. Portland 7. Tennessee 8. Kansas 9. Florida 10. Clemson 11. Illinois 12. Pepperdine 13. West Virginia 14. Cal 15. Texas A&M 16. Wisconsin 17. Princeton 18. Florida State 19. Yale 20. UCLA 21. SMU 22. Ohio State 23. Texas 24. Rutgers 25. Michigan
Soccer America (9/13) 1. Notre Dame 2. North Carolina 3. Virginia 4. Washington 5. Penn State 6. Portland 7. Kansas 8. Florida 9. Florida State 10. Clemson 11. Santa Clara 12. UCLA 13. Tennessee 14. Texas A&M 15. Texas 16. Pepperdine 17. Illinois 18. West Virginia 19. Princeton 20. SMU 21. Rutgers 22. Stanford 23. Cal 24. Yale 25. Wisconsin