Sept. 13, 1999
UCLA vs. UC Irvine: The No. 15 Bruins (4-1-0) kick off their home-opener against UC Irvine (3-2-1) on Friday, Sept.17 at Spaulding Field. Kickoff time is at 7:30 pm. UCLA owns a 4-1-1 series advantage over the Anteaters. The last time the Bruins lost to UC Irvine was in 1995 in a 1-3 overtime game. Last year, the Anteaters posted a 14-3-3 record and finished second in the Big West Conference. They return four starters from the 1998 squad but are without last year's second-leading scorer, forward Stephanie Rigamat, who transferred to UCLA this summer. Junior Cyndi Tredway currently leads the team with 4 points (2g, 0a).
Pac-10 Leaders: UCLA and USC are tied for first in Pac-10 conference standings. Both teams stand at 4-1-0 on the season and have recorded their only loss to No. 3 defending national champion Florida. Last year, UCLA, USC and California were Pac-10 Co-Champions. UCLA also leads the Pac-10 in team points scored with 39. California follows the Bruins with 37 points.
UCLA Wins Nike-Wake Forest Invitational: UCLA clinched the Nike-Wake Forest Invitational this weekend after shutting out UNC Charlotte 7-0 and No. 25 Wake Forest 1-0. The Bruins outshot UNC-Charlotte 24-10 and outshot Wake Forest 16-10. Rookie Jessica Winton led the Bruins this weekend with 6 points, notching the first hat trick of her career on Friday against UNC-Charlotte. Also leading the Bruins were midfielder Venus James, who registered two goals and one assist, and sophomore Staci Duncan, who scored two goals. Both James and Duncan recorded the game-winners against UNC-Charlotte and Wake Forest, respectively. Forward Tracey Milburn (1g, 1a at the Tournament), defender Krista Boling (1a), defender Karissa Hampton (1a) and forward Sarah Morgan (2a) also registered points for the Bruins.
Senior defender Skylar Little was named Tournament MVP for her outstanding play this weekend. Against the 49ers, she was instrumental in the shutout, helping to limit UNCC to only four shots on goal. Prior to their game with the Bruins, the 49ers registered an impressive 56-16 shots on goal advantage over opponents. On Sunday, Little contributed to limiting Wake Forest to only five shots on goal. The Deacs outscored opponents 10-1 before meeting UCLA.
Defender Bethany Bogart, Milburn and James were named to the all-tournament team.
Winton Named Met-Rx Student Athlete of the Week: Forward Jessica Winton was named MET-Rx Student Athlete of the Week for her sensational performance at the Invitational this weekend. In only her fourth collegiate game of the season, the freshman from Atlanta, GA recorded three goals in just 39 minutes of playing time. Winton is the only the second Bruin freshman (Traci Arkenberg recorded the first in 1994) to record a hat trick. She is currently tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in goals scored with four.
Iron Defense: UCLA's defense, led by Little, is once again one of the team?s strongest areas. In five games, the Bruin defense has given up only four goals, three of them coming from soccer powerhouse Florida. On the season, UCLA has posted three shutouts and has limited opponents to only 21 shots on goal.
Next Week: The Bruins continue home action next week when they face Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for a 7:30 pm game at Spaulding Field. Later that week, UCLA travels to San Diego to meet the San Diego State Aztecs for a 1 pm matchup.