Oct. 14, 2008
Bruins Continue Pac-10 Action in Arizona
After playing six of its last seven matches at home, the third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (11-0-2; 2-0 Pac-10) hits the road this week, traveling to desert for matches against Arizona State (6-3-3; 0-1 Pac-10) and Arizona (8-4; 1-0 Pac-10). The Bruins begin the trip in Tempe, taking on ASU this Friday at 7:00 p.m. UCLA has won the last seven meetings against ASU and leads the all-time series 10-1, The Bruins will round out the weekend in Tucson, facing Arizona on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. UCLA leads that series 13-1 all time. Sunday's match against the Wildcats can be followed online by clicking HERE
Larsen Racks Up Weekly Honors
Junior Kristina Larsen was rewarded for her outstanding play over the weekend, as she was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Tuesday. She was also named to the Soccer America, Soccer Buzz, and Top Drawer Soccer Teams of the Week. With UCLA down 1-0 against No. 25 Washington State on Friday, Larsen assisted on the Bruins' tying goal in the 90th minute to help send the game into overtime. She then scored the game-winning goal in the 102nd minute to give UCLA a 2-1 victory. Larsen was also outstanding against Washington on Sunday, scoring two more goals and adding an assist in the 4-0 Bruin win. Larsen, who is now tied with Lauren Cheney for the team lead in goals with seven, becomes the third Bruin player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this season joining Christina DiMartino and Ashley Thompson.
Pink Jerseys to be Auctioned Off
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the UCLA women's soccer team wore pink uniforms during its match against Washington on Sunday. The jersey tops are scheduled to be auctioned off on UCLA's website (www.uclabruins.com) in the coming weeks. All proceeds from the jersey sales will go to The Revlon/UCLA Breast Center.
Shutout Streak Ends at 10
UCLA had its school record 10-match shutout streak snapped in its 2-1 double-overtime victory over No. 25 Washington State on Friday. After giving up a goal in their season opener against UCSB, the Bruins had played nearly 1,000 minutes (982 to be exact) of scoreless soccer until Friday. UCLA has still outscored the competition 32-2 this season.
Bruins One of Just Three Unbeatens
UCLA, Stanford and Notre Dame are the only three remaining undefeated teams in the Top 25. At 14-0, top-ranked Notre Dame is the only unbeaten and untied team, while UCLA (11-0-2) and Stanford (12-0-1) both have ties on their records.
Bruins Check in at No. 3/4
UCLA is ranked No. 3 this week in polls issued by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz. In addition, the Bruins check in at No. 4 in the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times national polls. UCLA, which has been ranked as high as No. 1 this year, has been in the top 5 all season.
Bruins Going For Six in a Row
UCLA won its fifth consecutive Pac-10 Championship last season, becoming the first school in conference history to win five league titles in a row. The Bruins were undefeated in the Pac-10 last season, going a perfect 9-0. UCLA's record in conference play the last six years is an impressive 40-5-2. UCLA has the most Pac-10 titles all time with eight.
Did You Know?
The fewest goals ever given up by a Bruin team in a season was 10 in 2000. UCLA has given up just two goals in its first 13 matches this season.
USC Match Next Week
The annual Pac-10 showdown between UCLA and USC will take place next Friday, Oct. 24, at the LA Coliseum beginning at 7:00 p.m. The last four regular-season meetings between the two teams have all gone into overtime, with the Bruins eventually winning each contest. In fact, the series itself has been rather one-sided in terms of victories, with the Bruins winning 16 of the 20 matches (there has been one tie). Prior to USC's win at last year's NCAA College Cup, UCLA had won eight straight in the series.
Leroux Selected for U-20 World Cup Duty
Forward Sydney Leroux was officially named to the Under-20 U.S. World Cup team recently and will travel to Chile with the squad this November. Although this means that UCLA will be without one of its top strikers for the NCAA Tournament, it is not the first time that the Bruins have missed players due to national team commitments. UCLA had five players miss the first four games of 2006 while representing the U.S. at the U-20 World Championships in Russia. In addition, Stacy Lindstrom and Stephanie Kron redshirted the entire 2004 season while helping the U.S. to a third-place showing at the U-19 World Championships in Thailand.
Oakes, Adams Drafted by WPS Teams
Former UCLA All-Americans Jill Oakes and Danesha Adams were both selected in the first round of the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft last week. Oakes was chosen as the No. 2 overall pick by the Bay Area team (nickname TBA), while Adams went to the Chicago Red Stars as the sixth overall pick. Said head coach Jillian Ellis, "I'm thrilled for Jill and Danesha because they are competitors and I know that they didn't want to finish their soccer careers collegiately, Both players continue to have aspirations to make the Senior National Team, and this is going to help them in that goal. They are going to be successful at this next level and I think it's wonderful for this country that women's professional soccer is now a reality." Oakes, who played at UCLA from 2002-05, was a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American, helping the Bruins reach three NCAA College Cups (2003-05). She was a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy as a senior in 2005. Oakes recently helped the Pali Blues to the W-League Championship in August. Adams was a member of four NCAA College Cup teams at UCLA from 2004-07, earning NSCAA/adidas All-America honors from 2005-07. She ranks No. 2 all-time at UCLA in career scoring with 140 points (60 goals, 20 assists). Adams also ranks No. 1 all-time at UCLA in game-winning goals (26) and NCAA Tournament scoring (41 points). She has been serving as UCLA's undergraduate assistant coach this season while finishing up her degree in sociology.