Aug. 25, 2009
UCLA Returns to California for Matches Against USD, Long Beach
Coming off a cross-country road trip to North Carolina last Saturday, the seventh-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (0-1) returns to the West Coast this week for a pair of road matches against No. 15 San Diego and Long Beach State. Action gets underway this Friday in San Diego, as the Bruins and Toreros (1-1) will square off at 7:00 p.m. UCLA is scheduled to face the 49ers (1-0) on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in Long Beach. Live stats for both contests are available here: San Diego / Long Beach St.
Against the Toreros, 49ers
UCLA owns a combined 17-1-3 record against both San Diego and Long Beach State. After losing the first-ever meeting between the two teams in 1993, UCLA has been unbeaten in its last 18 matches against San Diego, taking a 15-1-3 series record into this Friday's showdown. Despite the close proximity of the two programs, UCLA and Long Beach State have only met twice on the soccer field, with the Bruins winning both contests at home (3-0 in 2005 and 1-0 in 2006).
Leroux Scores Twice in Loss to North Carolina
Sophomore Sydney Leroux helped the Bruins avoid a shutout against top-ranked North Carolina last Saturday, as the sophomore forward scored both UCLA goals in a 7-2 loss to the Tar Heels. Leroux's two strikes came in the 76th and 87th minutes. She almost had a hat trick, however UNC goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made a great save on a near goal in the 50th minute.
Cheney, Leroux Named Soccer America Preseason All-Americans
Forwards Lauren Cheney and Sydney Leroux were recently two of 22 players in the country named Soccer America's Preseason All-America first and second teams. Cheney, a senior from Indianapolis, Ind., was the Bruins' first-team selection. She has led the Bruins in scoring in each of her three seasons in Westwood. Leroux, a sophomore from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is one of the most promising young players in the country, having led the Under-20 U.S. National Team to a world championship in 2008.
Bruins Come up Just Short in WPS Championship
Former UCLA players Valerie Henderson and McCall Zerboni came up just short in their bid for a title last Saturday, as the Los Angeles Sol teammates saw their team fall to New Jersey's Sky Blue FC, 1-0 in the inaugural WPS Championship at the Home Depot Center. Zerboni started the match before being relieved in the 36th minute by Sharlota Nonen. Henderson did not play. The game's only goal was scored by Sky Blue FC's Heather O'Reilly in the 17th minute.
Three Bruins Named to M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
Lauren Cheney, Lauren Barnes and Sydney Leroux have all been named to the 2009 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. The list designates 45 players across the country who have a legitimate shot a being named national player of the year by the end of the season. Considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer, the recipients of the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The list will be cut down to 15 semifinalists in November. Three finalists are announced in early December and are invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., for a news conference on Jan. 8, 2010, where the winner will be announced. Cheney and Christina DiMartino were finalists for the award in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
Newcomers Make First Appearance
Three newcomers made their first appearances for UCLA last week, as Zakiya Bywaters, Sophie Metz and Iman Bearde all saw action against North Carolina. Bywaters started the match, notching her first career point with an assist on Sydney Leroux's first goal. Both Bearde and Metz came in as second-half substitutes.
Bruins Fall to No 7/9 in National Rankings
Following its season-opening loss to North Carolina, UCLA fell from No. 3 to No. 7 in this week's rankings issued by Soccer America. The Bruins also dropped from No. 5 to No. 9 in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll.
Soccer America Top 25
1. North Carolina (1-0-0)
2. Stanford (1-0-0)
3. Portland (1-0-0)
4. Notre Dame (1-0-0)
5. Penn State (1-0-0)
6. Florida State (1-0-0)
7. UCLA (0-1-0)
8. Boston College (0-0-0)
9. Texas A&M (1-0-0)
10. Florida (1-0-0)
11. Missouri (1-0-0)
12. Duke (1-0-0)
13. Colorado (1-0-0)
14. Virginia (0-1-0)
15. USC (0-1-0)
16. California (1-0-0)
17. West Virginia (0-0-1)
18. Michigan State (0-0-0)
19. Washington State (1-0-0)
20. Illinois (1-0-0)
21. Connecticut (0-0-0)
22. Rutgers (0-0-0)
23. Santa Clara (2-0-0)
24. Minnesota (1-0-0)
25. Richmond (1-0-0)
25. Memphis (1-0-0)