Nov. 19, 2010
Bruins and Top-Seeded Cardinal to Square Off in NCAA Round of 16
The UCLA women's soccer team (13-7-2) will get another shot at top-seeded Stanford (20-0-2) this Friday, as the two teams will meet in this week's NCAA Round of 16 at Stanford's Laird Q. Cagan Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth, seniors and students. There is also a $5 ticket for obstructed view seats. Tickets can be purchased on-line at gostanford.com, by phone at 1-800-STANFORD and (650) 723-1021, or at the Stanford ticket office (hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the south end of Stanford Stadium.
Following the Action
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UCLA-Stanford Take II
This Friday marks the second meeting between UCLA and Stanford this season, as the Cardinal posted a 2-0 win over the Bruins at Drake Stadium back on Oct. 10. After being out-shot 7-2 in the first half, UCLA enjoyed a much better second half, matching Stanford with five shots apiece. UCLA leads the all-time series 9-7-2, although Stanford has won the last three meetings.
Bruins Overcome BYU, UCF in NCAA Early-Round Action
UCLA began the NCAA Tournament with a pair of victories at Drake Stadium last week. The Bruins opened up play against BYU on Thursday evening, taking a 4-3 penalty kick decision over the Cougars after both teams failed to score in both regulation and two overtime periods. The match officially goes into the record books as a tie. It marks UCLA's first-ever penalty kick win after falling on two previous occasions (2002 vs. Texas A&M and 2004 vs. Notre Dame). The Bruins then posted another win in the second round on Saturday, taking a 2-1 victory over fourth-seeded UCF. Goals by Elise Britt and Sydney Leroux were the difference in that match.
Round of 16 Consistency
UCLA is one of only two teams to appear in the NCAA Round of 16 in each of the last 12 seasons. North Carolina, which has made every round of 16 since 1982, is the other team. UCLA is the only school, however, to appear in the last seven NCAA College Cups.
Bruins Make 14th Straight Tournament Appearance
UCLA's selection to the 2010 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships makes it 14 years in a row that the Bruins have competed in the tournament (1997-2010). UCLA's all-time NCAA Tournament record stands at 44-14. The Bruins have advanced to the NCAA College Cup in each of the last seven years (eight final four appearances overall).
Bruins Finish Fourth in the Pac-10
UCLA finished fourth in the final 2010 Pac-10 standings, ending the conference season with a 5-4 record. It marks the team's lowest conference finish since also finishing fourth in 1996. With nine total conference championships, UCLA has captured more Pac-10 titles than any other conference school.
Wright Returns, Richmond Sidelined
UCLA's Kylie Wright and Jenna Richmond were both injured in the first half of the team's first-round win over BYU last Thursday. Neither player returned in that match, however Wright bounced back to play the entire 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over UCF on Saturday. Unfortunately for UCLA, Richmond, who suffered a knee injury, is unlikely to play for the remainder of the NCAA Tournament.
Britt, Wall Honored for Work in the Classroom
UCLA's Elise Britt and Dana Wall were both recognized for the work in the classroom last week, as they were listed on the 2010 All-Pac-10 Academic Teams. Britt, an honorable mention selection in 2009, was a first-team selection this year. She is a Psychobiology major with a 3.65 GPA. She scored her first career goal recently, helping the team to a 2-1 win over UCF in the NCAA Second Round. Wall, who happened to assist on Britt's goal against UCF, was named to the All-Pac-10 Academic Second Team. She is a Communications Studies major with a 3.59 GPA.
Bruins Back in Top 25
UCLA returned to the national top 25 last week, checking in tied for 25th in Soccer America's final poll of the 2010 season. The Bruins are tied with South Florida and BYU. UCLA was receiving votes (#28) in the final NSCAA poll of the regular season. A final NSCAA poll will be released following the NCAA College Cup.
UCLA Pays Tribute to Coach Wooden
A special patch has been added to the team's uniforms this season in order to pay tribute to UCLA's legendary basketball coach John Wooden, who passed away in June. The patch is in the shape of a pyramid in reference to Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success. It also contains his initials "JRW" inside.
UCLA checked in at No. 23 in the final RPI report of the regular season on Nov. 9. The Ratings Percentage Index is a mathematical measurement of a team's strength. The formula consists of a team's winning percentage against Division I opponents (25 percent), the opponents' average winning percentage (50 percent) and the opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (25 percent).
Did You Know?
Only two players, forward Zakiya Bywaters and goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford, have started all 22 matches this season. Bywaters ranks second on the team in scoring with 10 points (3g, 4a), while Sandiford, who has eight shutouts on the season, owns an 0.76 goals against average.
Several UCLA players are from the Bay Area and will have friends and family in the stands this Friday against Stanford. Those players are: Yiana Dimmitt (Redwood City), Summer Williams (Orinda), Ahsha Smith (Oakland), Chelsea Braun (Woodside), Crystal Shaffie (San Jose) and Iman Bearde (Oakland).