Sept. 28, 2010
Bruins Round Out Non-Conference Play With Pepperdine This Friday
The ninth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (7-2-1) will play its final non-conference match of the season this Friday, as the Bruins are scheduled to host Pepperdine (6-3-2) at Drake Stadium beginning at 5:00 p.m. The match is part of a doubleheader the UCLA men's team, which will face Washington at 7:30 that evening. Tickets for both matches are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students. UCLA students receive free admission with a valid student ID.
Breast Cancer Awareness Match
This Friday's women's contest against Pepperdine will be the team's annual Breast Cancer Awareness match. The team will be wearing pink jerseys that will be auctioned off the following week on uclabruins.com. There will also be a raffle for the chance to win a signed team poster and pink jersey. All proceeds from the online auction will go towards the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center.
Following the Action
A free live internet radio broadcast of this Friday's Pepperdine match can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Series History with Pepperdine
After dropping its first two meetings ever with Pepperdine (both in 1993), UCLA is unbeaten in its last 13 showdowns with the Waves. The Bruins take a 12-2-1 series record into this Friday's contest. The two teams squared off in Malibu last year, with UCLA coming away with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Sydney Leroux (PK) and Chelsea Cline.
UCLA Shuts Out WCC Opponents at Home
UCLA notched a pair of home shutouts last weekend, downing San Diego, 2-0 on Friday and No. 10 Santa Clara, 1-0 on Sunday. The Bruins and Toreros played scoreless soccer for most of the match until UCLA defender Lauren Barnes scored on a free kick at the 77:28 mark. Freshman midfielder Chelsea Braun then added an insurance goal in the 87th minute to put the game away. The Bruins followed up the San Diego victory with a 1-0 win over 10th-ranked Santa Clara on Sunday thanks to a 33rd minute goal from reserve Iman Bearde. Despite being separated by just one spot in the national rankings, UCLA had the better of the play on Sunday, owning a 14-4 advantage in the final shot count.
Defender Lauren Barnes was named one of this week's "Primetime Performers" for the soccer website CollegeSoccer360.com. She was instrumental in helping the team surrender just four shots on goal in a pair of Bruin shutouts over San Diego and No. 10 Santa Clara. Barnes also notched the game-winning goal in the team's 2-0 win over USD.
Bruins Up to No. 9
Wins over San Diego and No. 10 Santa Clara propelled UCLA back into the top 10 this week, as the Bruins move up from No. 11 to No. 9 in this week's Soccer America Rankings. UCLA also moved up from No. 15 to No. 11 in the latest NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings released on Tuesday.
Leroux Continues in Kennesaw
Forward Sydney Leroux's status for this Friday's match with Pepperdine is still up in the air, as the Bruin junior continues to train with the U.S. Women's National Team in Kennesaw, Ga. The team is preparing for two upcoming domestic matches against China on Oct. 2 (Kennesaw) and Oct. 6 (Chester, Pa). If Leroux makes head coach Pia Sundhage's final roster, she will obviously miss this Friday's match against the Waves. The good news for UCLA is that even if Leroux is fortunate enough to make the team, she will be home in time for two crucial conference matches against Cal (Oct. 8) and Stanford (Oct. 10). The training camp marks Leroux's first call up with the U.S. Women. Click HERE to access U.S. Soccer's blog from Kennesaw.
Cardinal to Visit Drake
UCLA will host arguably its biggest match of the year next week, as No. 2 Stanford visits Drake Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins lead the all-time series, 9-6-2, however the Cardinal have won the last two meetings, including a 2-1 overtime win in last year's NCAA College Cup Semifinals, The match features the Pac-10's two most successful programs, as the last nine conference championships have been won by either UCLA or Stanford.
Bruins and Huskies to Play NSCAA Game of the Week
UCLA's home match against Washington on Oct. 29 can be seen live throughout the country on the Fox Soccer Channel, as that contest has been tabbed the NSCAA Game of the Week. Game time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (PST). Check your local listings for the Fox Soccer Channel in your area.
Chelsea Cline Featured
Sophomore Chelsea Cline was the recent focus of a uclabruins.com `Getting to Know' feature. It can be accessed by clicking HERE. Fans are encouraged to check back to the site frequently, as there will be new features posted each week.