Oct. 5, 2011
No. 1 vs. No. 2 Highlights Weekend Women's Soccer Action
One of the most anticipated showdowns of the women's soccer season takes place in the Bay Area this Sunday, as second-ranked UCLA (10-0-1; 3-0 Pac-12) and top-ranked Stanford (11-0-1; 3-0 Pac-12) are scheduled to square off at Cagan Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m. It is a re-match of last year's NCAA Round of 16, where Stanford defeated UCLA, 3-0. The Bruins begin the weekend in Berkeley, taking on Cal (8-3-1; 1-1-1 Pac-12) at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
UCLA vs. Stanford/Cal
The all-time series between UCLA and Stanford is currently tied at 8-8-2 heading into this Sunday's contest. The Cardinal, however, have won the last four meetings, including a 3-0 win in last year's NCAA Round of 16. The Bruins lead the all-time series with Cal, 13-4. UCLA has won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including six in a row since 2005.
UCLA No. 1 in RPI
The latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) was released by the NCAA on Wednesday and UCLA checks in at No. 1 in the nation. An institution's RPI ranking consists of three factors: Winning percentage against Division I opponents (25 percent), opponent strength of schedule (50 percent) and Opponents' opponents strength of schedule (25 percent). Florida, Wake Forest, Duke and Stanford round out the top five.
Leroux to Re-Join Bruins After National Team Training
Senior forward Sydney Leroux is currently in nearby Carson, Calif. taking part in a training camp with the Under-23 U.S. Women's National Team. She joined the camp following UCLA's 1-0 victory over Oregon State on Sunday and is expected to re-join the team in advance of the Bruins' match against Cal on Friday. The purpose of the camp was to evaluate talent prior to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada in January.
UCLA Remain No. 2 Nationally
UCLA remained at No. 2 nationally in this week's Soccer America Rankings released on Monday. The Bruins are also ranked No. 3 in this week's NSCAA Coaches' poll, checking in behind Stanford and No. 2 Oklahoma State.
Bruins Sweep Oregon Schools
UCLA is coming off a very successful weekend at home, downing both Oregon and Oregon State to remain undefeated on the season. On Friday against the Ducks, freshman Kylie McCarthy's 80th minute header propelled the Bruins to a 1-0 victory before 2,105 fans at Drake Stadium. It marked McCarthy's second goal of the season. UCLA was also victorious by a 1-0 margin on Sunday thanks in part Sydney Leroux's team-leading seventh goal of the season and fifth game-winning goal.
Several Bruins Head Home
UCLA should have more than a few fans at this Sunday's showdown with Stanford, as both freshman Abby Dahlkemper and sophomore Chelsea Braun grew up a short distance from the Stanford campus. Both went to high school just blocks away from Stanford, with Dahlkemper attending Sacred Heart Prep and Braun attending Woodside High School. In addition, senior defender Summer Williams grew up very close to Cal in Orinda, Calif.
Freshman defender Abby Dahlkemper was named this week's LA Soccer News Player of the Week after helping the team to a pair of shutouts over the weekend. In Friday's 1-0 win over Oregon, Dahlkemper helped the Bruin defense hold the Ducks to just two shots on goal. She also set up the game-winner by getting a head on a cross that was going out of bounds and sending the ball back toward the front of the goal where Kylie McCarthy put it in. On Sunday, the Bruins held Oregon State to just three shots in a 1-0 win.
Senior goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford saw her season, and Bruin career, come to a premature end last week, as she ruptured the Achilles tendon in her left leg toward the end of practice. She is not eligible for a medical redshirt due to the fact that she already redshirted as a freshman at Villanova in 2007. After sitting out her first season at UCLA in 2008, Sandiford was the Bruins' starting goalkeeper in both 2009 and 2010. She helped the team to an NCAA College Cup appearance in 2009, as the Bruins finished 21-3-1 overall that season. UCLA finished 13-8-2 last year, reaching the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Sandiford finishes her Bruin career with a 37-10-3 overall record and a goals against average of 0.74.
Did You Know?
With her goal against Oregon State on Sunday, Sydney Leroux moved into sole possession of fourth place on the UCLA career scoring charts with 106 points. She entered the week tied with Iris Mora at 104 points.
Bruins Round Out Non-Conference Action Undefeated
For just the second time in school history UCLA managed to finish the non-conference portion of its season undefeated, as the Bruins posted a 7-0-1 record through the early part of this year. The only other time that UCLA accomplished the feat was in 2008 when the Bruins were undefeated for the entire regular season before falling to North Carolina in the NCAA College Cup.
Head Coach B.J. Snow
B.J. Snow is in his first season as head coach of the UCLA women's soccer program. Snow, who served as an assistant for five seasons under longtime head coach Jillian Ellis, assumed the position of head coach in January of this year after Ellis left to take a job with U.S. Soccer. A 2000 graduate of Indiana, Snow was a four-year starting defender for the Hoosiers from 1996-99.