Sept. 28, 2011
Oregon Schools on Tap This Week
The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (8-0-1; 1-0 Pac-12) continues Pac-12 play at home this week, as the Bruins welcome Oregon and Oregon State to Drake Stadium. Action begins on Friday with UCLA facing Oregon (5-4-1; 0-1 Pac-12) at 5:00 p.m. The Bruins will then have a day off before hosting No. 23 Oregon State (7-2-1; 1-0 Pac-12) on Sunday at Noon. Daily tickets for the matches are $7 adults and $5 for youth/students.
Both of this weekend's women's matches will be followed by a home men's match. After the Bruin women face Oregon on Friday, the UCLA men will take on Cal at 7:30 p.m. The same goes for Sunday, when the women's match against OSU at Noon will be followed by the Bruin men squaring off against Stanford at 3:00 p.m. One ticket is good for both matches that day.
Free live stats and internet audio are available for all UCLA home soccer matches.
UCLA Against the Oregon Schools
UCLA currently owns a 12-2 all-time record against Oregon, posting a 3-1 victory over the Ducks in Eugene last year. The Bruins have won four in a row in the series, last losing to the Ducks in 2006. UCLA is 13-3 all-time against Oregon State. The Beavers snapped an eight-match losing streak in the series last year, registering a 3-0 win over UCLA in Corvallis.
Senior goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford saw her season, and Bruin career, come to a premature end on Monday, 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.
Stewart's Goal Helps Bruins Win Pac-12 Opener
A 79th minute goal by sophomore Chelsea Stewart lifted the No. 2 UCLA women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Washington in the Pac-12 opener for both teams last Friday at Drake Stadium. A Washington foul gave UCLA a free kick deep in Husky territory on the right side of the field. Stewart took the kick, sending a low-liner into the box that made it past several Husky defenders, including goalkeeper Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann. It marked Stewart's first goal as a Bruin after transferring from Vanderbilt last year. UCLA dominated play for much of the evening, owning a 16-1 advantage in shots.
Leroux Called into U-23 Camp
Sydney Leroux is one of 24 college and professional players who will be attending a U-23 U.S. National Team Camp at the Home Depot Center from Oct. 2-7. The camp will be overseen by U.S. Soccer Women's Development Director Jill Ellis, U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs and U.S. Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage. Sundhage will be at the camp to evaluate this group for possible call-ups to U.S. Women's National Team camps heading into the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada in January.
UCLA Ranked No. 2 Nationally
Only two Pac-12 teams are listed in the Soccer America rankings this week, however they are the top two teams in the country, as Stanford checks in at No. 1 and UCLA is No. 2. The Bruins are ranked No. 3 in this week's NSCAA Coaches' poll, checking in behind Stanford and No. 2 Oklahoma State.
Five different players have notched game-winning goals for the Bruins this year, led by Sydney Leroux with four. Leroux's game winners have come in wins over Cal State Northridge, Tennessee, SMU and Fresno State. Other players to notch game-winning goals are: Ally Courtnall (Florida), Megan Oyster (Rutgers), Kylie McCarthy (LMU) and Chelsea Stewart (Washington).
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.
Leroux Moving Up Career Charts
With her next point, forward Sydney Leroux will move into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time UCLA career scoring list. Her 104 career points currently tie her with Iris Mora, who had the same total from 2002-05.
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.