Sept. 3, 2008
UCLA to Host UC Irvine This Sunday
The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team has just one match on its schedule this week, as the Bruins are scheduled to host UC Irvine (1-2) this Sunday at Drake Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m. It will mark the first meeting between the two teams since 1999. UCLA, which leads the all-time series, 5-1-1, takes a four-match winning streak over the Anteaters into Sunday's showdown. Click the links to access the free live stats.
Bruins Survive Tough Road Test
UCLA and Portland squared off in one of the marquee matches of the early part of the college season last week, with the Bruins posting a 1-0 victory over the No. 6 Pilots before 4,351 fans at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Junior forward Lauren Cheney scored the game's only goal in the 37th minute on an assist from senior midfielder Christina DiMartino. It marked the fourth straight victory for the Bruins in the series (all 1-0 scores), as UCLA improved to 7-1 all time against Portland. The Bruins easily dispatched of Portland State, 7-0 on Monday in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Seven different players scored in that match.
UCLA Moves Up to No. 2
UCLA moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll this week following its victory over Portland on Saturday. USC remained No. 1 this week, however its loss against Portland on Monday was not counted in the rankings, meaning that the Bruins could move to No. 1 when the new rankings come out. UCLA is already listed at No. 1 in the Soccer Buzz rankings, and No. 3 according to Soccer America.
Wilmoth Named to Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week
UCLA defender Lauren Wilmoth was recently named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week after helping the Bruins to a pair of shutout victories over No. 6 Portland and Portland State over the weekend. The Bruin defense surrendered nine total shots in its 1-0 win over Portland on Saturday, however just two of those shots were on goal. UCLA gave up six shots in a 7-0 win over Portland State on Sunday.
Adams, McAdam Join Coaching Staff in 2008
UCLA added two new members to its coaching staff this season, as former Bruin All-American Danesha Adams, and Miami standout Lauren McAdam will be helping the team this year. Adams, who ranks second all time at UCLA in career scoring, will serve as an undergraduate assistant coach while finishing up her degree in sociology. She is one of the most successful players in program history, helping the Bruins to four NCAA College Cup appearances and four Pac-10 titles during her time in Westwood. McAdam, a goalkeeper at the University of Miami from 2005-08, will serve as UCLA's volunteer assistant coach in this season. She will work primarily with the Bruin keepers, as she ranks No. 1 all time at Miami in career saves, shutouts and minutes played.
The Streak Continues
UCLA takes a 42-match home unbeaten streak into this Sunday's showdown with UC Irvine. The Bruins' last home loss was a 1-0 double-overtime defeat at the hands of Penn State back on Sept. 9, 2005. There is one tie during the unbeaten streak (0-0 draw with Washington State on 10/23/05). UCLA's home winning streak stands at 37 in a row.
Records That Could Fall in `08
Two career school records that could fall this season are the marks for game-winning goals and assists. Though only a junior, Lauren Cheney needs just eight game-winning goals to break the school record of 26 held by Danesha Adams. Cheney, who finished with nine last year, already has two this season. Christina DiMartino is also approaching the school record for career assists, as the Bruin senior has 25 in her career. The UCLA leader is Iris Mora, who had 38 from 2002-05.
Ellis, Cheney Bring Home the Gold
UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis and Bruin forward Lauren Cheney recently helped the U.S. Women's National Team earn a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The U.S. beat Brazil, 1-0 on an overtime goal from Carli Lloyd. Cheney came in for Lindsay Tarpley in the 71st minute, and was involved in the winning goal by Lloyd. It marked the second straight Olympic Games that the U.S. has beaten Brazil in overtime to win the gold medal. Ellis served as one of head coach Pia Sundhage's assistants on Team USA. Junior forward Kara Lang was also a member of Canada's Olympic Team which did not medal in Beijing.
Cheney, DiMartino Named to M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
Forward Lauren Cheney and midfielder Christina DiMartino have been named to the 2008 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List, a list that is used to determine national player of the year candidates. Cheney was one of three finalists for the award in 2007, finishing runner-up to winner Mami Yamaguchi of Florida State. Considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer, the recipients of the MAC's Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Cheney Named Preseason Player of the Year by Soccer Buzz
Bruin forward Lauren Cheney is the first-ever Bruin to be named Preseason Player of the Year by Soccer Buzz, and also the first Pac-10 athlete to be recognized. The Indianapolis, IN native is the fourth athlete to earn the preseason distinction after earning player of the year honors in the previous fall season. Christina DiMartino was also named to Soccer Buzz's Preseason All-America Team. This is the twelfth year Buzz has announced preseason individual honors.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is in her 10th season as head coach at UCLA. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis owns a record of 176-33-9 at UCLA. Her overall coaching record, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois, stands at 195-51-9. She has led the Bruins to six Pac-10 titles (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and six appearances in the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007).