Aug. 25, 2011
LOS ANGELES - After beginning the season at local rival Cal State Northridge last Friday, the No. 8 UCLA women's soccer team (1-0) travels to SEC territory this week, as the Bruins will be competing at the 2011 Lady Vol Classic in Knoxville, Tenn. UCLA kicks off the event on Friday, taking on host Tennessee (2-0) at 8:00 p.m. (EST) before rounding out the weekend against seventh-ranked Florida (2-0) on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (EST). Texas A&M rounds out the four-team field in Knoxville this weekend, however the Bruins and Aggies will not play each other.
Live stats will be available for both of UCLA's matches in Tennessee. In addition, there will be a free live video stream for the Bruins' showdown with the Lady Vols on Friday, while Florida will be doing an internet radio broadcast of the match on Sunday.
This Friday's UCLA-Tennessee showdown will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools in women's soccer. The Bruins and Gators, on the other hand, have met five times, with UCLA owning a 3-2 series advantage. The Bruins posted a 3-0 win in the last meeting between the two programs in 2009.
The Bruins kicked off the 2011 campaign on a positive note last week, downing Cal State Northridge, 2-0 before 1,376 fans at the Matador Soccer Field in Northridge, Calif. UCLA struck once each half, moving out to a 1-0 lead when senior Sydney Leroux scored in the 29th minute on an assist from freshman Caprice Dydasco. Freshman Rosie White got in on the scoring in the 73rd minute following a corner kick from fellow newcomer Chelsea Stewart. The win marked a successful start to the head coaching career of B.J. Snow, who takes over this season for longtime coach Jillian Ellis. It was also the successful return of midfielder Jenna Richmond, who suffered an ACL injury in last year's NCAA Tournament. Postgame video highlights and interviews from that match can be viewed HERE.
Following the victory over Cal State Northridge, the Bruins moved up a spot in both national polls this week, going from No. 16 to No. 15 in the NSCAA Coaches' Poll, and from No. 9 to No. 8 in Soccer America's weekly rankings.