Oct. 19, 2011
Third-Ranked Bruins Return Home
Following a recent three-match road swing, the No. 3 UCLA women's soccer team (10-1-3; 3-1-2 Pac-12) returns home this week to host both Arizona and Arizona State. Action begins on Friday evening with UCLA taking on Arizona (1-4-1; 1-11-2 Pac-12) at Drake Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins then have a day off before returning to the pitch on Sunday to host Arizona State (2-4; 6-8 Pac-12) at 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the matches are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students. UCLA students get in for free with a valid school ID.
Following the Action
The UCLA Radio Network will broadcast both matches live over the internet. Gametracker live stats will also be available on the website. Both the audio and stats are free to access.
UCLA vs. Arizona - Live Stats
UCLA vs. ASU - Live Stats
Breast Cancer Awareness Game This Sunday
UCLA has designated this Sunday's showdown against Arizona State as its annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. Fans who show up to the match wearing pink will receive free admission. The UCLA team will also be wearing pink and white jerseys that will eventually be auctioned off online. All proceeds from the jersey sales will go to the UCLA/Revlon Breast Center.
UCLA Against the Arizona Schools
UCLA owns a combined record of 29-2 in the all-time series against Arizona and Arizona State. The Bruins are 16-1 all-time against Arizona, taking a six-match series winning streak into this Friday's contest. The Wildcats' only win in the series was back in 2004. UCLA is 13-1 all-time against ASU and have won 10 in a row. The Sun Devils posted their only series win in 2000.
Bruins and Cougars Draw in Pullman
UCLA had to settle for a tie in its only match last week, as the Bruins and Washington State played to a scoreless draw before 1,652 fans in Pullman. Although UCLA's 29 shots were the team's highest total of the season, it wasn't enough to give the Bruins a victory. Forward Sydney Leroux had the team's best scoring chance on the day, as she nearly gave the team an instant victory when she hit a shot off the crossbar in the third minute of overtime. The tie snapped UCLA's five-match winning streak over Washington State.
UCLA at No. 3/7 Nationally
Following its 0-0 draw with No. 25 Washington State last Friday, UCLA moved up from No. 5 to No. 3 in this week's Soccer America rankings. The Bruins, however, moved down a place from No. 6 to No. 7 in this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll.
UCLA in the Pac-12 Statistics
As a team, UCLA ranks highly in several Pac-12 statistical categories, including: corner kicks (1st), goals allowed (2nd), shutouts (2nd), shots (2nd) and goals against average (3rd). Individually, Sydney Leroux continues to lead the conference in game-winning goals with five. She also ranks third in goals with seven. Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland leads the conference with eight shutouts and ranks third in goals against average (0.58). The complete Pac-12 statistics can be found HERE.
UCLA Down to No. 3 in RPI
UCLA fell to No. 3 in the latest RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) report of the 2011 season on Wednesday. The Bruins had been No. 1 in the first three reports of the season. 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). Wake Forest is No. 1 in this week's report, followed by Stanford, UCLA, Duke and Florida.
UCLA vs. USC Set for Nov. 4
UCLA's annual showdown with cross-town rival USC will take place on Friday, Nov. 4 at Drake Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. Last year's match at the LA Coliseum drew an NCAA record 8,527 fans. The Women of Troy won that match 1-0 with a goal in the 86th minute. The Bruins, however, have been the more dominant team in the all-time series, taking a 19-4-1 record into this year's showdown.
Two of the greatest players in UCLA women's soccer history have returned to help out with the program this year, as Lauren Cheney and Lauren Barnes are serving as undergraduate assistant coaches while finishing up their degrees. Cheney, who starred for the USA at this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, is completing her degree in History. She was a four-time All-American at UCLA from 2006-09 and is the school's all-time scoring leader with 173 points. Barnes, who is also a History major, lettered at UCLA from 2007-10, earning NSCAA All-America honors as a senior. She recently completed her first season in the WPS, playing for the Philadelphia Independence.
UCLA Against the Current Top 25
UCLA owns a 3-1-2 record against teams ranked in this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll. The Bruins' wins have come over Florida (#13), Oregon State (#23) and Tennessee (#24), while the team's lone loss was to top-ranked Stanford. UCLA's two ties were against Pepperdine (#4) and Washington State (#21).
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.