UCLA Soccer Teams Receive High Rankings From Soccer America

Aug. 7, 2007

Soccer America magazine has selected UCLA as the pre-season No. 1 on the men's side and the pre-season No. 3 on the women's side for 2007.

The UCLA women return nine starters from last season's team that advanced to the College Cup for the fourth year in a row, not to mention 2005 leading scorer Kara Lang, who missed 2006 with a knee injury. Offensively, the Bruins return their top 3 scorers from last year - Lauren Cheney (19g, 1a), Danesha Adams (12g, 4a) and Christina DiMartino (5g, 7a). This trio accounted for over half of UCLA's scoring total in 2006 (84 of 146 points). In addition to the vast talent returning, the Bruins also picked up the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, led by Parade All-Americans Lauren Barnes, Kylie Wright and Sarah Salazar. UCLA is looking to become the first school to win five consecutive Pac-10 titles.

The Bruin men, who were also ranked No. 1 in the pre-season by College Soccer News, return 22 players and eight starters from last season's national finalist squad that finished the year at 14-6-4. Back from last year's team are leading scorer and Soccer America's Freshman of the Year David Estrada (12g, 4a), No. 2-leading goal scorer Jason Leopoldo (8g, 5a), Soccer America All-Freshman selection Kyle Nakazawa (4g, 8a), and NSCAA All-Far West defender Mike Zaher, plus five players who started with various U.S. Youth National Teams over the summer - Tony Beltran and Brian Perk (FIFA Under-20 World Cup) and Greg Folk, Chance Myers and Michael Stephens (Pan Am Games).

Soccer America will release its full Top 25, plus its pre-season All-Americans on Aug. 29.

2007 Soccer America Pre-Season Top 10

Women's Rankings
Team (2006 Record)
1. North Carolina (27-1-0)
2. Notre Dame (25-1-1)
3. UCLA (21-4-0)
4. Portland (17-4-3)
5. Santa Clara (15-5-1)
6. Texas A&M (17-6-1)
7. Florida State (18-4-4)
8. Texas (18-4-3)
9. Virginia (12-8-2)
10. Colorado (14-6-4)

Men's Rankings
Team (2006 Record)
1. UCLA (14-6-4)
2. Wake Forest (18-3-4)
3. Duke (18-4-1)
4. UC Santa Barbara (17-7-1)
5. SMU (17-2-4)
6. Virginia (17-4-1)
7. Maryland (16-5-1)
8. Santa Clara (13-5-5)
9. Notre Dame (15-6-2)
10. St. John's (14-6-2)


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
0-0
Friday, Aug 21
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
L, 0 - 1
Sunday, Aug 23
at San Diego
San Diego, CA
W, 1 - 0 (2OT)
Sunday, Aug 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:00 AM PST
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Thursday, Sep 17 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 25 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 01 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Oct 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 29 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 3:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
TBA
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