Oct. 20, 2010
No. 20 UCLA to Square Off Against USC This Friday at the Coliseum
The No. 20 UCLA women's soccer team (9-5-1; 2-2 Pac-10) has one of its biggest matches of the season this Friday, as the Bruins are set to square off against cross-town rival USC (8-4-3; 1-2-1 Pac-10) at the LA Coliseum beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the match is $5. There is also a group rate of $3 per ticket (10 or more people). For those unable to attend, Dave Marcus and Courteney Cosso will be broadcasting the match live from the Coliseum. There will also be internet live stats at uclabruins.com. They can be accessed here: Live Stats / Radio Broadcast
Trojans Looking to Break NCAA Attendance Record Again
Similar to its match with UCLA at the Coliseum back in 2008, USC is once again trying to break the NCAA regular-season attendance mark of 8,204. That record was set in 2006 when North Carolina visited Texas A&M. The Bruins and Trojans came close to the record in 2008, as 7,804 fans witnessed the match at the Coliseum that year. That mark still stands at No. 2 all time in regular-season attendance.
The UCLA-USC Series
UCLA owns a 19-3-1 advantage in the all-time series with USC. The Bruins have also won 11 of the last 12 meetings dating back to 2001. Although the series history has been rather one-sided, the two teams always have competitive matches, as seven of the last eight showdowns have been decided by just one goal.
2009 W, 2-1 (H) 2008 W, 2-1 (A) W, 1-0 (H) 2007 L, 1-2 (N) W, 2-0 (H) 2006 W, 2-1 (OT) (A) 2005 W, 3-2 (2OT) (H) 2004 W, 3-2 (2OT) (A) 2003 W, 2-0 (H) 2002 W, 2-0 (A) W, 1-0 (2OT) (H) 2001 W, 2-1 (H) 2000 T, 1-1 (A) W, 3-0 (H) 1999 W, 3-0 (H) 1998 L, 4-5 (A) 1997 W, 3-1 (H) 1996 L, 2-3 (A) 1995 W, 4-1 (H) 1994 W, 1-0 (A) W, 3-1 (OT) (H) 1993 W, 6-0 (A) W, 2-0 (H)
Bruins Split in Oregon
UCLA posted a 1-1 record in its most recent road trip last week, beating Oregon, 3-1 on Friday before falling 3-0 to Oregon State on Sunday. Two goals from Sydney Leroux and another by Zakiya Bywaters made the difference on Friday, as UCLA improved to 11-2 all time against the Ducks. Sunday was a different story, however, as the Bruins suffered just their third-ever loss to Oregon State. It was also on the second time in series history that UCLA failed to score against the Beavers.
Bruins in RPI
UCLA checks in at No. 14 in the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI) report of the 2010 season released on Tuesday. A team's winning percentage and strength of schedule are the main factors in determining RPI.
Pink Jerseys Still Available
There is still time to purchase a pink jersey recently worn by the players in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The jerseys, which were worn during the team's match against Pepperdine on Oct. 1, are currently being auctioned off HERE. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center.
Leroux Climbing Career Charts
Junior forward Sydney Leroux is making a steady climb up the UCLA career charts in several categories. She currently ranks fourth all-time in goals (37), seventh in points (83) and tied for seventh in game-winning goals (12).
Senior Day Next Sunday
Next Sunday will mark the final regular-season home game for Bruin seniors Dana Wall, Kylie Wright, Lauren Barnes, Iman Bearde, Elise Britt, Taylor Cochran and Liz Zadro. The group has enjoyed tremendous success in their four years in Westwood, helping the team to three straight NCAA College Cups. Their record going into this Friday's match with USC is an impressive 72-11-6 (.843).
UCLA Against The Best
When it comes to facing ranked or unranked teams this year the Bruins might actually choose a ranked opponent, as UCLA has actually fared better against tougher competition. UCLA is 4-1 against top 25 teams, compared to just 5-4-1 against unranked teams. Top-ranked an undefeated Stanford is the only ranked team to beat UCLA this year.
Bruins on TV
Fox Soccer Channel will air a live broadcast of UCLA's home match against Washington on Oct. 29. The match, which is part of the NSCAA Game of the Week, will kick off at 8:00 p.m. Another televised match was also recently added to the schedule, as Fox Sports Primeticket will air a live broadcast of the team's road match at Arizona State on Nov. 7. That match will be at Noon (PST).
Freshman defender/midfielder Chelsea Braun saw her season come to an unfortunate end against Stanford on Oct. 10, as she left the game with a knee injury in the 31st minute. Postgame tests showed that she had torn the ACL in her right knee. Braun had played in all 13 of the team's matches this season, making eight starts. Her lone goal of the season came in a 2-0 victory over San Diego on Sept. 24.
Barnes & Wright Video Blog
Bruin seniors Lauren Barnes and Kylie Wright are doing a weekly video blog on uclabruins.com called "The Lucky Report." Be sure to check it out for a behind-the-scenes look at the UCLA women's soccer program. This week's report can be accessed HERE.
Leroux Back From First U.S. Camp
UCLA forward Sydney Leroux recently returned to Westwood after spending nearly two weeks in her first training camp with the Full U.S. Women's National Team in Kennesaw, Ga. Leroux, who missed three Bruin matches while in camp with the U.S. Women, was competing with Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney for a forward spot on the U.S. squad. "We're obviously excited to have Sydney back with our team," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. "I know the experience in Georgia, and the future opportunities that she will have with the U.S. Women, will help her achieve her dream of playing at the highest level." The camp was in preparation for matches against China on Oct. 2 (2-1 U.S. win) and Oct. 6 (1-1 tie).
It's All in the Genes
If you've ever wondered where sophomore defender Lucretia Lee gets her speed, it's likely from her father, Mark, who played 12 seasons as a defensive back in the NFL. The University of Washington graduate began his career in 1980 with the Green Bay Packers, playing 11 seasons. He then split his final season in the NFL (1991) between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints. Lee, who notched 32 interceptions during his career, was also a punk and kick return specialist.
Chelsea Braun Featured
Freshman Chelsea Braun was the recent focus of a uclabruins.com `Getting to Know' feature. It can be accessed HERE. Fans are encouraged to check back to the site frequently, as there will be new features posted each week.
What a Streak!
One of the most impressive streaks in college soccer history was snapped on Oct. 1, as Pepperdine's 1-0 upset over the Bruins halted the nation's longest home unbeaten streak at 73 matches. UCLA had not lost at home since a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Penn State on Sept. 9, 2005. The Bruins tied just two matches during the streak, posting a record of 71-0-2. Last year's senior class played all four years without losing a match at home. It marks the second longest streak in NCAA history behind North Carolina's 84-match home unbeaten streak from Sept. 6, 1986 to Sept. 18, 1994.
Three Bruins Named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
The Missouri Athletic Club released a list of 45 women's soccer players who it thinks are likely candidates for the Hermann Trophy player of the year award. Among those named to the Watch List were Bruin players Kylie Wright, Lauren Barnes and Sydney Leroux. It marks the first time that Wright has been designated as a candidate for the award, however both Barnes and Leroux were among those named to the Watch List in 2009. UCLA's Lauren Cheney was one of the top 3 finalists for last year's award, which ultimately went to Stanford's Kelley O'Hara.
Head Coach Jillian Ellis
Jillian Ellis is in her 12th season as head coach at UCLA. The 2000 NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, Ellis owns a record of 225-42-13 at UCLA. Her overall coaching record, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois, stands at 244-60-13. She has led the Bruins to seven Pac-10 titles (2001, 2003-08) and eight appearances in the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003-09).