Nov. 4, 2008
Second-Ranked UCLA Wraps Up Regular Season in Oregon
The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team rounds out the regular season this weekend, traveling to the Pacific Northwest for matches against Oregon State and Oregon. The Bruins (16-0-2; 7-0 Pac-10) begin the week in Corvallis, facing Oregon State (6-9-2; 1-5-1) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night. UCLA takes a six match winning streak into the match, leading the all-time series 11-2. The Bruins round out the season on Sunday, facing Oregon (9-7-2; 2-4-1 Pac-10) at 11:00 a.m. in Eugene. UCLA leads that series 9-2 all time.
Bruins on the Verge of Sixth Straight Pac-10 Championship
As the only undefeated team in the conference at 7-0, UCLA can guarantee itself at least a share of this year's title with a win in either of its final two matches. In fact, the only other team that even has a shot a winning this year's title is Stanford, which takes a 7-1 record into its final match with Cal on Saturday. If the Bruins win both of their final two matches, they will obviously win the title outright. The Pac-10 champion is determined by a point system (win=3 points, tie=1 point, loss=0 points). Complete Pac-10 standings are located HERE
DiMartino Lifts Bruins to Victory over No. 2 Stanford
UCLA hosted the nation's biggest showdown last week, as second-ranked Stanford headed to Drake Stadium on Friday evening for a crucial Pac-10 match that featured two of the three remaining undefeated teams in the country. The third-ranked Bruins managed to pull off the minor upset, as Christina DiMartino's goal in the 77th minute lifted UCLA to a 1-0 win. DiMartino was also instrumental in the Bruins' 3-0 victory over Cal on Sunday, as she assisted on McCall Zerboni's game-winning goal in the 71st minute. Lauren Wilmoth and Kara Lang also had goals in that match, as the Bruins completed their third straight undefeated regular season at home.
Team of the Week Honors
UCLA had three players earn Team of the Week honors by three separate soccer publications this week. Midfielder Christina DiMartino was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Stanford. Defenders Lauren Wilmoth and Erin Hardy were also honored following a pair of Bruin shutouts over the weekend, earning spots on this week's teams issued by Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer, respectively.
UCLA Assumes No. 1 Position in Latest RPI
UCLA's ranks No. 1 in the latest ratings percentage index (RPI) released on Monday. The Index is comprised by taking into account several factors, including a team's winning percentage (25%), its opponents' winning percentage (50%), and the winning percentage of those opponents' opponents (25%). North Carolina, Stanford, Florida State and Portland round out the top 5. Notre Dame, the unanimous No. 1-ranked team in the country, checks in at No. 6. UCLA ended last season with the No. 1 RPI in the nation.
Bruins Up to No. 2
Following wins over second-ranked Stanford and Cal last week, UCLA moved into the No. 2 spot in national polls issued by Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times. UCLA is actually tied with Portland for the No. 2 position in this week's NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll. In addition to their win over the No. 2-ranked team, the Bruins were also able to move up due to North Carolina's tie with Florida State on Friday.
NCAA Selection Show Set for 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Nov. 10
The 64-team draw for the 2008 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships will be announced on Monday, Nov. 10 on ESPNews at approximately 5:00 p.m. (PST). Although it won't be confirmed until Monday, the Bruins will likely host early-round action at Drake Stadium. This year's NCAA College Cup will be held, Dec. 5 & 7, in Cary, NC.
And Then There Were Two
With Stanford's loss to UCLA on Friday, the Bruins (16-0-2) and Notre Dame (19-0) are now the only two remaining undefeated teams in the country. UCLA is just two wins away from posting the schools first-ever undefeated regular season.
Seniors Shine on Special Day
UCLA honored seven seniors who were playing in their final regular-season match at Drake Stadium on Sunday. Those players were: McCall Zerboni, Christina DiMartino, Ashley Thompson, Coco Kleinert, Erin Hardy, Caitlyn Mac Kechnie and Catherine Calvert. Every player saw action in the Bruins' 3-0 win over Cal. Zerboni scored the game-winning goal, DiMartino assisted on that goal, Thompson picked up the shutout in goal, and Calvert assisted on the Bruins' final goal by Lauren Wilmoth.
Leroux to Play Final Two Matches This Weekend
Sydney Leroux will play her final two matches for the Bruins this weekend, as the freshman forward will then join the U.S. Under-20 National Team for the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup, Nov. 19-Dec. 7, in Chile. Leroux has played in 17 matches this year making 16 starts. She currently ranks third on the team in scoring with 16 points (5g, 6a).
Bruins Approaching Shutout Record
With 15 shutouts in 18 matches, this year's team already ranks tied for No. 2 all time at UCLA in single-season shutouts (the Bruins also had 15 in 2000 and 2003). The school record for shutouts in a season is 18, set by the 2005 team that reached the NCAA Final that year. UCLA, which has not given up more than one goal in any match this year, has surrendered just three goals, as UC Santa Barbara, Washington State and USC have managed to find the back of the net against the Bruins.