Women's Soccer to Host Season Opener This Sunday

Aug. 17, 2010

Women's Soccer Kicks off 2010 Season This Sunday
The preseason No. 3 UCLA women's soccer team begins its 2010 campaign this Sunday, taking on Cal Poly at the North Athletic Field beginning at 4:00 p.m. ADMISSION IS FREE! The match, originally scheduled for Sept. 3 at UCLA's Drake Stadium, was moved up due to a scheduling conflict. It will mark the first meeting between the two teams since 1999.

Follow the Action Live
Gametracker live stats will be available for all home UCLA women's soccer contests. Click HERE to access the stats for the UCLA-Cal Poly match.

Wisconsin Tournament Next Up
Following its match with Cal Poly on Sunday, UCLA heads to Madison, Wisc., to face a couple of Big Ten teams in the Wisconsin Tournament. The Bruins open up play against host Wisconsin on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7:00 p.m. UCLA then rounds out the tournament against Northwestern on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 11:00 a.m. The tournament will mark UCLA's first-ever meetings with both teams.

Bruins Check in at No. 3 in NSCAA/adidas Preseason Top 25
The UCLA women's soccer team debuted at No. 3 in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Rankings released on Aug. 10. The Bruins came in just behind defending NCAA Champion North Carolina and runner-up Stanford. All three teams, including No. 4 Notre Dame, participated in last year's NCAA College Cup in College Station, Texas. Portland rounds out the top 5. Click HERE to view the rankings.

Wright, Barnes and Leroux named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
The Missouri Athletic Club recently 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. Click HERE for the complete list.

UCLA Picked to Finish Second in Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll
For the third year in a row, UCLA was picked to finish second in the annual Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll released by the conference on Aug. 11. With nine first-place votes, defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford was chosen as the favorite for this year's title. UCLA was the only other team to receive a first-place vote. The Bruins and Cardinal are set to clash on Oct. 10 at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

2010 Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Stanford
3. USC
4. Cal
5. Oregon State
6. Washington State
7. Washington
8. Arizona State
9. Oregon
10. Arizona

UCLA Women's Cup to Feature UCLA-Notre Dame Showdown
Preseason No. 4 Notre Dame will make its first-ever trip to UCLA on Sept. 10, as the Fighting Irish are scheduled to face No. 3 UCLA in the second game of the 2010 UCLA Women's Cup beginning at 7:00 p.m. The first match that night features UCSB taking on Loyola Marymount at 4:00 p.m. The UCLA Women's Cup will mark the first meeting between the Bruins and Fighting Irish since the 2004 NCAA Final in Cary, NC. Notre Dame won the match on penalty kicks.

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