Bruins to Host Cal State Northridge This Sunday

Aug. 31, 2010

Bruins to Host Cal State Northridge This Sunday
The No. 11 UCLA women's soccer team (2-1) has just one match on tap this week, as the Bruins are scheduled to host Cal State Northridge (1-2) on Sunday at Drake Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m. It will mark the team's first match in Drake Stadium this year, as the team's 2010 season opener against Cal Poly on Aug. 22 was played at the North Athletic Field.

Live Stats/Internet Radio
GameTracker Live Stats will be available for Sunday's Cal State Northridge match by clicking HERE. Fans can also click HERE to access the free live internet broadcast. Calling the action will be John Ramey, Naomi Manoa and Michael Sondheimer. The UCLA Radio Network will broadcast all home UCLA matches this season.

The UCLA-CSUN Series
UCLA owns a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series with Cal State Northridge. The two teams played at CSUN's Matador Soccer Field last year, with the Bruins registering a 3-0 victory. Although UCLA came away with the win, it was a costly match for the Bruins, who lost senior starter Kara Lang with a torn ACL.

Bruins Go 1-1 in Wisconsin
UCLA went 1-1 while competing at the Wisconsin Tournament this past weekend at the University of Wisconsin's McClimon Soccer Complex. The Bruins opened up the tournament with a 1-0 victory over No. 20 Wisconsin on Friday. Freshman Jenna Richmond scored her first collegiate goal in that match to give UCLA the win. UCLA didn't fare as well against Northwestern on Sunday, suffering a 1-0 loss after surrendering a goal in the 64th minute. It marked UCLA's first loss to an unranked team since Nov. 3, 2006 (1-2 at Oregon in double-overtime).

Bruins Check in at No. 11 in NSCAA Rankings; No. 15 in Soccer America
Following its upset against Northwestern on Sunday, UCLA fell several spots in both the NSCAA and Soccer America national rankings. The Bruins, who were ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA Coaches' Poll last week, check in at No. 11 this week. UCLA also fell from No. 5 to No. 15 in the Soccer America rankings. UCLA is listed at No. 9 this week according to Soccer Times.

Kylie Wright Featured
Senior Kylie Wright was the recent focus of a `Getting to Know' feature. It can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Women's Cup to Feature UCLA-Notre Dame Matchup
Third-ranked Notre Dame will make its first-ever trip to UCLA on Sept. 10, as the Fighting Irish are scheduled to face No. 11 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, a match won by Notre Dame on penalty kicks.

Leroux Named National Player of the Week
Junior forward Sydney Leroux, who found the back of the net four times against Cal Poly in the team's season opener, was named the NSCAA National Player of the Week on Aug. 25. Leroux, who also earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, is the first player in school history to score four goals in a game more than once (she also did it in a 7-1 win over Boise State last season).

Three Bruins 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.

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

Barnes & Wright Video Blog
Bruin seniors Lauren Barnes and Kylie Wright will be doing a weekly video blog on called "The Lucky Report." Be sure to check it out for a behind-the-scenes look at the UCLA women's soccer program. The most recent video can be accessed by clicking HERE.

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 218-38-12 at UCLA. Her overall coaching record, which includes two seasons at the University of Illinois, stands at 237-56-12. She has led the Bruins to seven Pac-10 titles (2001, 2003-08) and eight appearances in the NCAA College Cup (2000, 2003-09).

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