Oct. 21, 2002
@ #17 USC Sunday, Oct. 27 - 1:00 p.m. McAlister Field
Bruins to Face Cross-Town Rival USC This Sunday
UCLA has just one match this week, but it's a big one. On Sunday, the Bruins (11-3; 3-1 Pac-10) will travel across town to take on USC (8-4-3; 3-1-0 Pac-10) at McAlister Field beginning at 1:00 p.m. UCLA leads the all-time series with USC, 9-2-1 and hasn't lost to the Women of Troy since 1998. Most recently, the Bruins registered a 2-1 decision over USC at Drake Stadium last year. In the 12 meetings between the two schools, UCLA has outscored USC, 34-12 and has recorded five shutouts. The Bruins also won the only NCAA Tournament meeting, blanking the Women of Troy, 3-0 back in 2000. The last time UCLA played at USC, the match ended in a 1-1 tie. Both of USC's victories have come on their home field.
UCLA Leads Series (9-2-1) 2001 W, 2-1 (H) 2000 T, 1-1 (A) OT 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 (H) OT 1993 W, 6-0 (A) W, 2-0 (H)
UCLA, USC Battle For Lexus Gauntlet
As part of a season-long competition between UCLA and USC, Sunday's women's soccer match will count towards the battle for the Lexus Gauntlet, which is awarded on an annual basis to the school that does the best in head-to-head competition. In each sport, points will be awarded to the winner of each contest. The school with the most points at the end of the year will receive the Lexus Gauntlet. For more information, including up to date standings, visit the official Lexus Gauntlet page located at: www.gauntlettrophy.com
Bruins Sweep Arizona Schools
UCLA traveled to the desert this week and picked up a pair of shutout victories against Arizona and Arizona State. On Friday, a second-half penalty kick by Jill Oakes helped UCLA take a 1-0 decision over the Wildcats and remain unbeaten in the all-time series, 9-0. On Sunday, Kendal Billingsley, Michelle Mangiardi and Stacy Lindstrom each had second-half goals in a 3-0 victory over ASU. The Sun Devils were ranked No. 17 by Soccer America.
UCLA Remains No. 7 in NSCAA/adidas, Moves up to No. 5 in Soccer America
After sweeping the Arizona schools to go 2-0 on the week, the Bruins remained the same in the NSCAA/adidas weekly poll and moved up one spot from No. 6 to No. 5 in Soccer America's poll. Stanford remained the top team in the country in both major polls. UCLA is also ranked No. 4 in the west region behind Stanford, Portland and Santa Clara.
NSCAA/adidas (10/21) 1. Stanford 2. North Carolina 3. Texas 4. Santa Clara 5. Portland 6. Texas A&M 7. UCLA 8. West Virginia 9. UConn 10. Penn State 11. California 12. Charlotte 13. Purdue 14. Wake Forest 15. Princeton 16. Tennessee 17. USC 18. Notre Dame 19. Denver 20. Clemson 21. Michigan 22. Maryland 23. Dartmouth 24. Pepperdine 25. Nebraska
Soccer America (10/21) 1. Stanford 2. North Carolina 3. Texas 4. Santa Clara 5. UCLA 6. Portland 7. California 8. Texas A&M 9. West Virginia 10. Penn State 11. USC 12. Pepperdine 13. UConn 14. Charlotte 15. Wake Forest 16. Maryland 17. Clemson 18. Villanova 19. Princeton 20. Arizona State 21. Tennessee 22. Denver 23. Purdue 24. Nebraska 25. Washington
Mora Out, Swanson and Rivera Questionable
Bruin forward Iris Mora, midfielder Sarah-Gayle Swanson and forward Katie Rivera all sat out this past weekend in Arizona. Both Swanson and Rivera were nursing injuries and are questionable for this week against USC. Mora, who is leading the Bruins in scoring with 14 points (7g, 0a) is currently with the Mexican National Team in preparation for the Gold Cup and is not expected to return until Nov. 3. She will be in uniform when Mexico takes on the USA in the Gold Cup opener on Oct. 27 in Pasadena. Mora, Swanson and Rivera account for 38 of UCLA's 103 total points.
Success on the Road
Although this Sunday will mark the first time the Bruins have had to play a ranked opponent on the road this year, UCLA is 5-0 in road matches this season. The school record for consecutive road wins is 10, set back in 1997.
UCLA vs. the NSCAA/adidas Top-25
UCLA is currently 2-3 against teams ranked in the NSCAA/adidas top-25. The Bruins' two victories came against No. 5 Virginia (9/6) and No. 5 Cal (10/11). UCLA's losses have been against No. 2 Stanford (10/13), No. 11 Santa Clara (10/4) and No. 12 Penn State (9/8).