Women's Soccer Earns No. 6 Seed in NCAA Tournament

Nov. 5, 2000

Los Angeles - The UCLA women's soccer team received its highest NCAA Tournament seeding in the eight-year history of the program Sunday, earning a No. 6 seed in the 48-team NCAA Women's Soccer Championships. The Bruins received a first-round bye and will take on Wednesday's winner between USC and San Diego this Saturday at UCLA's Drake Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m.

UCLA, ranked No. 5 in the latest NSCAA national rankings and No. 3 in the Soccer America poll, enters the tournament with a 15-3-1 overall record and 6-2-1 mark in Pac-10 play. The Bruins have faced both USD and USC this season. UCLA defeated USD 3-0 back on Sept. 24 in San Diego and tied USC 1-1 in double overtime at USC's Memorial Coliseum back on Oct. 8.

"We will take it one game at a time," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. "They do the tournament by region so we knew we were going to get a Southern California team and those two (USC and USD) are two of the best."

This is UCLA's fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, having participated in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1999. UCLA reached the quarterfinals back in 1997, falling to Notre Dame in South Bend.

"I like our chances and I feel really good about how we're starting to play as a team," said Ellis. We're starting to gel at the right time and I feel we have as good a shot as anyone."

UCLA will enter Saturday's game with a 14-game home unbeaten streak. The Bruins were 6-0 at home during the regular season this year and were 7-0-1 at home in 1999. The Bruins last home loss was an NCAA Second Round defeat to BYU back on Nov. 14, 1998.

With seven teams making this year's tournament, the Pac-10 received more bids than any other conference. Following the Pac-10 was the ACC with six teams and the Big Ten with four.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Aug 21
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
L, 0 - 1
Sunday, Aug 23
at San Diego
San Diego, CA
W, 1 - 0 (2OT)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Friday, Sep 04
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Sep 06
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Sep 11
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Sep 13
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
L, 1 - 3
Thursday, Sep 17
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 25
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Thursday, Oct 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Oct 04
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 2 - 4
Friday, Oct 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 29 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 3:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Quarterfinals
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC
Sunday, Dec 06 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC