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Women's Soccer Kicks Off Pac-10 Season
By: UCLA Athletics

October 5, 1998

UCLA vs. Washington - UCLA (10-1-1) will begin its pursuit for back-to-back Pac-10 titles when it goes head-to-head with the Washington Huskies (4-5-1) on Friday, Oct. 9 at 3 pm in Seattle. The Huskies are led by sophomore midfielder Tami Bennett (4g, 8p). UCLA leads the series record 3-1-0.

UCLA vs. Washington State - The Bruins will face Washington State (2-6-2) on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 12 pm in Pullman. The Bruins won last season's match-up 4-0 and lead the series 3-1-1. Cougar sophomore Deka Dewitt leads the Pac-10 in points (20) and goals scored (10).

Next Week - Bay Area foes California and Stanford come to town for some of the most exciting soccer of the season. Last season, UCLA recorded its first ever win over Stanford and its first sweep of the Bay Area schools and will look to do the same this season. The Bruins will play California on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 pm on Spaulding Field. In one of the biggest games of the season, No. 10 Stanford and No. 9 UCLA will go head-to-head on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 pm on the North Athletic Field.

Bruins Extend Unbeaten Streak to Nine - UCLA extended its unbeaten streak to nine games, winning all three games played this week. The Bruins handed UC Irvine its first loss of the season, defeating the Anteaters 1-0. The Bruins claimed the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts No Ka Oi Women's Soccer Tournament title this weekend, defeating Villanova 1-0 and Hawai'i 4-1. Junior defender Skylar Little was named the Tournament MVP after limiting the Wildcats to just two shots and allowing only one goal in the two games played. With these wins, the '98 squad has a better record (10-1-1) than any other Bruin team has had at this point in the season.

Going for Back-To-Back Titles - The Bruins will begin the defense of their 1997 Pac-10 title this week. UCLA recorded its first ever Pac-10 title last season and became the first team to go 9-0 in Pac-10 play. The Bruins currently lead the league in team points (73) and goalkeeping (0.48 GAA). UCLA has five players in the top-25 in points, two in the top-ten in goals scored and one in assists. UCLA In The Polls - UCLA is currently ranked No. 9 by Soccer America, the highest regular season ranking by Soccer America in school history. The Bruins also received a No. 9 ranking on Sept. 21 after defeating Nebraska 5-1 and Baylor 1-0.

Twice as Nice - UCLA opponents have double the trouble this season, as twin sisters Breana and Krista Boling have been key factors in UCLA's success. Breana has started all 12 games for the Bruins and is UCLA's second leading scorer with 12 points (5g, 2a). Breana has a pair of two-goal games this season, including two against Hawai'i this weekend. Krista has stepped up for the Bruins, starting UCLA's last three games.

Leading the Offense - Freshman forward Staci Duncan continued her outstanding play this weekend, scoring the game-winner against Villanova and UCLA's fourth goal against Hawai'i. She is UCLA's leading scorer with 19 points (7g, 5a) and is tied with Venus James with three game-winning goals. Duncan is currently ranked second in the Pac-10 in assists, tied for second in points and third in goals scored. With only twelve collegiate games under her belt, Duncan is already tied for 10th on UCLA's all-time career points list with 19.

Defensive Presence - UCLA's defense, led by junior defender Skylar Little and goalkeeper Lindsay Culp, continues to hold back opponents, recording two shutouts this week. The Bruins limited Villanova to just two shots and Hawai'i to only seven. UCLA recorded shutouts against Irvine and Villanova this week, raising the season total to seven. UCLA has only allowed six goals this season and has limited its opponents to an average of 7.83 shots per game. The Bruins are ranked sixth in the nation in team defense and 15th in shutouts per game. Culp continues her national caliber play, ranking eighth in the nation in goalkeeping (All national stats are for games played through Sept. 27). She remains the top goalkeeper (0.50 GAA) in the Pac-10 for the fifth straight week.

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