November 9, 1998
Bruins Earn Bid to NCAA Tournament - No. 18 UCLA (17-3-1, 7-2) earned a bye for the first-round of the 1998 NCAA women's soccer tournament and will host the winner of the BYU/Stanford match on Saturday, November 14 at 1 pm at the North Athletic Field. Stanford will play at BYU on Wednesday, November 11 at 5 pm PST. The Bruins are Co-Pac-10 Champions with Cal and USC, but due to tie- breaking rules, received an at-large bid and not the automatic bid. UCLA is the only team of the five Pac-10 teams selected (Stanford, USC, Cal and Washington) to receive a first-round bye. UCLA is 5-3 against tournament teams, defeating Nebraska, Baylor, Stanford, Washington and UNC-C and losing to San Diego State, USC and Cal.
UCLA in the Post-Season - This will be UCLA's third trip to the NCAA tournament in the program's six-year history. UCLA made its first appearance in 1995, falling to Washington 2-1. The Bruins advanced all the way to the quarterfinals last season. UCLA knocked off No. 7 seed Portland 1-0 in the first round, joining Notre Dame as the only two teams to hand the Pilots a home playoff loss. Beth Thompson recorded her first career goal in the 43rd minute to lead UCLA to its biggest win in school history. UCLA travelled to Dallas for the second round, defeating SMU 3-2 behind goals from Shannon Thomas, Venus James and Sarah Miller. UCLA advanced to the quarterfinals to play No. 2 seed Notre Dame, but fell to the Fighting Irish 8-0.
UCLA vs. BYU - The No. 13 Cougars (18-4-0) won the only match-up between the two teams, defeating the Bruins 3-1 last season. The Cougars lost to San Diego State 2-1 in the fourth overtime of the title game of the WAC Championship. Cougar forward Shauna Rohbock leads the WAC with 47 points (19g, 9a).
UCLA vs. Stanford - UCLA defeated the Cardinal (11-6-2, 5-4) 2-1 earlier this season in Pac-10 conference action. After defeating Stanford last season for the first time in school history, UCLA evened up the series record to 2-2-1 with the win earlier this year. The Cardinal has won its last four games after losing five of six games played. Stanford is led by Tracye Lawyer, who has totaled 22 points on 10 goals and two assists.
Back-To-Back Pac-10 Champions - UCLA won its second-consecutive Pac-10 title, finishing league play with a 7-2 record. The Bruins are co-champions with USC and Cal, who also finished the season with a 7-2 Pac-10 record. UCLA finished last season with a 9-0 record in league play, winning UCLA's first women's soccer Pac-10 title.
Bruins Sweep Arizona and Arizona State - UCLA recorded its third straight four- goal game in its 4-0 rout of Arizona. Freshman forward Staci Duncan recorded two goals, while Tracey Milburn and Venus James notched one each. The shutout was UCLA's 11th this season, breaking the former school record of 10 set by last season's team. With the Pac-10 title on the line, UCLA just edged Arizona State 2-1. Milburn put UCLA on the board just four minutes into the game. Freshman midfielder Vanessa Clark scored the game-winner and her first collegiate goal in the 86th minute on a penalty kick.
Saldaa Goes For 50 - Head coach Todd Saldaa has totalled 49 wins in his four years of collegiate coaching and will be looking for No. 50 this weekend. Saldaa coached two seasons for both the men's and women's team at Cal Poly Pomona and coached the LMU men last season. He has coached UCLA to a career high 17 wins this season.
Scoring Arsenal - UCLA's offense this season is deeper than any team to take the field for UCLA, with five players scoring in double figures. The '98 squad's 139 team points lead the Pac-10 and are the second highest point total in school history. For the first time in school history, the Bruins have scored four goals in three consecutive games (Oregon State, USC and Arizona). Fifteen different Bruins have scored points for UCLA this season. UCLA has five players in the top-25 in scoring, four in the top-13 in goals scored and three in the top-10 in assists in the Pac-10.
Staci Duncan - Freshman forward Staci Duncan (San Jose/Archbishop Mitty HS) continues to lead the Bruins offensively, totaling 31 points this season on 11 goals and nine assists. Her nine assists rank her second on the single-season assists list. She holds the freshman record for assists in a season (9) and is two away from breaking the school record for most assists in a season. Duncan is currently second in points (31), tied for third in goals scored (11) and second in assists (9) in the Pac-10. She leads the team in game-winning goals with five. She is one of five Bruins to have a multiple-goal game. The Bruins are 12- 2 when Duncan records a goal or an assist. Duncan became the third player in school history to be named Pac-10 "Player of the Week", after scoring two goals, two assists and a game-winning goal at the USF diadora Classic.
Tracey Milburn - UCLA's second leading scorer, sophomore forward Tracey Milburn (Moorpark/Moorpark HS) has been a great asset to UCLA's offense this season. Her 25 points (11g, 3a) place her sixth in the Pac-10 in points and tied for third in goals scored. She holds the longest scoring streak on the team this season, scoring a goal or an assist in six straight games. Milburn has scored a goal in UCLA's last three games and has recorded a goal or an assist in nine of UCLA's last ten games.
Venus James - Sophomore forward/midfielder Venus James (Oakland/Bishop O'Dowd HS) has been on fire lately, scoring six of UCLA's last fourteen goals. James scored the first hat trick of her career against Oregon State, recorded two goals in the loss to USC and one against Arizona. James is just the third player in school history to record a hat trick (against Division I opponents). She is currently third on the team in scoring with 21 points (10g, 1a) and tied for second in game-winning goals (4). She is ranked second on the UCLA career points list with 46 and the career goals list with 19. She is one of five Bruins to have a multiple-goal game and joins Breana Boling as the only two players to have more than one multiple-goal game. James is eighth in the Pac-10 in points and tied for fifth in goals scored.
Breana Boling - One-half of UCLA's twin connection this season, freshman midfielder Breana Boling (San Jose/Presentation HS) has made a great impact on the collegiate level. She ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 18 points (7g, 4a) and is tied for second in game-winning goals with four. Boling is tied for 11th in the Pac-10 in points, tied for 13th in goals scored and tied for 10th in assists. Breana has a pair of two-goal games and has helped UCLA post a 5-0 record when she scores a goal.
Larisa Kiremidjian - Helping lead UCLA's young squad, senior forward Larisa Kiremidjian (Danville/Corondelet HS) has contributed greatly this season. She ranks fifth on the team in scoring with 12 points (5g, 2a). After scoring two goals in UCLA's 5-1 win over No. 11 Nebraska earlier this season, she was named to Soccer America's "Team of the Week" and became the first player in school history to be named the College Soccer Weekly "Player of the Week." Kiremidjian currently ranks third on UCLA's career points (35) and goals scored (14) lists.
Louise Lieberman - Also providing senior leadership this season is midfielder Louise Lieberman (Los Angeles/ Beverly Hills HS). She is currently ranked sixth on the team in points with eight (2g, 4a). Lieberman was named to the Soccer America's "Team of the Week" earlier this season after scoring the lone goal in UCLA's 1-0 win over No. 25 Baylor. Lieberman and Kiremidjian made the "Team of the week" in the same week, marking the first time in school history that two Bruins have received this honor in the same week. Lieberman is currently tied for second on the team in assists (4) and ranks second on UCLA's career assists list with 17.
Lindsay Culp - Guarding the net for UCLA this season, junior goalkeeper Lindsay Culp has once again posted record numbers. Culp has notched nine solo and two shared shutouts for a total of 10. Her 10 shutouts break her own record for most single-season shutouts set last year (8.5). She has led the Pac-10 in goalkeeping all season and has been ranked nationally as well. She currently holds a 0.76 GAA and has improved her career GAA to 0.91. Culp tied her career high for saves (12) against USC and has tied her own record of single-season wins with 17.
Bruin Defense - The '98 Bruin defense, led by junior Skylar Little, sophomore Karissa Hampton and freshman Krista Boling, has had a strong season. In the win against Arizona, UCLA recorded its 11th shutout, breaking the school record of 10 set by last season's squad. The Bruin defense limited Oregon State to a school record one shot; Navy, Loyola College of Baltimore and Villanova to just two shots; and Oregon to three shots on goal.
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UCLA Season Leaders
Staci Duncan 31 Tracey Milburn 25 Venus James 21 Breana Boling 18 Larisa Kiremidjian 12
Staci Duncan 11 Tracey Milburn 11 Venus James 10 Breana Boling 7
Staci Duncan 9 Breana Boling 4 Louise Lieberman 4
Staci Duncan 5 Breana Boling 4 Venus James 4
Lindsay Culp 0.76
Lindsay Culp 78
Staci Duncan (31) 2nd Tracey Milburn (25) 6th Venus James (21) 8th Breana Boling (18) T-11th Larisa Kiremidjian (12) T-21st
Staci Duncan (11) T-3rd Tracey Milburn (11) T-3rd Venus James (10) T-5th Breana Boling (7) T-13th
Staci Duncan (9) 2nd Breana Boling (4) T-10th Louise Lieberman (4) T-10th
Lindsay Culp (0.76) 1st
Lindsay Culp (78) 5th