Oct. 25, 1999
LOS ANGELES - No. 20 UCLA (12-1-1 overall, 4-1-1 in Pac-10) will embark on its final road trip of the '99 season. On Friday, October 29, the Bruins meet Oregon State (8-7-1, 1-4-0) for a 3 pm match. The Bruins then head to Eugene to faceoff against Oregon (6-9-0, 2-3-0). Kickoff time is at 1 pm.
UCLA vs. Oregon State
UCLA is 3-1 in the series against Oregon State. The Bruins have won the last three games against the Beavers, with the most recent one being a 4-1 victory at home. The Beavers are coached by Steve Fennah, who in his first season led Oregon State to a 6-12-1 overall record and a 1-8-0 Pac-10 mark in '98. They return 10 starters from last year's squad which finished ninth in the conference. Oregon State is led by midfielder Katie Henderson and forward BreeAnna Jolin, who have 14 points apiece.
UCLA vs. Oregon
UCLA leads the series against Oregon 2-0, having shutout the Ducks 2-0 last year and 6-0 in '97. The Ducks are coached by Bill Steffen, who is in his fourth year. Oregon returns ten starters from the '98 squad, which finished 6-10-2 overall and seventh in the conference with a 3-6 record. Sophomore forward Chalise Baysa leads the Ducks with 15 points (7g, 1a).
UCLA in the Polls
UCLA is currently ranked No. 20 in the NSCAA poll, dropping from last week's No. 15 ranking. In other polls, the Bruins are currently ranked No. 19 in High Tech Women's Soccer and No. 15 in Soccer America.
The Pac-10 Race
UCLA dropped in the Pac-10 standings after Stanford snapped UCLA's five game unbeaten streak. The Bruins rank third in the Pac-10 conference standings behind Stanford and USC. In addition, after six consecutive weeks of reigning atop the conference overall standings, UCLA dropped to second behind Stanford. UCLA also trails the conference leader Cardinal in team points with 120. With only three games remaining in the regular-season, the upcoming conference matchups will be crucial for the Bruins, who look to claim their third-consecutive Pac-10 title.
Bruins Rank Among Nation's Best
Last week (through games to Oct. 17) in NCAA national statistics, UCLA ranked among the top 15 in scoring offense and winning percentage. The UCLA offense tied for 13th, averaging 2.93 goals per game. With a 11-2-1 record and a .821 winning percentage, the Bruins ranked 14th in winning percentage.
Bruins Earn Split Against Bay Area Schools
Last week, the Bruins suffered their first Pac-10 loss of the season to Stanford but bounced back from the loss to defeat Cal 3-2 in overtime. Against then-ranked No. 10 Stanford this past Friday, the Bruins recorded their worst regular-season loss ever in the 6-0 shutout. After a hard-fought first half that saw both teams combine for seven shots and go scoreless, Stanford went on a scoring rampage with six goals by five different Cardinal players and an own goal by the Bruin defense. The Bruins recovered from the loss two days later, thanks to the outstanding play of forwards Staci Duncan and Jessica Winton. With 55 seconds into overtime, Winton put the game away when she beat the Cal keeper for the game-winning goal. Earlier in the game, Winton tied up the score at one in the 25th minute. Cal then took the lead after a goal in the 35th minute and held UCLA scoreless until sophomore forward Staci Duncan brought the game into overtime. With only ten seconds remaining in regulation, Duncan fired in a shot from ten yards out, helping the Bruins avoid what would have been their second loss of the weekend.
Leading the Offense
Freshman forward Jessica Winton continued to lead the Bruins with her spectacular performance this past week, registering two goals, including the game-winner. She currently leads the Bruins with 25 points (11g, 3a), which ties her for second in the Pac-10. Winton is also ranked second in the conference in goals scored. Her 11 goals this season put her atop the Bruins' scoring list, and she is three goals shy of breaking the freshman record of goals scored in a season (14 by Traci Arkenberg in 1994). In addition, she is the only freshman aside from Arkenberg to have recorded a hat trick (Sept. 19 vs. UNC Charlotte). The Bruins are an unbeaten 8-0 when Winton scores a goal.
UCLA Hosts Crosstown Rival USC Next Week
In the most anticipated match of the season, the Bruins go head-to-head with Pac-10 rival USC on Sunday, Nov. 7 in their final regular-season game. The game is scheduled to kick off at 10:30 am and will be a doubleheader with the men's team, who will battle for the MPSF Pacific Division title against Cal State Fullerton at 1 pm. Both games will be held at the North Athletic Field.