November 25, 1998
Bruins Earn Third NCAA Tournament Bid - UCLA received its third NCAA tournament bid in the program's six year history, facing BYU in the second round of the playoffs. UCLA had several scoring opportunities and out played the Cougars, but fell to BYU 2-0. With the expansion of the tournament from 32 teams to 48, UCLA was one of 16 teams to receive a bye for the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins were the only Pac-10 team of the five conference squads selected to receive a bye in the first round. With the loss, UCLA's all-time tournament record now stands at 2-3.
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.
Four Bruins Earn All-Pac-10 Honors - UCLA newcomers Staci Duncan (San Jose/ Archbishop Mitty HS) and Tracey Milburn (Moorpark/Moorpark HS) earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors. Duncan, a freshman, was UCLA's leading scorer this season with 31 points (11g, 9a) and finished the season ranked second in points and assists and tied for third in goals scored in the Pac-10. Duncan is one of two freshmen to receive first-team honors. Milburn, a sophomore transfer from Pepperdine, was UCLA's second leading scorer with 25 points (11g, 3a). She finished the season ranked sixth in points and tied for third in goals scored in the Pac-10. Sophomore Venus James (Oakland/Bishop O'Dowd HS) and freshman Breana Boling (San Jose/Presentation HS) round out UCLA's all-conference selections, with both receiving second-team honors. James recorded 21 points this season (10g, 1a), checking in at ninth for points and sixth for goals scored in the Pac-10. Boling rounded out UCLA's scoring arsenal this season, notching 18 points on seven goals and four assists.
Culp & Kiremidjian Earn Academic All-Pac-10 Honors - Junior goalkeeper Lindsay Culp and senior forward Larisa Kiremidjian garnered Academic All-Pac-10 honors this season. Culp earned first-team honors this season after earning second-team honors last season. Kiremidjian, a two-time honorable mention Academic All-Pac- 10 selection, earned second-team honors.
Offensive Explosion - UCLA's offense this season was deeper than any team to take the field for UCLA, with five players scoring in double figures. The '98 squad's 141 team points led the Pac-10 and are the second highest point total in school history. For the first time in school history, the Bruins scored four goals in three consecutive games (Oregon State, USC and Arizona). Fifteen different Bruins scored points for UCLA this season. UCLA has five players in the top-28 in scoring, four in the top-8 in goals scored and three in the top-11 in assists in the Pac-10.
Bruin Defense - The '98 Bruin defense, led by junior Skylar Little, sophomore Karissa Hampton and freshman Krista Boling, posted yet another 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. The Bruins led the league in goalkeeping all season and were ranked nationally in defense throughout the season as well.
Bruins In The Polls - UCLA finished the regular season ranked 18th by Soccer America, 23rd by the NSCAA, 17th by Soccer Times, 16th by Soccer News and 17th by Soccer Buzz. The Bruins received their highest ranking in school history by Soccer America and the NSCAA, finding themselves at No. 9 after beating No. 11 Nebraska 5-1 and No. 25 Baylor 1-0.