UCLA Weekly Fall Sports Update: November 7th


It turned out to be a great weekend in Westwood, starting with…

Women’s Soccer:   Beat USC in their version of the Crosstown War, 5-2, before a school record crowd of 3,826 at Drake Stadium on UCLA’s campus in their regular season finale.

The five UCLA goals were the most over their crosstown rivals since 1993.

Senior forward Sydney Leroux scored two goals for the Bruins and leads the team with 16.

The win leaves the still second-ranked Bruins with an overall record of 15-1-3, including 8-1-2 in the Pac-12 Conference, and – most importantly – an all-time record of 20-4-1 versus USC.

These ladies will find out when and where their quest for the College Cup – soccer’s version of the Final Four –  and a national championship will begin when the NCAA tournament pairings are announced on November 7th, at 1:30 p.m. local time.

Men’s Soccer:   Went to the Bay Area this past weekend and made shambles of California and Stanford, shutting out both teams: 3-0 in Berkeley over the Golden Bears – which clinched the Pac-12 championship – and 2-0 in Palo Alto over the Cardinal.

The win at Stanford was their first up there since 2005, and it was their first sweep in the Bay Area since 2004.

Now ranked 8th, UCLA is 14-4-1 overall and a perfect 9-0 in the Pac-12.

These Bruins have one regular season game left: in San Diego against the San Diego State Aztecs this Saturday, November 12th.

Women’s Volleyball:   These top-ranked ladies rolled along against the Washington schools at the John Wooden Center on campus, sweeping Washington on Friday, November 4th and Washington State on Saturday, November 5th.

Having made short work of the Huskies and Cougars, these Bruins are now at 22-3 overall, and remain tied for first place with USC with a 15-2 record.

A BIG showdown is coming against the Women of Troy in the Wooden Center on November 25th, but they have four matches to go before then, starting on the road against Oregon on Friday Nov. 11th and Oregon State on Saturday Nov. 12th.

UCLA needs to stay focused against the Ducks and Beavers, and also against the Arizona schools the next week, and not look ahead to ‘SC; they have to handle their business before then.

Men’s Water Polo:   Pacific gave these water-clad Bruins all they could handle, taking them to three overtimes before Crisiano Mirarch scored the golden goal to give UCLA a 13-12 win last Friday. Josh Samuels scored five goals to help the Bruin cause.

They then polished off U.C. San Diego on Sunday, 9-4.

Those wins left the still top-ranked Bruins with a 22-3 record overall, 3-1 in the Pac-12.

They will next play Long Beach State on Thursday November 10th in Long Beach, and go to Malibu on Saturday, November 12th, to play Pepperdine.

Women’s Golf:  Still ranked #1 after winning the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Hawaii on November 3rd by 20 shots over second place Washington.

Stanford, Florida International, and San Jose State were the victims of these Bruin ladies as well.

This win marked the end of competition for this golf team for a while, as their next tournament won’t be until February 5-7, 2012, at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.

Three #1 ranked teams and a #2 ranked team in this bunch – you can’t get much better than that.

Their job now: to finish the job and win National Championships number 108, 109, and 110.

At least.