Both Men’s and Women’s UCLA Soccer teams are ranked in the Top 5 of their respective NSCAA Polls and looking to build off disappointing ends to their 2014 seasons.
ARE YOU READY FOR FOR SOME FUTBOL? UCLA Soccer is as today both the Men’s and Women’s teams were ranked #1 and #4, respectively, in the preseason NSCAA Polls, the rankings that oversee college soccer.
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Last season, both UCLA Soccer teams had two of the best teams in their respective sports but unfortunately fell short in the post-season. UCLA Women’s Soccer was the overwhelming #1 team all season long on their way to repeat as champions in head coach Amanda Cromwell‘s second season. yet the Bruin’s fortunes ran short as they lost 2-1 in the Elite 8 to a Virginia Women’s team that gave UCLA their only loss of the season.
UCLA Men’s Soccer had a similar fate last year. Though they were not the overwhelming #1 team in the nation, the Bruins did manage to make it to the National Championship Game, only to lose to the Virginia Men’s Soccer team in a shootout. So close, yet so far.
With those results fresh in their minds, you can guarantee both Bruin teams enter the 2015 season with more focus and determination. Both teams lose key members from last season as the Men say fair well to Leo Stolz and the Women lose now professional NWSL players Sarah Killion, Abby Dahlkemper, Sam Mewis, Megan Oyster, Katelyn Rowland and Caprice Dydasco.
But imagine that. UCLA loses several key players and still get the #1 and #4 rankings. There is something to be said about the coaching and development for both teams if each Bruin squad is expected to be Top 5 teams in their respective sports.
The Women’s team get the UCLA Athletics calendar started when they take on Missouri in an exhibition game at UCLA’s North Athletic Field on Wednesday, August 12. The Men’s team get things going six days later on Tuesday, August 18 when they face the Mexican U-17 National Team in an exhibition.
What a way to get the year kicked off! Go Bruins!