I am assuming there will be number of BNers in Westwood this Saturday to check out Ben Ball warriors taking on Florida International. That game tips off at Pauley around 4:30 pm PST. After that game is over (which will probably finish around 6:45/7:00ish), head over to Drake Stadium to check our Bruins take on Blue Devils in the Elite Eight of NCAA's College Cup:
UCLA to Face Duke for Spot in NCAA College Cup
The top-seeded UCLA women's soccer team (21-0-2) is just one win away from booking its sixth straight appearance in the NCAA College Cup, as the Bruins host third-seeded Duke (15-5-3) in a quarterfinal encounter this Saturday at Drake Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for Saturday's match are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for youth/students. The UCLA Radio Network will be broadcasting the match live. Live stats will also be available by clicking HERE.
The UCLA/Duke Series
UCLA and Duke have only met three times, with the Bruins leading the series 2-1. After losing the first meeting in 1996, UCLA has won the last two. The Bruins won the only NCAA Tournament meeting between the two teams, taking a 2-0 round of 16 victory during the 2004 playoffs at Drake Stadium.
Rye already referred to this huge matchup below but I wanted to do a stand alone to highlight this game and make an appeal to all of you on BN to get out there and support this amazing group of athletes.
The Bruins will have a chance to set and extend some new team records:
New Shutout Record Set
UCLA set a new school record for shutouts in a season last week, posting its 19th of the year in a 1-0 victory over USC. The old record was 18, set by the 2005 team that advanced to the NCAA Final that year.
Fewest Losses Ever
Regardless if UCLA goes on to win the title or not, the Bruins are still guaranteed to set a new school record for fewest losses in a season, as the Bruins take a 21-0-2 mark into this weekend's quarterfinal match with Duke. The current school record for fewest losses in a season is two, set three times: 2003 (20-2-3), 2005 (22-2-2) and 2007 (20-2-2).
School Win Record at 22
UCLA's 21 wins this season already ranks tied for second all time with the 2006 team that ended the year with a 21-4 mark. With their next win, the Bruins will tie the school record for victories in a season, joining the 2005 team that won 22 matches. It marks the fourth straight season (and sixth time in program history) that UCLA has reached 20 wins in a year.
For more details check out the official site.
Again, if you are in Westwood this weekend for the basketball game, we strong recommend you take advantage of this schedule and show your support to one of the best athletic programs in Westwood (that is saying something considering the quality of all of our programs at UCLA.