UPDATE From the official site - due to bad weather in Midwest today's men's soccer Final- 4 game against UVa has been cancelled and rescheduled for tomorrow at 12:00 pm EST. The Ladies are still on today at 3:30 pm EST. against UNC. GO BRUINS. -N:
While Karl Dorrell just spouts hollow and empty clichés about winning championships his colleagues in Morgan Center actually compete for them. Two Bruin squads - both men's and women's soccer teams - play in the Final-4 tonight and they both will be on ESPN 2. From the LA Times:
Or how, this weekend, they each plan to earn UCLA its landmark 100th NCAA team championship -- a national first.
Today in Cary, N.C. (ESPN2, 12:30 p.m.), Ellis' Bruins women play 18-time national champion North Carolina in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
A few hours later, in St. Louis (ESPN2, 3 p.m.), where sub-freezing temperatures are being predicted, Salcedo's Bruins men play five-time champion Virginia in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
A victory by either UCLA team would put it into one of Sunday's finals with the chance to win that milestone No. 100 for the Westwood school. Because of the starting times Sunday, the women's team would have the first chance, but Salcedo is not worried about that.
As the LA Times notes the women's team are competing for the championship with freshmen sensations:
All three players, plus forward Danesha Adams and goalkeeper Valerie Henderson, were on the U.S. team that finished fourth at the FIFA Under-20 World Championship in Russia last summer.
Injuries have hit the Bruins hard this season, but Salcedo said the players' "desire to keep going" has made all the difference.
"We've had so many ups and downs with injuries and guys leaving early" to turn professional, he said. "They just come back, put their heads down and work."
Good luck to both our men and women tonight.