UCLA women's soccer team plays top-seeded Stanford in third round of NCAA tourney Friday
The UCLA women's soccer team, which entered the 64-team NCAA championship tournament unranked for the first time since 1999, has advanced to the third round and will play top-seeded Stanford (20-0-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Stanford. When the teams last met on Oct. 10, Stanford won, 2-0.
To get there, the Bruins (13-7-2) defeated Brigham Young University, 4-3, on Nov. 11 and upset fourth-seeded Central Florida, 2-1, on Nov. 13.
The Bruins have advanced to the College Cup -- soccer's version of the Final Four -- the past seven years, but have never won a national championship.
UCLA is led by junior Sydney Leroux, who has scored 13 goals this season for the Bruins. Leroux starred for the U.S. under-20 World Cup championship team in 2008, winning the Golden Ball as the team's most valuable player and the Golden Boot as its top scorer. Last summer, she was the top scorer for the U.S. team that reached the U-20 World Cup quarterfinals.
Another local team has advanced to the third round as well. UC Irvine (19-2-2) will play host to Washington (12-8-2) on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Anteaters are making their first NCAA tournament appearance. They defeated Arizona State, 2-1, on Nov. 12 and fourth-seeded Wake Forest, 2-0, on Nov. 14.
-- Melissa Rohlin
Photo: UCLA Bruins logo.