Nov. 8, 2012
Saturday, Nov. 10
NCAA 1st Round
#6 UCLA vs. Wisconsin - 5:30 pm
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Bruins Hold No. 3 Seed in NCAA Tourney
The sixth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (15-2-2 overall/8-2-1 in the Pac-12, 2nd place) earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host Wisconsin (12-7-1) in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 10. The game will take place at 5:30 pm at Drake Stadium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth/students.
The winner of the UCLA-Wisconsin game will advance to the second round to face the winner of the UT-Martin/Kentucky match.
UCLA in NCAA Tournament Play
UCLA is making its 16th consecutive and 17th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have a 44-14-3 all-time NCAA Tournament record. Last season, the Bruins were seeded No. 2 and were upset by San Diego in the second round on penalty kicks.
UCLA's seeding history and results in its 16 NCAA Tournament appearances are below:
1995 - First Round (L to Washington, 2-1)
1997 - Quarterfinals (L to Notre Dame, 8-0)
1998 - Second Round (L to BYU, 2-0)
1999 - Rd. of 16 (L to Santa Clara, 7-0)
2000 - #6 seed, Final (L to North Carolina, 2-1)
2001 - #3 seed, Quarterfinals (L to Florida, 1-0 2OT)
2002 - #7 seed, Rd. of 16 (T Texas A&M 0-0, lost 3-1 in PKs)
2003 - #4 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 3-0)
2004 - #14 seed, Final (L to Notre Dame, 1-1 PKs)
2005 - #1 seed Final (L to Portland, 4-0)
2006 - #2 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 2-0)
2007 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to USC, 2-1)
2008 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 1-0)
2009 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to Stanford, 2-1)
2010 - Rd. of 16 (L to Stanford, 3-0)
2011 - #2 seed, Second Round (T San Diego, 1-1, lost 3-4 in PKs)
UCLA Against the NCAA Field
UCLA posted an 8-1-1 record against members of the 64-team NCAA Tournament field this season, picking up victories over Wisconsin (2-0), Pepperdine (4-0), California (3-0), Illinois (2-0), Arizona State (4-1), Princeton (7-0), Washington (1-0) and Tennessee (1-0), tying Washington State (0-0) and losing a one-goal game to Stanford (1-2).
Scouting the Badgers
Wisconsin enters the postseason with a 12-7-1 record. The Badgers finished in sixth place in the Big Ten with a 5-5-1 record in conference play. Cara Walls is the Badgers' leading scorer with 10 goals and 21 points. Paige Adams is close behind with 17 points on six goals and five assists.
The Bruins are 2-0 all-time against the Badgers, winning earlier this season at Drake Stadium by a 2-0 count on goals by Rosie White and Zakiya Bywaters, and 1-0 on the road in 2010 on a Jenna Richmond goal.
Bywaters Named Pac-12 Player of Year
Senior forward Zakiya Bywaters became the sixth UCLA player ever to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year. The Las Vegas native closed out the 2012 regular season as the Pac-12 leader in points (30), goals (13) and game-winning goals (13), totals that are career-highs. Bywaters was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and has twice been honored as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, as well as being named Soccer America's National Player of the Week in mid-September. This is her second consecutive first-team All-Pac-12 honor and third overall in her career. She was also named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2009. Bywaters has started 84 of 88 games for the Bruins, tallying 63 career points (21 goals, 21 assists).
School-Record Eight Players Earn All-Pac-12 Honors
The Bruins tied a school record held by the 2001 squad by placing eight members on the All-Pac-12 squads. Abby Dahlkemper and Pac-12 Player of the Year Zakiya Bywaters repeated on the first team and were joined by first-time selection Sarah Killion. Lucretia Lee, Samantha Mewis, and Katelyn Rowland earned second-team acclaim, and Jenna Richmond and Caprice Dydasco received honorable mention recognition. Additionally, Taylor Smith was selected to the All-Freshman team.
Bywaters, Rowland Continue to Lead Pac-12
Forward Zakiya Bywaters continues to lead in the Pac-12 in goals scored (13), goals per game (0.68), points (30), points per game (1.58) and game-winning goals (5, tied for first). The totals are career-highs for the senior, who entered the season with eight goals and 33 points in her career. Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland leads the conference in shutouts (9) and shutouts per game (0.56).
As a team, UCLA leads the Pac-12 in assists (47), goals against average (0.56) and shutouts (11).
Bruins Rank Among Nation's Leaders
The Bruin team ranks ninth in the nation in goals against average (0.563) and winning percentage (0.842), 10th in shutout percentage (0.579) and 20th in scoring offense (2.26).
Forward Zakiya Bywaters ranks in the Top 35 in game-winning goals (12th, 5), total goals (24th, 13), goals per game (26th, 0.684), points per game (33rd, 1.58) and total points (33, 30.0). Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland ranks 20th in goals against average (0.582).
While Zakiya Bywaters leads UCLA in goals scored with 13, the Bruin offense is far from one-dimensional. Thirteen players have scored goals for the Bruins this year - Bywaters (12), Taylor Smith (7), Rosie White (5), Ally Courtnall (3), Abby Dahlkemper (3), Sarah Killion (3), Chelsea Cline (2), Samantha Mewis (2), Crystal Shaffie (1), Lucretia Lee (1), Kristiana Konkol-Mroczkowski (1), Kodi Lavrusky (1) and Taylor Alderete (1). Seventeen different players have at least one point.
Two on Watch List
Senior forward Zakiya Bywaters and sophomore defender Abby Dahlkemper were selected to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Both are proving to be worthy Player of the Year candidates, with the duo leading the team on offense and defense, respectively. Bywaters, the Pac-12 Player of the Year for 2012, holds the team and conference lead in scoring with 13 goals and 30 points, both career highs, while Dahlkemper has been the defensive leader of a Bruin team that has posted shutouts in 11 games. Dahlkemper also has been a strong contributor offensively, recording three goals, including two game-winners, and adding three assists. She is tied for fifth on the team in scoring with nine points. Bywaters was honored as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 25-Oct. 1 and Sept. 10-16, as well as the Soccer America National Player of the Week for Sept. 10-16. Dahlkemper was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 1-7 and Aug. 20-27. Both are first-team All-Pac-12 selections in 2012 and 2011.
Three school records were either broken or tied this season. The Bruin team set a new school record with a 25-game unbeaten streak that ran from Oct. 14, 2011 to Oct. 28, 2012. The record streak ended with a 2-1 loss to top-ranked Stanford. Prior to the loss, the Bruins had started the year undefeated after 17 matches.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland set a new school record for consecutive shutout minutes with 564 to start the season, breaking CiCi Peterson's record of 540, set in 2000. Rowland's streak was broken in the second half of the Arizona game on Sept. 28.
And with three assists in the first half against Princeton on Sept. 14, junior midfielder Jenna Richmond tied a school single-game record set by six players, including teammates Zakiya Bywaters and Samantha Mewis in 2011. Richmond assisted on three of the Bruins' first four goals against Princeton in a 7-0 victory. She has totaled 18 assists in her career to move within one of UCLA's Top 10 list.