Oct. 10, 2012
The third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (11-0-2, 4-0-1 in the Pac-12) completes a five-game road stretch on Friday, Oct. 12 at Washington. The Bruins will face the Washington Huskies (9-3-2, 2-2-1) at 7pm at Husky Soccer Stadium. Live coverage will be available at gohuskies.com.
UCLA has a perfect road record in 2012, going 6-0-0.
Scouting the Huskies
Washington started the season with seven consecutive victories but is 2-3-2 in their last seven contests. The Huskies are led by Lindsay Elston, who ranks second behind conference-leader Zakiya Bywaters in goals scored (8) and points scored (21). Goalkeeper Kari Davidson has posted five shutouts and holds a 0.77 goals against average. Washington is undefeated at home this year, sporting a 4-0-1 record.
UCLA's all-time record against Washington is 14-3-1. The Bruins won last year's matchup at Drake Stadium, 1-0, behind a 79th minute goal by Chelsea Stewart and a strong defense that allowed just one shot the entire game.
Bruins Remain Unbeaten
UCLA remained among the ranks of the unbeaten (11-0-2) after a pair of wins at the Oregon schools - 1-0 against the Ducks and 4-1 against the Beavers. The Bruins currently have a 21-game unbeaten streak. B.J. Snow, who is in his second season as UCLA head coach, has just one loss in his coaching career, a defeat at Stanford on Oct. 9, 2011.
Dahlkemper Honored by Pac-12
For the second time this season, sophomore defender Abby Dahlkemper was selected the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. Dahlkemper, who is on the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List, anchored a UCLA defense that allowed one goal in victories over Oregon and Oregon State last week. She and the Bruins limited Oregon to just five total shots on Friday, only one of which came in the second half, as UCLA posted its eighth shutout in 13 games this season. Against Oregon State, Dahlkemper played strong defense to keep the Beavers at bay, helping UCLA to a 4-1 victory in Corvallis. The Bruins own a Conference-leading 0.37 goals against average this season.
Killion Selected to Team of the Week
Sophomore midfielder Sarah Killion was selected to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week for the week of Oct. 1-7. Killion scored on a direct free kick and saved a goal with a block on the goal line as UCLA defeated Oregon State 4-1 on Sunday to complete a weekend split at Oregon. The Bruins also defeated Oregon on Friday, 1-0. Killion's goal was the first of her collegiate career. She has one goal and two assists for the Bruins in 2012 after missing the first six games of the season while starting with the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Smith Scoring Streak
Freshman Taylor Smith has been on a tear recently, scoring a goal in three consecutive games and having at least one point in seven of UCLA's last eight games. Smith has six goals and two assists in that time period and ranks second on the Bruin squad with six goals and 15 points. The freshman scored the game-winner at Oregon in a 1-0 victory and had an important insurance goal at Oregon State to turn a 2-1 lead into a 3-1 advantage. Smith ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in points and eighth in goals.
Bywaters Leads Pac-12
Forward Zakiya Bywaters continues to lead in the Pac-12 in goals scored (11) and points (24). The totals are career-highs for the senior, who entered the season with eight goals and 33 points in her career.
UCLA Ranks No. 3 Nationally
The Bruins remain ranked No. 3 in all major polls. UCLA has been ranked in the Top 5 every week this season and holds a streak of 19 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 of the regular season rankings.
Bruins Rank Among Nation's Leaders
As a team, the Bruins rank fourth in the nation in goals against average (0.372), third in winning percentage (0.923), 11th in save percentage (0.881), 14th in shutout percentage (0.615) and 18th in scoring offense (2.46).
Forward Zakiya Bywaters ranks in the Top 25 in total goals (10th, 11), goals per game (13th, 0.846), game-winning goals (18th, 4), points per game (20th, 1.85) and total points (22nd, 24). Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland ranks fourth in goals against average (0.321) and 12th in save percentage (0.893).
While Zakiya Bywaters leads UCLA in goals scored with 11, the Bruin offense is far from one-dimensional. Eleven players have scored goals for the Bruins this year - Bywaters (11), Taylor Smith (6), Rosie White (3), Ally Courtnall (3), Abby Dahlkemper (3), Chelsea Cline (1), Samantha Mewis (1), Sarah Killion (1), Kristiana Konkol-Mroczkowski (1), Kodi Lavrusky (1) and Taylor Alderete (1). Sixteen different players have at least one point.
Two on Watch List
Senior forward Zakiya Bywaters and sophomore defender Abby Dahlkemper were selected to the M.A.C. 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 holds the team lead in scoring with 11 goals and 24 points, both career highs, while Dahlkemper has been the defensive leader of a Bruin team that has posted shutouts in eight games. Dahlkemper also has been a strong contributor offensively, recording three goals, including two game-winners, and adding two assists. She is tied for third on the team in scoring with eight 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.