Friday, Sept. 13 - 4:30 pm PT
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Jason Knapp, Tammy Blackburn)
Live Audio- uclabruins.com (John Ramey, Erin Cole)
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Bruins Back Home
The No. 5/6 UCLA women’s soccer team (5-1-0) returned home from its two-week road trip and will host San Diego State (1-2-2) on Friday, Sept. 13 at Drake Stadium at 4:30 pm. The match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks and is the first game in a doubleheader with the UCLA men. The Bruin men host UC Santa Barbara at 7 pm.
Tickets for both games in the doubleheader cost $8 for adults and $5 for youth. UCLA students are free. One ticket gets you into both games.
In the Rankings
After a 1-0 loss to No. 1 North Carolina and a 2-1 win over No. 12 Duke, the Bruins slipped in the polls, moving down two to No. 5 in the NSCAA poll and down four to No. 6 in the Soccer America poll. The Bruins dropped two spots to No. 4 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
UCLA Splits at Duke Nike Classic
The Bruins lost a close one to No. 1 North Carolina last Friday, 1-0, and then rebounded to defeat No. 12 Duke, 2-1, at the Duke Nike Classic. Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland kept UCLA in the game against the Tar Heels, making seven big-time saves to set a new career high, but reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner Crystal Dunn got one past her in the 79th minute for the game-winner. Against Duke, the Bruins received an early goal from Rosie White and a late one from Darian Jenkins en route to a 2-1 victory. Duke’s lone goal came in the final four seconds on a penalty kick. Rowland, White and Megan Oyster earned All-Tournament honors.
Rowland Earns Weekly Honors
Junior goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland was named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week and selected to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week after her 11-save performance at the Duke Nike Classic. Rowland had a career-high seven saves in the North Carolina game and added four in the Duke game, the last of which was her 100th career save.
Scoring early has been a trend for the Bruins in 2013. Five of UCLA’s 12 goals this year have come in the first 10 minutes of the game, including three in the first five minutes (Northeastern - 2:42, Cal State Northridge - 2:15, Marquette - 4:27).
Freshman Darian Jenkins scored a goal in UCLA’s first four games, which was the longest goal-scoring streak by a Bruin since Lauren Cheney scored in six consecutive games from Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 2007. Jenkins has a goal in five of the Bruins’ six games and leads UCLA in scoring with five goals and 10 points. She is tied for third in the Pac-12 in goals scored and tied for seventh in points.
Scouting the Aztecs
San Diego State is coming off a banner year for its program, going 21-2-1 in 2012 and advancing to the third round of the NCAA Championships, where they lost to the Bruins, 3-0. The Aztecs began the 2013 campaign ranked No. 11 in the preseason but have dropped out of the rankings. In their last contest vs. Houston, the Aztecs played to a 0-0 tie and had 17 shots saved by Houston goalkeeper Cami Koski.
Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA’s upperclassmen are about as experienced a group as you can get, with a combined total of 546 games played and 392 games started between the 15 of them. Senior Jenna Richmond leads all current Bruins with 71 games played and 70 starts. Junior Abby Dahlkemper has started and played in every game in her Bruin career (50 games).
Nine Newcomers Grace Roster
The Bruins welcome nine new players to the squad in 2013, including eight freshmen that comprise the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation, led by U.S. Youth National Team players Gabbi Miranda, Lauren Kaskie, Zoey Goralski and Darian Jenkins. Also in the freshman class are highly-regarded players Alyssa Alarab, Annie Alvarado, Lauren Rodriguez and Claire Winter. Additionally, sophomore defender Mikaela Arnstein has earned a place on the squad after serving as team manager in 2012.
Bruins Take on Challenging Schedule
UCLA has the most challenging non-conference schedule and the second-most challenging overall schedule in the nation, according to All White Kit. The Bruins will meet up with each of the Top 3 teams in Top Drawer Soccer’s poll, with road matches against No. 1 North Carolina (in Durham), No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Notre Dame. UCLA also faces No. 8 Duke, No. 21 San Diego State and No. 24 California.
Twelve Games on Pac-12 Networks
Twelve UCLA regular-season women’s soccer games will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks in 2013, which is airing 58 live women’s soccer games this year. UCLA and Stanford are tied with the most appearances on the Networks with 12 apiece.
Get Mew’s Views
Junior midfielder Sam Mewis is penning a blog for UCLABruins.com. Get her inside stories about the 2013 Bruins every Thursday.
After being on the road for two weeks, the Bruins will stay in Southern California into next week, playing at Pepperdine Sept. 20 (3 pm) and at Loyola Marymount (4 pm).
UCLA Head Coach Amanda Cromwell
Head coach Amanda Cromwell opened her tenure as UCLA head coach with three shutouts and five victories in six games. Cromwell, the fifth head coach in UCLA women’s soccer history, came to the Bruins after 14 years in the same position at the University of Central Florida. From 1999-2012, she guided the Knights to a 203-83-26 record, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, four Atlantic Sun Tournament championships, four Conference USA regular-season titles and the 2012 C-USA tournament title. Cromwell’s Knights made a NCAA Elite Eight run in 2011 that included a defeat of North Carolina in the third round.
With 224 career victories and a .681 winning percentage at the close of the 2012 season, Cromwell currently ranks among the top-25 winningest active coaches and the top-30 all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.