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No. 1 UCLA Women's Soccer Hosts LMU Friday, Tennessee Sunday
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  09/04/2012
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This Week
#1 UCLA vs. Loyola Marymount

Friday, Sept. 7 - 7:00 pm
TV - Pac-12 Los Angeles
(Talent: Christian Miles/Tammy Blackburn)
Audio - uclabruins.com
(Talent: John Ramey/Matias Friz)
Live Stats - uclabruins.com

#1 UCLA vs. #20 Tennessee
Sunday, Sept. 9 - 4:30 pm
TV - Pac-12 Los Angeles
(Talent: Christian Miles/Tammy Blackburn)
Audio - uclabruins.com
(Talent: John Ramey/Matias Friz)
Live Stats - uclabruins.com

UCLA Hosts LMU Friday, Tennessee Sunday; Both Games on Pac-12 Networks
The top-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (4-0-0) will host a pair of non-conference matches this weekend, welcoming Los Angeles neighbors Loyola Marymount (4-2-0) on Friday, Sept. 7 and SEC visitors #20 Tennessee (5-0-0) on Sunday, Sept. 9. Both matches will be televised live on Pac-12 Los Angeles (Sunday's game is also a national broadcast) and audio broadcast on UCLABruins.com.

Tickets are available at the UCLA Central Ticket Office online at uclabruins.com/tickets or by phone at 310-UCLA-WIN (310-825-2946). Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth ages 3-16. UCLA students are free with Bruin Card.

Both games this weekend are part of doubleheaders with the UCLA men's soccer team. The Bruin men host Tulsa on Friday at 4:30pm and UC Irvine on Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are good for both matches each day.

Scouting the Opponents
Loyola Marymount had a four-game winning streak snapped on Sunday after a 4-2 loss to Wisconsin, who lost to the Bruins on Friday by a 2-0 score. The Lions are led by junior midfielder Darien Pyka's three goals on the season. Junior goalkeeper Brittany Jagger has recorded two shutouts. UCLA holds an all-time series record of 11-0 against the Lions and won last year's matchup at LMU, 3-1. Samantha Mewis scored two of UCLA's goals, and Kylie McCarthy had the other. Tawni Martino scored LMU's lone goal, and Jagger made a career-high 13 saves.

Tennessee has won all five of its games heading into Friday's game at Cal State Northridge. The Lady Vols have allowed just one goal this year while scoring 13. Senior Amy Harrison leads the team with four goals, while junior Caroline Brown is the team leader with four assists and two game-winning goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Eckel holds a 0.21 goals against average. UCLA and Tennessee have faced each other just once, with the Bruins coming from behind on the road to win 2-1 on Aug. 26, 2011. Zakiya Bywaters had the equalizer in the 81st minute, and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Sydney Leroux scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute.

Bruins Down No. 11 Wisconsin
Rosie White had a memorable season debut, and Zakiya Bywaters made Wisconsin pay for a gamble in the final seconds of the game as top-ranked UCLA defeated 11th-ranked Wisconsin on Aug. 31 at Drake Stadium, 2-0. White, who was playing in her first game of the year after missing time due to the Olympics and FIFA U-20 World Cup, broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 78th minute. Wisconsin had a good opportunity in the final minute to tie and brought up their goalkeeper Lauren Gunderson to have an extra player on offense, but the gamble backfired when Bywaters won the ball and raced past all Badger players, going coast to coast for the empty-net goal with 13 seconds remaining.

UCLA Ranked No. 1 Nationally
The Bruins remain No. 1 in the Soccer America poll for the second consecutive week. UCLA checks in at No. 2 nationally in the NSCAA Coaches' Poll and No. 4 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.

Killion, Mewis Advance to U-20 Finals
The Bruins will be missing sophomores Sarah Killion and Samantha Mewis for another week, as the duo have advanced with Team USA to Saturday's Championship match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U.S. will face defending champion Germany in the title match after defeating Nigeria 2-0 in the semifinals on Tuesday. Mewis had an assist on the second goal of the contest, just minutes after entering the game as a sub. Killion started and played all 90 minutes for the U.S.

The championship match from Tokyo's National Stadium will be broadcast live on Saturday, Sept. 8 on ESPNU and ESPN3 starting at 3:20am PT.

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 already proving to be worthy Player of the Year candidates, with Bywaters tallying two goals, including one game-winner, and Dahlkemper leading the squad offensively (team-best five points on two goals and one assist) and defensively (defensive standout on a team that has posted three-straight shutouts). Dahlkemper was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and selected to Soccer America's Team of the Week for Week 3.

Team of National Teamers
UCLA's roster is filled with players with various Youth or Full National Team experience, with 17 players (over half the squad) representing three different countries. U.S. Under-20 National Team players are Zakiya Bywaters, Chelsea Cline, Abby Dahlkemper, Sarah Killion, Samantha Mewis, Megan Oyster, Courtney Proctor, and Jenna Richmond. Former U.S. U-18 and U-17 National Team players include Caprice Dydasco, Kylie McCarthy, Katelyn Rowland, Kristiana Konkol-Mroczkowski, Kodi Lavrusky and Taylor Smith. Ally Courtnall has dual citizenship and has seen time with both the U.S. and Canadian U-17 teams. And the Bruins also have two full national team players who played in the Olympics in Chelsea Stewart (Canada) and Rosie White (New Zealand).

A National Program
Nearly half of this year's team (12 of 29 players) reside from outside the state of California. The 2012 Bruins have players from Colorado, Hawai'i (2), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Washington and New Zealand.

Head Coach B.J. Snow
The 2012 season marks B.J. Snow's second year at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer program. In his first season, he guided UCLA to a 16-1-4 record (.857 winning percentage).

Snow has been with the Bruin program since arriving in 2006 as a volunteer assistant coach. He quickly rose through the coaching ranks in Westwood, going from volunteer assistant to full-time coach in the span of just one year. He was then promoted to assistant head coach in 2009 before being named head coach in 2011. During his time at UCLA, the Bruins have compiled a record of 113-19-11, reaching the NCAA College Cup from 2006-09. UCLA also won three consecutive Pac-10 titles from 2006-08.

A master recruiter, Snow has helped UCLA notch top 5 classes in each of his seven seasons on staff. Snow's 2011 class, which featured 10 players with national team experience, is widely regarded as one of the best classes in women's soccer history

In addition to his efforts in the college game, Snow has also served as an assistant with the Under-20 U.S. Women's National Team, traveling with the team to the 2010 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Germany. He has also been brought in by U.S. Soccer to serve as a clinician at a number of coaching seminars.

Snow was a four-year starter on defense at Indiana University from 1996-99 and helped the Hoosiers capture four-straight Big Ten titles, including back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999.

Unprecedented TV Coverage
With the launch of the Pac-12 Networks, women's soccer will be receiving unprecedented television coverage in 2012. The Pac-12 Networks plans to air a total of 58 live women's soccer matches this season, including nine UCLA matches. The first UCLA women's soccer game to be aired on the Pac-12 Networks is this Friday's match against Loyola Marymount at 7:00pm PT.

To see if your television provider is carrying Pac-12 Networks, visit the channel finder at Pac-12.com.


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