Zakiya Bywaters Named 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year

Nov. 7, 2012

Led by Pac-12 Player of the Year Zakiya Bywaters, the UCLA women's soccer team placed a conference-best eight players on the 2012 All-Pac-12 teams. Bywaters, Sarah Killion and Abby Dahlkemper earned first-team honors. Lucretia Lee, Samantha Mewis and Katelyn Rowland received second-team acclaim, and Jenna Richmond and Caprice Dydasco were honorable mention selections. Additionally, Taylor Smith was selected to the All-Freshman team.

UCLA's eight selections tie a school record for most all-conference honors in one season. The 2001 Bruins also accomplished this feat.

Bywaters, a senior forward from Las Vegas, Nev., is the sixth Bruin to be named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. She 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).

Killion, a sophomore midfielder from Fort Wayne, Ind., picks up her first career honor from the Pac-12 despite missing the first six games of the season while leading the U.S. to a gold medal at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Killion ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 10 points (3g, 4a) and has two game-winning goals.

Dahlkemper, a sophomore defender from Menlo Park, Calif., earned her second consecutive first-team All-Pac-12 honor. The MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List honoree has been the leader of a defensive unit that has posted a Pac-12 best 0.56 goals against average with a league-high 11 shutouts. She has twice been named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and has also contributed three goals and three assists.

Second-team honoree Lee, a senior defender from Bothell, Wash., earned her first career All-Pac-12 award after helping to lead the Bruin defense to a conference-low 0.56 goals against average. She was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 15-21 after scoring her first career goal this season and leading UCLA to a pair of wins during which the Bruin defense held their opponents to a total of six shots. Lee leads the Bruins in minutes played with 1720 out of a possible 1760 minutes.

Mewis, a sophomore midfielder, is a second-team selection for the second-straight year. A member of the gold medal-winning U.S. squad at the FIFA U-20 World Cup along with Killion, Mewis missed the season's first six games but has totaled two goals and three assists in 12 games played.

Rowland, a sophomore goalkeeper, earned her first career All-Pac-12 honors, being selected to the second team. Rowland leads the Pac-12 with a nine shutouts and ranks second with a 0.58 goals against average.

The Bruins' honorable mention selections are midfielder Richmond and defender Dydasco. Richmond, who earns her second career selection, leads the Bruins and ranks second in the Pac-12 in assists with seven. Dydasco, who has started every game, has contributed four assists and helped the Bruin defense earn 11 shutouts.

Smith is the sole representative on the All-Freshman team. The forward ranks second on the team in scoring with 18 points (7g, 4a) and ranks 10th in the conference in points and goals.

2012 ALL-PAC-12 TEAM

Zakiya Bywaters, F, Sr., UCLA
Rachel Quon, D, Sr., Stanford
Alina Garciamendez, D, Sr., Stanford
Mariah Nogueira, MF, Sr., Stanford
Betsy Hassett, MF, Sr., California
Emily Oliver, GK, Jr., Stanford
Sarah Killion, MF, So., UCLA
Ifeoma Onumonu, F, Fr., California
Abby Dahlkemper, D, So., UCLA
Chioma Ubogagu, F, So., Stanford
Jazmin Ponce, F, Jr., Arizona

Brandi Vega, F, Sr., Washington State
Jenna Richardson, F, Jr., Oregon State
Taylor McCarter, MF, Sr., Arizona State
Rachael Doyle, D, Jr., Washington State
Micaela Castain, F, Jr., Washington State
Devin Marshall, F, Jr., Arizona State
Lucretia Lee, D, Sr., UCLA
Samantha Mewis, MF, So., UCLA
Amy Barczuk, MF, Sr., Colorado
Emi Lawson, D, Jr., Washington
Katelyn Rowland, GK, So., UCLA

HONORABLE MENTION: Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (California, Jr., MF); Samantha Johnson (USC, Sr., MF/F); Scout Libke (Oregon, Sr., MF); Jenna Richmond (UCLA, Jr., MF); Courtney Verloo (Stanford, RS Jr., F); Lindsay Elston (Washington, Jr., MF); Lo'eau LaBonta (Stanford, RS So., MF); Caprice Dydasco (UCLA, So., MF); Cali Farquharson (Arizona State, Fr., F); Avery Ford (Utah, So., D); Kari Davidson (Washington, RS Sr., GK).

Ifeoma Onumonu, F, Fr., California
Cali Farquharson,F, Fr. , Arizona State
Taylor Smith, F, Fr., UCLA
Laura Liedle, D, Fr., Stanford
Isabel Farrell, MF, Fr., Washington
Mariah Powers, D, Fr., Oregon
Jamie Fink, MF, Fr., USC
Maya Theuer, D, Fr., Stanford
Sammy Jo Prudhomme, GK, Fr., Oregon State
Madison Krauser, MF, Fr., Colorado
Lindsey Luke, GK, RS Fr., Utah

Pac-12 Player of the Year - Zakiya Bywaters, UCLA
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year - Ifeoma Onumonu, California
Pac-12 Coach of the Year - Paul Ratcliffe, Stanford

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