No. 2 UCLA Hosts No. 21 California, No. 1 Stanford

Oct. 24, 2012

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Friday, Oct. 26
#2 UCLA vs. #21 California - 3:00 pm

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Sunday, Oct. 28
#2 UCLA vs. #1 Stanford - 6:00 pm

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Big Weekend for Bruins
The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (14-0-2, 7-0-1 in the Pac-12) has its most challenging weekend to date, hosting 21st-ranked California (14-3-0, 7-1-0) on Friday, Oct. 26 at 3pm before welcoming the nation's new No. 1-ranked team in Stanford (14-1-1, 8-0-0) on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 6pm. Both games will take place at Drake Stadium and will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.

UCLA, California and Stanford are the three hottest teams in the Pac-12 and, arguably, the nation. UCLA is currently on a seven-game winning streak and a 24-game unbeaten streak. California has won eight in a row, and Stanford has won 12 in a row and 39 consecutive conference games.

No. 1 vs. No. 2
Sunday's game between Stanford and UCLA will mark the second consecutive year and third time overall that the two teams have faced each other in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle. Stanford got the best of the Bruins in Palo Alto in 2011, winning 4-1. In the other 1 vs. 2 matchup in 2007, No. 1 UCLA defeated No. 2 Stanford, 2-0, on the road.

Stanford was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in each of the teams' last five meetings.

Senior Salute
Prior to Sunday's game against Stanford, UCLA will be honoring its three seniors - Zakiya Bywaters, Chelsea Cline and Lucretia Lee. The senior class has compiled a four-year record of 64-12-9 (.806 winning percentage) with three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the College Cup in 2009. The trio have played in a combined 248 career games with 188 starts.

Scouting the Opponents
California is 14-3-0 overall and 7-1-0 in Pac-12 play. The Golden Bears have won eight straight games and are coming off home victories against Washington (2-1) and Washington State (3-2). Cal, which ranks second in the Pac-12 in goals scored (42), is led by freshman Ifeoma Onumonu's 25 points, which tie UCLA's Zakiya Bywaters for first in the conference. Onumonu has 10 goals and five assists, and Betsy Hassett has contributed six goals and five assists.

UCLA's all-time record against California is 13-4-1. The Bruins are unbeaten in the last seven matchups, with six victories and a 0-0 tie in last year's contest.

Stanford, which plays at USC on Friday, enters the week with a 14-1-1 overall and a 8-0-0 Pac-12 record. The Cardinal has not lost a conference game since a 1-0 road loss to UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008. Seven Cardinal players are in double-figure scoring, led by Courtney Verloo's 20 points (6g, 8a). Mariah Nogueira is the team's leading goal-scorer with seven goals.

The Bruins are 8-9-3 all-time against the Cardinal, with Stanford currently on a five-game winning streak in the series. UCLA's last win in the series was the aforementioned victory in 2008.

Bruins Remain Unbeaten
UCLA remained unbeaten (14-0-2) after a pair of home wins over Colorado (2-1) and Utah (2-0) this past weekend. The Bruins currently have a 24-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.

Lee Honored by Pac-12
UCLA continues to rack up the Pac-12 Player of the Week awards. This week's honoree is Lucretia Lee, who was selected the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after scoring her first career goal and anchoring a back line that allowed just six total shots in wins over Colorado and Utah. Lee earned her first career conference weekly honor. A UCLA player has received Pac-12 weekly honors four-straight weeks and six times overall this season.

Bywaters, Rowland Lead Pac-12
Forward Zakiya Bywaters continues to lead in the Pac-12 in goals scored (11), goals per game (0.69), points (24, tied for first) and points per game (1.56, 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 goals against average (0.32), save percentage (.889) and shutouts (8).

UCLA Moves up to No. 2 Nationally
The Bruins moved up one notch to No. 2 in the NSCAA Coaches' poll but remains at No. 3 in the Soccer America poll. UCLA has been ranked in the Top 5 every week this season and holds a streak of 21 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 of the regular season rankings.

Nation's No. 1-Ranked Defense
UCLA boasts the nation's top-ranked defense with a team goals against average of 0.365. The Bruins have posted 10 shutouts in 16 games this season and have a team save percentage of 88.0%, which ranks first in the Pac-12 and seventh in the nation. UCLA's defense has allowed an average of just 6.6 shots per game.

Bruins Rank Among Nation's Leaders
As a team, the Bruins rank first in the nation in goals against average (0.365) and winning percentage (0.938), seventh in save percentage (0.88) and shutout percentage (0.625) and 19th in scoring offense (2.31).

Forward Zakiya Bywaters ranks in the Top 35 in total goals (31st, 11), goals per game (31st, 0.688), game-winning goals (28th, 4), and points per game (33rd, 1.56). Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland ranks fourth in goals against average (0.324) and eighth in save percentage (0.889).

Multiple Weapons
While Zakiya Bywaters leads UCLA in goals scored with 11, the Bruin offense is far from one-dimensional. Twelve players have scored goals for the Bruins this year - Bywaters (11), Taylor Smith (6), Rosie White (5), Ally Courtnall (3), Abby Dahlkemper (3), Chelsea Cline (2), Sarah Killion (2), Lucretia Lee (1), Samantha Mewis (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 and Pac-12 Conference 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 10 games. Dahlkemper also has been a strong contributor offensively, recording three goals, including two game-winners, and adding three assists. She is tied for fourth 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.

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