No. 2 UCLA Begins Pac-12 Conference Play Thursday

Sept. 18, 2012

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Thursday, Sept. 20
#2 UCLA vs. Washington State - 7:00 pm
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UCLA Begins Pac-12 Conference Play
The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (7-0-1) begins Pac-12 Conference play on Thursday, Sept. 20 with a 7pm contest at Drake Stadium against Washington State (6-1-0). Thursday's game will be nationally-televised by the Pac-12 Networks and audio broadcast on

Tickets are available at the UCLA Central Ticket Office online at or by phone at 310-UCLA-WIN (310-825-2946). Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth ages 3-16. As a special move-in weekend offer, UCLA students and their family members are free with Bruin Card. Team cards will be distributed at this game.

Scouting the Cougars
Washington State is off to a strong start, beginning the year 6-1-0 and averaging 3.0 goals per game, which ranks eighth in the nation. Junior forward Micaela Castain ranks third in the nation in goals per game with a 1.143 average and is 11th in points per game (2.29 average). Castain has eight goals and 16 points on the year. Senior forward Brandi Vega joins Castain in double-figure points with 10 points on four goals and two assists.

UCLA's all-time record against Washington State is 14-2-3. The Bruins are riding a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Cougars, whose last win came in 2004 in Pullman. Last season, the two teams played to a 0-0 tie in the Palouse.

Bruins Remain Unbeaten
UCLA remained unbeaten on the season after a pair of big shutout victories in the UCLA Soccer Classic. The Bruins routed Princeton in their opening match Friday, 7-0, and downed 18th-ranked Pepperdine on Sunday, 4-0. The Bruins currently have a 16-game unbeaten streak.

In the Princeton game, UCLA scored six first-half goals to run away with a 7-0 victory. Freshman Taylor Smith opened the floodgates by scoring the first of her two goals in the seventh minute. Zakiya Bywaters also had two goals, along with an assist in the half. Sam Mewis recorded one goal with two assists in her season debut, and Taylor Alderete and Rosie White also added goals for the Bruins. Junior midfielder Jenna Richmond tied a school record with three assists in the game.

Against Pepperdine, the Bruins posted their sixth shutout in eight games, downing the Waves by a 4-0 score. Bywaters scored two, including the game-winner in the 11th minute, and Smith added her third goal of the weekend. Ally Courtnall also had one goal, and Chelsea Stewart added two assists. Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland matched her career-high with six saves to earn her fifth solo shutout of the year. Rowland has yet to allow a goal this season.

UCLA Moves Up to No. 2/3 Nationally
The Bruins moved up one spot to No. 2 in the NSCAA Coaches' Poll and No. 3 in the Soccer America poll this week. UCLA is No. 4 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings.

#0 Allowing Nothing But Zeros
With zero goals allowed in 495 minutes of action in 2012, UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland leads the nation in goals against average (0.00) and save percentage (1.0). Rowland, who wears No. 0, has a shutout streak of 603 total minutes, dating back to last season. If she records a clean sheet in the first half against Washington State, she will tie the school single-season record of 540 consecutive shutout minutes, held by CiCi Peterson in 2000. And if Rowland records another full shutout, she will tie Peterson's consecutive shutouts streak of six, also set in 2000.

National Leaders
As a team, the Bruins rank second in goals against average (0.243), third in shutout percentage (0.75) and winning percentage (0.938), sixth in save percentage (0.913) and 20th in scoring offense (2.63 goals per game).

Bywaters Earns Pac-12, National Honors
Senior Zakiya Bywaters received multiple honors this week, being named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and earning recognition on Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week. Bywaters scored two goals in each game last weekend and added an assist against Princeton. That assist was the 19th of her career, moving her into a tie for ninth place with Lindsay Greco (2000-04) on UCLA's career assists chart.

Killion, Mewis Jump Back into Fray
Sophomores Samantha Mewis and Sarah Killion made immediate contributions in their first game back with the Bruins after helping the U.S. win the FIFA U-20 World Cup title. Starting against Princeton on Friday, they each contributed to goals, with Killion assisting on one goal and Mewis scoring one and assisting on two others. This continued a trend started by Rosie White, who scored the game-winning goal in her first game back from Olympic and U-20 World Cup duty on Aug. 31 against Wisconsin.

Richmond Ties School Assist Record
With three assists in the first half against Princeton on Friday, junior midfielder Jenna Richmond tied a school single-game record set by six players. Richmond assisted on three of the Bruins' first four goals against Princeton in a 7-0 victory. She has totaled 14 assists in her career.

Multiple Weapons
While Zakiya Bywaters leads UCLA in goals scored with six, the Bruin offense is far from one-dimensional. Ten different players have scored goals for the Bruins this year - Bywaters (6), Taylor Smith (3), Rosie White (3), Ally Courtnall (2), Abby Dahlkemper (2), Chelsea Cline (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 already 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 six goals and 14 points, while Dahlkemper has been the defensive leader of a Bruin team that has posted shutouts in six of eight games. Dahlkemper also has been a strong contributor offensively, posting two game-winning goals and added an assist. Bywaters was honored as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 10-16, and Dahlkemper was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for Aug. 20-27.

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