Sept. 26, 2012
Friday, Sept. 28
#3 UCLA vs. Arizona - 7:00 pm
Live Stats - arizonawildcats.com
Monday, Oct. 1
#3 UCLA vs. Arizona State - 7:00 pm
TV: Pac-12 Networks
(Talent: Mark Rogondino, Kyndra de St. Aubin)
Live Stats - thesundevils.com
UCLA Travels to Desert
The third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (7-0-2, 0-0-1 in the Pac-12) travels to the Arizona desert to face Arizona (5-4-1, 1-0-0) on Friday, Sept. 28 and Arizona State (4-5-1, 0-1-0) on Monday, Oct. 1. Friday's game in Tucson kicks off at 7pm PT. Monday's game also has a 7pm start and will be broadcast nationally on the Pac-12 Networks.
Scouting the Wildcats
Arizona holds a 5-4-1 record overall and is 1-0 in conference play after a 2-1 win over 15th-ranked Cal Sept. 21. Jazmin Ponce leads the Wildcats in scoring with six goals and 13 points and is the Pac-12 leader in shots (4.5 shots per game). Gabby Kaufman has played every minute in goal and holds a 0.98 goals against average with three shutouts.
UCLA's all-time record against Arizona is 17-1, with Arizona's only win coming in Tucson in 2004, 1-0. Last season, the Bruins scored four goals in the first 21 minutes of the game, including three alone by Sydney Leroux, and cruised to a 6-1 home victory. Zakiya Bywaters, Ally Courtnall and Kylie McCarthy also had a goal apiece in the game, and Samantha Mewis tied a school record with three assists.
Scouting the Sun Devils
Arizona State enters this weekend's matches with a 4-5-1 overall mark and a 0-1 conference record after losing to Stanford in the Pac-12 opener, 3-0. Devin Marshall leads the Sun Devils in scoring with six goals and 13 points. Half of her goals have been game-winners. Goalkeeper Chandler Morris has recorded four shutouts on the season.
UCLA is 14-1 all-time against Arizona State and has won 11 straight. ASU's lone win came in 2000 in Tempe, 1-0 in overtime. In last year's match, the Bruins got first-half goals from Chelsea Stewart and Jenna Richmond en route to a 2-0 shutout victory.
Bruins Remain Unbeaten
UCLA remained unbeaten on the season after a 0-0 tie against Washington State in the Pac-12 opener last Thursday. Alana Munger earned her first career solo shutout, making three saves in the contest.
The Bruins currently have a 17-game unbeaten streak and a four-game shutout streak.
UCLA Back at No. 3 Nationally
The Bruins slipped one spot to No. 3 in the NSCAA Coaches' Poll and No. 4 in the Soccer America poll this week. UCLA remains at 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. She is approaching the school single-season record of 540 consecutive shutout minutes, held by CiCi Peterson in 2000, as well as Peterson's school record of six consecutive shutouts, also set in 2000.
As a team, the Bruins lead the nation in goals against average (0.212) and shutout percentage (0.778) and are second in save percentage (0.923).
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 Sept. 14, 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 Sept. 14, junior midfielder Jenna Richmond tied a school single-game record set by six players, including teammate Samantha Mewis in 2011. 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.
While Zakiya Bywaters leads UCLA in goals scored with six, the Bruin offense is far from one-dimensional. Ten 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 seven of nine games. Dahlkemper also has been a strong contributor offensively, posting two game-winning goals and added an assist. Bywaters was honored as both the Soccer America National Player of the Week and 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.
Junior midfielder Richmond Review. In this week's episode, Richmond is joined by teammate Rosie White to talk about road-tripping to watch the Bruin men's soccer game at UC Santa Barbara and White's experience being honored at halftime of the UCLA football game with other 2012 UCLA Olympians.