Third-Ranked Bruins Return Home to Face Colorado, Utah

Oct. 17, 2012

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Friday, Oct. 19

#3 UCLA vs. Colorado - 7:00 pm
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Sunday, Oct. 21
#3 UCLA vs. Utah - 1:00 pm
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Welcome Home, Bruins
The third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (12-0-2, 5-0-1 in the Pac-12) is back home in Westwood for the first time in nearly a full month, hosting Colorado on Friday, Oct. 19 and Utah on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Drake Stadium. Friday's game is at 7pm, while Sunday's matchup begins at 1pm. Both games will be audio broadcast on

UCLA has been on the road for the last five games. The road has been no issue for the Bruins, however, who are undefeated in road matches in 2012 with a 7-0-0 record.

Breast Cancer Awareness Game
Sunday's game is UCLA's annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. The Bruin team will wear pink jerseys, which will later be auctioned off, with proceeds going towards breast cancer awareness research and prevention. All fans wearing pink will receive free admission.

Scouting the Opponents
Colorado holds a 6-6-3 overall record and a 0-5-1 mark in Pac-12 play. The Buffaloes began the season 6-1-2 but are winless in their last six contests, including five straight losses. Colorado is led by Anne Stuller, who has eight goals and 17 points. Goalkeeper Annie Brunner has six shutouts.

UCLA's all-time record against Colorado is 3-1. The Bruins won last year's matchup in Boulder, 8-0. Sydney Leroux had a hat trick by the 29th minute, and Jenna Richmond added two goals. Also scoring were Samantha Mewis, Ally Courtnall and Chelsea Cline. Courtnall also added two assists.

Utah, which plays at USC on Friday, enters the week with an 8-4-2 overall record and a 3-3-0 conference record. The Utes are ranked fifth in the Pacific Region in this week's NSCAA regional rankings. Forward Katie Taylor is Utah's leading scorer with four goals and three assists (11 points). Goalkeeper Lindsey Luke holds a 0.89 goals against average with four solo shutouts.

The Bruins are 2-1 all-time against Utah, with victories in 2011 (1-0 in OT in Salt Lake City) and 2009 (6-1 in Los Angeles). Utah's only win came at home in 2004 (2-1). Leroux scored the game-winner in the 98th minute in last season's contest.

Bruins Remain Unbeaten
UCLA remained among the ranks of the unbeaten (12-0-2) after a 1-0 win at Washington last Friday. The Bruins currently have a 22-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.

White Honored by Pac-12
UCLA continues to rack up the Pac-12 Player of the Week awards. This week's honoree is Rosie White, who was selected the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in the Bruins' 1-0 win at Washington. White, who ranks second on the team with three game-winning goals, earned her first career honor. A UCLA player has received Pac-12 weekly honors three-straight weeks and five 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 (0.79), points (24) and points per game (1.79). 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 (0.29) and save percentage (.903).

UCLA Ranks No. 3 Nationally
The Bruins remain ranked No. 3 in all major polls. UCLA has been ranked in the Top 5 every week this season and holds a streak of 20 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 of the regular season rankings.

Bruins Rank Among Nation's Leaders
As a team, the Bruins rank third in the nation in goals against average (0.346), second in winning percentage (0.929), fifth in save percentage (0.889), eighth in shutout percentage (0.643) and 20th in scoring offense (2.36).

Forward Zakiya Bywaters ranks in the Top 30 in total goals (21st, 11), goals per game (17th, 0.786), game-winning goals (19th, 4), points per game (22nd, 1.79) and total points (30th, 24). Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland ranks third in goals against average (0.29) and fifth in save percentage (0.903).

Multiple Weapons
While Zakiya Bywaters leads UCLA in goals scored with 11, the Bruin offense is far from one-dimensional. Eleven players have scored goals for the Bruins this year - Bywaters (11), Taylor Smith (6), Rosie White (4), Ally Courtnall (3), Abby Dahlkemper (3), Chelsea Cline (1), Samantha Mewis (1), Sarah Killion (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 nine games. Dahlkemper also has been a strong contributor offensively, recording three goals, including two game-winners, and adding two assists. She is tied for third on the team in scoring with eight 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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