Bruins Conclude Road Trip with Matchups against No. 1 UNC, No. 12 Duke
The No. 2/3 UCLA women’s soccer team concludes its two-week road trip with matchups against No. 1 North Carolina (4-0-0) and No. 12 Duke (3-1-0) at the Duke Nike Classic. Also playing in the tournament is No. 9 West Virginia (3-0-1).
The Bruins (4-0-0) face defending NCAA champion North Carolina on Friday, Sept. 6 at 8pm ET/5pm PT in a battle of Soccer America’s Top 2 teams. On Sunday, Sept. 8, UCLA will play host team Duke at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT. All games in the Duke Nike Classic will be broadcast (fee-based) on the Blue Devil Network on goduke.com.
In the Rankings
After winning both games against ranked teams over the weekend, the Bruins remain ranked No. 2 in the Soccer America poll and move up one spot to No. 3 in the NSCAA poll. The Bruins also moved up two spots in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
UCLA Wins Notre Dame Invite
The Bruins captured the Notre Dame adidas Invitational after posting victories over No. 20 Marquette and No. 7 Notre Dame. The Bruins overcame a first-minute goal against Marquette, with Darian Jenkins scoring the tying goal in the fifth minute and Sam Mewis netting the game-winner in the 61st minute. Against Notre Dame, UCLA outshot the Fighting Irish, 20-1, and got the game-winner from Jenkins in the 80th minute. Jenkins earned Offensive MVP honors, Abby Dahlkemper was named the Defensive MVP, and Katelyn Rowland received the Golden Glove Award. The three, along with Mewis and Sarah Killion, were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Freshman Darian Jenkins has scored a goal in each of UCLA’s four games, the longest goal-scoring streak by a Bruin since Lauren Cheney scored in six consecutive games from Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 2007. Jenkins leads UCLA and is tied for second in the Pac-12 with four goals.
Killion Lends a Hand
Junior midfielder Sarah Killion leads the Pac-12 in assists with four and in assists per game with a 1.0 average. The Bruin team co-captain was recognized for her strong play this week by College Soccer 360, which named her to the Primetime Performers list for week 2.
Cromwell Era Starts 4-0
Head coach Amanda Cromwell has opened her tenure as UCLA head coach with three shutouts and four victories in four games. Cromwell, the fifth head coach in UCLA women’s soccer history, came to the Bruins after 14 years in the same position at the University of Central Florida. From 1999-2012, she guided the Knights to a 203-83-26 record, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, four Atlantic Sun Tournament championships, four Conference USA regular-season titles and the 2012 C-USA tournament title. Cromwell’s Knights made a NCAA Elite Eight run in 2011 that included a defeat of North Carolina in the third round.
With 224 career victories and a .681 winning percentage at the close of the 2012 season, Cromwell currently ranks among the top-25 winningest active coaches and the top-30 all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
Bruins Earn Weekly Honors
Freshman forward Darian Jenkins was named the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness National Player of the Week, while junior midfielders Sam Mewis (Top Drawer Soccer) and Sarah Killion (College Soccer 360) received national recognition.
Scouting the Opponents
Top-ranked and defending NCAA champion North Carolina sits atop all polls with a 4-0 record. The Tar Heels are led by reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner Crystal Dunn, who started for the U.S. Women’s National Team on Tuesday in a 7-0 win over Mexico. Dunn has four goals in three games this season. The Tar Heels’ leading scorer is Kealia Ohai, who has three goals and three assists. UCLA is seeking its first-ever victory over North Carolina. The Bruins are 0-8 all-time against the Tar Heels. The teams last met in the 2009 season opener.
No. 12 Duke is coming off a pair of 1-0 victories at the UNC Classic. The Blue Devils are led by senior Laura Weinberg, who currently ranks fourth on Duke’s all-time goals scored list with 34 career goals. Goalkeeper Ali Kershner has not allowed a goal in three games played and two starts. UCLA is 3-1 all-time against Duke and has won the last three matches, including the last meeting, a 6-1 NCAA quarterfinal win at home on Nov. 29, 2008. Duke’s only victory in the series came on Sept. 15, 1996, 2-1, in the Carolina Nike Classic.
Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA’s upperclassmen are about as experienced a group as you can get, with a combined total of 526 games played and 376 games started between the 15 of them. Senior Jenna Richmond leads all current Bruins with 69 games played and 68 starts. Junior Abby Dahlkemper has started and played in every game in her Bruin career (48 games).
Nine Newcomers Grace Roster
The Bruins welcome nine new players to the squad in 2013, including eight freshmen that comprise the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation, led by U.S. Youth National Team players Gabbi Miranda, Lauren Kaskie, Zoey Goralski and Darian Jenkins. Also in the freshman class are highly-regarded players Alyssa Alarab, Annie Alvarado, Lauren Rodriguez and Claire Winter. Additionally, sophomore defender Mikaela Arnstein has earned a place on the squad after serving as team manager in 2012.
Bruins Take on Challenging Schedule
UCLA has the most challenging non-conference schedule and the second-most challenging overall schedule in the nation, according to All White Kit. The Bruins will meet up with each of the Top 3 teams in Top Drawer Soccer’s poll, with road matches against No. 1 North Carolina (in Durham), No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Notre Dame. UCLA also faces No. 8 Duke, No. 21 San Diego State and No. 24 California.
After being on the road for two weeks, the Bruins will stay in Southern California for the next two, hosting San Diego State on Sept. 13 at 4:30 pm and playing at Pepperdine Sept. 20 (3 pm) and at Loyola Marymount (4 pm).