Sunday, Sept. 29 - 2:00 pm PT
TV - Pac-12 Networks (Jason Knapp, Krista Blunk)
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Bruins Begin Pac-12 Play
The fourth-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team (8-1-0) begins Pac-12 Conference play on Sunday at Arizona (5-1-3) in a game televised on Pac-12 Networks.
In the Rankings
UCLA ranks No. 4 in both the NSCAA and Soccer America polls. The Bruins stayed pat in the NSCAA poll but moved up two spots in Soccer America’s poll. The Bruins ascended one spot to No. 3 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
Scouting the Wildcats
Arizona ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 in goals with 23. The Wildcats have scored four or more goals in four games this season, including six apiece against UC Riverside and Southern Utah. Jazmin Ponce leads the team with six goals and 15 points.
The Series with Arizona
UCLA is 18-1 all-time against Arizona, with the Wildcats’ only victory coming in 2004, a 1-0 victory in Tucson. The Bruins have won eight-straight matchups by a combined score of 19-3, including last year’s meeting by a 2-1 score. Zakiya Bywaters scored both of UCLA’s goals in that contest.
UCLA Earns Shutout Sweep vs. Local Rivals
UCLA made quick visits and quick work out of neighboring schools Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount last weekend, scoring early in each game to take the lead and holding firm for the shutout. The Bruins received a first-half goal from Darian Jenkins and an own goal to hand Pepperdine a 2-0 loss on Sept. 20. Three first-half goals from Jenkins, Sam Mewis and Kodi Lavrusky propelled the Bruins to a 3-0 win at Loyola Marymount on Sept. 22. UCLA played a man down for 50 minutes after Abby Dahlkemper was red-carded late in the first half, but the Bruins not only overcame that but also the subsequent penalty kick, which Katelyn Rowland saved.
Scoring early has been a trend for the Bruins in 2013. Seven of UCLA’s 19 goals this year have come in the first 10 minutes of the game, including three in the first five minutes (Northeastern - 2:42, Cal State Northridge - 2:15, Marquette - 4:27).
Follow the Leader
UCLA has trailed in just two games this season, for a total of 15 minutes. Marquette was the first team to grab a lead on the Bruins this year, scoring in the first minute, but the Bruins tied three and a half minutes later. North Carolina handed UCLA its only loss of the year, scoring the only goal of the game in the 79th minute.
Jenkins Leads Offense
Freshman Darian Jenkins has a goal in seven of the Bruins’ nine games and leads UCLA in scoring with seven goals, 15 points and four game-winning goals. She is tied for first in the Pac-12 in game-winning goals, fourth in goals scored and tied for fifth in points. Jenkins scored a goal in UCLA’s first four games, which was the longest goal-scoring streak by a Bruin since Lauren Cheney scored in six consecutive games from Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 2007.
May We Assist You?
Sarah Killion and Taylor Smith are tied for second in the Pac-12 with five assists apiece. The two players are accounting for over half of UCLA’s 19 assists this year. Smith picked up two assists in the 3-0 win at LMU, and Killion had two in the 3-0 win vs. Cal State Northridge.
Rowland Racking Up Shutouts
Junior goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland picked up her fourth and fifth shutouts last weekend, with the latter accomplished thanks to a saved penalty kick and despite the Bruins playing down a man. Rowland has been virtually unstoppable in 2013, allowing just three goals, one of which was on a penalty kick. Her goals against average of 0.35 ranks 12th in the nation, and her .900 save percentage ranks 13th. With 26 career shutouts, Rowland is tied for third on UCLA’s all-time list. She also ranks fourth on the career wins list with 38.
White Helps New Zealand Win Valais Cup
Junior forward Rosie White helped the New Zealand Women’s National Team win the Valais Cup in Switzerland last week. White scored a goal in the championship match, a 4-0 win over China. New Zealand upset Brazil in its opening match of the tournament, 1-0. The tournament win was New Zealand’s first outside its confederation since winning the Asian Cup in 1975.