Friday, Oct. 4 - 4:00 pm PT
TV - Pac-12 Networks (Christian Miles, Tammy Blackburn)
Audio - uclabruins.com
Live Stats - uclabruins.com
Bruins Host First Pac-12 Home Matches
The third-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team (9-1-0 overall, 1-0-0 in the Pac-12) hosts its first conference foes of the season this weekend, welcoming Washington State (7-0-3, 0-0-1) on Friday, Oct. 4 and Washington (4-5-1, 0-0-1) on Monday, Oct. 7. Both matches will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.
In the Rankings
UCLA moved up one spot to No. 3 in the NSCAA poll and stayed at No. 4 in the Soccer America poll. The Bruins remained at No. 3 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
Scouting the Cougars
Washington State is one of six Division I unbeatens in the nation, joining fellow Pac-12ers Stanford and Cal, plus Florida State, Georgetown and Virginia. The Cougars are unbeaten in a school-record 14 straight matches, dating back to last season, which is the longest active streak in the nation. Goalkeeper Gurveen Clair ranks fourth in the nation with a 0.30 goals against average, while forward Micaela Castain ranks fifth in points per game with an average of 2.40.
UCLA has a 14-2-4 all-time record against Washington State. The last two matches have finished in scoreless ties. The Bruins’ last win came in 2010 in Los Angeles, 2-0. The Cougars’ last win was in 2004, 1-0 in Pullman.
Scouting the Huskies
Washington is 3-1-1 in its last five games and play at USC on Friday before facing the Bruins. The Huskies are led by Becca Shoales, who has three goals and six points.
The Bruins are 15-3-1 all-time against Washington and have won the last two matchups by scores of 1-0, most recently in Seattle a year ago. The Huskies’ last victory over UCLA came in 2010 in Los Angeles, a 1-0 win.
UCLA Wins Pac-12 Opener vs. Arizona
The Bruins opened Pac-12 play with a 2-1 victory at Arizona on Sept. 29. Taylor Smith had a goal and an assist, and Sam Mewis scored the game-winner for the Bruins. UCLA got off to another fast start, scoring at 4:45 on Smith’s second goal of the season. Smith also set up Mewis’ goal in the 32nd minute, slotting a perfectly-placed cross into the box for Mewis to one-time for the game-winner.
Scoring early has been a trend for the Bruins in 2013. Eight of UCLA’s 21 goals this year have come in the first 10 minutes of the game, including four in the first five minutes (Northeastern - 2:42, Cal State Northridge - 2:15, Marquette - 4:27, Arizona - 4:45).
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’ 10 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 eighth 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?
Taylor Smith is tied for the Pac-12 lead in assists with six, followed closely by Sarah Killion, who is tied for third with five. The two players are accounting for over half of UCLA’s league-leading 21 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 has been virtually unstoppable in 2013, allowing just four goals, one of which was on a penalty kick. Her goals against average of 0.42 ranks 15th in the nation, and her .879 save percentage ranks 20th. 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 39.
After scoring a goal and assisting on the game-winning goal, sophomore forward Taylor Smith was recognized by College Sports Madness as its Pac-12 Player of the Week. Smith ranks second on the Bruin squad in scoring with 10 points and leads the Pac-12 in assists with six.
Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA’s upperclassmen are about as experienced a group as you can get, with a combined total of 589 games played and 422 games started between the 15 of them. Senior Jenna Richmond leads all current Bruins with 75 games played and 74 starts. Junior Abby Dahlkemper had a 53-match starting streak end when she had to sit out the Arizona game due to a red card suspension.
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.
UCLA Head Coach Amanda Cromwell
Head coach Amanda Cromwell has opened her tenure as UCLA head coach with six shutouts and nine victories in 10 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.