#2 UCLA vs. #5 Stanford
Thursday, Oct. 10 - 7:30 pm PT
TV - Pac-12 Networks (JB Long, Krista Blunk)
Live Stats - gostanford.com
#2 UCLA vs. #8 California
Sunday, Oct. 13 - 11:00 am PT
TV - Pac-12 Networks (JB Long, Krista Blunk)
Live Stats - calbears.com
UCLA Heads to Bay Area for Top 10 Matchups
The second-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team (10-1-1 overall, 2-0-1 in the Pac-12) heads to the Bay Area for a big weekend of conference matchups against fellow Top 10 programs Stanford (9-1-1, 2-1-0; ranked No. 5 by the NSCAA) and California (9-0-3, 2-0-1; ranked No. 8 by the NSCAA). The Bruins play Stanford on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 pm and at California on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 11am. Both matches will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.
In the Rankings
UCLA moved up to No. 2 in the NSCAA, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer rankings. The Bruins have been ranked in the NSCAA’s Top 5 all season.
Pac-12 Powers Collide Thursday
UCLA and Stanford have combined to win at least a share of the last 12 Pac-12 titles, with the Bruins taking top honors in 2001 and 2003-08. Stanford won the conference title in 2002 and 2009-12. Additionally, the last six Pac-12 Players of the Year have been either Bruin or Cardinal players.
Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford had a 44-match unbeaten streak and 73-match home-unbeaten streak broken on Sunday with a 1-0 loss to Arizona State. The Cardinal is led by forward Taylor Uhl, who has a Pac-12-leading 10 goals, and forward Courtney Verloo, who has six goals and five assists in 2013. Stanford is coached by Paul Ratcliffe, who has won Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors the last five seasons. Ratcliffe played at UCLA from 1989-92 and was a member of UCLA’s 1990 NCAA Championship team.
The Bruins are 8-11-3 all-time against Stanford. UCLA’s last win in the series came in 2008, 1-0 in Los Angeles, and the last win at Stanford came in 2007, 2-0.
Scouting the Golden Bears
With a 9-0-3 overall record, California is one of four teams in the nation that remain undefeated. The Golden Bears’ 12-game unbeaten streak is their best since 2000. Ca leads the conference in points (75) and goals (27) and has three players who rank in the Top 10 in goals scored - No. 4 Ifeoma Onumonu (8), and No. 9 Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick and Samantha Witteman (6).
UCLA is 14-4-1 all-time against California and has an eight-match unbeaten streak against the Golden Bears. The Bruins won the last matchup, 3-0 in Los Angeles, on goals by Zakiya Bywaters, Sarah Killion and Crystal Shaffie. Cal’s last win in the series came in 2004, 1-0 in double overtime in Los Angeles.
Last Time Out
UCLA earned its eighth shutout of the year but had to settle for a 0-0 tie with Washington on Monday night. The Bruins outshot the Huskies by a 24-4 margin and totaled 13 shots in the two overtime periods but were stymied by goalkeeper Megan Kufeld, who made eight saves, and victimized by the crossbar at the end of the first overtime period.
Scoring early has been a trend for the Bruins in 2013. Eight of UCLA’s 23 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). Meanwhile, California has not allowed an opponent to score a goal in the first half all season.
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 eight of the Bruins’ 12 games and leads UCLA in scoring with eight goals, 17 points and four game-winning goals. She ranks tied for first in the Pac-12 in game-winning goals, fourth in goals scored and tied for seventh 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 and Sarah Killion are accounting for half of UCLA’s 24 assists this year with a Pac-12 leading six each. 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. Caprice Dydasco is also ranked in the Top 10 in the Pac-12 with four (tied for eighth).
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 0.38 (now 0.38) ranks fourth in the nation, and her .886 save percentage (now .892) ranks 11th. With 27 career shutouts, Rowland is third on UCLA’s all-time list. She also ranks fourth on the career wins list with 40.