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UCLA Hosts Arizona State Friday
The second-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team (12-1-1 overall, 4-0-1 in the Pac-12) hosts Arizona State on Friday night in the team’s only matchup of the week. The game will take place at Drake Stadium at 7 pm.
In the Rankings
UCLA remained ranked 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.
Bruins Atop Pac-12 Standings
UCLA holds a three-point lead in the Pac-12 standings with 13 total points and a 4-0-1 record. Utah is in second place with 10 points (3-1-1), followed by Arizona State and Colorado with nine points (3-2-0).
Scouting the Sun Devils
Arizona State is wrapping up a stretch of five consecutive road games during which the Sun Devils went 2-2, with wins at Stanford (1-0) and Oregon (1-0). The Sun Devils have a dangerous combo of forwards in Cali Farquharson (9g, 1a) and Devin Marshall (6g, 3a).
The Bruins are 15-1 all-time against Arizona State and have won 12 matches in a row. UCLA won last season’s matchup, 4-1 behind goals by Abby Dahlkemper, Zakiya Bywaters, Ally Courtnall and Taylor Smith. Arizona State’s lone victory came in 2000, 1-0 in overtime in Tempe.
Bruins Sweep Bay Area
UCLA earned its first sweep of Stanford/California since the 2007 season, defeating the Cardinal, 2-1 in double overtime, and the Golden Bears, 1-0. The Bruins’ win at No. 5 Stanford on Thursday was their first over the Cardinal since 2008 and snapped a seven-match losing streak in the series. Freshman Lauren Kaskie won the game for UCLA in the 106th minute, lofting a left-footed shot over the Stanford goalkeeper just five minutes after entering the game. Jenna Richmond scored in the 62nd minute to give UCLA a 1-0 lead before Stanford tied up the game with a minute and a half to play. In the first overtime period, Bruin defender Abby Dahlkemper made a huge defensive play, saving a goal off the line.
Kaskie Named Pac-12 Offensive POW
After scoring the game-winning goal at Stanford, freshman midfielder Lauren Kaskie was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. Kaskie needed only five minutes of playing time to score the big goal in the second overtime. After a string of seven passes, Kaskie found herself at the top of the arc, where she lofted a left-footed shot over the Stanford goalkeeper for the golden goal in the 106th minute. The goal was the first of her collegiate career.
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.
Scoring early has been a trend for the Bruins in 2013. Eight of UCLA’s 26 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.
May We Assist You?
Taylor Smith, Sarah Killion and Caprice Dydasco are accounting for over 60% of UCLA’s assists this year. Smith is tied for the Pac-12 lead with seven, while Killion is tied for third with six. Dydasco is close behind with five, tied for eighth-best in the conference. UCLA leads the Pac-12 in assists with 29.
Nation’s Best Defense
UCLA leads the nation in goals against average with a GAA of 0.35 and is second in the Pac-12 with nine shutouts. The Bruins have allowed just five goals all season and have not allowed more than one goal in a single game.
Rowland Racking Up Shutouts
Junior goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland has been virtually unstoppable in 2013, allowing just five goals, one of which was on a penalty kick. Her goals against average of 0.36 ranks second in the nation, and her .889 save percentage ranks 10th. With 28 career shutouts, Rowland is third on UCLA’s all-time list. She also ranks fourth on the career wins list with 40.
Jenkins Continues to Leads Offense
Freshman Darian Jenkins has a goal in eight of the Bruins’ 14 games and leads UCLA in scoring with eight goals, 18 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.
Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA’s upperclassmen are about as experienced a group as you can get, with a combined total of 633 games played and 452 games started between the 15 of them. Senior Jenna Richmond leads all current Bruins with 79 games played and 78 starts.
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.
Dahlkemper on Watch List
Junior defender Abby Dahlkemper has been selected to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List for the second consecutive season. Dahlkemper earned NSCAA second-team All-America and first-team All-Pacific Region honors in 2012 after leading UCLA’s defense to a Pac-12 leading 14 shutouts and a team goals against average of just 0.55. Dahlkemper was a starter in all 23 of UCLA’s games and ranked second on the team in minutes played, seeing a total of 2,016 of a possible 2,120 minutes. She also contributed offensively, recording three goals, including game-winners against UMass and Fresno State, and added three assists. She was twice named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Aug. 20-27 and Oct. 1-7) and was also selected to the Soccer America Team of the Week for Aug. 20-27. This season, Dahlkemper has led UCLA to a nation-leading goals against average of 0.35 and also has a goal and an assist.
Get Mew’s Views
Junior midfielder Sam Mewis is penning a blog for UCLABruins.com. Get her inside stories about the 2013 Bruins every Thursday.
UCLA Head Coach Amanda Cromwell
Head coach Amanda Cromwell has opened her tenure as UCLA head coach with nine shutouts and 12 victories in 14 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.