Thursday, Nov. 7 - 5:00 pm PT
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UCLA Hosts USC in Crosstown Showdown
The second-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team (16-1-2 overall, 8-0-2 in the Pac-12) will host USC (8-9-2, 3-6-1) in the regular season finale on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5 pm The match will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.
2013 Pac-12 Champions
With an 8-0-2 conference record, UCLA has clinched its 11th Pac-12 title with one game remaining. The Bruins had previously won the conference title in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
UCLA has defended Drake Stadium with a vengeance in 2013, going unbeaten with a 7-0-1 record and allowing zero goals. The Bruins have outscored their opponents, 17-0, at home. Dating back to last season, UCLA has gone nine consecutive games without allowing a goal, a scoreless streak that has run 852 minutes.
Unbeaten Streak Extends to 14
After a pair of wins against the Oregon schools last weekend, UCLA extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games, going 13-0-1 with 10 shutouts. The Bruins defeated Oregon State on Friday, 3-0, behind goals from Darian Jenkins, Sam Mewis and Rosie White. In the 2-0 win over Oregon on Sunday, second-half goals from Taylor Smith and Kodi Lavrusky propelled UCLA to victory. The Bruin defense allowed just three shots in each game, the sixth and seventh times that the defense has allowed five or less shots in a game this season.
In the Rankings
For the fifth-straight week, 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.
Best Combined Program in Nation
With both the Bruin men’s and women’s soccer teams holding down a Top 2 ranking in each major poll, UCLA has firmly established itself as the nation’s top combined program this season. No other school has both teams in the NSCAA Top 10.
In 11 of the last 12 years, either the Bruin men or women have won a Pac-12 title - 2002 men, 2003 men and women, 2004 men and women, 2005 men and women, 2006 women, 2007 women, 2008 men and women, 2009 men, 2011 men, 2012 men, 2013 women.
Scouting the Trojans
USC is coming off a weekend sweep of the Oregon schools, with both wins coming in overtime after falling behind in the first five minutes of the match. The Trojans are led by Kayla Mills (4g, 7a) and Elizabeth Eddy (6g, 1a).
The Series with USC
The Bruins are 20-5-1 all-time against USC and has never lost to the Trojans at home, going 14-0 all-time. USC won the last matchup, 3-2 in overtime at McAlister Field. UCLA’s last win in the series came in 2011 at home, 5-2.
Sam Mewis and Jenna Richmond, in particular, have enjoyed past success against USC. Mewis scored two goals, and Richmond had two assists against the Trojans in 2011, and in last season’s contest, Richmond assisted on Mewis’ goal that sent the game to overtime with a minute and a half to play.
Follow the Leader
UCLA has trailed in just three games this season, for a total of 20 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 back on Sept. 6. Utah became the first Pac-12 team to take a lead on UCLA, holding a 1-0 lead for five minutes before the Bruins tied it up.
Scoring early has been a trend for the Bruins in 2013. Eight of UCLA’s 31 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).
UCLA leads the nation in goals against average with a team GAA of 0.306 and has allowed just six goals all season and never more than one goal in a single game. The Bruins also rank fourth nationally in save percentage (.897) and tied for fourth in shutout percentage (.684). Bruin goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland has been virutally unstoppable in 2013, allowing just six goals, one of which was on a penalty kick. Her goals against average of 0.32 ranks second in the nation, and her .897 save percentage ranks fifth. With 30 career shutouts, Rowland is third on UCLA’s all-time list. She also ranks third on the career wins list with 46 and fifth on the saves list with 140.
May We Assist You?
Taylor Smith and Sarah Killion are tied for second in the Pac-12 with eight assists, career-high numbers for both players. UCLA leads the Pac-12 in assists with 44, and 13 different players have at least one assist this year. Six of those 13 have four or more.
Freshman Darian Jenkins leads 12 UCLA goal-scorers with 10 goals, tying for second in the Pac-12 in goals scored. Jenkins, who started her collegiate career by scoring a goal in her first four games, ranks third in the conference in points with 24. Taylor Smith, Sam Mewis and Kodi Lavrusky are tied for second on the team in goals scored with four, and Jenna Richmond and Rosie White have each totaled three goals.
Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA’s upperclassmen are about as experienced a group as you can get, with a combined total of 689 games played and 492 games started between the 15 of them. Senior Jenna Richmond leads all current Bruins with 82 games played and 81 starts.
Three Freshmen Ranked
Three Bruin freshmen are ranked in the Top 50 in Top Drawer Soccer’s Freshmen Top 100 list: No. 3 Darian Jenkins, No. 7 Gabbi Miranda and No. 45 Lauren Kaskie. Jenkins ranks first among freshmen in the Pac-12 in goals scored with 10. Like Jenkins, Miranda has played in all 19 games for UCLA with one goal and four assists. Kaskie has also played in all 19 games with one start and had the game-winner in double overtime at Stanford.
School-Record Three Earn Academic Honors
A UCLA single-season record three women’s soccer players have earned 2013 Capital One Academic All-District second-team honors - junior midfielder Sarah Killion, junior defender Abby Dahlkemper and senior defender Chelsea Stewart. Killion (3.63, Psychology) and Dahlkemper (3.37, Sociology) are first-time honorees, while Stewart (3.62, Business-Economics) receives her second career honor.
Dahlkemper on Watch List
Junior defender Abby Dahlkemper was 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 national-best team goals against average of 0.31 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 13 shutouts and 16 victories in 19 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.