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Women's Soccer Hosts Kentucky in NCAA Second Round Friday
By: UCLA Athletics
#2 UCLA vs. Kentucky (NCAA 2nd Round)
Friday, Nov. 22 - 7:30 pm PT
Live Audio - (Dave Marcus, Erin Cole)
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Tickets - $10 adults, $8 students/youth

#2 UCLA/Kentucky vs. South Carolina/Stanford (NCAA 3rd Round)
Sunday, Nov. 24 - 4:00 pm PT
Live Audio - (Dave Marcus, Erin Cole)
Live Stats -
Tickets - $10 adults, $8 students/youth

UCLA Hosts Kentucky in NCAA Second Round
The second-ranked and No. 2 seed UCLA women’s soccer team (18-1-2 overall) hosts Kentucky (14-6-1) in the NCAA second round on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 pm. The match will take place at Drake Stadium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth/students.

Prior to the UCLA-Kentucky match, No. 3 seed South Carolina (17-3-2) plays Stanford (14-5-1) at Drake Stadium at 5 pm. The winners of the two Friday matches will play in the third round on Sunday at 4 pm, also at Drake Stadium.

UCLA in NCAA Tournament Play
UCLA is making its 17th consecutive and 18th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have a 48-15-3 all-time NCAA Tournament record. Last season, the Bruins were seeded No. 3 and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they fell to No. 1 seed Stanford, 2-1.

UCLA’s seeding history and results in its 17 previous NCAA Tournament appearances are below:
1995 - First Round (L to Washington, 2-1)
1997 - Quarterfinals (L at Notre Dame, 8-0)
1998 - Second Round (L to BYU, 2-0)
1999 - Rd. of 16 (L at Santa Clara, 7-0)
2000 - #6 seed, Final (L to North Carolina, 2-1)
2001 - #3 seed, Quarterfinals (L to Florida, 1-0 2OT)
2002 - #7 seed, Rd. of 16 (T Texas A&M 0-0, lost 3-1 in PKs)
2003 - #4 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 3-0)
2004 - #14 seed, Final (L to Notre Dame, 1-1 PKs)
2005 - #1 seed Final (L to Portland, 4-0)
2006 - #2 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 2-0)
2007 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to USC, 2-1)
2008 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 1-0)
2009 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to Stanford, 2-1)
2010 - Rd. of 16 (L at Stanford, 3-0)
2011 - #2 seed, Second Round (T San Diego, 1-1, lost 3-4 in PKs)
2012 - #3 seed, Quarterfinals (L at Stanford, 2-1)

UCLA Against the NCAA Field
UCLA posted an 9-1-1 record against members of the 64-team NCAA Tournament field during the regular season, picking up victories over Northeastern (4-0), No. 2 seed Marquette (2-1), Notre Dame (1-0), Duke (2-1), San Diego State (2-0), Washington State (2-0), Stanford (2-1 in double overtime), California (1-0) and Colorado (1-0). UCLA also tied Utah (1-1) and lost a one-goal game to North Carolina (1-0).

2013 Pac-12 Champions
With a final conference record of 9-0-2, UCLA claimed its 11th Pac-12 title, becoming the seventh consecutive team to go through conference play unbeaten. The Bruins had previously won the conference title in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Defending Drake
UCLA has defended Drake Stadium with a vengeance in 2013, going unbeaten with a 9-0-1 record and allowing just one goal. The Bruins have outscored their opponents, 24-1, at home. USC’s first-half goal in the season finale stopped a Drake Stadium opponent scoreless streak at 865 minutes.

Unbeaten Streak Extends to 16
After its 3-0 NCAA first round victory over San Diego State last week, UCLA extended its unbeaten streak to 16 games, going 15-0-1 with 11 shutouts. This is UCLA’s longest unbeaten streak in a single season since the 2008 team went unbeaten in its first 24 games with a 22-0-2 mark.

First Round Recap
UCLA needed just 43 seconds to score the game-winning goal in a 3-0 NCAA first round victory over San Diego State. Sam Mewis scored in the first minute, and Taylor Smith and Kodi Lavrusky added to the Bruins’ total as UCLA recorded its 14th shutout of the season.

Scouting the Wildcats
Kentucky enters Friday’s match with a 14-6-1 record . The Wildcats have two players with double-digit goal totals - Arin Gilliland (12 goals, 10 assists, 34 points) and Stuart Pope (10 goals, 7 assists, 27 points). Zoe Swift is close behind with nine goals. In goal, Kayla King holds a 1.24 goals against average with five shutouts.

The Series with Kentucky
UCLA and Kentucky met for the first time in the NCAA second round in San Diego a year ago, with the Bruins posting a 5-0 victory. After going ahead 1-0 in the first half on an Ally Courtnall goal, UCLA exploded in the second half with four goals, two from Chelsea Cline and one each from Kylie McCarthy and Kodi Lavrusky. UCLA outshot Kentucky in the match, 22-4.

Looking Ahead
Should UCLA win the second round match against Kentucky, the Bruins would face the winner of the South Carolina-Stanford match. UCLA is 9-11-2 all-time against Stanford and won this year’s conference matchup in Stanford on Oct. 10, 2-1 in double overtime. That victory was the Bruins’ first against the Cardinal since 2008. The two teams have faced each other three of the last four years in the NCAA Tournament, with Stanford winning each time, including last season. This will be the teams’ first postseason meeting in Los Angeles. UCLA has never played against South Carolina.

Record Six Players Earn 1st-Team All-Pac-12
Led by Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Darian Jenkins, UCLA placed a conference-best seven players on the 2013 All-Pac-12 teams, including a record six on the first team. Jenkins, Abby Dahlkemper, Sarah Killion, Jenna Richmond, Katelyn Rowland and Taylor Smith earned first-team honors, and Sam Mewis received second-team acclaim. Additionally, Jenkins, Gabbi Miranda and Lauren Kaskie were selected to the All-Freshman team.

UCLA’s six first-team selections are a conference record. The previous record of first-team all-conference selections was five, held by Stanford in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Jenkins Named Pac-12 Freshman of Year
Forward Darian Jenkins became the third Bruin to be named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and the first since Lauren Cheney in 2006. Jenkins closed out the 2012 regular season as the Pac-12 co-leader in goals scored (11) and game-winning goals (5) and ranks second in the conference in points with 26. Jenkins also earned first-team All-Pac-12 and All-Freshman honors.

Follow the Leader
UCLA has trailed in just four games this season, for a total of 35 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. USC held the longest lead on UCLA, 15 minutes, but the Bruins won the game, 4-1.

Defensive Leaders
UCLA ranks third in the nation in goals against average with a team GAA of 0.324 and has allowed just seven goals all season and never more than one goal in a single game. The Bruins also rank fourth nationally in save percentage (.889) and tied for sixth in shutout percentage (.667). 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 0.296 ranks second in the nation, and her .900 save percentage is tied for first nationally. With 31 career shutouts, Rowland is tied for second on UCLA’s all-time list. She also ranks third on the career wins list with 48 and fifth on the saves list with 142.

May We Assist You?
UCLA ranks second in the nation with 57 assists, and Sarah Killion leads the Pac-12 and is 18th nationally with 11 assists. Taylor Smith is right behind her with 10 assists to rank third in the Pac-12, and Caprice Dydasco has six, ranking sixth in the conference. Fourteen different players have at least one assist this year, and seven of those 14 have four or more.

Sam Mewis tied the school record for most assists in a game with three in the 4-1 victory over USC on Nov. 7. She also had the game-winning goal in the match. Teammate Jenna Richmond also holds a share of the record, having recorded three assists in the 7-0 win over Princeton a year ago.

Fast Starts
Nine of UCLA’s 43 goals this year have come in the first 10 minutes of the game, including five in the first five minutes (Northeastern - 2:42, Cal State Northridge - 2:15, Marquette - 4:27, Arizona - 4:45, San Diego State - 0:43).

Multiple Weapons
Freshman Darian Jenkins leads 12 UCLA goal-scorers with 11 goals, tying for first in the Pac-12 in goals scored. Jenkins, who started her collegiate career by scoring a goal in each of her first four games, ranks second in the conference in points with 27. Taylor Smith and Sam Mewis are tied for second on the team in goals scored with six, while Kodi Lavrusky has five goals.

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