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Women's Soccer Seeks College Cup Berth at North Carolina Saturday
By: UCLA Athletics
#2 UCLA at #1 North Carolina (NCAA Quarterfinals)
Saturday, Nov. 30 - 2:00 pm PT
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UCLA at North Carolina in NCAA Quarterfinals
The No. 2 ranked and No. 2 regional seed UCLA women’s soccer team (20-1-2 overall) travels to No. 5 ranked and No. 1 regional seed North Carolina (20-4-0) in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 5 pm ET. The match will take place at North Carolina’s Fetzer Field. The winner will advance to the College Cup, which is being held in nearby Cary, N.C.

UCLA in NCAA Tournament Play
UCLA is making its 17th consecutive and 18th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have a 50-15-3 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.

Quarterfinal History
UCLA is 8-3 all-time in the NCAA Quarterfinal round, picking up a road win at Ohio State in 2004 and home wins in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. This is UCLA’s second-straight NCAA Quarterfinal appearance, both on the road.

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.

Unbeaten Streak Extends to 18
UCLA’s unbeaten streak is now at 18 after a pair of wins this past weekend. The Bruins are 17-0-1 with 13 shutouts in those 18 games. 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.

Scouting the Tar Heels
North Carolina enters Saturday’s match with a 20-4-0 record and a three-game winning streak. The Tar Heels have won seven of their last eight games. The 21-time and defending NCAA champions are led by reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner and U.S. National Team player Crystal Dunn, who leads the team with 14 goals and 34 points. Two other players have 20+ points this season - Kealia Ohai (11g, 6a, 28 pts) and Summer Green (9g, 6a, 24 pts).

The Series with UNC
UCLA is seeking its first-ever victory over North Carolina. The Bruins are 0-9 all-time against the Tar Heels, including 0-4 in NCAA Tournament action. This is the earliest the teams have ever faced each other in postseason play, having met three times prior in the semifinals and once in the finals. UCLA and North Carolina last met earlier this year on Sept. 6 at the Duke Classic, and despite a world-class performance in goal by Katelyn Rowland, the Bruins fell just short, losing 1-0. Rowland faced 23 shots and made a career-high seven saves, many in spectacular fashion, but one shot got past her, Crystal Dunn’s game-winner in the 79th minute.

Bruin Coaches Hope to Regain 2011 Magic
UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell and goalkeeper coach Aline Reis know what it takes to beat North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament, having done it at Central Florida in 2011. Cromwell coached the Knights past the Tar Heels in the Round of 16 on the road, advancing on penalty kicks (5-4). Reis was the starting goalkeeper for UCF in that game and made two diving saves in the shootout to lead the team to the Elite Eight.

Third Round - Bruins Turn Tables on Stanford
After being eliminated by Stanford three of the last four seasons, the Bruins turned the tables on their conference rival, defeating the Cardinal, 2-0, in the NCAA third round. Kodi Lavrusky scored the game-winner in the 13th minute after a nice give-and-go with Sam Mewis, and Mewis set up Taylor Smith in the 85th minute for the much-needed insurance goal. UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland earned her 13th shutout of the year with a three-save performance.

Second Round - UCLA Eliminates Kentucky Again
Defender Caprice Dydasco scored her first two collegiate goals, and Courtney Proctor came off the bench to record a goal and an assist as UCLA eliminated Kentucky in the second round for the second consecutive year, this time by a 3-0 margin. Dydasco scored the game-winner in the fifth minute, and the Bruins scored two more in the second-half to put the game away.

First Round - Bruins Jump on San Diego St.
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.

All Goals Go Through Mewis
Sam Mewis has been dominant on the offensive end during the postseason, leading the team with seven points off one goal and five assists. She has had a hand in six of UCLA’s eight goals in tournament play. Her five assists tie the school record for NCAA Tournament assists in a season, and they also bring her career NCAA Tournament total to six, which ranks sixth on UCLA’s all-time list.

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.

Nation’s Best Defense
UCLA leads the nation in goals against average with a team GAA of 0.296 and has allowed just seven goals all season and never more than one goal in a single game. The Bruins also rank second nationally in save percentage (.896) and fifth in shutout percentage (.696). Bruin goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland has been virutally unstoppable in 2013, allowing just six goals, one of which was on a penalty kick. She leads the nation in goals against average (0.270) and save percentage (0.906). With 34 career shutouts, Rowland ranks second on UCLA’s all-time list, just four behind all-time leader Valerie Henderson, who had 38 from 2004-07. Rowland also ranks third on the career wins list with 50 and fifth on the saves list with 146. She has tied the school record for single-season shutouts with 13, matching Ashley Thompson’s mark set in 2008.

Fast Starts
Ten of UCLA’s 48 goals this year have come in the first 10 minutes of the game, including six in the first five minutes (Northeastern - 2:42, Cal State Northridge - 2:15, Marquette - 4:27, Arizona - 4:45, San Diego State - 0:43, Kentucky - 4:15).

May We Assist You?
UCLA ranks second in the nation with 63 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 Sam Mewis is fourth in the Pac-12 with nine assists. Caprice Dydasco also ranks in the Top 10 in the Pac-12 with six. 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.

Multiple Weapons
Freshman Darian Jenkins leads 13 UCLA goal-scorers with 11 goals, ranking second 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 is second on the team in goals scored (7) and points (24), while Sam Mewis and Kodi Lavrusky each have six goals.

Jenkins (27 points), Smith (24) and Mewis (21) are UCLA’s first trio of 20-point scorers since Sydney Leroux (48), Lauren Cheney (46) and Kristina Larsen (24) in 2009.

Defending Drake
UCLA defended Drake Stadium with a vengeance in 2013, going unbeaten with an 11-0-1 record and allowing just one goal. The Bruins outscored their opponents, 29-1, at home. USC’s first-half goal in the season finale stopped a Drake Stadium opponent scoreless streak at 865 minutes.

Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA’s upperclassmen are about as experienced a group as you can get, with a combined total of 797 games played between the 15 of them. Senior Jenna Richmond leads all current Bruins with 88 games played and 87 starts.

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 27. Jenkins also earned first-team All-Pac-12 and All-Freshman honors.

Bruins Winning in the Classroom Also
The Bruins are winning on the field and in the classroom. For the second consecutive year, UCLA earned a NSCAA Team Academic Award, achieving a 3.04 GPA in the 2012-13 school year.

Nine players were named to the honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic Team: three-time honoree Jenna Richmond, two-time honorees Ally Courtnall, Abby Dahlkemper, Sarah Killion, Sam Mewis, Megan Oyster, Katelyn Rowland and Chelsea Stewart, and first-time member Rosie White.

A UCLA single-season record three women’s soccer players earned 2013 Capital One Academic All-District second-team honors - Killion, Dahlkemper and 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.

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 5. The Bruin men are the No. 1 overall seed in the Tournament, while the Bruin women captured one of the four No. 2 seeds. Only two schools have both teams still standing: UCLA and Virginia.

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.

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