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No. 1 UCLA Hosts No. 9 North Carolina Friday, San Diego Sunday
By: UCLA Athletics
#1 UCLA vs. #9 North Carolina
Marshall Field at Drake Stadium
Friday, Aug. 29 - 7:00 pm PT
TV - Pac-12 Networks (Jim Watson, Tammy Blackburn)
Audio - (John Ramey, Ghizal Hasan)
Live Stats -
Tickets: $8 adults/$5 youth (ages 3-16)

#1 UCLA vs. San Diego
Marshall Field at Drake Stadium
Sunday, Aug. 31 - 5:00 pm PT
TV - Pac-12 Networks (Jim Watson, Tammy Blackburn)
Audio - (John Ramey, Ghizal Hasan)
Live Stats -
Tickets: $8 adults/$5 youth (ages 3-16)

UCLA Hosts UNC Friday in Marquee Showdown
Defending NCAA champion UCLA (2-0-0) will host 21-time NCAA champion North Carolina (1-1-0) on Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 pm at Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. The match will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.

Last season, UCLA defeated North Carolina for the first time ever, scoring a 1-0 double overtime win in Chapel Hill in the NCAA Quarterfinals to advance to the College Cup, which the Bruins eventually won. Taylor Smith scored the golden goal in the 102nd minute, following through with the rebound after her first shot was saved.

UCLA is 1-9 all-time against UNC, which is making its first-ever trip to Westwood. The Tar Heels are the last team to defeat the Bruins, who are currently riding a 23-game unbeaten streak. UCLA’s last loss came to UNC on Sept. 6, 2013, 1-0 at the Duke Classic.

The Bruins and Tar Heels have won the last two NCAA titles, with UCLA winning its first-ever championship in 2013 and UNC capturing its record 21st in 2012.

In the Rankings
For the second-straight week, UCLA is No. 1 in the NSCAA, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer rankings. North Carolina dropped from No. 4 preseason to No. 9 in the NSCAA and Soccer America polls after going 1-1 on the weekend.

Rowland Aiming for New Shutout Record
Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland will set a new school record with her next shutout. The senior from Vacaville, Calif. tied Val Henderson’s career mark of 38 in the Bruins’ last game against UC Irvine. Her next shutout will give her sole possession of first on the career charts. Rowland set the school record last season with 15 shutouts, and her previous two years’ totals also rank in the school’s Top 10.

Stifling Defense
Not only has UCLA shut out its first two opponents, but the team has not allowed a single shot on goal or corner kick. The only shot allowed on opening weekend was a way off-target shot in the 87th minute.

The Bruins have held opponents to single-digit shot totals in 15 of their last 16 games and have shut out seven of their last eight opponents dating back to last year.

Defending Drake
UCLA has won nine consecutive games at Drake Stadium and is unbeaten in its last 17 contests at home.

Scouting the Tar Heels
North Carolina went 1-1 on opening weekend, losing 1-0 in overtime to Stanford and beating Ohio State, 1-0. The Tar Heels platooned at goalkeeper, with Lindsey Harris starting in the Stanford game, and Bryane Heaberlin earning the shutout in the Ohio State contest. Freshman Megan Buckingham had the game-winner against the Buckeyes. The Tar Heels were NCAA quarterfinalists a year ago and won the NCAA championship in 2012.

Scouting the Toreros
San Diego enters the week with a 0-1-1 record after a 3-1 loss to Georgetown and a 1-1 tie against USC. The Toreros went 12-8 last year.

UCLA leads the all-time series with San Diego, 16-1-5, with the two teams tying in two of the last three meetings. The last matchup resulted in a 1-1 tie in the NCAA 2nd round in 2011, but the Toreros advanced over the Bruins on penalty kicks. UCLA’s last win in the series came in 2010, 2-0 in Los Angeles. San Diego’s lone victory came in 1993, 1-0 in San Diego.

Recapping Last Week ...
The Bruins posted a pair of 3-0 shutout victories over Maryland and UC Irvine on opening weekend. UCLA’s defense allowed zero shots on goal and zero corner kicks in each game, with an off-target shot in the 87th minute of the UCI game being the only thing preventing a clean sheet for the week. Megan Oyster, Sam Mewis and Rosie White scored against Maryland, and Taylor Smith, Mewis and Darian Jenkins scored against UCI. Sarah Killion and Rosie White recorded an assist in each game.

Oyster Named Pac-12 Defensive POW
Megan Oyster was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Bruins hold their two opponents to just one shot in a pair of 3-0 victories. Oyster, a senior defender from Naperville, Ill., scored the Bruins’ first goal of the season on a powerful header off a corner kick. It was her second career goal and the game-winner in the 3-0 win over the Terrapins. Against UC Irvine on Sunday, Oyster and the Bruin defense allowed zero shots on goal and just one off-target shot in the 3-0 shutout win.

Mewis Earns Weekly Honors
Sam Mewis was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week and was selected the LA Soccer News Player of the Week after her two-goal, one-assist performance on opening weekend. Mewis scored a goal in each game and added an assist in the UCI game. She was an offensive force in both games, taking seven shots, four on goal, against Maryland, and six shots, three on goal, against UCI. Mewis leads the Bruins in scoring with 2 goals, 1 assist and 5 points.

Killion in Faces in the Crowd
Senior midfielder Sarah Killion is in the latest Sports Illustrated in Faces in the Crowd. The magazine is recognizing her MVP performance at the USL W-League Championship, where she had one goal and two assists in the LA Blues’ 6-1 win that gave the team back-to-back championships. Also contributing to the championship were Bruins Caprice Dydasco (one goal), Taylor Smith (one assist) and Abby Dahlkemper (one assist).

Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA is led in more ways than one by its senior class. The No. 1 recruiting class in the nation in 2011 has lived up to its billing and then some, leading the Bruins to the 2013 NCAA and Pac-12 Championships. Eight of the nine seniors - Ally Courtnall, Abby Dahlkemper, Caprice Dydasco, Sarah Killion, Sam Mewis, Megan Oyster, Katelyn Rowland and Rosie White - are in the starting lineup. Three (Dahlkemper, Killion and Rowland) are on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and are returning All-Americans. Dahlkemper is the reigning Honda Award winner. Four (Defensive MVP Courtnall, Killion, Oyster and Rowland) were named to the 2013 College Cup All-Tournament team. Two (Killion and Mewis) were called up to the full U.S. Women’s National Team this winter for the Algarve Cup, four (Dahlkemper, Dydasco, Killion, Mewis) played with the U.S. Under-23 team this summer, and Rowland started for the U.S. Under-20s at the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup.

Eight Bruins Ranked in Top 100
Eight of UCLA’s starters are on Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 100 list - No. 2 Abby Dahlkemper, No. 3 Sarah Killion, No. 13 Sam Mewis, No. 15 Katelyn Rowland, No. 47 Darian Jenkins, No. 51 Taylor Smith, No. 87 Ally Courtnall and No. 100 Caprice Dydasco.

Four Bruins on Watch List
Four players from the UCLA women’s soccer team have been named to the 2014 MAC Hermann Watch List, the most among any team in the nation. UCLA’s nominees are senior defender Abby Dahlkemper, sophomore forward Darian Jenkins, senior midfielder Sarah Killion and senior goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland. This is the third time Dahlkemper has been named to the Watch List and the first for Jenkins, Killion and Rowland. Dahlkemper was a finalist in 2013.

Mew’s Views Returns
Senior midfielder Sam Mewis is back with her weekly blog Mew’s Views. Get her inside stories about the 2014 Bruins every Thursday on

UCLA Head Coach Amanda Cromwell
Soccer America’s National Coach of the Year Amanda Cromwell returns for her second season in Westwood. One would be hard-pressed to find a coach who made as big of an impact in her first season as Cromwell. Eight months after being hired on Apr. 12, 2013 as the fifth head coach in UCLA women’s soccer history, Cromwell led her team to the program’s first-ever NCAA Championship.

With 245 career victories and a .695 winning percentage at the close of the 2013 season, Cromwell currently ranks among the top-25 winningest coaches in NCAA history.

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