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UCLA Women's Soccer Ranked in Top 5 Nationally, Picked to Win Pac-12
By: UCLA Athletics
The UCLA women's soccer team will begin the season ranked in the Top 5 by the NSCAA (No. 5) and Top Drawer Soccer (No. 4). Additionally, the Bruins were selected in a vote by conference coaches to win the Pac-12.

The Bruins received seven first-place votes and 117 points overall in the Pac-12 preseason poll to edge out defending conference champion Stanford, which received five first-place votes and 115 points.

UCLA returns nine starters from last year's squad that went 18-3-2 and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, including All-American defender Abby Dahlkemper and fellow U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team members Sarah Killion, Sam Mewis and Jenna Richmond. Also back are 2012 Olympians Rosie White and Chelsea Stewart and UCLA's record-holder for consecutive shutout minutes (564), Katelyn Rowland. The Bruins' top returning scorer is sophomore Taylor Smith, who totaled eight goals and 20 points.

First-year head coach Amanda Cromwell brings in the fourth-ranked recruiting class in the nation, led by U.S. Youth National Team members Gabbi Miranda, Lauren Kaskie, Zoey Goralski and Darian Jenkins.

UCLA has the most challenging schedule in the nation, facing each of the Top 3 teams in Top Drawer Soccer's poll on the road (No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Notre Dame), along with No. 8 Duke, No. 21 San Diego State and No. 24 California. The Bruins' season begins Aug. 23 at 6 pm with a home match against Northeastern.

NSCAA Rankings Preseason Rankings
Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Rankings
Pac-12 Coaches Poll

EVENT INFORMATION
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Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
0-0
Friday, Aug 21
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
L, 0 - 1
Sunday, Aug 23
at San Diego
San Diego, CA
W, 1 - 0 (2OT)
Sunday, Aug 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:00 AM PST
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Thursday, Sep 17 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 25 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 01 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Oct 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 29 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 3:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
TBA
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS