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Women's Soccer Plays At Pepperdine, LMU This Weekend
By: UCLA Athletics
#4 UCLA at Pepperdine
Friday, Sept. 20 - 3:00 pm PT
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#4 UCLA at Loyola Marymount
Sunday, Sept. 22 - 4:00 pm PT
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Bruins Stay Local for Road Games
The No. 4/6 UCLA women’s soccer team (6-1-0) will stay local for its two-game road swing this weekend, traveling up Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu to face Pepperdine (4-2-1) on Friday at 3 pm and then heading about 10 miles south to face Loyola Marymount (3-5-0) on Sunday at 4 pm.

In the Rankings
UCLA moved up one spot to No. 4 in the NSCAA poll and remained at No. 6 in the Soccer America poll and No. 4 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.

Scouting the Waves
Pepperdine is coming off a pair of victories over USC (1-0 in overtime) and San Diego State (2-0) last weekend. Junior forward Lynn Williams has eight goals in just seven games to rank sixth in the nation in goals scored. UCLA leads the all-time series with Pepperdine, 13-3-2. The Bruins won the last meeting a year ago in Westwood, 4-0, behind a pair of goals by Zakiya Bywaters and a goal apiece from Taylor Smith and Ally Courtnall.

Scouting the Lions
Loyola Marymount enters the weekend on a four-game losing streak. The Lions are, however, undefeated at home with a 3-0 record, and host UC Irvine on Friday night before hosting the Bruins. Senior forward Tawni Martino leads the Lions with five points (2g, 1a). UCLA leads the all-time series with LMU, 11-0-1. The two teams tied, 1-1, a year ago in Westwood.

UCLA Downs San Diego State
The Bruins scored late in each half to defeat San Diego State, 2-0, on Sept. 13. Kodi Lavrusky scored the game-winning goal on a looping shot over the goalkeeper’s head from 25 yards out with less than 30 seconds to play in the first half. Abby Dahlkemper added her first goal of the season in the 85th minute, hammering home a corner kick that rebounded off the crossbar.

Fast Starts
Scoring early has been a trend for the Bruins in 2013. Five of UCLA’s 14 goals this year have come in the first 10 minutes of the game, including three in the first five minutes (Northeastern - 2:42, Cal State Northridge - 2:15, Marquette - 4:27).

Jenkins Leads Offense
Freshman Darian Jenkins scored a goal in UCLA’s first four games, which was the longest goal-scoring streak by a Bruin since Lauren Cheney scored in six consecutive games from Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 2007. Jenkins has a goal in five of the Bruins’ seven games and leads UCLA in scoring with five goals and 10 points. She is tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in goals scored and tied for ninth in points.

Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA’s upperclassmen are about as experienced a group as you can get, with a combined total of 558 games played and 400 games started between the 15 of them. Senior Jenna Richmond leads all current Bruins with 72 games played and 71 starts. Junior Abby Dahlkemper has started and played in every game in her Bruin career (51 games).

Nine Newcomers Grace Roster
The Bruins welcome nine new players to the squad in 2013, including eight freshmen that comprise the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation, led by U.S. Youth National Team players Gabbi Miranda, Lauren Kaskie, Zoey Goralski and Darian Jenkins. Also in the freshman class are highly-regarded players Alyssa Alarab, Annie Alvarado, Lauren Rodriguez and Claire Winter. Additionally, sophomore defender Mikaela Arnstein has earned a place on the squad after serving as team manager in 2012.

Preseason Pac-12 Favorites
UCLA was selected as the preseason favorites to win the Pac-12 in a vote by conference coaches. The Bruins received seven first-place votes and 117 points overall in the Pac-12 preseason poll to edge out four-time defending conference champion Stanford, which received five first-place votes and 115 points.

Dahlkemper on Watch List
Junior defender Abby Dahlkemper has been 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.

Bruins Bestowed Preseason Honors
Bruin players have been making regular appearances as preseason honors have been rolling in. Along with the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, Abby Dahlkemper was named to the Soccer America preseason All-America team and to Top Drawer Soccer’s preseason Best XI second team. Junior midfielder Sarah Killion earned first-team acclaim on Top Drawer Soccer’s Best XI team, and junior midfielder Sam Mewis was a third-team selection by Top Drawer Soccer.

Bruins Take on Challenging Schedule
UCLA has the most challenging non-conference schedule and the second-most challenging overall schedule in the nation, according to All White Kit. The Bruins will meet up with each of the Top 3 teams in Top Drawer Soccer’s poll, with road matches against No. 1 North Carolina (in Durham), No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Notre Dame. UCLA also faces No. 8 Duke, No. 21 San Diego State and No. 24 California.

Get Mew’s Views
Junior midfielder Sam Mewis is penning a blog for Get her inside stories about the 2013 Bruins every Thursday.

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UCLA Head Coach Amanda Cromwell
Head coach Amanda Cromwell opened her tenure as UCLA head coach with three shutouts and five victories in six 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.

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