Friday, Oct. 25 - 12:00 pm PT
TV - Pac-12 Networks (JB Long, Tracey Bailey)
Audio - utahutes.com
Live Stats - utahutes.com
#2 UCLA vs. Colorado
Sunday, Oct. 27 - 11:00 am PT
TV - Pac-12 Networks (Jim Watson, Krista Blunk)
Live Stats - cubuffs.com
UCLA Takes Final Pac-12 Road Trip
The second-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team (13-1-1 overall, 5-0-1 in the Pac-12) will make its final regular season road trip of the season this weekend, traveling to Utah (7-3-5, 3-2-1) and Colorado (11-3-1, 3-2-1) for a pair of conference matches. The Pac-12-leading Bruins will first face Utah on Friday at 12pm PT before heading to Boulder to take on Colorado on Sunday at 11am PT. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Bruins will finish out the regular season slate with three home games, taking on Oregon State, Oregon and USC.
In the Rankings
For the third-straight week, UCLA remained ranked No. 2 in the NSCAA, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer rankings. The Bruins have been ranked in the NSCAA’s Top 5 all season.
Leaders of the Pac
UCLA holds a five-point lead in the Pac-12 standings with 16 total points and a 5-0-1 record. Washington is in second place with 11 points (3-1-2), followed by Colorado and Utah, each with 10 points (3-2-1).
Scouting the Utes
Utah enters Friday’s matchup with a 7-3-5 record and is unbeaten in its last nine home matches (6-0-3) at Ute Field. The Utes are led by goalkeeper Lindsey Luke, who ranks second in the Pac-12 behind UCLA’s Katelyn Rowland with a goals against average of 0.50. Katie Taylor leads the Utes offensively with five goals and 13 points.
The Bruins are 3-1 all-time against Utah. The Utes won the first meeting in 2004, 2-1, and UCLA has won the last three, including last year’s 2-0 victory in Los Angeles. The Bruins outshot the Utes in that game, 22-2, but Luke made eight saves for Utah. Chelsea Cline and Rosie White scored goals in the final 13 minutes of play to win it for UCLA.
Scouting the Buffaloes
Colorado is enjoying one of its best seasons, breaking program records earlier this season by shutting out its first five opponents and winning its first six games. The Buffaloes also won eight non-conference games for the first time in school history. Colorado is led offensively by Anne Stuller, who ranks third in the Pac-12 with 23 points (8g, 7a), and defensively by goalkeeper Annie Brunner, this week’s Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. Brunner is tied for second in the Pac-12 with eight shutouts.
UCLA leads the overall series with Colorado, 4-1, and has won the last two meetings by a combined score of 10-1. Last year’s game in Los Angeles was decided by a 2-1 margin, with Sarah Killion contributing an assist and the game-winning goal. In 2011, UCLA won in Boulder, 8-0, behind a first-half hat trick from Sydney Leroux, two goals by Jenna Richmond, a goal and two assists from Ally Courtnall and two assists from Chelsea Stewart. Colorado’s lone win in the series came in 2010, 1-0 in double overtime in Boulder.
Bruins Down Devils
In its only action last week, UCLA defeated Arizona State at home, 3-0, on Oct. 18. Ally Courtnall and Darian Jenkins each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, and Jenna Richmond contributed two assists. Courtney Proctor had the other goal for UCLA. Katelyn Rowland and Alana Munger shared the shutout, UCLA’s 10th this season.
Follow the Leader
UCLA has trailed in just two games this season, for a total of 15 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.
Scoring early has been a trend for the Bruins in 2013. Eight of UCLA’s 29 goals this year have come in the first 10 minutes of the game, including four in the first five minutes (Northeastern - 2:42, Cal State Northridge - 2:15, Marquette - 4:27, Arizona - 4:45).
Nation’s Best Defense
UCLA leads the nation for the second-straight week in goals against average with a GAA of 0.32 and is tied for first in the Pac-12 with 10 shutouts. The Bruins also rank fourth nationally in save percentage (.898) and seventh in shutout percentage (.667). UCLA has allowed just five goals all season and has not allowed more than one goal in a single game.
Rowland Ranks First
Junior goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland has been virtually unstoppable in 2013, allowing just five goals, one of which was on a penalty kick. Her goals against average of 0.34 leads the nation, and her .889 save percentage ranks seventh. With 28 career shutouts, Rowland is third on UCLA’s all-time list. She also ranks fourth on the career wins list with 43.
May We Assist You?
Taylor Smith, Sarah Killion and Caprice Dydasco are accounting for 55% of UCLA’s assists this year. Smith is tied for the Pac-12 lead with seven, while Killion is tied for fifth with six. Dydasco is close behind with five assists, tied for eighth-best in the conference. UCLA leads the Pac-12 in assists with 33.
Jenkins Continues to Leads Offense
Freshman Darian Jenkins has a goal in nine of the Bruins’ 15 games and leads UCLA in scoring with nine goals, 21 points and four game-winning goals. She ranks tied for second in the Pac-12 in game-winning goals and is fourth in goals scored and points. 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.
Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA’s upperclassmen are about as experienced a group as you can get, with a combined total of 646 games played and 460 games started between the 15 of them. Senior Jenna Richmond leads all current Bruins with 80 games played and 79 starts.
Three Freshmen Ranked
Three Bruin freshmen are ranked in the Top 50 in Top Drawer Soccer’s Freshmen Top 100 list: No. 3 Darian Jenkins, No. 7 Gabbi Miranda and No. 45 Lauren Kaskie. Jenkins ranks first among freshmen in the Pac-12 in goals scored with nine. Like Jenkins, Miranda has started all 15 games for UCLA with one goal and two assists. Kaskie has played in all 15 games with one start and had the game-winner in double overtime at Stanford.
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. This season, Dahlkemper has led UCLA to a nation-leading goals against average of 0.32 and also has a goal and an assist.
Get Mew’s Views
Junior midfielder Sam Mewis is penning a blog for UCLABruins.com. Get her inside stories about the 2013 Bruins every Thursday.
UCLA Head Coach Amanda Cromwell
Head coach Amanda Cromwell has opened her tenure as UCLA head coach with 10 shutouts and 13 victories in 15 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.