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UCLA Hosts Oregon Schools
The second-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team (14-1-2 overall, 6-0-2 in the Pac-12) will host Oregon State (5-10-2, 3-4-1) and Oregon (4-9-3, 2-5-1) for a pair of conference matches. The Pac-12-leading Bruins will first face Oregon State on Friday at 7 pm before playing Oregon on Sunday at 1 pm. Sunday’s match will be televised live on Pac-12 Los Angeles.
Conference Title Within Reach
UCLA is within a win and a tie of its 11th Pac-12 title. Two wins this weekend would wrap up the outright title for the Bruins, while a win and a tie would ensure at least a share of the title. The Bruins were picked by the conference coaches to win the Pac-12.
UCLA’s previous conference titles were won in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
In the Rankings
For the fourth-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 20 total points and a 6-0-2 record. Stanford is in second place with 15 points (5-3-0), followed by Utah with 14 points (4-2-2).
Scouting the Beavers
Oregon State has won four of its last five matches, including a 1-0 victory over No. 21 California. The Beavers are led by Erin Uchacz, who has eight points (3g, 2a), and Jenna Richardson, who has six points (3g).
The Bruins are 15-3 all-time against Oregon State and have won the last two matches, including a 4-1 win in Corvallis a year ago that saw Zakiya Bywaters score two goals, with Sarah Killion and Taylor Smith each tallying one. Oregon State’s last victory came in 2010, a 3-0 home win.
Scouting the Ducks
Oregon enters the week having lost five of its last six games. The Ducks are led by ShayLee Miner, who has seven points (3g, 1a). First-year head coach Kat Mertz was a former UCLA assistant coach, spending 2000-04 in Westwood and helping lead the team to the College Cup in 2000, 2003 and 2004.
UCLA leads the overall series with Oregon, 14-2, and has won the last six meetings. Last year’s game in Eugene was decided by a 1-0 margin, with Taylor Smith scoring the game’s lone goal, assisted by Sam Mewis. Oregon’s last win in the series came in 2006, 2-1 in overtime in Eugene.
UCLA tied Utah, 1-1, and defeated Colorado, 1-0, in the team’s final road matches of the regular season. The Bruins fell behind early against the Utes but quickly answered back with the tying goal from Taylor Smith. In the Colorado game, Kodi Lavrusky came off the bench to score the game’s only goal in the 56th minute.
Follow the Leader
UCLA has trailed in just three games this season, for a total of 20 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.
Scoring early has been a trend for the Bruins in 2013. Eight of UCLA’s 31 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).
UCLA ranks second in the nation in goals against average with a GAA of 0.34 and has allowed just six goals all season and never more than one goal in a single game. The Bruins also rank fifth nationally in save percentage (.891) and tied for 10th in shutout percentage (.647). Bruin goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland has been virutally unstoppable in 2013, allowing just six goals, one of which was on a penalty kick. Her goals against average of 0.35 ranks third in the nation, and her .891 save percentage ranks sixth. With 29 career shutouts, Rowland is third on UCLA’s all-time list. She also ranks fourth on the career wins list with 44.
May We Assist You?
Taylor Smith, Sarah Killion and Caprice Dydasco are accounting for 55% of UCLA’s assists this year. Killion is tied for the Pac-12 lead with eight, while Smith is tied for third with seven. Dydasco is close behind with five assists, tied for 10th-best in the conference. UCLA leads the Pac-12 in assists with 36.
Jenkins Continues to Leads Offense
Freshman Darian Jenkins has a goal in nine of the Bruins’ 17 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 fifth in 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 665 games played and 476 games started between the 15 of them. Senior Jenna Richmond leads all current Bruins with 82 games played and 81 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 17 games for UCLA with one goal and two assists. Kaskie has played in all 17 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 team goals against average of 0.34 (ranked second in the nation) 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 11 shutouts and 14 victories in 17 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.