UCLA Opens NCAA Tournament vs. SDSU
The second-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team (17-1-2 overall) was given a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host Mountain West champion San Diego State (13-6-2) in the first round on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm. The match will take place at Drake Stadium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth/students.
UCLA in NCAA Tournament Play
UCLA is making its 17th consecutive and 18th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have a 47-15-3 all-time NCAA Tournament record. Last season, the Bruins were seeded No. 3 and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they fell to No. 1 seed Stanford, 2-1.
UCLA’s seeding history and results in its 17 previous NCAA Tournament appearances are below:
1995 - First Round (L to Washington, 2-1)
1997 - Quarterfinals (L at Notre Dame, 8-0)
1998 - Second Round (L to BYU, 2-0)
1999 - Rd. of 16 (L at Santa Clara, 7-0)
2000 - #6 seed, Final (L to North Carolina, 2-1)
2001 - #3 seed, Quarterfinals (L to Florida, 1-0 2OT)
2002 - #7 seed, Rd. of 16 (T Texas A&M 0-0, lost 3-1 in PKs)
2003 - #4 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 3-0)
2004 - #14 seed, Final (L to Notre Dame, 1-1 PKs)
2005 - #1 seed Final (L to Portland, 4-0)
2006 - #2 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 2-0)
2007 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to USC, 2-1)
2008 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 1-0)
2009 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to Stanford, 2-1)
2010 - Rd. of 16 (L at Stanford, 3-0)
2011 - #2 seed, Second Round (T San Diego, 1-1, lost 3-4 in PKs)
2012 - #3 seed, Quarterfinals (L at Stanford, 2-1)
UCLA Against the NCAA Field
UCLA posted an 9-1-1 record against members of the 64-team NCAA Tournament field this season, picking up victories over Northeastern (4-0), No. 2 seed Marquette (2-1), Notre Dame (1-0), Duke (2-1), San Diego State (2-0), Washington State (2-0), Stanford (2-1 in double overtime), California (1-0) and Colorado (1-0). UCLA also tied Utah (1-1) and lost a one-goal game to North Carolina (1-0).
2013 Pac-12 Champions
With a final conference record of 9-0-2, UCLA claimed its 11th Pac-12 title, becoming the seventh consecutive team to go through conference play unbeaten. The Bruins had previously won the conference title in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
UCLA has defended Drake Stadium with a vengeance in 2013, going unbeaten with n 8-0-1 record and allowing just one goal. The Bruins have outscored their opponents, 21-1, at home. USC’s first-half goal in the season finale stopped a Drake Stadium opponent scoreless streak at 865 minutes.
Unbeaten Streak Extends to 15
After closing the regular season with a 4-1 win over USC, UCLA extended its unbeaten streak to 15 games, going 14-0-1 with 10 shutouts. The Bruins actually trailed in the game against the Trojans, giving up a goal at home for the first time all season in the 14th minute, but a Darian Jenkins goal 15 minutes later tied it up, and the Bruins went on a second-half goal-scoring spree, scoring three (Sam Mewis, Rosie White and Taylor Smith) in a 14-minute span to put the game away.
Mewis Ties School Assist Record
With three assists (and the game-winning goal) in the 4-1 win over USC, junior midfielder Sam Mewis tied the school record for most assists in a game. Teammate Jenna Richmond also holds a share of the record, having recorded three assists in the 7-0 win over Princeton a year ago.
In the Rankings
UCLA closed the regular season ranked No. 2 in the nation, the sixth consecutive week the Bruins have been second in the NSCAA, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer rankings. The Bruins have been ranked in the NSCAA’s Top 5 all season.
Best Combined Program in Nation
With both the Bruin men’s and women’s soccer teams holding down a Top 2 ranking in each major poll, UCLA has firmly established itself as the nation’s top combined program this season. No other school has both teams in the NSCAA Top 10.
In 11 of the last 12 years, either the Bruin men or women have won a Pac-12 title - 2002 men, 2003 men and women, 2004 men and women, 2005 men and women, 2006 women, 2007 women, 2008 men and women, 2009 men, 2011 men, 2012 men, 2013 women.
Scouting the Aztecs
San Diego State enters NCAA Tournament play on a seven-match winning streak. The Aztecs have won 11 of their last 12 matches and won the Mountain West regular season and tournament titles. Hannah Keane leads the Aztecs in scoring with 12 goals (seven game-winners) and 28 points. Goalkeeper Melanie Vaughn holds a 0.95 goals against average and has 10 shutouts.
The Series with San Diego State
UCLA and San Diego State have met 12 times, with the Bruins holding a 10-1-1 advantage. The two teams faced each other on Sept. 13 in Los Angeles, with the Bruins winning, 2-0. They also met in the NCAA 3rd round a year ago in San Diego, a match which UCLA won, 3-0. The Bruins have faced the Aztecs one other time in NCAA Tournament play, capturing a 5-0 win in 2009 in the second round.
In the September meeting, Kodi Lavrusky scored on a bomb from outside the box to provide the game-winner with less than 30 seconds left in the first half, and Abby Dahlkemper added an insurance goal in the 85th minute as the Bruins took home the victory. Katelyn Rowland had two saves and the shutout, while Melanie Vaughn made seven saves on 24 Bruin shots.
Record Six Players Earn 1st-Team All-Pac-12 Honors
Led by Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Darian Jenkins, UCLA placed a conference-best seven players on the 2013 All-Pac-12 teams, including a record six on the first team. Jenkins, Abby Dahlkemper, Sarah Killion, Jenna Richmond, Katelyn Rowland and Taylor Smith earned first-team honors, and Sam Mewis received second-team acclaim. Additionally, Jenkins, Gabbi Miranda and Lauren Kaskie were selected to the All-Freshman team.
UCLA’s six first-team selections are a conference record. The previous record of first-team all-conference selections was five, held by Stanford in 2009, 2011 and 2012
Jenkins Named Pac-12 Freshman of Year
Forward Darian Jenkins became the third Bruin to be named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and the first since Lauren Cheney in 2006. Jenkins closed out the 2012 regular season as the Pac-12 co-leader in goals scored (11) and game-winning goals (5) and ranks second in the conference in points with 26. Jenkins also earned first-team All-Pac-12 and All-Freshman honors.
Follow the Leader
UCLA has trailed in just four games this season, for a total of 35 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. USC held the longest lead on UCLA, 15 minutes, but the Bruins won the game, 4-1.
UCLA ranks fourth in the nation in goals against average with a team GAA of 0.340 and has allowed just seven goals all season and never more than one goal in a single game. The Bruins also rank sixth nationally in save percentage (.885) and seventh in shutout percentage (.650). 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 0.312 ranks second in the nation, and her .897 save percentage ranks fourth. With 30 career shutouts, Rowland is third on UCLA’s all-time list. She also ranks third on the career wins list with 47 and fifth on the saves list with 140.
May We Assist You?
UCLA ranks second in the nation with 52 assists, and Taylor Smith and Sarah Killion are tied for second in the Pac-12 and 26th nationally with 10 assists apiece, career-high numbers for both players. Thirteen different players have at least one assist this year, and seven of those 13 have four or more.
Eight of UCLA’s 40 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).
Freshman Darian Jenkins leads 12 UCLA goal-scorers with 11 goals, tying for first in the Pac-12 in goals scored. Jenkins, who started her collegiate career by scoring a goal in each of her first four games, ranks second in the conference in points with 26. Taylor Smith and Sam Mewis are tied for second on the team in goals scored with five, while Rosie White and Kodi Lavrusky each have four goals.
Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA’s upperclassmen are about as experienced a group as you can get, with a combined total of 702 games played and 502 games started between the 15 of them. Senior Jenna Richmond leads all current Bruins with 83 games played and 82 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 leads all players, let alone all freshmen, in the Pac-12 in goals scored with 11. Like Jenkins, Miranda has played in all 20 games for UCLA with one goal and four assists. Kaskie has also played in all 20 games with one start and had the game-winner in double overtime at Stanford.
School-Record Three Earn Academic Honors
A UCLA single-season record three women’s soccer players have earned 2013 Capital One Academic All-District second-team honors - junior midfielder Sarah Killion, junior defender Abby Dahlkemper and senior defender Chelsea Stewart. Killion (3.63, Psychology) and Dahlkemper (3.37, Sociology) are first-time honorees, while Stewart (3.62, Business-Economics) receives her second career honor.
Dahlkemper on Watch List
Junior defender Abby Dahlkemper was 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 Pac-12-leading team goals against average of 0.34 and also has a goal and two assists.
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 13 shutouts and 17 victories in 20 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.