Friday, Dec. 6 - 4:30 pm PT/7:30 pm ET
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NCAA Final @ Cary, N.C.
UCLA/Virginia vs. Virginia Tech/Florida St.
Sunday, Dec. 8 - 12:00 pm PT/3:00 pm ET
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Bruins Back in College Cup
Second-ranked and No. 2 seed UCLA women’s soccer team (21-1-2) returns to the College Cup for the ninth time in program history and first time since 2009. The Bruins advanced to the College Cup after a 1-0 double overtime victory over fifth-ranked and No. 1 seed North Carolina on Nov. 30 in Chapel Hill.
UCLA will face one of the three remaining No. 1 seeds - top-ranked Virginia (24-1-0) - in the semifinals on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm ET at Cary’s WakeMed Soccer Park. Virginia defeated Michigan, 2-1, in the quarterfinals to advance. The winner of the UCLA-Virginia match will face the winner of the first semifinal between Virginia Tech and Florida State in the championship match on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3:00 pm ET.
UCLA’s College Cup History
UCLA has advanced to the College Cup nine times, most recently in 2009, holding a 3-8 overall record. UCLA is 1-4 in College Cups held in Cary. The Bruins had a streak of seven consecutive College Cup appearances from 2003-09.
UCLA’s College Cup results:
2000 - #6 seed (San Jose, Calif.)
Dec. 1 - W 1-0 vs. Portland
Dec. 3 - L 1-2 vs. North Carolina
2003 - #4 seed (Cary, N.C.)
Dec. 5 - L 0-3 vs. North Carolina
2004 - #14 seed (Cary, N.C.)
Dec. 3 - W 2-0 vs. Princeton
Dec. 5 - L 1-1 (PKs) vs. Notre Dame
2005 - #1 seed (College Station, Texas)
Dec. 2 - W 4-0 vs. Florida State
Dec. 4 - L 0-4 vs. Portland
2006 - #2 seed (Cary, N.C.)
Dec. 1 - L 0-1 vs. North Carolina
2007 - #1 seed (College Station, Texas)
Dec. 7 - L 1-2 vs. USC
2008 - #1 seed (Cary, N.C.)
Dec. 5 - L 0-1 vs. North Carolina
2009 - #1 seed (College Station, Texas)
Dec. 4 - L 1-2 vs. Stanford
First-Time Winner Guaranteed
All four teams will be seeking its first-ever NCAA title. UCLA has the most College Cup experience with nine appearances, while Florida State has seven, including three consecutive. Virginia is making its second appearance and first since 1991 when current UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell was the Cavaliers’ team captain. This is Virginia Tech’s first-ever College Cup.
UCLA in NCAA Tournament Play
UCLA is making its 17th consecutive and 18th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and ninth appearance in the College Cup. The Bruins have a 51-15-3 all-time NCAA Tournament record.
UCLA Against the NCAA Field
UCLA posted an 9-1-1 record against members of the 64-team NCAA Tournament field during the regular 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).
Unbeaten Streak Extends to 19
UCLA’s unbeaten streak is now at 19 after defeating North Carolina in the quarterfinals, 1-0 in double overtime. The Bruins are 19-0-1 with 14 shutouts in those 19 games. This is UCLA’s longest unbeaten streak in a single season since the 2008 team went unbeaten in its first 24 games with a 22-0-2 mark.
Postseason Shutout Streak
UCLA has shut out all four of its NCAA Tournament opponents this season, the only one of this year’s College Cup teams to do so. The last four times this has occurred, Pac-12 teams were accomplishing this feat - Stanford in 2008, USC in 2007, and UCLA in 2005 and 2004. UCLA and North Carolina also did this in 2003, with the Tar Heels going all the way through to win the tournament on shutouts.
UCLA has had a tough road to get to the College Cup, defeating the last two NCAA champions in the last two rounds. The Bruins defeated 2011 champion Stanford in the third round, 2-0, before battling 2012 champion North Carolina to a 1-0 double overtime road victory in the quarterfinals. Next up for UCLA is top-ranked Virginia in the semifinals.
Pac-12 - Conference of Champions
UCLA’s appearance in the College Cup extends a streak of 11 consecutive years in which a Pac-12 team has advanced to the Final Four. UCLA began the conference’s streak in 2003 with the first of seven consecutive appearances. Two Pac-12 teams made it in 2007 (UCLA and champion USC), 2008 and 2009 (UCLA and Stanford), and Stanford has been holding it down from 2010-12, winning in 2011. The Pac-12 is trying to become the first conference to have three different teams win the NCAA women’s soccer title. The West Coast Conference also has two champions (Santa Clara and Portland), as does the ACC (North Carolina and first-year member Notre Dame).
Scouting the Cavaliers
Virginia has just one blemish on its record all season, a 4-2 loss to Virginia Tech in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers have a potent offense, totaling 77 goals. Morgan Brian leads the team with 46 points (16g, 14a). Makenzy Doniak is the team’s leading goal-scorer with 19 goals, to go along with six assists (44 points). Also in double-digit goals is Brittany Ratcliffe, who has 12 goals.
The Series with Virginia
UCLA is 4-1-1 all-time against Virginia and has won the last three meetings, all of which were in NCAA Tournament play. The Bruins won the most recent matchup in 2009 at home, 3-0, in the NCAA third round and eliminated the Cavaliers from the 2007 NCAA Tournament, again in the third round, 2-1 in overtime at home. In 2005, UCLA defeated Virginia, 5-0, at home in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Virginia’s only success against UCLA has come in the regular season, winning 3-1 at home in 2004, and tying 1-1 on a neutral field in 1995.
Cromwell Faces Off with Alma Mater
Virginia’s past is meeting its present. UCLA first-year head coach Amanda Cromwell was team captain of the Cavaliers in 1991 when she led Virginia to its first-ever NCAA College Cup. Now, she is coaching Virginia’s semifinal opponent UCLA as the Cavaliers make their second College Cup appearance. Cromwell was a two-time All-American, four-time All-ACC honoree and a finalist for the 1991 Hermann Trophy as a Cavalier.
UCLA vs. the Other Side of the Bracket
UCLA has played just once against Florida State, defeating the Seminoles 4-0 in the 2005 NCAA semifinals. The Bruins have never faced Virginia Tech.
Coaches Back in College Cup
While every Bruin player is making its first-ever College Cup appearance, two Bruin coaches are making return appearances. Ironically, those two coaches went to College Cups with other 2013 participants. UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell played in a College Cup with Virginia in 1991, and Bruin assistant coach Joshua Walters was the Director of Operations for Florida State when the Seminoles advanced in 2011.
Bruin Coaches Orchestrate Another Tar Heel Takedown
The last two teams to eliminate 22-time national champion North Carolina from the NCAA Tournament have been coached by UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell - Central Florida in 2011 and UCLA in 2013. Additionally, Bruin goalkeeper coach Aline Reis had a hand in both outcomes as well, starting at goalkeeper for the Knights in 2011 and making two diving saves in the shootout to advance to the Elite Eight.
Quarterfinals - Bruins Beat UNC in Double OT
After an intense evenly-matched 100 minutes, UCLA struck early in the second overtime period to take a 1-0 victory over No. 1 seed North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Taylor Smith scored the only goal of the game on a rebound off her own saved shot. Katelyn Rowland preserved the shutout with four saves and help from a strong backline. The victory was UCLA’s first-ever against North Carolina in 10 games.
All Goals Go Through Mewis
Sam Mewis has been dominant on the offensive end during the postseason, leading the team with seven points off one goal and five assists. She has had a hand in six of UCLA’s nine goals in tournament play. Her five assists tie the school record for NCAA Tournament assists in a season and lead all players this year, and they also bring her career NCAA Tournament total to six, which ranks sixth on UCLA’s all-time list.
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.
Nation’s Best Defense
UCLA leads the nation in goals against average with a team GAA of 0.28 and has allowed just seven goals all season and never more than one goal in a single game. The Bruins also rank second nationally in save percentage (.901) and fourth in shutout percentage (.708).
Bruin goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland has been virtually unstoppable in 2013, allowing just six goals, one of which was on a penalty kick. She leads the nation in goals against average (0.257) and save percentage (0.912). With 35 career shutouts, Rowland ranks second on UCLA’s all-time list, just three behind all-time leader Valerie Henderson, who had 38 from 2004-07. Rowland also ranks third on the career wins list with 51 and fifth on the saves list with 150. She set a new school record for single-season shutouts with 14.
Ten of UCLA’s 49 goals this year have come in the first 10 minutes of the game, including six in the first five minutes (Northeastern - 2:42, Cal State Northridge - 2:15, Marquette - 4:27, Arizona - 4:45, San Diego State - 0:43, Kentucky - 4:15).
May We Assist You?
UCLA ranks second in the nation with 63 assists, and Sarah Killion leads the Pac-12 and is 19th nationally with 11 assists. Taylor Smith is right behind her with 10 assists to rank third in the Pac-12, and Sam Mewis is fourth in the Pac-12 with nine assists. Caprice Dydasco also ranks in the Top 10 in the Pac-12 (ninth) with six. Fourteen different players have at least one assist this year, and seven of those 14 have four or more.
Mewis tied the school record for most assists in a game with three in the 4-1 victory over USC on Nov. 7. She also had the game-winning goal in the match. Teammate Jenna Richmond also holds a share of the record, having recorded three assists in the 7-0 win over Princeton a year ago.
Freshman Darian Jenkins leads 13 UCLA goal-scorers with 11 goals, ranking second 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 27. Taylor Smith is second on the team in goals scored (8) and points (26), while Sam Mewis and Kodi Lavrusky each have six goals.
Jenkins (27 points), Smith (26) and Mewis (21) are UCLA’s first trio of 20-point scorers since Sydney Leroux (48), Lauren Cheney (46) and Kristina Larsen (24) in 2009.
UCLA defended Drake Stadium with a vengeance in 2013, going unbeaten with an 11-0-1 record and allowing just one goal. The Bruins outscored their opponents, 29-1, at home. USC’s first-half goal in the season finale stopped a Drake Stadium opponent scoreless streak at 865 minutes.
Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA’s upperclassmen are about as experienced a group as you can get, with a combined total of 807 games played between the 15 of them. Senior Jenna Richmond leads all current Bruins with 89 games played and 88 starts.
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.
Five Bruins Earn First-Team NSCAA All-Region Honors
Five UCLA women’s soccer players earned first-team NSCAA All-Pacific Region honors in 2013, the most first-team selections in UCLA history. Making the all-region team were goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, defender Abby Dahlkemper, midfielders Sarah Killion and Jenna Richmond and forward Darian Jenkins.
Record Six Players Earn 1st-Team All-Pac-12
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 27. Jenkins also earned first-team All-Pac-12 and All-Freshman honors.
Bruins Winning in the Classroom Also
The Bruins are winning on the field and in the classroom. For the second consecutive year, UCLA earned a NSCAA Team Academic Award, achieving a 3.04 GPA in the 2012-13 school year.
Nine players were named to the honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic Team: three-time honoree Jenna Richmond, two-time honorees Ally Courtnall, Abby Dahlkemper, Sarah Killion, Sam Mewis, Megan Oyster, Katelyn Rowland and Chelsea Stewart, and first-time member Rosie White.
A UCLA single-season record three women’s soccer players earned 2013 Capital One Academic All-District second-team honors - Killion, Dahlkemper and 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.
A Team of National Team Members
UCLA’s roster is jam-packed with National Team members representing the U.S., Canada and New Zealand. Two Bruins - Chelsea Stewart (Canada) and Rosie White (New Zealand) - are on the full national team for their respective countries and competed in the 2012 Olympic Games, with Stewart’s Canadian squad earning a bronze medal. Four Bruins - Abby Dahklemper, Sarah Killion, Sam Mewis and Jenna Richmond - spent time earlier this year with the U.S. Under-23 National Team, and three others - Lauren Kaskie, Gabbi Miranda and Katelyn Rowland - were with the U-20s at the beginning of preseason camp.
Other Bruins with U.S. Youth National Team experience are Caprice Dydasco, Kodi Lavrusky, Kylie McCarthy, Megan Oyster, Courtney Proctor, Taylor Smith, Zoey Goralski, Darian Jenkins and Claire Winter. Additionally, Tayler Dragoo spent time training with the Swiss U-19 National Team.
Bruin Trio Seeks Another Trophy
Bruin juniors Caprice Dydasco, Abby Dahlkemper and Sarah Killion ended their summer with a championship trophy and look to end their fall with another. Just prior to reporting for preseason training, the Bruin trio helped lead the Pali Blues to the 2013 W-League title, the team’s third in six years of existence. Killion earned All-Western Conference honors during W-League play.
In the Rankings
UCLA closed the regular season ranked No. 2 in the nation, the sixth consecutive week the Bruins were second in the NSCAA, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer rankings. The Bruins have been ranked in the NSCAA’s Top 5 all season.
Dahlkemper a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
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. This season, Dahlkemper has led UCLA to a nation-leading team goals against average of 0.26 and 17 shutouts and also has a goal and two assists.
UCLA Head Coach Amanda Cromwell
Head coach Amanda Cromwell has opened her tenure as UCLA head coach with 17 shutouts and 21 victories in 24 games, giving her the distinction of having the best coaching debut in UCLA soccer history.
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.