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Top-Ranked Bruins Say Aloha to Hawaii, Pepperdine This Week
By: UCLA Athletics
#1 UCLA vs. Hawaii
@Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, Sept. 5 - 10:00 pm PT
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#1 UCLA vs. #13/17 Pepperdine
@Honolulu, Hawaii
Sunday, Sept. 7 - 5:30 pm PT
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UCLA Travels to Hawaii for First Road Trip
Defending NCAA champion and top-ranked UCLA (3-0-1) will play away from home for the first time in 2014, traveling to Hawaii to face the host Rainbow Wahine (2-2-0) on Friday, Sept. 5 and 13th-ranked Pepperdine (4-0-0) on Sunday, Sept. 7 in the Outrigger Resorts Soccer Classic.

UCLA is 5-0 all-time against Hawaii. The two teams last met in 2007 in a game the Bruins won at home, 6-0. The Bruins are 14-3-2 against Pepperdine and have won the last two matchups, 2-0 in Malibu in 2013 and 4-0 in Los Angeles in 2012. The Waves’ last victory in the series came in 2010, 1-0 at UCLA.

In the Rankings
For the third-straight week, UCLA is No. 1 across all major polls ( NSCAA, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer). Pepperdine jumped up to No. 13 (SA) and No. 17 (NSCAA) after its 1-0 win over North Carolina on Sunday.

Dydasco Returns to Hawaii
Senior defender Caprice Dydasco returns to her home state this weekend and will play collegiately in Hawaii for the first time ever. The Bruins’ starting left back is from Honolulu and graduated from Kamehameha High School. Dydasco has played in 74 games over her UCLA career and started in 69. She scored her first career goals last season in the NCAA 2nd round, netting a pair in the 3-0 win over Kentucky. A member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team, she assisted on the game-winning goal against Norway as the U-23s won the Six Nations Tournament last March.

Rowland Sets New Shutout Record
Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland set a new school record for career shutouts in the Bruins 0-0 tie against North Carolina. The senior from Vacaville, Calif. broke Val Henderson’s career record of 38 with her 39th against the Tar Heels and then added to her record total with her 40th against San Diego. Rowland set a school record for single-season shutouts with 15 in 2013, and her previous two years’ totals also rank in the school’s Top 10.

Numbers and Streaks
UCLA in unbeaten in its last 25 games, its last loss coming Sept. 6, 2013 against North Carolina, a 1-0 defeat in Durham, N.C. The Bruins have five-straight shutouts, with the current streak starting in the NCAA Championship game, and have shut out nine of their last 10 oppon ents.

Stifling Defense
Not only has UCLA shut out its first four opponents of the year, but the team has allowed just one shot on goal all season. The Bruins have held three of their four opponents to one shot or less and to just six shots all season. Sam Mewis had six shots in the Bruins’ last game.

The Bruins have held opponents to single-digit shot totals in 15 of their last 16 games and have shut out seven of their last eight opponents dating back to last year.

Scouting the Rainbow Wahine
Hawaii will be facing a top-ranked team for the first time in their program’s history. Last week, the Rainbow Wahine won the OHANA Hotels and Resorts No Ka Oi with a pair of wins over Northern Illinois (3-2) and Seattle (2-1 in overtime). Krystal Pascua leads Hawaii in scoring with two goals and four points. Five other players have scored one goal apiece.

Scouting the Waves
Pepperdine, which will face Washington State on Friday prior to the UCLA-UH game, is coming off a huge 1-0 win over North Carolina on Sunday. The Waves are 4-0 on the year and have shut out three-straight opponents. Three-time NSCAA All-West Region honoree Lynn Williams leads Pepperdine in scoring with two goals and six points. Colby Carson has three assists and five points.

Recapping Last Week ...
UCLA posted two more shutouts last weekend in a 0-0 tie with No. 9 North Carolina and a 2-0 win over San Diego. Katelyn Rowland set a new school record in the UNC game with her 39th career shutout, and she earned her 40th two days later against San Diego. Once again, UCLA’s defense was suffocating, allowing four shots, none on goal, against UNC and just one shot, the first shot on goal against UCLA this year, in the San Diego game. Sam Mewis and Kodi Lavrusky were the goal scorers for the Bruins against USD.

Dahlkemper Named Pac-12 Defensive POW
Abby Dahlkemper was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Bruins record a pair of shutouts in games against No. 9 North Carolina and San Diego. Dahlkemper, a senior defender and the reigning Honda Award winner, became the second consecutive Bruin to earn the defensive award, joining Megan Oyster, who received the honor in week one.

Dahlkemper anchored a UCLA defense that went the first 348 minutes of the season without allowing a single shot on goal until 58 minutes into the game against San Diego, which was an eventual 2-0 victory for the Bruins. The one-shot performance against San Diego marked the third time in four games that UCLA has allowed one or fewer shots in a game. The Bruins allowed just four shots, none on goal, against North Carolina and became just the second team in history to hold the Tar Heels to zero shots on goal.

Bruins Continue to Earn Weekly Honors
Abby Dahlkemper was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week, and Sarah Killion earned recognition on College Soccer 360’s PrimeTime Performers list for their play last weekend. Dahlkemper played 200 minutes in the two games, leading the defense to two more shutouts. Killion played in 178 minutes and recorded an assist on the winning goal against San Diego.

Dahlkemper, Killion Nominated for Senior CLASS Award
Seniors Abby Dahlkemper and Sarah Killion have been selected as candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award. The award honors student-athletes for their accomplishments both on and off the field.

Dahlkemper, a defender from Menlo Park, Calif., was named the NSCAA Scholar All-America Player of the Year in 2013 and earned Capital One Academic All-District second-team honors. A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree, she is set to graduate early in Fall 2014 with a degree in sociology. On the field, she is one of the highest-lauded players in the collegiate game, becoming UCLA’s first-ever Honda Award winner a year ago, as well as a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, and earning NSCAA All-America honors in each of her first three years at UCLA.

Killion, a midfielder from Fort Wayne, Ind., is one of UCLA’s top student-athletes, majoring in Psychology and holding a GPA over 3.6. She is also set to graduate early in Fall 2014. Killion earned first-team NSCAA Scholar All-American and Scholar All-West Region honors, Capital One Academic All-District second-team acclaim and Pac-12 All-Academic honors for the second-straight year. Killion, who is in her second year as team co-captain, led the Pac-12 in assists last season with 12, the third-highest total in UCLA history. She currently ranks sixth on the school’s career list with 23 assists.

Veteran Group Leads Bruins
UCLA is led in more ways than one by its senior class. The No. 1 recruiting class in the nation in 2011 has lived up to its billing and then some, leading the Bruins to the 2013 NCAA and Pac-12 Championships. Eight of the nine seniors - Ally Courtnall, Abby Dahlkemper, Caprice Dydasco, Sarah Killion, Sam Mewis, Megan Oyster, Katelyn Rowland and Rosie White - are in the starting lineup. Three (Dahlkemper, Killion and Rowland) are on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and are returning All-Americans. Dahlkemper is the reigning Honda Award winner. Four (Defensive MVP Courtnall, Killion, Oyster and Rowland) were named to the 2013 College Cup All-Tournament team. Two (Killion and Mewis) were called up to the full U.S. Women’s National Team this winter for the Algarve Cup, four (Dahlkemper, Dydasco, Killion, Mewis) played with the U.S. Under-23 team this summer, and Rowland started for the U.S. Under-20s at the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup.

Eight Bruins Ranked in Top 100
Eight of UCLA’s starters are on Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 100 list - No. 2 Abby Dahlkemper, No. 3 Sarah Killion, No. 13 Sam Mewis, No. 15 Katelyn Rowland, No. 47 Darian Jenkins, No. 51 Taylor Smith, No. 87 Ally Courtnall and No. 100 Caprice Dydasco.

Four Bruins on Watch List
Four Bruins have been named to the 2014 MAC Hermann Watch List, the most among any team in the nation. UCLA’s nominees are defender Abby Dahlkemper, forward Darian Jenkins, midfielder Sarah Killion and goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland. This is the third time Dahlkemper has been named to the Watch List and the first for Jenkins, Killion and Rowland. Dahlkemper was a finalist in 2013.

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