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UCLA Women's Soccer Ranked in Top 5 Nationally, Picked to Win Pac-12
By: UCLA Athletics
The UCLA women's soccer team will begin the season ranked in the Top 5 by the NSCAA (No. 5) and Top Drawer Soccer (No. 4). Additionally, the Bruins were selected in a vote by conference coaches to win the Pac-12.

The Bruins received seven first-place votes and 117 points overall in the Pac-12 preseason poll to edge out defending conference champion Stanford, which received five first-place votes and 115 points.

UCLA returns nine starters from last year's squad that went 18-3-2 and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, including All-American defender Abby Dahlkemper and fellow U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team members Sarah Killion, Sam Mewis and Jenna Richmond. Also back are 2012 Olympians Rosie White and Chelsea Stewart and UCLA's record-holder for consecutive shutout minutes (564), Katelyn Rowland. The Bruins' top returning scorer is sophomore Taylor Smith, who totaled eight goals and 20 points.

First-year head coach Amanda Cromwell brings in the fourth-ranked recruiting class in the nation, led by U.S. Youth National Team members Gabbi Miranda, Lauren Kaskie, Zoey Goralski and Darian Jenkins.

UCLA has the most challenging schedule in the nation, facing each of the Top 3 teams in Top Drawer Soccer's poll on the road (No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Notre Dame), along with No. 8 Duke, No. 21 San Diego State and No. 24 California. The Bruins' season begins Aug. 23 at 6 pm with a home match against Northeastern.

NSCAA Rankings Preseason Rankings
Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Rankings
Pac-12 Coaches Poll

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Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Friday, Sep 04
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Sep 06
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Sep 11
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Sep 13
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
L, 1 - 3
Thursday, Sep 17
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 25
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Thursday, Oct 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Oct 04
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 2 - 4
Friday, Oct 09
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Sunday, Oct 11
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
T, 1 - 1 (2OT)
Saturday, Oct 17
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Oct 23
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Oct 25
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Thursday, Oct 29
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 0 - 7
Sunday, Nov 01
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
L, 0 - 2
Friday, Nov 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 2