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Bruin Players Honored by Soccer America
By: UCLA Athletics
Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland and defender Abby Dahlkemper of the NCAA champion UCLA women's soccer team were named to the 2013 Soccer America MVPs first team.

Rowland, a junior from Vacaville, Calif., led the nation in goals against average with a 0.27 mark, the second-lowest GAA in UCLA history. She allowed just seven goals on the year, one of which was on a penalty kick. In the NCAA semifinals, she saved two of four penalty kicks in the shootout to help UCLA advance to the championship match, which they won via a Rowland shutout, 1-0. Rowland's 15 solo shutouts in 2013 established a new school record.

Dahlkemper, a junior from Menlo Park, Calif., won the Honda Award for soccer, becoming the first-ever winner from UCLA. Dahlkemper was the leader of UCLA's defensive unit that ranked No. 1 in the nation in team goals against average (0.30), allowing only eight goals all season. The Bruins had 18 shutouts, including five in six NCAA Tournament games. Dahlkemper was a consensus All-American and is the first defender in 10 years to be selected as a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which will be awarded on Jan. 10. She was also honored as the NSCAA Scholar All-America Player of the Year.

This is the 12th consecutive year a Bruin has been honored as a Soccer America MVP.

Additionally, freshman forward Darian Jenkins (Riverton, Utah) was named to Soccer America's All-Freshman first team. Jenkins was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and a third-team NSCAA All-American after leading the team in scoring with 11 goals and 27 points.

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