Senior midfielder Sam Mewis is back for season two of Mew's Views. Mewis helped lead UCLA to its first-ever NCAA Championship in 2013 and is back for her senior season with the added arsenal of experience playing with the full U.S. Women's National Team under her belt. Mewis, a three-time all-conference player and a 2013 NSCAA Scholar All-West Region selection, has scored 56 points on 18 goals and 20 assists in her UCLA career.
Aloha from Hawaii!
With a big weekend behind us and another right before us, I have a lot to talk about on this week’s Mew’s Views. Last Friday, we faced off against UNC and came away a little bit disappointed with the 0-0 overtime draw. UNC has a great team this year, and they really challenged us in a lot of areas. It was an ideal experience for us to be put to the test this early in the season by such a quality opponent; nonetheless, we still wish that we could have put one in the back of the net. The best part of the game was Katelyn Rowland’s record-breaking shutout! Friday’s scoreless game allowed Katelyn to set a new all-time career shutout record for UCLA Women’s Soccer. We are all so happy for her and can’t wait to help her extend her lead throughout this season.
We had a recovery practice on Saturday during which the players with high work-loads from the night before did some regeneration. The players who had lower work-loads from Friday played some small-sided games. MacKenzie Cerda was awarded the MVP of the practice on Saturday with her game-changing presence in the activity. Later on in the day, a bunch of us who live in the apartments off campus had to move. It was a long, sweaty day, to say the least, but I am happily moved in with Cassie Sternbach, Belden Long, Madison Tye, Gabbi Miranda and Lauren Kaskie! It’s going to be a blast living with some new teammates, though I already miss Rosie White making me tea at night and Sarah Killion’s cooking!
On Sunday we took on USD, a team that knocked us out of the tournament my freshman year. We played well and came away with a 2-0 victory. A lot of girls got to see the field on Sunday. Kylie McCarthy came off the bench and had a huge impact for our attack, earning herself Player of the Game. We learned a lot from Sunday’s game and were happy to get ride of some of our frustration from Friday’s game.
Knowing that we would be traveling to Hawaii on Wednesday, we decided to celebrate Megan Oyster’s 22nd birthday a few days early. A group of us took her to Color Me Mine in Santa Monica on Monday afternoon to paint pottery. It was so much fun, and Megan really enjoyed painting a bowl to commemorate her birthday.
Monday’s post-game practice was similar to Saturday’s. This time, Alyssa Alarab took home the practice MVP award due to her hard work in the small-sided games. Arielle Schechtman was the goalkeeper with the fewest goals against. With such a large team (32 players) our post-game practices are extremely competitive. It’s been awesome to see such great soccer being played and reassuring to know that our team is truly 32 players deep.
Tuesday was spent preparing for our big trip to Hawaii, where we will play UH and Pepperdine. A lot of our parents will be meeting us there, including mine, who have used this trip as an excuse for an 8-day vacation! We arrived in Hawaii yesterday and headed straight to the field for a training session. After we got cleaned up, we headed to dinner, where we met up with UCLA Soccer alum Alana Munger’s parents. The dinner was delicious, and the atmosphere was so lovely. So far, Hawaii has been a blast! We’re looking forward to spending some time at the beach today and going to the Dydasco house for dinner. Tomorrow is our first game against UH. Go Bruins!