Nov. 1, 2012
Friday, Nov. 2
#2 UCLA at USC - 2:00 pm
TV - Pac-12 Networks
(Talent: Mark Rogondino, Tammy Blackburn)
Live Stats - uclabruins.com
Live Updates - @UCLAWSoccer on Twitter
Crosstown Showdown in Regular Season Finale
The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team (15-1-2, 8-1-1 in the Pac-12) will travel across town to play rival USC (5-10-3, 2-6-2) on Friday, Nov. 2 at 2pm at McAlister Field. The match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
UCLA is looking to secure second place in the Pac-12 and a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, which begins the weekend of Nov. 9.
Scouting the Trojans
USC is 5-10-3 overall and 2-6-2 in conference play. The Trojans have lost three straight by scores of 1-0, including two in double overtime. Jordan Marada leads USC in scoring with 13 points (4g, 5a).
The Bruins are 20-4-1 all-time against the Trojans, winning four of the last five matches, including last year's match by a 5-2 score in Westwood. Sydney Leroux had two goals and two assists, Samantha Mewis scored two goals, and Zakiya Bywaters tied the school record with three assists in that contest.
At Home on the Road
UCLA will look to maintain its perfect record on the road in 2012 when it plays at USC. The Bruins are 7-0-0 in road matches this year and have won nine consecutive dating back to last season. The Bruins have had only one other perfect road season, going 8-0 on the road in 2002.
For the second consecutive year, the Bruins' regular season finale drew a school-record crowd. UCLA's Oct. 28 match against Stanford, a battle between the nation's top two teams, was witnessed by 4,068 fans. The attendance beat the previous record of 3,826, set Nov. 4, 2011 against USC.
School Record Unbeaten Streak Ends at 25
UCLA's school-record unbeaten streak ended at 25 on Oct. 28 after a 2-1 loss to No. 1 Stanford. The Bruins had extended the streak to 25 after defeating California, 3-0, on Oct. 26. UCLA's streak began Oct. 14, 2011.
The Bruins' only losses in the last 44 games have come to one team - Stanford three times.
UCLA Remains No. 2 Nationally
Despite its first loss of the season, the Bruins remained at No. 2 in the NSCAA Coaches' poll and No. 3 in the Soccer America poll. UCLA has been ranked in the Top 5 every week this season and holds a streak of 22 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 of the regular season rankings.
Bywaters, Rowland Lead Pac-12
Forward Zakiya Bywaters continues to lead in the Pac-12 in goals scored (12), goals per game (0.67), points (28), points per game (1.56) and game-winning goals (5, tied for first). The totals are career-highs for the senior, who entered the season with eight goals and 33 points in her career. Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland leads the conference in goals against average (0.42), save percentage (.854), shutouts (9) and shutouts per game (0.60).
Bruins Rank Among Nation's Leaders
As a team, the Bruins rank second in the nation in goals against average (0.434), fifth in winning percentage (0.889), ninth in shutout percentage (0.611), 15th in save percentage (0.857) and and 21st in scoring offense (2.28).
Forward Zakiya Bywaters ranks in the Top 35 in total goals (31st, 11), goals per game (32nd, 0.667), game-winning goals (10th, 5), total points (34th, 28), and points per game (35th, 1.56). Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland ranks fourth in goals against average (0.418) and 27th in save percentage (0.854).
While Zakiya Bywaters leads UCLA in goals scored with 12, the Bruin offense is far from one-dimensional. Thirteen players have scored goals for the Bruins this year - Bywaters (12), Taylor Smith (7), Rosie White (5), Ally Courtnall (3), Abby Dahlkemper (3), Sarah Killion (3), Chelsea Cline (2), Crystal Shaffie (1), Lucretia Lee (1), Samantha Mewis (1), Kristiana Konkol-Mroczkowski (1), Kodi Lavrusky (1) and Taylor Alderete (1). Seventeen different players have at least one point.
Two on Watch List
Senior forward Zakiya Bywaters and sophomore defender Abby Dahlkemper were selected to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Both are proving to be worthy Player of the Year candidates, with the duo leading the team on offense and defense, respectively. Bywaters holds the team and Pac-12 Conference lead in scoring with 12 goals and 28 points, both career highs, while Dahlkemper has been the defensive leader of a Bruin team that has posted shutouts in 11 games.
Dahlkemper also has been a strong contributor offensively, recording three goals, including two game-winners, and adding three assists. She is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with nine points. Bywaters was honored as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 25-Oct. 1 and Sept. 10-16, as well as the Soccer America National Player of the Week for Sept. 10-16. Dahlkemper was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 1-7 and Aug. 20-27.
NCAA Selection Show
The NCAA Tournament selection show will air on NCAA.com on Monday, Nov. 5 at 1:30 pm PT.