Nov. 22, 2012
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Bruins Face Stanford in NCAA Quarterfinals
The third-seeded UCLA women's soccer team (18-2-2 overall) will get another shot at top-seeded Stanford (20-1-1) when the Pac-12's top two (and last two remaining) teams play Friday night in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The match, which is already sold out, will take place at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on the Stanford campus on Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 pm. The winner will advance to the NCAA College Cup, held this year in San Diego.
Another Cardinal Clash
This will be UCLA and Stanford's third meeting in the last four years at the NCAA Tournament. Stanford has won each of the previous two matchups, winning 2-1 in the 2009 semifinals and 3-0 in the 2010 Round of 16.
The two teams met last month in Los Angeles in an epic #1 vs. #2 battle. The Bruins struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on a Taylor Smith goal in the 49th minute, but Stanford scored twice in under two minutes to overcome a 1-0 deficit with 13 minutes to play and held on for the 2-1 victory. The loss was UCLA's first of the season, and it snapped the team's school-record 25-game unbeaten streak.
Stanford leads the all-time series, 10-8-3, and has won the last six matchups. UCLA's last win against the Cardinal came in 2008, 1-0 in Los Angeles. The Bruins' last win at Stanford was in 2007, 2-0.
UCLA in NCAA Tournament Play
UCLA is making its 16th consecutive and 17th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have a 47-14-3 all-time NCAA Tournament record, including an 8-2 record in quarterfinal games. Last season, the Bruins were seeded No. 2 and were upset by San Diego in the second round on penalty kicks.
UCLA's seeding history and results in its 16 NCAA Tournament appearances are below:
1995 - First Round (L to Washington, 2-1)
1997 - Quarterfinals (L to Notre Dame, 8-0)
1998 - Second Round (L to BYU, 2-0)
1999 - Rd. of 16 (L to Santa Clara, 7-0)
2000 - #6 seed, Final (L to North Carolina, 2-1)
2001 - #3 seed, Quarterfinals (L to Florida, 1-0 2OT)
2002 - #7 seed, Rd. of 16 (T Texas A&M 0-0, lost 3-1 in PKs)
2003 - #4 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 3-0)
2004 - #14 seed, Final (L to Notre Dame, 1-1 PKs)
2005 - #1 seed Final (L to Portland, 4-0)
2006 - #2 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 2-0)
2007 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to USC, 2-1)
2008 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to North Carolina, 1-0)
2009 - #1 seed, Semifinals (L to Stanford, 2-1)
2010 - Rd. of 16 (L to Stanford, 3-0)
2011 - #2 seed, Second Round (T San Diego, 1-1, lost 3-4 in PKs)
UCLA Against the NCAA Field
UCLA posted an 8-1-1 record against members of the 64-team NCAA Tournament field during the regular season, picking up victories over Wisconsin (2-0), Pepperdine (4-0), California (3-0), Illinois (2-0), Arizona State (4-1), Princeton (7-0), Washington (1-0) and Tennessee (1-0), tying Washington State (0-0) and losing a one-goal game to Stanford (1-2).
Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford is on an 18-game winning streak and is currently on a 65-game unbeaten streak at home. The Cardinal has seven players with five goals or more, led by Courtney Verloo's 10. Verloo leads eight players in double-digit scoring with 30 points. Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the fifth consecutive season. Ratcliffe was a member of UCLA's 1990 NCAA men's soccer championship team and was an assistant coach for the UCLA women's team under Joy Fawcett from 1995-97 before becoming the head coach at Saint Mary's and then Stanford.
UCLA is the only remaining team in the NCAA Tournament to not give up a goal in tournament play. Through three games, the Bruins have outscored their opponents, 9-0.
Third Round - Bruins Shut Down SDSU, 3-0
UCLA eliminated second-seeded San Diego State after a 3-0 victory in the NCAA Round of 16. The Bruin win snapped the Aztecs' 14-game winning and 15-game unbeaten streak. Zakiya Bywaters scored in the eighth and 13th minutes, and Chelsea Braun put it away in the 65th minute with her first goal of the year.
Second Round - UCLA Tames Wildcats, 5-0
UCLA scored four second-half goals to easily defeat Kentucky in the NCAA second round, 5-0. Ally Courtnall had the game-winner in the 39th minute, and Chelsea Cline started the second half barrage with a pair of goals in the 52nd and 59th minutes. Kylie McCarthy and Kodi Lavrusky also scored for the Bruins.
First Round - Bruins Beat Wisconsin, 1-0
The Bruins posted their second shutout victory over Wisconsin this season, defeating the Badgers, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 10. Taylor Smith scored the game's only goal in the first half, off an assist by Caprice Dydasco. UCLA dominated possession throughout the game and outshot the Badgers, 18-2. Katelyn Rowland did not have to make a save in earning her 10th shutout of the year.
Bywaters, Rowland Continue to Lead Pac-12
Forward Zakiya Bywaters continues to lead in the Pac-12 in goals scored (15), goals per game (0.68), points (34), points per game (1.55) and game-winning goals (6). 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 shutouts (11) and shutouts per game (0.58).
As a team, UCLA leads the Pac-12 in assists (53), goals against average (0.49) and shutouts (14).
Bruins Rank Among Nation's Leaders
The Bruin team ranks second in the nation in goals against average (0.488), fourth in shutout percentage (0.636), fifth in winning percentage (0.864), and 15th in scoring offense (2.36).
Forward Zakiya Bywaters ranks in the Top 35 in game-winning goals (7th, 6), total goals (14th, 15), total points (25th, 34), goals per game (26th, 0.682), and points per game (34th, 1.55). Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland ranks seventh in goals against average (0.49).
While Zakiya Bywaters leads UCLA in goals scored with 15, the Bruin offense is far from one-dimensional. Fifteen players have scored goals for the Bruins this year - Bywaters (15), Taylor Smith (8), Rosie White (5), Chelsea Cline (4), Ally Courtnall (4), Abby Dahlkemper (3), Sarah Killion (3), Samantha Mewis (2), Kodi Lavrusky (2), Crystal Shaffie (1), Lucretia Lee (1), Kristiana Konkol-Mroczkowski (1), Taylor Alderete (1), Kylie McCarthy (1) and Chelsea Braun (1). Nineteen different players have at least one point.
Bywaters Named Pac-12 Player of Year
Senior forward Zakiya Bywaters became the sixth UCLA player ever to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year. The Las Vegas native is the Pac-12 leader in points (34), goals (15) and game-winning goals (6), totals that are career-highs. Bywaters was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and has twice been honored as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, as well as being named Soccer America's National Player of the Week in mid-September. This is her second consecutive first-team All-Pac-12 honor and third overall in her career. She was also named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2009. Bywaters has started 87 of 91 games for the Bruins, tallying 67 career points (23 goals, 21 assists).
School-Record Eight Players Earn All-Pac-12 Honors
The Bruins tied a school record held by the 2001 squad by placing eight members on the All-Pac-12 squads. Abby Dahlkemper and Pac-12 Player of the Year Zakiya Bywaters repeated on the first team and were joined by first-time selection Sarah Killion. Lucretia Lee, Samantha Mewis, and Katelyn Rowland earned second-team acclaim, and Jenna Richmond and Caprice Dydasco received honorable mention recognition. Additionally, Taylor Smith was selected to the All-Freshman team.
School-Record 10 Earn Academic Honors
A school-record 10 UCLA players earned Academic All-Pac-12 honors this season. The 10 Bruins players selected to the honorable mention squad are Chelsea Braun, Ally Courtnall, Abby Dahlkemper, Sarah Killion, Kylie McCarthy, Samantha Mewis, Megan Oyster, Jenna Richmond, Katelyn Rowland and Chelsea Stewart.
Stewart Named to Academic All-District Team
Junior defender Chelsea Stewart was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Soccer Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Stewart boasts a 3.56 GPA in Economics. Stewart is the fifth Bruin to earn first-team Academic All-District honors, joining Charney Burk (2011), Valerie Henderson (2007), Mary Castelanelli (2005), Sarah Lombardo (2003) and Shannon Thomas (1997).
Two on Watch List
Senior forward Zakiya Bywaters and sophomore defender Abby Dahlkemper were selected to the MAC 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, the Pac-12 Player of the Year for 2012, holds the team and conference lead in scoring with 15 goals and 34 points, both career highs, while Dahlkemper has been the defensive leader of a Bruin team that has posted shutouts in 14 games. Dahlkemper also has been a strong contributor offensively, recording three goals, including two game-winners, and adding three assists. 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. Both are first-team All-Pac-12 selections in 2012 and 2011.
Four school records were either broken or tied this season. The Bruins set a new single-game record with 4,068 in attendance on Oct. 28 against Stanford. The team also set a new school record with a 25-game unbeaten streak that ran from Oct. 14, 2011 to Oct. 28, 2012. The record streak ended with a 2-1 loss to top-ranked Stanford. Prior to the loss, the Bruins had started the year undefeated after 17 matches.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland set a new school record for consecutive shutout minutes with 564 to start the season, breaking CiCi Peterson's record of 540 set in 2000. Rowland's streak was broken in the second half of the Sept. 28 game at Arizona.
With three assists in the first half against Princeton on Sept. 14, junior midfielder Jenna Richmond tied a school single-game record set by six players, including teammates Zakiya Bywaters and Samantha Mewis in 2011. Richmond assisted on three of the Bruins' first four goals against Princeton in a 7-0 victory. She has totaled 18 assists in her career to move within one of UCLA's Top 10 list.