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No. 1 UCLA Begins Pac-12 Play Friday at No. 19/24 ASU

Sep 24, 2014

#1 UCLA at #19/24 Arizona State
@ Tempe, Ariz.
Friday, Sept. 26 - 4:00 pm PT
TV - Pac-12 Networks (Rich Burk, Tracey Bailey)
Live Stats - thesundevils.com
Twitter - @UCLAWSoccer | #UCLAvsASU | #onegoal112

Pac-12 Opener Friday
The top-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team will begin its Pac-12 title defense on Friday, Sept. 26 when it opens conference play at No. 19/24 Arizona State (7-1-1). The match will take place at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium at 4pm PT and will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.

In the Rankings
For the sixth-straight week, UCLA is No. 1 across all major polls ( NSCAA, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer). Arizona State is ranked No. 19 by Soccer America and No. 24 by the NSCAA.

National Stat Leaders
UCLA ranks third nationally in shutout percentage (0.778) and fourth in goals against average (0.217). Sarah Killion ranks fourth in assists with nine. Sam Mewis is fourth in game-winning goals with four. Katelyn Rowland ranks fifth in goals against average (0.217).

Record-Setting Rowland
Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland has been rewriting the record books at UCLA. Her latest record broken was her own, as she broke her school mark for consecutive shutout minutes in a single season with 638. Other records set or tied by Rowland this season are: consecutive shutouts in a single season (6) and career shutouts (43). Rowland set a school record in 2013 for single-season shutouts with 15, and her previous two years’ totals also rank in the school’s Top 10. She just needs three more shutouts this season to break into the Top 10 single-season list.

Numbers and Streaks
UCLA in unbeaten in its last 30 games, its last loss coming Sept. 6, 2013 against North Carolina, 1-0, in Durham, N.C. … The 30-game unbeaten streak is a new school record, breaking the record of 25 set between 2011 and 2012 … The Bruins’ shutout streak ended at seven games and 772 minutes last Friday against Wake Forest … UCLA has shut out 12 of their last 15 opponents … The Bruins have scored six of their 23 goals in the first 15 minutes of play this year, including three in the first 10 minutes … Twenty-three of 32 players on the roster have national team experience.

Stifling Defense
Not only has UCLA shut out seven of nine opponents this year, but the team has allowed just 15 shots on goal all season. The Bruins have held three of their opponents to one shot or less and to just 32 shots all season. The Bruins have held opponents to single-digit shot totals in 20 of their last 21 games.

Scouting the Sun Devils
Arizona State has won six straight matches, including a 2-1 upset over sixth-ranked Texas A&M on Sept. 7. The Bruins and Sun Devils have two opponents in common, with both teams having faced Texas (UCLA won 1-0, ASU tied, 2-2) and Hawaii (UCLA won 6-0, ASU won 5-2). The Bruins also beat Texas A&M, 3-1, in an exhibition game earlier in August.

UCLA is 16-1 all-time against Arizona State, with a 13-match win streak against the Sun Devils, whose only win came in 2000, 1-0 in overtime in Tempe. The Bruins won last year’s matchup, 3-0, in Los Angeles. Ally Courtnall and Darian Jenkins each had a goal and an assist. Courtney Proctor scored the other goal.

Bruins Hook ‘Horns, Tame Lions
UCLA had a rare road-home weekend last week, first traveling to Austin to defeat Texas, 1-0, on Friday on the strength of a Sam Mewis goal in the third minute. The Bruins returned to Los Angeles to face LMU on Sunday and beat the Lions, 4-1. Four different Bruins scored in the game - Rosie White, Sam Mewis, Zoey Goralski (her first career goal) and Taylor Smith - and Sarah Killion tied the UCLA record for assists in a game with three. Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland had a season-high six saves in the game, the most she has made in a game since also totaling six on Sept. 20, 2013 vs. Pepperdine.

Killion Killing It
Senior Sarah Killion is climbing rapidly up the UCLA assists charts. Killion already has a Pac-12 best nine assists this season and is just one away from the single-season Top 10. Her 29 career assists rank fourth on the career chart, and her next assist will move her into a tie for third. Killion tied the school record for single-game assists with three against LMU. In nine games this year, Killion has a goal or assist in seven games.

Consistent Production from Mewis, Killion
Nearly every game this season, the Bruins have received scoring production from senior midfielders Sam Mewis and Sarah Killion. Mewis has scored a goal in seven of nine games and leads the team in goals scored (7) and points (16). Killion leads the team and the Pac-12 with nine assists and has a goal or assist in seven of nine games. She ranks second on the team in scoring with 13 points (2g, 9a).

Both players are climbing up the career lists. Mewis has 22 goals, 21 assists and 65 points and needs 12 points to break into UCLA’s Top 10 for career points. Her 21 assists put her 10th on the career assist list. Killion has moved up to fourth on the career assist list with 29.

Pac-12 Leaders of the Pack
The Pac-12 Conference has been tearing it up in non-conference play, going a combined 72-17-14 and posting a .767 winning percentage, the best non-conference percentage since the league began sponsoring women’s soccer in 1993. The 72 non-conference victories is also the most for the league since 2009. The Pac-12 has five teams ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 - No. 1 UCLA, No. 4 Stanford, No. 12 California, No. 21 USC and No. 24 Arizona State. Utah and Washington State are receiving votes. Those seven teams are a combined 49-3-9.

UCLA Women’s Soccer to Host Alumnae Weekend
All former Bruin women’s soccer players and team members are invited to the UCLA campus for an alumnae weekend Oct. 3-5. The festivities begin on Friday, Oct. 3 with the UCLA-Utah game at 8pm on Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. On Saturday, Oct. 4, alumnae are invited to attend the UCLA-Utah football game at the Rose Bowl. The main event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5, when alumnae will be recoginzed at halftime of the UCLA-Colorado soccer game. Following the 1pm game at Drake Stadium, alumnae and current team members will enjoy a postgame barbecue at the stadium.

Looking Ahead
UCLA will host Utah on Friday, Oct. 3 at 8pm and Colorado on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1pm.