UCLA Hosts BYU in Top 10 Matchup Friday
No. 4 UCLA (1-0) vs. No. 10 BYU (1-0)
Date: Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 – 5 p.m. (PT)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
Talent: Nick Koop
Live Stats: uclalivestats.com
TOP 10 MATCHUP
No. 4 UCLA (1-0) hosts No. 10 BYU (1-0) on Friday, Feb. 12 in the Bruins' home opener at Wallis Annenberg Stadium. The match will take place at 5pm PT and will be live streamed at pac-12.com/live/ucla-2 with Nick Koop on the call.
SUPPORT UCLA TEAMS VIA FAN CUTOUTS
In adherence to the latest COVID-19 guidelines set by the state of California and Los Angeles County, fans are not permitted to attend events at UCLA Athletics venues, including Wallis Annenberg Stadium. However, Bruin fans can be there in spirit to support their favorite teams via cutouts which will be placed in seats inside the venue. For only $50 per cutout, fans can submit a photo of themselves, family members, friends or even their pets. Cutouts will be placed in seats within two weeks of the order date and remain in place until the completion of the last regular-season home contest at that venue. Specific seat locations for cutouts will be determined by availability at the time of purchase. Fans will have the opportunity to pick up their cutout once campus officially reopens. To order, visit uclabruins.com/fancutouts.
BRUINS WIN OPENER
UCLA's 2020-21 season got off to a rousing start with a 3-0 victory at No. 25 Pepperdine. The Bruins scored three goals in the first half, all assisted by Marley Canales. Mia Fishel got the team's first goal of the season in the ninth minute, Reilyn Turner doubled the lead in the 22nd minute, and redshirt senior defender Jacey Pederson scored her first collegiate goal in the 30th minute. Goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy earned the shutout, making seven saves in the game, including six in the second half.
In her first game back since tearing her ACL in October 2019, midfielder Marley Canales recorded three assists in UCLA's 3-0 victory over Pepperdine. Two of those assists came off set pieces - the first off a free kick and the third off a corner kick. In Canales' last two full games, she has totaled five assists. The senior from San Diego, Calif. was selected to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week for her efforts.
PARKER, BRZYKCY HONORED BY PAC-12
Lucy Parker and Lauren Brzykcy were awarded Pac-12 weekly honors as the Defender and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively. Parker and Brzykcy were the only Bruins to play the full 90 in the shutout win over Pepperdine. Parker was dominant at center back and extended her streak to 67 consecutive starts. Brzykcy made seven saves in goal, including six second-half saves to keep the clean sheet. Her seven saves overall were one shy of her career-high. The shutout was the fifth of her career, and she improved her career record to 9-3-0. This was Parker's third career Defensive Player of the Week honor and Brzykcy's first Goalkeeper of the Week award.
Seven Bruins made their collegiate debuts on Sunday – freshmen starters Reilyn Turner and Megan Edelman, redshirt freshman Sunshine Fontes, and true freshmen Aislynn Crowder, Michaela Rosenbaum, Jillian Martinez and Isabel Loza. Turner played 68 minutes and contributed a goal and an assist. Edelman, who played 81 minutes, was selected by the UCLA coaching staff as the Bruin of the Match. Fontes and Rosenbaum each recorded a shot and played 34 and 22 minutes, respectively. Crowder played 36, Martinez 23 and Loza nine.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
BYU opened its season with a 5-1 victory over Utah on Feb. 6. The Cougars swept the weekly WCC awards after that game, with Cameron Tucker being named the Offensive Player of the Week after recording a hat trick, and Josie Gelialch receiving the Defensive Player of the Week award after holding the Utes to just four shots on goal. BYU finished the 2019 season ranked No. 5 in the country with a record of 21-1-1, its only loss coming in the NCAA quarterfinals to Stanford.
UCLA remains ranked No. 4 in the nation in the Top Drawer Soccer poll, while BYU ranks No. 10.
TWO ON MAC HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST
UCLA seniors Lucy Parker and Viviana Villacorta have been selected to the MAC Hermann Trophy Women's Watch List for 2020-21. The MAC Hermann Trophy, presented by World Wide Technology, is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer and is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female players of the year. Parker picks up her second consecutive Watch List nod. In 2019, her first year at UCLA, she earned All-Pac-12 honors and was twice named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. She led the team in minutes played with 2,055 out of 2,180 minutes and also scored four goals to rank fourth on the team. Villacorta has played in every game of her UCLA career, making 60 starts in 71 appearances and totaling seven goals and 16 assists. In 2019, she scored three goals with a career-high eight assists and ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 14 points.
BRUINS EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Four Bruins were selected by Top Drawer Soccer to its preseason Top 100 Players to Watch list, including three in the Top 25. Topping the list for the Bruins is sophomore forward Mia Fishel, who checked in at No. 7 overall. Senior midfielder Viviana Villacorta ranks No. 14. Senior defender Lucy Parker is No. 25, and senior midfielder Delanie Sheehan ranks No. 46.
Fishel was named to TDS's Preseason Best XI first-team, while Villacorta earned second-team honors and Parker third-team acclaim. Additionally, Reilyn Turner was selected to the Freshman Best XI.
Three UCLA women's soccer players were selected in the 2021 NWSL College Draft – midfielder Viviana Villacorta, defender Lucy Parker, and midfielder Delanie Sheehan. Villacorta was selected No. 9 overall by the Orlando Pride. Parker was picked by Kansas City in the second round with the No. 16 selection, and Sheehan was selected by Sky Blue FC in the fourth round with the No. 33 pick. Additionally, defender Karina Rodriguez was picked up as a discovery selection by the Washington Spirit. All four players will finish their senior season with UCLA in the spring before joining their pro teams.
The Bruins return six starters from last year's squad that advanced to the College Cup - defenders Karina Rodriguez and Lucy Parker; midfielders Viviana Villacorta, Delanie Sheehan and Marley Canales; and forward Mia Fishel. Other returning players who played significant minutes include goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy, forward Kennedy Faulknor, midfielder Maricarmen Reyes, and defender Brianne Riley. The Bruins also get back the services of two seniors who were injured most of 2019 - midfielder Olivia Athens and defender Jacey Pederson - and redshirt freshman Sunshine Fontes.
UCLA brings in the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, the second consecutive Top 2 class for the Bruins. Among the 14 players signed were U.S. Youth National Team members Aislynn Crowder, Isabel Loza, Jillian Martinez, Michaela Rosenbaum, Dasia Torbert, Reilyn Turner and MacKenzee Vance, and Canadian Youth National Team player Kaila Novak. Two international freshmen are also in the signing class, but due to current immigration regulations are not able to enter the country. Norway's My Haugland Sørsdahl is currently enrolled and taking classes remotely, and Sweden's Clara Härdling has deferred enrollment.
Also new to the program is goalkeeper coach Saskia Webber, a member of U.S. Soccer's legendary 1999 World Cup championship team and teammates with Bruin head coach Amanda Cromwell on the 1995 World Cup squad and 1996 Olympic team. A member of the USWNT for eight years, Webber was a founding member of the Women's United Soccer Association, playing for the Philadelphia Charge in 2001 and for the New York Power in 2002. Additionally, she played professionally for three years in Japan for Oki FC, where she was named the top goalkeeper of the league.