Women's Soccer Hosts Oregon Schools
No. 3 UCLA (4-0, 1-0) vs. Oregon (2-1-1, 1-0)
Friday, Mar. 5, 2021 – 5:30 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
No. 3 UCLA (4-0, 1-0) vs. Oregon State (2-2, 0-1)
Sunday, Mar. 7, 2021 – 1 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
BRUINS HOST FIRST PAC-12 HOMESTAND
No. 3 UCLA (4-0) will host the Oregon schools this weekend in its first Pac-12 homestand at Wallis Annenberg Stadium. First up is a Friday, Mar. 5 contest against Oregon (2-1-1, 1-0) at 5:30pm, followed by a Sunday, Mar. 7 televised game against Oregon State (2-2, 0-1) at 1pm. Friday's game will have an audio broadcast at ucla.leanplayer.com, while Sunday's match will be televised on Pac-12 Los Angeles. Christian Miles will call the action for Friday's game, and Ted Enberg will be on the call for Sunday's audio broadcast while Miles heads to the Pac-12 Networks booth.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS
Oregon opened Pac-12 play on Friday with a 2-1 upset win over No. 3 Stanford, the Ducks' first-ever win over the Cardinal. Eden Hardy and Ally Cook scored for Oregon, and goalkeeper Leah Freeman had four saves while shutting out Stanford for all but the final second of the match. The Ducks couldn't ride the momentum in the next game against Cal, losing 1-0 in a non-conference matchup. Cook is Oregon's scoring leader with two goals.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Oregon State lost to Cal 3-1 in its Pac-12 opener but came back two days later to stun defending NCAA champion Stanford, 2-1 in a non-conference contest. The Beavers trailed 1-0 at the half and scored in the 54th minute to tie. Abby Schwartz knocked in the game-winner in the 83rd minute, just one minute after Beaver defender Kaillen Fried cleared a shot off the line. Brianna McReynolds leads Oregon State in scoring with four goals and nine points.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 4 UCLA won its Pac-12 opener on Feb. 26, handing Arizona its first loss of the season, 2-1. Delanie Sheehan and Mia Fishel scored first half goals to give the Bruins the winning margin. Sheehan put UCLA on the board first at 18:09 when she plowed through the central defense into the box. A Wildcat defender got a foot on the ball, but it took a fortuitous bounce, and Sheehan was able to control and fire a shot past Hisey for her first goal of the season. Arizona quickly tied it up a little less than two minutes later, but the Bruins bounced back in the 27th minute after Fishel pounced on a weak clearance in the box and scored what would eventually be the winning goal. The win was UCLA's first in a Pac-12 opener since 2017.
CENTER BACKS HONORED
Both of UCLA's center backs were honored for their outstanding play in the Bruins' 2-1 win at Arizona. Lucy Parker was selected to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week, and Brianne Riley was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week. Parker has started every game at center back for UCLA since her arrival in 2019. Riley played at right back to start the season but moved to center back for the Arizona game. Parker and Riley helped limit the Wildcat offense to just nine shots total and four shots on goal. Arizona had been averaging 3.25 goals per game heading into the contest.
Sophomore forward Mia Fishel has picked up where she left off last season when she led the team with 14 goals scored, including six goals in her last six games. Fishel is tied for the team lead with two goals scored, recording the season's first goal in the eighth minute at Pepperdine in the season opener and scoring the game-winner at Arizona in the Pac-12 opener. Her two game-winning goals lead the team, and she already has eight career game-winning goals in a little over one season. She needs just two more to move into UCLA's Top 10 list for career game-winning goals. Fishel earned her first call-up with the U.S. Women's National Team in October and was the Golden Ball winner at the 2020 Concacaf U-20 Championships after scoring a U.S. record 13 goals in the tournament.
Freshman Reilyn Turner has made a big impression early on in her collegiate career, scoring either a goal or assist in three of the Bruins' first four games. She leads UCLA in goals (two) and points (six) and was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Freshman Best XI. Turner brings a great deal of U.S. Youth National Team experience, playing with the U.S. U-19s in 2020 and with the U-17s at the 2018 CONCACAF Championship, where she scored two goals, including the game-winner against Canada to send the team to the semifinals.
TIME TO SHINE
Redshirt freshman Sunshine Fontes has been a ray of light for the Bruins so far this season, tying for the team lead with two goals, including the game-winner against BYU. Fontes, who was the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. Under-17 National Team with 24 goals, tore her ACL in 2019 at the end of her high school season and missed the entire 2019 season. She made her UCLA debut in the 2020-21 season opener, playing 22 minutes at Pepperdine. She has gradually increased her minutes played and played in a season-high 46 at Arizona.
CANALES CAN DO ALL
Senior midfielder Marley Canales had a hand in nearly every Bruin goal the first two games this season. Of UCLA's first five goals, Canales scored one goal and assisted on three others. She scored the game-tying goal against BYU on a penalty kick (she is 4-for-4 in her career on PKs; additionally, she hit the deciding PK in the 2017 NCAA semifinals). In the season opener at Pepperdine, her first game back since tearing her ACL in October 2019, Canales recorded three assists in the 3-0 victory. Two of those assists came off set pieces - the first off a free kick and the third off a corner kick.
BRZYKCY EARNS FIRST TWO PAC-12 HONORS
Redshirt junior Lauren Brzykcy was named the Pac-12's Goalkeeper of the Week in each of the first two weeks of the season. Brzykcy, who played behind four-year starter Teagan Micah for three seasons, captured her first award after shutting out No. 25 Pepperdine while making seven saves. She followed that up with a five-save performance against No. 10 BYU, with the lone goal given up being a deflected clearance off a BYU player's back. Brzykcy is now 12-3-0 in her career with six shutouts and a career goals against average of 0.78. Her 16 saves this year in just four games are already a new season-best for her.
ACL GANG COMING BACK STRONG
Nearly half of UCLA's 10 goals this season have come from players coming back from ACL injuries. Jacey Pederson was the first of the ACL gang to score. Before starting against Pepperdine in the season opener, the fifth-year senior had not played since Nov. 2, 2018, and she made a big impact in her return, scoring her first collegiate goal. Marley Canales tore her ACL on Oct. 13, 2019 and came back with a three-assist game in the season opener and then scored her first goal against BYU. Redshirt freshman Sunshine Fontes suffered a torn ACL at the end of her high school season in 2019 and came back to score her first collegiate goal in just her second game as a Bruin, the game-winner against BYU. She scored her second the next game against San Diego. Additionally, a fifth goal was scored by another player coming off a major injury. Olivia Athens suffered a leg fracture in September 2019 and missed the remainder of the year. She scored her first goal since November 2018 in UCLA's 3-0 win vs. San Diego.
Nine Bruins made their collegiate debuts in the first three games. Freshman Reilyn Turner has started every game, and Megan Edelman and Michaela Rosenbaum have started three each. All three have played in each game, along with redshirt freshman Sunshine Fontes. Kaila Novak started in UCLA's last game and has played in three games overall. Aislynn Crowder has also played in three games, and Jillian Martinez and Isabel Loza have played in two. Madelyn Desiano, who has missed the last two seasons with ACL injuries, made her debut against San Diego.
Senior Karina Rodriguez is the latest Bruin to earn a call-up with the fulll national team, earning her first cap with Mexico on Feb. 23. Rodriguez started in a 0-0 tie against Costa Rica. Maricarmen Reyes earned her first invitation to Mexico's National Team camp in January, and Mia Fishel attended a 10-day training camp with the U.S. Women's National Team in October. All three players have extensive Youth National Team experience. Rodriguez played for the U.S. at the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship and 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup. Reyes started for Mexico in the 2018 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and Fishel won the Golden Ball at the 2020 Concacaf U-20 Championships and the 2016 Concacaf U-15 Championships.