UCLA Hosts CSUN in Monday Night Fútbol Action
No. 4 UCLA (5-0) vs. CSUN (1-6)
Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 – 6 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
Price: $10 adults/$5 youth (3-16); UCLA students free with BruinCard; All tickets are digital
Ticket Promotion: Free admission for youths wearing an international or club soccer jersey
Parking: purchase in advance on Park Mobile app
UCLA HOSTS CSUN IN FIRST OF THREE GAMES THIS WEEK
The fourth-ranked Bruins (5-0) begin a busy week with a Monday Night Fútbol game on Sept. 13 at 6pm against CSUN (1-6) at Wallis Annenberg Stadium. UCLA has two other games this week, playing at San Diego on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6pm and at San Diego State on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 6pm.
LAST TIME OUT
UCLA took down defending NCAA champion and eighth-ranked Santa Clara 1-0 on Sept. 9, its fourth consecutive win over a reigning national championship team. Reilyn Turner scored the game's only goal in the 23rd minute, and goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy nabbed a career-high-tying nine saves to preserve the Bruins' fourth consecutive shutout.
Sophomore forward Reilyn Turner has been on a tear, scoring each of UCLA's last four goals, including a hat trick at LMU and a game-winning golazo against No. 8 Santa Clara. Turner's hat trick gave her Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, and her game-winner against the Broncos put her into third nationally in game-winning goals and seventh in goals per game (1.0). Turner leads the team in goals (five), points (10) and game-winning goals (three).
Redshirt junior defender Madelyn Desiano has recorded an assist in all five of UCLA's games this season and ranks fourth nationally in assists per game with a 1.20 average. Desiano, who leads the Pac-12 in total assists, has assisted over half of UCLA's goals on the year (six of 11). Week one's Pac-12 Defender of the Week has started in five games this season, her first career starts after playing in 11 games last season and sitting out all of 2018 and 2019 while recovering from season-ending knee surgeries.
Senior goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy is off to another fantastic start to the season. The 2020 All-American has not allowed a goal in 360 minutes and has three solo shutouts (and one shared) to improve her career solo shutout total to 14, tying for ninth on UCLA's career shutout list. Brzykcy's win over Santa Clara pushed her into a tie for seventh on UCLA's career victories list with 26. Brzykcy had a spectacular night against the Broncos with a career-high-tying nine saves on 18 shots, and she also set up the game-winning goal with a long service that found its way to Madelyn Desiano, who connected with Reilyn Turner for the goal. UCLA has recorded four consecutive shutouts, the longest streak since the 2014 team had a school record-tying 10 in a row from Oct. 13-Nov. 23.
SCOUTING THE MATADORS
CSUN is coming off a 3-1 loss at Portland State and has lost its last five in a row. The Matadors' lone victory this season came on Aug. 22, a 2-1 home win over Iowa State. CSUN has scored eight goals this season, all by different players. UCLA and CSUN have two common opponents so far this season - Long Beach State and UC Irvine. The Bruins beat both teams, 1-0 over the Beach and 3-1 over the Anteaters, while CSUN lost to both, 2-0 to Long Beach State and 2-1 to UC Irvine.
A trio of fifth-year players - graduate students Olivia Athens and Marley Canales and fifth-year senior Kennedy Faulknor - are bringing veteran leadership to the Bruins in 2021. Athens is enrolled in UCLA's Master of Legal Studies program, Canales is enrolled in UCLA's Graduate School of Education, pursuing a master's degree in transformative coaching and leadership, and Faulknor is wrapping up her sociology degree. The trio have played a combined 191 games for the Bruins.
UCLA returns its top four leading scorers in Reilyn Turner (11g, 5a, 27pts), Mia Fishel (6g, 6a, 18pts), Marley Canales (4g, 6a, 14pts) and Sunshine Fontes (5g, 3a, 13pts). The foursome combined to score 72% of UCLA's goals in 2020 (26 of 36). Overall, UCLA returns 83% of its goal production and 81% of its points production. Goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy, who played every minute of every game in 2020, is also back after her All-American season. Eight players who started at least 11 of UCLA's 17 games last season are back - 17-game starters Brzykcy, Canales and Brianne Riley; 16-game starters Fishel and Olivia Athens; 15-game starter Turner; 14-game starter Michaela Rosenbaum; and 11-game starter Kaila Novak.
WHAT'S NEW, BRU?
While returning 29 players from last season's roster, the Bruins are looking to replace starters Delanie Sheehan, Lucy Parker, Karina Rodriguez and Jacey Pederson. To do so, UCLA brought in the nation's No. 6-ranked recruiting class, led by a trio of U.S. Youth National Team players in defender Lilly Reale, midfielder Emma Egizii and defender Quincy McMahon and a pair of youth internationals in defenders Clara Härdling and My Haugland Sørsdahl. Also joining the squad this season are goalkeeper Faith Nguyen, defender Jayden Perry and forward Lexi Wright. Reale has started in every game this season and ranks second on the team in minutes played (393). McMahon has started in three of five games, and Perry earned her first start at LMU.
BIG DRAW BRUINS
The Bruins played in front of a Cal State Fullerton record crowd of 7,832 on Aug. 22, the seventh-largest regular season crowd in NCAA women's soccer history. The Bruins have played in six of the Top 7 most-attended regular season games in NCAA history, including each of the Top 3.
NCAA Women's Soccer Regular Season Single-Game Attendance Records
1) 11,925 - Nov. 3, 2017, USC at UCLA (Drake Stadium)
2) 10,128 - Nov. 7, 2014, UCLA at USC (Los Angeles Coliseum)
3) 8,555 - Nov. 2, 2018, UCLA vs. USC (StubHub Center)
4) 8,527 - Oct. 22, 2010, UCLA at USC (Los Angeles Coliseum)
5) 8,508 - Nov. 4, 2016, UCLA vs. USC (StubHub Center)
6) 8,204 - Aug. 25, 2006, North Carolina at Texas A&M (College Station, TX)
7) 7,832 - Aug. 22, 2021, UCLA at Cal State Fullerton (Titan Stadium)
BRUINS TO WATCH FOR HERMANN TROPHY
All-Americans Lauren Brzykcy and Mia Fishel were named to the Hermann Trophy Women's Watch List for 2021. Fishel was a second-team All-American in 2020 after tying for the team lead in assists (six) and ranking second on the squad in goals (six) and points (18). She also led the Pac-12 with four game-winning goals. Brzykcy, a third-team All-American, totaled seven shutouts and a 0.73 goals against average while playing every minute of every game. She was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year and earned first-team Scholar All-America honors.
REPRESENTING THEIR COUNTRIES
Three current Bruins have earned recent call-ups with their respective country's national team. Maricarmen Reyes has been called up three times for Mexico, including an upcoming camp beginning Sept. 12 to prepare for a match against Colombia on Sept. 21. Idalia Serrano received her first call-up this summer for a training camp in El Salvador. Mia Fishel spent time last October at U.S. Women's National Team camp in Colorado.