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Five Bruins Receive All-Pacific Region Honors

Nov 29, 2021
Olivia Athens

Five members of the UCLA women's soccer team have earned All-Pacific Region honors by the United Soccer Coaches. Three Bruins – midfielder Olivia Athens, forward Mia Fishel and defender Lilly Reale - received first-team honors, while goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy and forward Reilyn Turner earned second-team acclaim. Athens and Reale are first-time honorees, while Fishel, Brzycky and Turner earn their second career honors.

Athens, a graduate student from Atherton, Calif., ranked third on the team in scoring with four goals, two assists and 10 points. A second-team All-Pac-12 honoree, she delivered some clutch goals for the Bruins in 2021, scoring the game-winner in overtime to beat Arizona State and her second career game-winner against USC, which helped the Bruins capture their second consecutive Pac-12 title. Athens finished her career at UCLA with 12 goals, 15 assists and 39 points in 85 games.

Fishel, a junior from San Diego, Calif., led UCLA in scoring for the second time in her career, totaling 12 goals, five assists and 29 points. Half of her goals were game-winners, including a clutch double overtime goal against California. The 2020 second-team All-American and two-time first-team All-Pac-12 player concludes her UCLA career with 32 goals, 14 assists and 78 points in 59 games. Her 16 career game-winning goals rank fifth all-time at UCLA, and her 32 goals rank ninth.

One of just two freshmen on the first team, Reale made an impact at center back for the Bruins in 2021, leading UCLA to a Pac-12 leading team goals against average of 0.57. The Bruin defense had a stretch of eight consecutive shutouts from Aug. 22 through Sept. 24, and the team totaled 793 consecutive shutout minutes. The Hingham, Mass. native started in 19 games and scored one goal with one assist, en route to first-team all-conference honors.

Brzykcy, a senior from San Clemente, Calif., led the Pac-12 in goals against average (0.55), shutouts (nine solo, one shared) and wins (16) in 2021. Nationally, she ranks seventh in goals against average and eighth in save percentage (0.859). Brzykcy's 2021 season started out perfectly, as she did not allow a goal in her first 792 minutes of play and held an 849-minute shutout streak from May 5-Sept. 30. The second-team All-Pac-12 honoree moved into sixth on UCLA's all-time lists for saves (161), shutouts (20) and wins (37).

Turner, a sophomore from Aliso Viejo, Calif., started every game for UCLA in 2021 and ranked second on the squad in scoring with 10 goals and 21 points. She recorded her first collegiate hat trick on Sept. 5 at LMU in a 3-0 victory and followed that game with the game-winning goal against defending NCAA champion Santa Clara. The 2020 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year has recorded 21 goals and 48 points in just 37 games over two seasons.

To view the full list of honorees, click here.