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No. 1 UCLA Hosts SDSU Thursday, Plays at No. 9 Pepperdine Sunday

Sep 14, 2022
Lexi Wright

No. 1 UCLA (6-0-0) vs. San Diego State (2-1-4)
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 – 7pm
Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
Live Stream: pac-12.com/live/ucla-2
Talent: Nick Koop
Live Stats: uclalivestats.com
Tickets: uclabruins.com/tickets 
Price at gate:    $15 at gate/$10 youth (3-16); UCLA students free with BruinCard
Parking: purchase in advance on Park Mobile app (Allow extra time due to dorm move-in)

No. 1 UCLA (6-0-0) at No. 9 Pepperdine (5-0-2)
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 – 1pm
Malibu, Calif. (Tari Frahm Rokus Field)
Live Stream: WCC Network
Live Stats: uclalivestats.com
Tickets: gowav.es/WavesTIX; Tickets available via e-ticket only 

BRUINS CONCLUDE NON-CONFERENCE SEGMENT 
No. 1 UCLA concludes it non-conference schedule this week with a home game against San Diego State on Thursday, Sept. 15 and a road matchup at No. 9 Pepperdine on Sunday, Sept. 18. The UCLA-San Diego State game will take place at 7pm at Wallis Annenberg Stadium. The Bruins will play Pepperdine Sunday at 1pm at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.       

PRIDE NIGHT THURSDAY 
As part of Thursday's Pride Night festivities, the first 250 fans in attendance will receive Pride thundersticks. Gates open at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at uclabruins.com/tickets. UCLA students receive free admission with student ID.       

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE NUMBER ONE   
For the second consecutive week, UCLA remained No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches poll and the Top Drawer Soccer poll. The last time UCLA held the top spot in the United Soccer Coaches poll prior to this season was 2017, when the Bruins were No. 1 for five weeks from Sept. 5-Oct. 3. UCLA's Sept. 4 win over No. 1 North Carolina was its second ever over a top-ranked team and second in a row after beating No. 1 Florida State on Aug. 29, 2019.       

SCOUTING THE AZTECS
San Diego State set a school record on Friday by recording a tie in its third consecutive game. The Aztecs, who started the year 2-0, are 2-1-4 on the season and are led by sophomore midfielder Denise Castro, who has scored five goals and 12 points.  

THE SERIES WITH SAN DIEGO STATE
UCLA has won the last 12 games in the series, including last season's 2-0 win in San Diego. Mia Fishel and Reilyn Turner scored the goals for the Bruins in that contest. UCLA outshot San Diego State by a 17-3 count. The Aztecs' lone victory over UCLA came in 1998, a 1-0 win in San Diego.         

SCOUTING THE WAVES
Pepperdine is the third Top 10 team on the Bruins' schedule this season. The Waves enter the week unbeaten in 2022 with a 5-0-2 record and have recorded five shutouts in their seven games. Goalkeeper Ellie Sommers has posted a 0.23 goals against average, which ranks eighth in the nation. The Waves, who rank 13th nationally in goals per game (3.0), are led in scoring by Carlee Giammona (5g, 12pts) and Leyla McFarland (4g, 9pts).  

THE SERIES WITH PEPPERDINE
UCLA is unbeaten in the last 11 matchups with Pepperdine and won the last contest, 3-0, in Malibu in the 2020-21 season opener. Reilyn Turner assisted on the game's first goal and scored the second in her collegiate debut. Pepperdine's last win over UCLA came at home in 2010, 1-0. The Bruins hold a 20-3-4 advantage in the series.          

LAST TIME OUT
UCLA showcased its depth and skill in a 5-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 11. Four different Bruins scored goals, most memorably senior Kali Trevithick, who scored a pair in two minutes while playing in her first game since the 2020-21 season. Ally Cook opened the scoring with her first goal as a Bruin, and Maricarmen Reyes soon followed with a sharp-angled goal that proved to be the game-winner. Sunshine Fontes racked up another goal to increase her team lead to five, and Trevithick scored two goals two minutes apart in the last eight minutes of play.        

KALI COMEBACK 
Senior forward Kali Trevithick has spent the better part of her four years on the injured list, having undergone multiple knee surgeries. She began her freshman season on a tear, scoring two goals and two assists in the team's first two exhibition games and started the first four regular season contests before a knee injury knocked her out until November. She played the final six games of the year and totaled two goals and one assist. She missed all but the final two games of the 2020-21 campaign and all of the 2021 season but finally got back on the pitch on Sept. 11 for her first game since May 5, 2021. Trevithick made the most of her return, scoring less than two minutes after entering the game against CSUN. Two minutes after that, she scored her second goal in the Bruins' 5-1 victory. Trevithick has played in just 13 games and 482 minutes at UCLA but has scored four goals and two assists.            

VAMOS MEXICO  
UCLA's Mexican National Team players Maricarmen Reyes, Bridgette Marin-Valencia and America Frias all saw action for the first time together as Bruins on Sept. 11 vs. Cal State Fullerton. Marin-Valencia and Frias made their UCLA debuts after missing the early part of the season while competing at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Reyes, who plays on the full national team, scored the game-winner, a sharp-angled screamer for her second goal of the season. The U-20 players also saw productive minutes, with Marin-Valencia recording an assist and two shots in 29 minutes of play, and Frias playing 18 minutes.       

BRICK WALL BRZYKCY
Graduate goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy has been a nearly inpenetrable brick wall this season. She leads the Pac-12 in save percentage (.857) and wins (six) and ranks second in shutouts with two solo and one saved and goals allowed with three. Brzykcy tied her career-high in single-game saves with nine at No. 2 Duke, and she has moved into UCLA's Top 5 in career saves with 180 and counting. With 22 career shutouts, Brzykcy is four away from the Top 5 in that category, and her 43 career wins put her just two away from the Top 5.    

THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT 
Senior midfielder Sunshine Fontes has been a big bright spot for UCLA, leading the team with four goals, eight points and two game-winning goals. Fontes recorded her first collegiate hat trick on Aug. 25, netting three goals in 48 minutes of action against CSUN. All three goals were well-hit bombs from outside the box, including a bending free kick from approximately 25 yards out to complete the hat trick. It was the 28th hat trick in program history, with Fontes becoming 21st UCLA player to record one and first since Reilyn Turner on Sept. 5, 2021 at LMU. She struck again on Aug. 28, scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Santa Clara. Fontes, who is the  all-time leading scorer for the U.S. U-17 National Team with 24 goals, won national player of the week honors from both Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.      

THE WRIGHT STUFF
Sophomore Lexi Wright has been showing her stuff this season, ranking second on the team in scoring with six points on two goals and two assists. She recorded her first collegiate goal on Aug. 25 against CSUN and also added an assist. She assisted on the game-winner at No. 2 Duke and scored the second-half equalizer to jump-start UCLA's comeback win at No. 1 North Carolina. 

MAY WE ASSIST YOU?
Leading the Bruins in assists this season are freshman Ally Lemos and sophomore Quincy McMahon with three apiece. At least one of the two have recorded an assist in five of the Bruins' six games, and they combined on a double assist on Ally Cook's goal that gave UCLA a 1-0 lead in the Cal State Fullerton win. McMahon ranked second on the team in assists in 2021 with seven.   

STALWART STARTERS  
With a deep and talented squad at her disposal, head coach Margueritte Aozasa has been able to seamlessly shuffle her starting lineup from game to game. Three players, however, have earned starts in all six games - graduate goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy, graduate defender Madelyn Desiano and freshman midfielder Ally Lemos. Five players have five starts - defenders Quincy McMahon, Jayden Perry and Lilly Reale, midfielder Sunshine Fontes and forward Reilyn Turner.