Top-Ranked Bruins Host Arizona Schools Thursday, Sunday
No. 1 UCLA (11-0-0, 3-0-0) vs. Arizona State (6-1-2, 2-1-0)
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 – 7pm
Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
Broadcast: Pac-12 Insider
Talent: Nick Koop
Live Stats: uclalivestats.com
Price at gate: $15 at gate/$10 youth (3-16); UCLA students free with BruinCard
Parking: purchase in advance on Park Mobile app
Promotions: GolDen Game; Free pizza to first 200 UCLA students
No. 1 UCLA (11-0-0, 3-0-0) vs. Arizona (3-5-2, 0-3-0)
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 – 2pm
Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
Broadcast: Pac-12 Network
Talent: Christian Miles
Talent: Nick Koop
Live Stats: uclalivestats.com
Price at gate: $15 at gate/$10 youth (3-16); UCLA students free with BruinCard; UCLA Faculty/Staff free with proper ID
Parking: purchase in advance on Park Mobile app
Promotions: Pink sunglasses for first 200 fans; Postgame autograph session
BRUINS RETURN HOME TO HOST ARIZONA SCHOOLS
No. 1-ranked UCLA (11-0-0, 3-0-0 in the Pac-12) returns home for a two-game homestand against the Arizona schools. The Bruins will host Arizona State (6-1-2, 2-1-0) on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7pm before welcoming Arizona (3-5-2, 0-3-0) on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2pm.
With a perfect 11-0-0 record, UCLA has matched its best start in school history, tying with the 2001 squad that won its first 11 before falling to Santa Clara on the road on Oct. 18. The Bruins have won at least their first eight games in each of the last three seasons. UCLA remains the only team in NCAA Division I women's soccer with an unblemished mark.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE NUMBER ONE
For the fifth consecutive week, UCLA ranks No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches poll and the Top Drawer Soccer poll. The Bruins are also ranked No. 1 in the NCAA RPI. 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 SUN DEVILS
Arizona State lost its first game of the year on Sunday, falling to Stanford, 2-0. The Sun Devils are led by a trio of graduate students in All-American forward Nicole Douglas, Arizona State's all-time career leader in goals (55), points (129) and game-winning goals (17) and the team leader in scoring this season with 20 points (9g, 2a); midfielder Eva van Deursen, who has 13 points (5g, 3a); and midfielder Alexia Delgado, who has totaled 11 points (4g, 3a).
THE SERIES WITH ARIZONA STATE
The Bruins and Sun Devils have played to overtime in each of the last two matchups. UCLA won last season's game in Tempe, 4-3, coming from 3-1 down to take the victory. The Bruins scored the game's first goal in the sixth minute only to see the Sun Devils score three consecutive goals in the 10th, 12th and 24th minutes. However, UCLA tied it up with a pair of goals less than a minute apart, in the 29th and 30th minutes, and Olivia Athens ended the game with her game-winner in the 96th minute. Arizona State won the last game contested at UCLA, on Mar. 26, 2021, 2-1 in overtime, scoring the equalizer in the 83rd minute on an own goal. Seconds later, Bruin senior Kennedy Faulknor was red-carded, forcing the Bruins into playing short-handed the rest of the way. ASU's Cori Sullivan scored the game-winner in the 99th minute. UCLA has not lost a conference game since, an unbeaten streak of 19 straight games.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Arizona enters the week on a three-game losing streak and will face USC on Thursday before playing the Bruins. The Wildcats have scored just two goals in their last five games. Freshman Sami Baytosh leads the squad with six points (2g, 2a). Goalkeeper Hope Hisey has played every minute this season. She has 16 solo shutouts in her career, third-most in Arizona history. The Wildcats have a familiar face on their roster in reserve goalkeeper Hannah Mitchell, who played for UCLA for three seasons before grad-transferring to Arizona this fall.
THE SERIES WITH ARIZONA
Arizona is headed to Los Angeles for the first time since 2018. The last three contests have taken place in Tucson. UCLA won the last two matchups by a 2-1 score, and Arizona won 3-0 in 2019. Last season, Maricarmen Reyes scored the game-winning goal off a corner kick in the 72nd minute. Reyes also played in the 2018 game, seeing action in all 90 minutes of a 2-0 Bruin victory.
LAST TIME OUT
UCLA swept through the state of Oregon with a 3-1 win over the Oregon Ducks and a 5-0 thrashing of the Oregon State Beavers. Reilyn Turner recorded a hat trick in the Oregon State game, scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes of the game. She also added an assist in the game. Sunshine Fontes scored a goal in each game, including the game-winner against Oregon on a free kick. Sofia Cook also scored in each game, and Kali Trevithick netted a late tally in the Oregon game.
ROLLING IN THE DEEP
UCLA has had 12 different players score a total of 35 goals this season, with seven scoring two or more goals. Sunshine Fontes leads the squad with eight goals. A total of 31 players have seen game action, with 27 playing three games or more. Fifteen players have four or more starts.
HATS OFF TO TURNER
Junior forward Reilyn Turner notched her second career hat trick on Sunday, totaling three goals in the first 20 minutes of a 5-0 victory at Oregon. Turner's first hat trick came on Sept. 5, 2021, also on the road and also in the first half of action, at Loyola Marymount in a 3-0 win. She becomes the fifth player in UCLA history to record multiple hat tricks, joining Traci Arkenberg (5), Sydney Leroux (3), Sarah-Gayle Swanson (2) and Danesha Adams (2). Turner joins Sunshine Fontes, who recorded a hat trick on Aug. 25 against CSUN, as the first pair of Bruins to record hat tricks in the same season since Adams and Lauren Cheney did it in 2007. Turner was selected to the National Team of the Week for both Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.
EASY AS EGIZII
Sophomore midfielder Emma Egizii made her season debut on Thursday at Oregon, seeing her first game action since suffering a season-ending knee injury just 10 minutes into her collegiate career. Egizii, who came to UCLA as a U.S. Youth National Team regular, had a strong start to the 2021 campaign, scoring an impressive goal in the Bruins' exhibition win over Pepperdine, but in the very next game was injured after playing just 10 minutes. Egizii played 17 minutes against Oregon and had one shot. She increased her workload to 22 minutes against Oregon State.
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. Trevithick 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. She 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. She scored her third goal in three games last Thursday at Oregon and has now played in 16 career games and 541 minutes at UCLA with five goals and two assists. In her last game at Oregon State, Trevithick played 33 minutes, the most she has played since Dec. 6, 2019 in the College Cup semifinals.
RETURN OF THE MAC
Midfielder MacKenzee Vance has finally seen her first collegiate action after tearing her ACL in January of 2020 and missing the last two seasons. In just her third game, Vance scored her first goal at Pepperdine, collecting a long pass from Madelyn Desiano, swerving past the charging goalkeeper and shooting into the empty net. She picked up her first career assist at Oregon State, making a strong move to lose her defender and then passing to Sunshine Fontes for the one-timer. Vance, who hails from Bluffton, S.C., was a member of U.S. Youth National Teams from 2015-20.
Senior midfielder Jackie Gilday is another Bruin who has seen great success in a comeback season. After sitting out the last two seasons due to injury, she has come back in 2022 to play in all 11 games, with four starts. She played the full 90 in the Bruins' 1-0 win at Santa Clara and has eight games with 45+ minutes played. Gilday is a member of the Nicaraguan National Team and scored two goals in World Cup qualifying this Spring.
THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT
Senior midfielder Sunshine Fontes has been shining bright for UCLA, leading the team with 16 points and ranking first on the team and fourth in the Pac-12 with eight goals. She has recorded a goal or an assist in five of UCLA's last six games. Fontes earned 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 after her four-goal weekend.
Freshman Sofia Cook has been on roll, recording a goal or assist in her last three games and in five of her last six games. She scored a goal in her first collegiate game, knocking in a second-half goal against CSUN. Cook has played in 10 games with five starts and ranks third on the team in goals (four), assists (three) and points (11). The midfielder from Huntington Beach, Calif. graduated early from Marina HS and enrolled at UCLA in January, seeing valuable playing time with the Bruins during the spring, along with fellow early enrolee freshmen Sofia Cook and Ellie Walbruch.
BRICK WALL BRZYKCY
Graduate student Lauren Brzykcy has been a nearly impenetrable brick wall this season, leading the Pac-12 in GAA (0.63) and wins (11). She 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 188 and counting. With 24 career shutouts, Brzykcy is two away from the Top 5, and her 47 career wins put her in fifth place all-time at UCLA. Brzykcy has been honored as the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week three times this season, running her career total to eight, which ties former teammate Teagan Micah for most in school and conference history.
Three of Mexico's finests - full national team member Maricarmen Reyes and Under-20 national team members Bridgette Marin-Valencia and America Frias - are with the Bruins in 2022 and all saw action for the first time together on Sept. 11 vs. Cal State Fullerton. In that game, Reyes scored the game-winner, a sharp-angled screamer for her second goal of the season, and Marin-Valencia picked up her first collegiate assist in her first game. Frias also made her season debut in that game. Reyes and Marin-Valencia also teamed up to assist on the Bruins' second goal at Pepperdine on Sept. 18, and they combined for three goals (two from Reyes) in UCLA's 4-2 win over Cal on Sept. 23. Reyes ranks fourth on the team in scoring with nine points (4g, 1a), and Marin-Valencia has four points (1g, 2a) in six games. Frias has played in three games so far this season. Reyes is currently in camp with Team Mexico ahead of the team's Oct. 10 match against Chile.
TURNER BURNS THREE TOP 10 TEAMS
Junior forward Reilyn Turner has stepped up on the biggest stages this season, with half of her six goals coming against Top 10 teams on the road, and all three being game-winners. Her first goal came at No. 2 Duke on Sept. 1, a second-half goal to break a 1-1 tie. Three days later, she scored the game-winner in the 84th minute to beat No. 1 North Carolina. Turner made it 3-for-3 when she scored the opening goal in the Bruins' 4-0 win at No. 9 Pepperdine. Turner is tied for the Pac-12 lead with three game-winning goals.
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. Two players, however, have earned starts in all 11 games - graduate goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy and freshman midfielder Ally Lemos. Four players (defenders Jayden Perry, Lilly Reale and Madelyn Desiano and forward Reilyn Turner) have 10 starts, Quincy McMahon has nine, and five players (Sunshine Fontes, Maricarmen Reyes, Lexi Wright, Ally Cook and Brianne Riley) have seven.
GOALKEEPING CREW SHARE SHUTOUT
All four of UCLA's goalkeepers saw action in the Bruins' 6-0 win over CSUN on Aug. 25. Lauren Brzykcy earned the victory, starting and playing 30 minutes before Kelly McManus replaced her for the remainder of the half with the Bruins up 3-0. McManus made one save in 15 minutes of action. In her first game back from the FIFA U-20 World Cup, freshman Neeku Purcell started the second half and played 35 minutes, making one save. Faith Nguyen made her collegiate debut, closing the game and preserving the clean sheet for the entire group.
UCLA RECORDS TOP TWO SWEEP
UCLA posted a pair of 2-1 road victories over the nation's top two teams to start the month, downing No. 2 Duke on Sept. 1 and No. 1 North Carolina on Sept. 4. Reilyn Turner scored the game-winning goal in both games, breaking the deadlock in the 62nd minute against the Blue Devils and then completing the comeback against North Carolina with an 84th minute goal. Lexi Wright assisted on Turner's game-winner at Duke and scored the tying goal at North Carolina. Defender Jayden Perry scored the Bruins' other goal, converting a penalty kick at Duke for the game's first score. Goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy tied her career-high in saves with nine at Duke and then made four clutch saves in the win at North Carolina.
GLAD FOR GRADS
Four Bruins - Lauren Brzykcy, Ally Cook, Madelyn Desiano and Maricarmen Reyes - have extended their collegiate careers while earning a Master's degree in Transformative Coaching and Leadership at the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies. Brzykcy is in her sixth season with the Bruins, having joined the Bruins in 2017. She redshirted that season and received an extra year of eligibility due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Desiano arrived in Spring 2018 and had to sit both 2018 and 2019 due to knee injuries. Reyes' first season was 2018, and although she has played in each of the last three years, she has missed time each season due to injuries or National Team obligations. Cook is in her first year at UCLA, having transferred after three years at Oregon (2019-21).
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