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Bruins Head to Bay Area to Face Stanford Friday

Oct 11, 2022
Bridgette Marin-Valencia

No. 1 UCLA (13-0-0, 5-0-0) at No. 9 Stanford (11-2-1, 4-1-0)
Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 – 6pm
Stanford, Calif. (Laird Q. Cagan Stadium)

TV: Pac-12 Network
Talent: Kylen Mills, Tracey Bailey
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No. 1-ranked UCLA (13-0-0, 5-0-0 in the Pac-12) will travel to No. 9-ranked Stanford (11-2-1, 4-1-0) for a Friday night sold-out showdown at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The match, UCLA's fourth against a Top 10 team this season, will be televised live on Pac-12 Network at 6pm.

With a perfect 13-0-0 record, UCLA has recorded its best start in school history, surpassing the 2001 squad's 11 victories to start the year. Strong starts have been commonplace for the Bruins in recent years, as they have won at least their first eight games in each of the last three seasons. UCLA remains the only team in NCAA Division I soccer, men's or women's, with an unblemished mark.

For the sixth 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.

UCLA first-year head coach Margueritte Aozasa makes her return to Stanford, where she served as an assistant coach for seven seasons (2015-21). She helped guide the Cardinal to NCAA Championships in 2017 and 2019 and Pac-12 titles from 2015-19. The 2018 team also reached the College Cup. Stanford's record during Aozasa's time on the Farm was 125-19-8. Aozasa is a Bay Area native who grew up in Mountain View and graduated from Los Altos High School and Santa Clara University. She was the ECNL Head Coach for 10 years at MVLA Soccer Club.

Stanford is coached by former UCLA men's soccer player Paul Ratcliffe, who was a member of the Bruins' 1990 NCAA Championship team. Ratcliffe, who is in his 20th season, is the winningest head coach in Stanford men's and women's soccer history with a 339-64-32 record and three NCAA Championsips entering this season. This season, the Cardinal are 11-2-1 overall and 4-1-0 in Pac-12 play. Since losing 2-1 at USC on Sept. 23, Stanford has won four consecutive, most recently beating No. 21 Washington State, 2-1. Freshman Lumi Kostmayer leads the team in scoring with nine goals and 20 points. Allie Montoya and Samantha Williams have each tallied five goals. Goalkeeper Ryan Campbell holds a 0.71 goals against average and has five solo shutouts.

Stanford holds an 18-13-2 series advantage over UCLA, but the Bruins have had the upper hand the last two seasons, coming from behind to win in overtime, 2-1, in 2020-21 and winning in 2021 via shutout on an 86th minute goal by Maricarmen Reyes. Stanford had won seven in a row prior to UCLA's 2020-21 win in Stanford.

Sunshine Fontes' 83rd-minute goal broke a scoreless tie and gave No. 1 UCLA a hard-fought 1-0 victory over visiting Arizona on Sunday. After 82 scoreless minutes, the Bruins looked to be running out of time to get the result needed to extend the school record for consecutive wins to start a season to 13. But UCLA would not be denied. Freshman Ally Lemos intercepted a long pass near midfield, knocking the ball to Fontes, who passed to Ally Cook to start a give and go. Fontes finished with a right-footed rocket from 25 yards out to provide the game-winning goal, her team-leading ninth of the season. Goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy made four saves to earn her fifth solo shutout of the year.

Madelyn Desiano was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after leading UCLA to a pair of shutouts against the Arizona schools while limiting both squads to single-digit shot totals. Desiano helped the Bruin defense hold the Sun Devils to just two shots; their offense came into the game ranked seven in the nation in points per game. Additionally, she scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the Arizona State contest, a long-distance strike in the second half of the victory.

Senior midfielder Sunshine Fontes has been shining bright for UCLA, leading the team and ranking third in the Pac-12 with 21 points and nine goals. She has recorded a goal or an assist in seven of UCLA's last eight games and had two assists in UCLA's 4-0 win over Arizona State on Thursday and the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute against Arizona on Sunday. 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.

Junior forward Reilyn Turner notched her second career hat trick on Oct. 2, totaling three goals in the first 20 minutes of a 5-0 victory at Oregon. She followed up that performance by scoring the game-winner against Arizona State on Oct. 6, less than two minutes into the game. 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.

Freshman Ally Lemos and graduate student Ally Cook have totaled two goals and four assists in the last three games and have combined for 15 points this season. Lemos, who is one of just two players to start every game for the Bruins, is tied for the team lead in assists with five and scored her first collegiate goal in the 4-0 win over Arizona State. Cook, who has played in all 13 games and started nine, has scored three goals, including the game-winner against Cal, and recorded two assists. She assisted on Sunshine Fontes' 83rd-minute game-winner against Arizona.

Graduate student Lauren Brzykcy has been a nearly impenetrable brick wall this season, leading the Pac-12 in GAA (0.52), shutouts (5 solo, 3 shared) and wins (13). 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 191 and counting. With 25 career shutouts, Brzykcy is one away from the Top 5, and her 49 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 fifth on the team in scoring with nine points (4g, 1a), and Marin-Valencia has four points (1g, 2a) in eight games. Frias has played in five games so far this season. Reyes missed last week's matches while at camp with the Mexican National Team.

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 was a member of U.S. Youth National Teams from 2015-20, has played in eight games this season.

Sophomore midfielder Emma Egizii made her season debut Sept. 29 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.

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 13 games, with four starts. She played the full 90 in the Bruins' 1-0 win at Santa Clara and has 10 games with 45+ minutes played. Gilday is a member of the Nicaraguan National Team and scored two goals in World Cup qualifying this Spring.

Junior forward Reilyn Turner has stepped up on the biggest stages this season, with three of her seven 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 leads the Pac-12 with five game-winning goals and has 11 in her career, one off UCLA's Top 10.

UCLA has had 14 different players score a total of 40 goals this season, with seven scoring three or more goals. Sunshine Fontes leads the squad with nine goals, followed by Reilyn Turner, who has seven. Sofia Cook and Maricarmen Reyes have four apiece. A total of 31 players have seen game action, with 17 playing 10 or more games.

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 13 games - graduate goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy and freshman midfielder Ally Lemos. Four players (forward Reilyn Turner and defenders Jayden Perry, Lilly Reale and Madelyn Desiano) have 12 starts, Quincy McMahon has 11, and Sunshine Fontes and Ally Cook have nine.

The Bruins have undergone a transformation since last season, with new head coach Margueritte Aozasa (Santa Clara '12) taking the reigns as head coach of the Bruins on Dec. 29, 2021. Aozasa was an assistant coach at Stanford for seven years, helping guide the Cardinal to NCAA Championships in 2017 and 2019 and Pac-12 titles from 2015-19. Joining the coaching staff were assistant coaches Gof Boyoko, Molly Poletto and Chelsea Tudela.

UCLA also welcomed 12 new players to the squad in 2022, including 10 freshmen who make up the nation's top-ranked freshman class. Seven of those players were ranked in Top Drawer Soccer's Top 25 - Kathryn Kelly (No. 7), Neeku Purcell (No. 8), Ellie Walbruch (No. 16), Sofia Cook (No. 19), Peyton Marcisz (No. 20), America Frias (No. 22) and Ally Lemos (No. 24). Walbruch, Cook and Lemos all joined the team early during Winter quarter and had a chance to train and play with the Bruins in the Spring. Also new to the squad are transfers Ally Cook (Oregon) and Maya Evans (California). Cook was a three-year starting forward for the Ducks and earned second-team All-Pacific Region and third-team All-Pac-12 honors last season after leading the team with eight goals and 20 points. Evans comes to UCLA after two seasons in Berkeley. As a freshman in 2020, she started in 11 of 13 games and led the team with 975 minutes played, earning Pac-12 All-Freshman honors.

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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