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Women's Soccer Hosts Washington Sunday on Senior Day

Oct 29, 2022
Seniors Brianne Riley, Jackie Gilday, Kylie Kerr, Madelyn Desiano, Lauren Brzykcy, Kali Trevithick, Sunshine Fontes and Maricarmen Reyes

No. 1 UCLA (16-1-0, 8-1-0) vs. Washington (9-5-3, 3-5-1)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022 – 2pm PT
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Wallis Annenberg Stadium)
Broadcast: Pac-12 Network (Nick Koop)
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Price at gate:    $15 at gate/$10 youth (3-16); UCLA students free with BruinCard; Youth free with Halloween costume
Promotions: Pregame Senior Day ceremony; Senior posters to first 300 fans

No. 1-ranked UCLA (16-1-0, 8-1-0 in the Pac-12) will host its final regular season home game of the season on Sunday, Oct. 30 vs. Washington (9-5-3, 3-5-1) at 2pm. The Bruins conclude the regular season on Friday, Nov. 4 at USC's McAlister Field.

Prior to Sunday's game against Washington, UCLA will honor eight seniors - fourth-years Sunshine Fontes, Jackie Gilday, Kylie Kerr, Brianne Riley and Kali Trevithick; fifth-years Madelyn Desiano and Maricarmen Reyes; and sixth-year Lauren Brzykcy. These seniors have compiled a four-year record of 62-8-7 (.851), won back-to-back Pac-12 titles in 2020 and 2021, and have led this year's squad to the No. 1 ranking for the last eight weeks. The senior ceremony will take place on the field before the game. Fans are encouraged to arrive to the stadium by 1:30 so as to not miss the festivities.              
A 62nd-minute goal by center back Lilly Reale was the difference in the game as No. 1 UCLA shut out Washington State, 1-0, on Oct. 27. Reale's long-distance rocket broke a scoreless tie at 61:31. After receiving a pass from Sunshine Fontes, Reale fired a lethal left-footed shot from about 30 yards out. Washington State goalkeeper Nadia Cooper got a hand on it but could not fully control the ball, and it bounced off her hands and crossed the goal line, giving Reale her first goal of the season. The Cougars pressed for the equalizer late but were thwarted by Bruin goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy on two shots on goal in the final five minutes.   

BRUWIN #500  
UCLA's 1-0 victory over Washington State on Thursday night marked the 500th in program history. UCLA is the fastest to 500 in the Pac-12, reaching the milestone win in its 30th season. Stanford is the only other program in the conference with 500, achieved in its 34th year. UCLA's all-time program record is now 500-108-48 (.798).   

Washington enters the game with a 9-5-3 overall record and a 3-5-1 conference record. The Huskies lost their last game on Thursday at USC, 2-1. Kelsey Branson's 43rd minute goal made it a tie game at the half, but USC scored two and a half minutes into the second half and held on for the win. Fourteen Husky players have scored a goal this season, led by Summer Yates, who has six goals and 18 points.  

UCLA holds a 22-4-2 series advantage over Washington and has won six in a row in the series, including a 3-1 road win in 2021 during which Lauren Brzykcy made eight saves, and a 1-0 home victory in 2019 that was secured by a 87th-minute goal by Maricarmen Reyes. The Huskies' last win against the Bruins came in Seattle in 2015.   

Sophomore Quincy McMahon earned her first-ever Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after leading UCLA to a pair of road shutouts at Colorado and Utah. The Bruin defense held both teams to single-digit shot totals. McMahon also added an assist, her team-leading fifth of the season, on Lexi Wright's game-winning goal at Utah. The Bruins lead the Pac-12 with a team goals against average of 0.44 and also lead the conference with 10 shutouts.  

UCLA's 13-game winning streak to start the season came to an end after a 1-0 loss at No. 9 Stanford on Oct. 14. The Bruins' 13-0 start was the 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.  

For the eighth consecutive week, UCLA ranks No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches 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.      

1-2 PUNCH   
UCLA boasts two 20+ point and nine goal scorers in Sunshine Fontes and Reilyn Turner. Fontes ranks second in game-winning goals (4), fourth in the Pac-12 in points (24) , fifth in assists (6) and sixth in goals scored (9). Turner leads the conference in game-winning goals (6) and ranks sixth in goals scored (9) and eighth in points (21). The dynamic duo have each recorded a hat trick this season, with Fontes scoring three goals in 48 minutes of action against CSUN on Aug. 25, and Turner recording her second career hat trick on Oct. 2 after scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes of play at Oregon. Fontes has recorded a goal or an assist in nine of UCLA's last 12 games. Turner has two multiple-goal games this season, all in conference play, and has tallied six in her career to move into fifth all-time at UCLA.        

This season, Sunshine Fontes and Reilyn Turner became the first pair of Bruins to record hat tricks in the same year since Danesha Adams and Lauren Cheney did it in 2007. Fontes was the first to record a hat trick, the first of her career, on Aug. 25 vs. CSUN. Turner recorded her second career hat trick in the first half of the Bruins' game at Oregon on Oct. 2. Turner became the fifth player in UCLA history to record multiple hat tricks, joining Traci Arkenberg (5), Sydney Leroux (3), Sarah-Gayle Swanson (2) and Adams (2).       

UCLA is amongst the nation's leaders in several categories, ranking second in goals against average (0.412), third in points per game (8.65) and scoring offense (2.94), fourth in total goals (50), and fifth in total points (147) and total assists (47). Reilyn Turner is tied for the national lead in game-winning goals with six. 

Ally Lemos and Sofia Cook have earned Top 20 recognition by Top Drawer Soccer on its midseason Top 100 Freshman list, ranking No. 3 and No. 18, respectively. Lemos is one of just two players to start every game for the Bruins, and she leads all field players with 1,299 minutes played. She ranks second on the team in assists with five and scored her first collegiate goal in the 4-0 win over Arizona State on Oct. 6. Cook, who has played in 16 games and started seven, ranks third on the team in goals (six) and points (15).       

Graduate student Lauren Brzykcy has been a nearly impenetrable brick wall this season, leading the Pac-12 in goals against average (0.47), save percentage (.851) and wins (16) and ranking second in shutouts (6 solo, 5 shared). 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 201 and counting. With 26 career shutouts, Brzykcy has moved into fifth all-time at UCLA, and her 53 career wins put her in a tie for fourth. 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 finest - 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 is tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 10 points (4g, 2a), and Marin-Valencia has six points (2g, 2a) in 11 games and earned her first collegiate start at Stanford. Frias has played in seven games so far this season.           

Sophomore Lexi Wright has been showing her stuff this season, tying for third on the team in scoring with 15 points on five goals and five 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. Wright collected two assists in the Bruins' 4-0 win over Arizona State.            

In her first year of action since tearing her ACL in January of 2020, midfielder MacKenzee Vance has shown she is fully back and here to stay. 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. She has started in the last three games and contributed a goal and an assist in the Bruins' 6-0 win at Colorado and an assist in the 3-0 win at Utah. Vance, who was a member of U.S. Youth National Teams from 2015-20, has played in 11 games this season, totaling two goals and three assists.    

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 at Oregon and has now played in 19 career games and 611 minutes at UCLA with five goals and three assists. On Oct. 2 at Oregon State, Trevithick played 33 minutes, the most she has played since Dec. 6, 2019 in the College Cup semifinals.  

Junior forward Reilyn Turner has stepped up on the biggest stages this season, with three of her nine 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 nation with six game-winning goals and has 12 in her career, which ranks 10th all-time at UCLA.    

UCLA has had 15 different players score a total of 50 goals this season, with seven scoring three or more goals. Sunshine Fontes and Reilyn Turner lead the squad with nine goals apiece, followed by Sofia Cook with six. A total of 31 players have seen game action, with 20 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 17 games - goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy and freshman midfielder Ally Lemos. Lilly Reale has 16 starts. Reilyn Turner, Jayden Perry, Madelyn Desiano and Quincy McMahon have 15 each. Sunshine Fontes has 13, and Maricarmen Reyes, Ally Cook and Lexi Wright have 11 each.

A total of 18 former UCLA women's soccer players played in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in 2022. The Bruins were represented on eight teams, including four on NJ/NY Gotham FC (Caprice Dydasco, Delanie Sheehan, Taylor Smith, McCall Zerboni), three on Orlando (Darian Jenkins, Megan Montefusco and Viviana Villacorta), and OL Reign (Olivia Athens, Marley Canales and Lauren Barnes), two on Kansas City (Sam Mewis and Hailie Mace) and Washington (Karina Rodriguez and Ashley Sanchez), and one each on Angel City FC (Sydney Leroux), San Diego (Abby Dahlkemper), Chicago (Sarah Woldmoe) and North Carolina (Katelyn Rowland). 

Mace, who earned second-team NWSL Best XI honors this season, will be playing for the NWSL Championship with the Kansas City Current against Portland on Saturday, Oct. 29. The match will take place at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. and air at 5pm PT on CBS.  

UCLA has several alumnae playing overseas as well, with Lucy Parker (West Ham United) and Jessie Fleming (Chelsea FC) in the Barclays FA Women's Super League in England; Teagan Micah playing for FC Rosengard in Sweden; Rachel Lowe (Sydney FC) and Kennedy Faulknor (Canberra United) playing in the W-League in Australia; and Mia Fishel and Anika Rodriguez playing with Tigres in Mexico. Siri Ervik plays for Kolbotn in Norway, and Chanté Sandiford plays for Stjarnan in Iceland.    

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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