UCLA Women's Soccer 2014 NCAA Tournament Capsule

UCLA Bruins


The UCLA Bruins finished the job in the 2013 NCAA Tournament by finally winning the first national championship in program history riding outstanding defensive play. The 2014 season has been more of the same as the Bruins have been outstanding defensively and have developed a nice mix of scoring depth that will put them in position to be a favorite to repeat as College Cup Champions.

2014 Record: 18-0-2, 10-0-1
Coach: Amanda Cromwell

Good Results: 9/7 Pepperdine (2-0), 10/9 Stanford (2-1)
Bad Results: 8/29 North Carolina (0-0), 9/26 at Arizona State (1-1)

Why They Can Surprise:
The scoring and overall dominance from senior midfielder Sam Mewis has been impressive. She has taken charge and become the leader of the balanced UCLA attack. The forward combination of sophomore Darian Jenkins and senior Taylor Smith has also been very steady and done a nice job of finishing chances setup by the midfielders.  Their ability to lock people down and make teams have the push forward from behind in the second half is a huge asset for the Bruins. The combination of an experienced backline led by seniors Abby Dahlkemper, Caprice Dydasco, Megan Oyster and goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland have been very difficult to break down consistently for opposing sides this season.

Why They Can Disappoint:
If you are going to knock off UCLA you have to find a way to get an early goal to force the Bruins to push forward, but even then it’s not a guarantee of a getting a result if you are a Florida State, Virginia or North Carolina. When UCLA has settled for draws this season they have controlled the run of play but were unlucky, at times, in the final attacking third. The team that can contain UCLA in the final attacking third and be efficient with their limited chances is the team that will get a result against the Bruins in the NCAA Tournament…maybe.

Key Strikers:
Darian Jenkins, Sophomore, 5 goals, 2 assists
Taylor Smith, Senior, 7 goals, 5 assists
Rosie White, Senior, 5 goals, 3 assists

Key Midfielders:
Sam Mewis, Senior, 14 goals, 11 assists
Sarah Killion, Senior, 7 goals, 10 assists

Key Defenders:
Abby Dahlkemper, Senior, 0 goals, 2 assists
Megan Oyster, Senior, 1 goal, 1 assist
Caprice Dydasco, Senior, 2 goals, 7 assists
Zoey Goralski, Freshman, 2 goals, 3 assists

Key Goalkeepers:
Katelyn Rowland, Senior, 0.20 goals against average, .913 save percentage, 16 shutouts

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 2.74 (7th in nation, 1st in conference)
Goals-Against Average: 0.206 (1, 1)
Shutout Percentage: .789 (1, 1)
Save Percentage:  .913 (1, 1)

Recent Postseason Appearances:
2013    First Round    Defeated San Diego State
2013    Second Round    Defeated Kentucky
2013    Third Round    Defeated Stanford
2013    Quarterfinals    Defeated North Carolina
2013    Semifinals    Defeated Virginia
2013    Finals    Defeated Florida State
2012    First Round    Defeated Wisconsin
2012    Second Round    Defeated Kentucky
2012    Third Round    Lost to Stanford
2011    First Round    Defeated New Mexico
2011    Second Round    Lost to San Diego
2010    First Round    Defeated BYU
2010    Second Round    Defeated UCF
2010    Third Round    Lost to Stanford
2009    First Round    Defeated Boise State
2009    Second Round    Defeated San Diego State
2009    Third Round    Defeated Virginia
2009    Quarterfinals    Defeated Portland
2009    National Semifinals    Lost to Stanford
2008    First Round    Defeated Fresno State
2008    Second Round    Defeated San Diego   
2008    Third Round    Defeated USC
2008    Quarterfinals    Defeated Duke
2008    National Semifinals    Lost to North Carolina
2007    First Round    Defeated Cal State Fullerton
2007    Second Round    Defeated Oklahoma State
2007    Third Round    Defeated Virginia
2007    Quarterfinals    Defeated Portland
2007    National Semifinals    Lost to USC

*all team stats through 11/2


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